Chicago's Top 100 Events of 2011

December 31, 2011


Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken over the role that Richard Daley occupied for more than 20 years, but Chicago’s free, come-one-come-all traditions and spirit live on. Apart from the famous city-sponsored affairs, this year’s calendar is packed with everything from glitzy benefits to big-business trade shows, internationally renowned music fests, and a holiday parade with Mickey Mouse as its grand marshal. Here’s a look at the Top 100 Events that put Chicago on the map year after year by drawing major sponsors, top industry players, and international tourists and press; these are also the traditions that locals hold dear.

4. The Joffrey Ballet Spring Gala had a sold-out crowd of 1,000 guests—including Mayor Rahm Emanuel—and its first-ever live auction this year. May

5. New to the List: Joffrey Ballet’s Couture & Cocktails, presented by Neiman Marcus, includes a fashion show, a personal appearance from a well-known designer, and a glitzy after-party. September 23