The Calendar: Coming up in Chicago

ChillFest (featuring Elle Casazza, above), Gabriela Artigas at Space 519 and more.

Nov. 17: PAWS Fur Ball
Dogs are welcome at this black-tie affair, benefiting the city’s largest no-kill shelter. Pups can enjoy a doggie buffet and Paradise 4 Paws spa treatments while their owners take part in silent and live auctions, dancing, dinner and more.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton
Cost: $400-$1,000, $100/dog. For tickets, visit

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Nov. 17-18: The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
The family fun starts Friday in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan), but the highlight of this annual fest, presented by BMO Harris Bank, is Saturday’s tree-lighting parade. Grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead the charge, illuminating more than 1 million lights along the Mag Mile.
Time: The parade starts at Michigan and at 5:30 p.m., and culminates in fireworks over the Chicago River.
Cost: Free;

Nov. 17-18: Gabriela Artigas at Space 519
Get to gifting with this designer pop-up at the chic 900 N. Michigan Shops boutique. LA-based sisters Gabriela and Teresita Artigas bring their line of fine jewelry — high-end hair pins, barrettes, bangles, rings and more in 14k gold and pave diamonds — to Chicago for shoppers to pre-order (and even customize) pieces in time for the holidays.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place: 900 N. Michigan;

Nov. 18: Gateway to Oz
Rock out for a good cause at Gateway for Cancer Research’s annual Cures Gala, headlined by legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire (above). The event marks 26 years of the organization funding clinical research trials, and proceeds go directly toward Phase I and II trials for breast, lung and blood cancers.
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: McCormick Place, 2301 S. King
Cost: $1,000. For tickets, visit

‘Hebru Brantley: Forced Field’

Nov. 18: ‘Hebru Brantley: Forced Field’
Take a day trip to Elmhurst to see the Chicago-based artist’s latest work, featuring his signature characters, Flyboy and Lil Mama. The solo show — recently extended due to popular demand — runs through Jan. 7, but Brantley himself stops in for an artist talk this Saturday (2:30 p.m.).
Place: Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst
Cost: $9 general admission, kids free. For tickets, visit

November 21-December 3: ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’
Broadway in Chicago gets the holiday spirit going with this festive show, brought from screen to stage and featuring a host of classic tracks.
Place: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph
Cost: $18 and up. For tickets, visit

Nov. 25: ChillFest
Celebrate Small Business Saturday in one of the city’s best hoods for shopping during this fifth annual acoustic music fest. More than 60 local musicians perform in various storefronts — Jackson Junge Gallery, Transit Tees and Goorin Brothers Hat Shop were among last year’s participants — to kick of the holiday season.
Time: 2-6 p.m.
Place: Various locations in Wicker Park/Bucktown
Cost: Free. For the full lineup and schedule, visit