This week: PAWS Annual Beach Party (above), HomeBuyers Workshop, Pig Out for Charity and White Party for One Hope United
July 23: HomeBuyers Workshop
First-time buyers learn the real-estate ropes with help from experts at this free, open-to-the-public seminar. Mortgage experts and team members from presenting sponsors Fifth Third bank and the Center on Halsted will be joined by community partners such as the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and Northside Community Council to talk mortgage loan processes and down-payment options and to help answer the perennial question — to rent or to buy?
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Centeronhalsted.org.
July 23: Pig Out for Charity
This fourth annual event, presented by the 100 Club’s junior board, celebrates those who protect and serve the city of Chicago, with police officers facing off in a burger-eating competition and participating in a dunk tank amid food, an open bar, live music and games. Funds raised benefit the 100 Club, which provides support and assistance to the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: 25 Degrees, 736 N. Clark
July 24: PAWS Annual Beach Party
Don your best beachwear, grab your favorite four-legged friend and join nearly 500 fellow pet lovers at PAWS’ annual summer bash, co-chaired by Kim Gleeson, Cheri Lawrence and Christine Mallul. Pamper your pooch in the pet spa while you enjoy beachy drinks, a buffet dinner, music, dancing, a raffle and a top-tier auction, featuring items such as Blackhawks memorabilia and a Pacific Northwest river trip. Funds raised benefit PAWS, the city’s largest no-kill shelter.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Castaways, 1603 N. Lake Shore
Cost: $150 per person/$50 per dog in advance; $175 per person/$50 per dog at the door. For tickets, visit Beachparty.pawsevents.org.
July 25: White Party for One Hope United
Bust out your best white ensemble and join a host committee that includes Vince Anzelone of Geniune Entertainment, Ryan Chiaverini of “Windy City Live” and NBC-5 meteorologist Alicia Roman for Effen cocktails at Parliament and its rooftop bar, The Kensington, plus tunes from DJ Dante. This fourth annual event, founded and hosted by Marco Foster, benefits One Hope United, an organization that offers counseling and other services with the hope of giving every child a safe home.
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Parliament, 324 W. Chicago
Cost: $35. For tickets, visit Mfwhiteparty.eventbrite.com.
July 26: Ravinia Gala
Violinist Joshua Bell, conductor James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra take the stage to tackle works by Smith, Mozart, Bruch and Dvorak at this annual performance gala, presented by the Ravinia Women’s Board. The evening, which also features a cocktail reception and dinner, benefits Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play education programs, which engage more than 75,000 youth in programming throughout the city.
Time: 4 p.m. gates open, 7 p.m. performance
Place: Ravinia, 418 Sheridan, Highland Park
Cost: Starting at $750. For tickets, visit Ravinia.org.
July 30: Nelarusky Lollapalooza Kick-Off
This eighth annual event, founded and run by Lauren McClusky, kicks off Lollapalooza weekend by showcasing some of the best on-the-rise talent, all to benefit Special Olympics. This year’s roster features Brooklyn-based singer Twin Shadow, Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso and Chicago rock band Santah.
Time: 6 p.m. doors open
Place: Metro, 3730 N. Clark
Cost: $26. For tickets, visit Nelarusky.com.
July 31: Few Night of Beauty
Dr. Julius Few welcomes a comprehensive team of health, wellness and beauty experts — including fitness expert Jim Karas — for this event. Check out the latest La Perla collection and get a first-hand look at the newest anti-aging and body-shaping technologies, plus enjoy food, drinks, prizes and a jam-packed gift bag. A portion of proceeds from treatments and purchases benefits the Few Institute for Children, which aims to help underprivileged children succeed.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: The Few Institute, 875 N. Michigan, Suite 3850
August 1: Nazr Mohammed Foundation Fundraiser
“Windy City Live’s” Val Warner emcees this third annual event, which raises funds for the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center and for NMF’s “Village Project,” which teaches Chicago-area teens about confidence and motivation. The Chicago native basketball star invites guests to participate in a raffle and silent auction at the affair, which also includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie
Cost: $100. For tickets, visit Nazrmohammed.com.
August 1-3: Lollapalooza
Eminem, Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris and a reunited Outkast are just a few of the big names topping the roster of more than 120 musical acts at this annual music fest.Three-day and single-day passes are sold out, though one quick glance at the internet reveals a slew of pre-and-post Lolla shows and events happening around town. Scoop up tickets, or just hang out around Grant Park during showtime to catch a few notes.
Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Place: Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph