More than 85 pieces of work by African-American artists were on display to welcome nearly 700 guests to the Museum of Science and Industry’s (5700 S. Lake Shore) 31st Annual Black Creativity Gala Jan. 25. Guests took in the exhibition during cocktail hour and later moved into the museum’s rotunda, where they spent the evening snacking on bites from six different buffet stations, fueling up for an evening of dancing to the sounds of Gentlemen of Leisure and DJ Lil’ John. Co-chairs Cheri Chappelle, director of diversity and inclusion for Illinois Tool Works and Frank Clark, retired chairman and CEO of ComEd and MSI trustee, helped bring the evening’s fundraising total to $360,000, all of which will benefit the museum’s Black Creativity programming and events.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event.
Photos by Alison Neidt-Toonen and John W. Wheeler