20th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is hosting its largest annual Bear Tie Ball to date! This year marks 20 years as the foundation devoted to eliminating pediatric cancer, as well as providing support and resources to those affected. The ball will take place March 9th at 6pm, at the UIC forum. Guests can dance, dine, and participate in auctions throughout the night, and will be given the chance to hear eight year old honorary Bear Hug Ambassador Theo Yianas share his story of strength.

PAWS CHICAGO’S “Animal Magnetism”

Hey Chicago!! It's 103.5 KISS-FM's morning diva, Angi Taylor, guest blogging to talk about the amazing PAWS event Animal Magnetism I want you all to know about! Ever thought it would be fun to get dressed-up, get the family pooch (or pooches!) dressed-up, and hit the town together for a swanky night out? You can, AND you’ll be raising money for PAWS Chicago at the same time. Win-win!

What is This Thing Called Love?: Joffrey Ballet Chicago

There is a school of thought held by many editors that two people writing an article is impossible. We assured Billy that would not be the case. We are accustomed to finishing each others sentences. Most get the hang of it. Those that don't? Not our problem really.

Drop Trou for a Good Cause (Keep reading, I promise!)

Yep, drop trou. You read that right. You’re invited to attend the no pants party in Wrigleyville this Saturday. As if that doesn’t already make you want to clear out your weekend plans, you should know that this “party” is actually a run to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. It’s known globally as “Cupid’s Undie Run.” The name pretty much says it all. Runners come out to support the organization in need, while stripping down to their undies for a mile run

Joffrey Auxiliary Board’s Pointe of Departure Art Exhibition Benefit

Hi, this is Terrence Chappell. I'm the event chair for the Joffrey Auxiliary Board, and I'm writing to tell you about the Joffrey Auxiliary Board's Pointe of Departure art exhibition benefit. Art begets style and American legends as the Joffrey Auxiliary Board hosts their 3rd annual Pointe of Departure benefit on Thursday, Feb. 7. Located at 108 N. State St., and just overlooking the Joffrey Tower, Block 37’s raw, loft penthouse space will welcome the city’s jet set of budding philanthropists, tastemakers and artists for an evening of commissioned art themed after American legends and inspired by the movement of dance, custom cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, exclusive silent auction gifts, and above all a celebration of the Joffrey Ballet.

Get in your workout before Kick-off: CHI-TOWN BIG GAME 5K/10K

Before the Harbaugh brothers battle it out in New Orleans, get your Super Sunday off to a great start with a fun filled 5K/10K run with your family and friends. Each participant will receive a L/S tech event tee and an embroidered fleece beanie. The Bears may not be playing, but Soldier Field will be hosting the post race party; including a free drink and food item inside the WARM United Club. Party includes music, games, food/drinks and cooking demonstrations by The Centered Chef. For those interested in going to Sunday brunch, head over to Rockit Bar & Grill for food and drink specials that support our Charity.

Clean out your closet: Closet Angels turns clothing to cash for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Hey Chicago!!! It's Jayna Cooke- Founder of Closet Angels! I'm guest blogging to tell you all about my organization and how we can help each other. It’s a New Year and time to get rid of that all those clothes and accessories you have not worn for 2+ years. That is the rule of thumb – if you have not worn it in 2 years it is time to get rid of it! Donate to Closet Angels and instead of getting a few bucks from consigning your items you get a valuable tax write off AND you are supporting St. Jude Chidlren’s Research Hospital! Win, win & win.

Come Out and Play with Urban Initiatives!

Cristobal Martinez is a Senior Program Associate with Urban Initiatives. Coach Cris implements the Work to Play Program, which encourages kids to live active and healthy lives through the sport of soccer across 5 Chicago Public Schools. They'd like to tell you about a great event that's right around the corner:

South Shore Drill Team Selected to Perform in Presidential Inauguration Parade!

Chicago’s South Shore Drill Team was recently notified that they were one of twenty-four groups selected nation-wide to perform in President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade on January 21st, 2013 in Washington D.C. The team was one of over 2,800 to apply for the honor, and will send 54 of its senior members to the nation’s capital to represent the City of Chicago.