If you’re like me, right about now is when you’re done with winter. Bundling up to go outside is an ordeal. Thawing out once you get anywhere is a lengthy process. The thought of going to a bar just doesn’t have the same appeal it did when you could throw on sandals and hit a rooftop. If I’m leaving my warm apartment and Netflix, it better be for a really good reason and a really good time.
Happy Hours. If you haven’t seen your friends since 2014, junior board happy hours are a great option: you know the bar will be lively (which is not the case for just any old bar in Chiberia), and since you’re giving to a worthwhile cause, you can feel good about drinking (it’s for the kids!). Can’t convince your friends? Junior board happy hours are also a great opportunity to go solo and network with board members; they’ll be more available there than when you find them at a labor-intensive gala, service project, or special event. Ready to get your cocktail on? See below for a few suggestions:
Thursday, March 5 – Imerman Angels @ John Barleycorn in River North ($60 ticket includes drinks and appetizers from 7-9pm)
Wednesday, March 11 – American Red Cross Auxiliary Society – Mingling for a Mission @ Moe’s Cantina ($20 for a drink, appetizers, silent auction and more from 6-9pm)
Galas. If getting out of the office in time for happy hour is out of the question, a gala is a great alternative. You have all day Saturday to mentally prepare for braving the cold, and once you’re there, the drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing will keep you warm and glad you made the effort to go. Been dreaming of a nice beach getaway? Many galas have excellent silent auctions and raffle prizes that put your vacation fund toward a great cause (and you still get to stick your toes in the sand) Double win! See below for upcoming galas:
Saturday, March 7 – Canine Therapy Corps Young Professionals Board - Gala in the White City @ Revel ($105 for open bar and hors d’oeuvres)
Saturday, April 11 – University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Associate Board – Fund the Fight @ Moonlight Studios ($85 for early bird ticket)
Fun Runs. Have you been crushing it on the treadmill all winter long? Or maybe need that extra motivation to revisit your new year’s resolution? Signing up for a fun run (or walk) is a great way to get some friends together, get moving, and support a good cause. See a fun upcoming run below:
Saturday, March 14 – Illinois Science Council Associate Board @ 4 different locations ($31.41 for registration and post-race party)
What else? Running isn’t really your thing, but neither are parties or happy hours (just kidding, obviously – who doesn’t love happy hours?). But let's say you want to learn something, win something, or just need a more compelling reason to get your friends out on the town. Maybe you really want to meet people and engage with others at these events. Try a more unique fundraiser like the ones below:
Bowling – Sunday, March 8 – St. Jude’s Young Professionals – Sips and Strikes @ Southport Lanes ($45)
Wine tasting – Thursday, March 5 – The Safe Haven’s Young Professionals Board – Wine Tasting @ Que Syrah ($30 for 1, $50 for 2)
Find more fun events on the CharityScenes calendar!