On Feb. 22, more than 300 guests poured their philanthropic energy into the Art Institute of Chicago, turning out to The Casino (195 E. Delaware) for the fifth annual Uncorked: A Case for Wine. Hosted by the museum’s Auxiliary Board and co-chairs Frank Ponterio, Lauren Grundhofer Peterson and Phoebe DePree, the vino-centric gala welcomed guests with glasses of Cooper’s Hawk sparkling wine, followed by an array of wine-tasting stations featuring blends from Terlato Wines International, Wines of Brasil, Carnaval, Aurora and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. The wine flowed through dinner, too, as Buehler wines accompanied the meal and guests participated in live and silent auctions that included hot-ticket items such as rare bottles and Napa tastings and winery tours. The event “crushed it,” raising more than $175,000 to support the Auxiliary Board and the Institute’s special exhibits.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Art Institute of Chicago up to a total of $5,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Photos by Ramzi Dreessen