This week: ‘Cascabel’ Benefit Performance, Macy’s Passport Presents Macy’s Glamorama (above) and more.
August 6: ‘Cascabel’ Benefit Performance
If you missed Rick Bayless’ theatrical debut last year, don’t fret: The famed chef is back as Lookingglass Theatre, in conjunction with the Goodman, presents “Cascabel” through Aug. 24. The play, in which Bayless portrays a chef who wins the hearts of a hotel staff through his food, is accompanied by food and wine pairings and — tonight only — followed by a post-show cabaret featuring cast members.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Goodman Theatre at the Owen, 170 N. Dearborn
Cost: $750. For tickets, visit Lookingglasstheatre.org/event_page/cascabel-benefit.
August 8: Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama Fashion Rocks
This hotly anticipated annual event fuses high fashion and music with a runway show of fall looks from top designers and a performance from pop music star Jason Derulo. Don’t miss the afterparty, which includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing on the Harris Theater’s sprawling rooftop. The elaborate fête annually benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph
Cost: $75-$1,000, afterparty access with tickets $175 and up. For tickets, visit Rmhccni.org/glam or call the Harris Theater Box Office at (312) 334-7777 ($1,000 tickets online only).
August 9-10: Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Let’s be frank: When it comes to food, Chicago loves its hot dogs. Whether you abide by the mustard-only rule or have a big crush on ketchup, celebrate our fave food with two days of hot dogs, beer, a kids’ activity area and an array of live music. Performers include ‘90s tribute band According to Sarah and Led Zeppelin cover band Kashmir.
Time: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Place: Chicago History Museum, 1699 N. Clark
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Chicagohotdogfest.com.
August 9: Bud Billiken parade
This annual summer tradition is the oldest and largest African-American parade — and the second-largest overall — in the U.S. Founded in 1929, the celebratory event showcases bands, dancers, floats and marching groups, with appearances by celebrities and politicians. After the parade, head to Washington Park for entertainment, food and school-supply giveaways. The event is presented by The Mission of Chicago Defender Charities, which aims to improve the quality of life for African-Americans through cultural, educational and social programs.
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Parade starts at King and Oakwood and ends in Washington Park
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Budbillikenparade.org.
August 9: An Evening with Chaka Khan
Legendary singer and Chicago native Chaka Khan comes home to headline this concert, presented by Music is My First Love, an organization that uses music and concerts to raise awareness of social issues. Local luminaries — including Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Syleena Johnson — will join Khan on stage, while “Windy City Live” co-host Val Warner and comedian Damon Williams host. Proceeds benefit The Red Pump Project, which seeks to educate, raise awareness and prevent HIV/AIDS among young women and girls.
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State
Cost: $58.50-$178.50. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
August 11: Big Shoulders Golf Classic
Tee up to help low-income students attend Catholic school at Big Shoulders’ afternoon outing, which welcomes golfers of all skill levels to compete in hole-in-one and closest-to-the-pin contests, plus a raffle and live and silent auctions, replete with prizes like golf outings and airline tickets. Proceeds go to the Friends of Big Shoulders Scholarship Fund.
Time: 11 a.m. shotgun start, 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner
Place: Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club, Olympia Fields
Cost: $1,250 per individual, $5,000 per foursome. For tickets, visit Bigshouldersfund.org.
August 11: The Service Club Day on the Terrace
Enjoy cocktails, a luncheon and a runway presentation showcasing the best fall looks from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Escada and Azeeza, and retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Lulu’s Vintage. Jean Antoniou, Sharyl Mackey and Sheila O’Grady chair the fashion show, and funds raised benefit a range of organizations via The Service Club, which has been serving the civic, educational and cultural needs of Chicago and surrounding communities since 1890.
Time: 11 a.m. cocktails, 11:45 a.m. fashion show, 12:30 p.m. luncheon
Place: The Peninsula Hotel Chicago, 108 E. Superior
Cost: $185. For tickets, visit Serviceclubofchicago.org.
August 13: Cocktails + Cuisine Dinner at Hubbard Inn
Dig into a summery four-course menu created by executive chef Bob Zrenner and paired with four different Bacardi and Grey Goose cocktails. Pairings include grilled sausages with smoked paprika aioli, chimichurri, pickled asparagus, grilled onion and cherry salsa teamed with a sangria cocktail of rum, pinot grigio, lemon, Peychaud’s and Angostura. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing for Hubbard Inn gift cards.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard
Cost: $42.50 per person, excluding gratuity. To make a reservation, call Patricia Brickhouse at (312) 560-9211 by Aug. 11.
August 13: Taste of the Nation
Bill Rancic serves as emcee, RJ Melman chairs and nearly 100 of the city’s best chefs and mixologists will be on hand to serve up their creations at Share Our Strength’s annual food-focused event. The sweets, savories and sips will be accompanied by a silent auction, entertainment and live music from Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press. Funds raised help Share Our Strength’s mission to eliminate childhood hunger both in Illinois and across the country.
Time: 6 p.m. VIP start, 7 p.m. event
Place: Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand
Cost: $125 general admission, $200 VIP. For tickets, visit Ce.strength.org/chicago.
August 16: Westside Music Festival
R&B group 112 headlines, Grammy-nominated singers Brownstonel perform, and a block from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. devoted to local artists will see a slew of musical talent — including Terisa Griffin of “The Voice” and La Obra — take the stage. There will also be a kids’ area, food and drink, a book giveaway courtesy of Acts of Love and a social media pop-up booth aiming to discuss our city’s violence and possible solutions.
Time: Noon-8 p.m.
Place: Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Chicagowestsidemusicfestival.com.