Find out more about events happening in Chicago this week: The ALS Association Bite Nite, Veteran’s Day appreciation rally and event, ‘American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration’ at the National Hellenic Museum, Martin Creed at the MCA, Friends of La Rabida Awards Benefit, ’50 Shades! The Musical’ and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s 62nd Annual Award Dinner.
Nov. 12: Mark Sparacino of Prosecco, Scott Walton of Markethouse and “Top Chef” fan favorite Fabio Viviani — who opens Siena Tavern in River North next year — step out of their kitchens to cook for a cause: The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter, which supports research, awareness and care for those with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In addition to haute eats, the evening features signature cocktails courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, raffle prizes, a silent art auction and music from DJ Opio. Tickets: $75. Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch. Visit Webchicago.alsa.org.
Veterans Day appreciation rally and event
Nov. 12: In honor of Veterans Day, join fellow Chicagoans and show your support for the troops at an appreciation rally and event hosted by Fifth Third Bank and the Folds of Honor Foundation. Drop by the Great Hall in Union Station and assist in packing 5,300 care packages for troops abroad, learn more about veteran organizations, watch military-themed entertainment and listen to guest speakers such as Gov. Pat Quinn. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 500 W. Jackson. Learn more at 53vets.com.
‘American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration’
Nov. 15: The National Hellenic Museum marks its first anniversary with two new exhibitions: “American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration” and “The Spirit of the Marathon: From Pheidippides to Today.” This vital, young institution has proven to be more than adept at mounting viewer-friendly exhibits that pack historical heft in an engaging way. The public is invited to experience these new shows at a complimentary reception from 6 to 9 p.m. 333 S. Halsted. RSVP to Events@hellenicmuseum.org or visit Nationalhellenicmuseum.org.
Martin Creed at the MCA
Nov. 15-16: The Museum of Contemporary Art is keeping this Turner Prize winner busy. As the institution’s artist-in-residence, Creed has been creating a new piece each month all year long. His most visible effort has been the monster “Mothers” sculpture in the MCA plaza, a rotating wonder of white neon. Next up is “Work No. 1020 (Ballet)” in which Creed plays lead guitar with his London-based band while five dancers execute a number restricted to the five core positions of classical ballet. And there’s some graphic video, too. Tickets: $22 members; $28 nonmembers, $10 students. 220 E. Chicago. Call (312) 397-4010 or visit Mcachicago.org.
Friends of La Rabida Awards Benefit
Nov. 16: Since 1896 La Rabida Children’s Hospital has cared for patients with chronic illness, disabilities or those who have been abused. Offering access to board-certified pediatricians, behavioral science professionals, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and social workers, La Rabida has long been many a child’s refuge. This year’s benefit honors Clear Channel Media Entertainment Chicago, Dan and Susan Real, and Jesse, Michele, Benjamin and Jonathan Ruiz for their contributions to the organization. Individual tickets: $500. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware. Visit Pjhchicago.com/larabida for more information.
‘50 Shades! The Musical’
Nov. 16-17: Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but nothing honors a hit like satire. And with E .L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey setting Harry Potter-like records, the titillating trilogy is just begging to be parodied. Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “50 Shades! The Musical” follows a book group as it works its way through Anastasia and Christian’s erotic love story. Hilarious original songs include “They Get Nasty” and “We Are Not Like Other Couples.” Tickets: $20. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. Call (773) 935-6100 or visit Apollochicago.com.
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s 62nd Annual Award Dinner
Nov. 17: Jazz icon Ramsey Lewis will be honored at Chicago’s oldest black-tie gala when the Stritch School of Medicine bestows the Sword of Loyola at this top-drawer event. A native Chicagoan, the Grammy winner is being celebrated for his masterful musicianship and commitment to arts education, including his support of ChiArts High School, which offers students from all backgrounds arts training and a comprehensive college prep curriculum. Individual tickets: $600. Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore. Call (312) 915-7662.