More than 200 makeup fanatics lined up outside of Bloomingdale’s (900 N. Michigan) Oct. 16 for Splash’s Love Yourself event. Once inside, they celebrated the retailer’s new beauty department by snapping photos with YouTube star Lauren Elizabeth of Love, Lauren Elizabeth, getting pampered with free makeovers and snagging goody bags stocked with face creams, lip pencils and glosses.
Revelers rolled the dice Oct. 12 in support of the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation’s ninth annual Casino Night. More than 300 guests showed up to the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) and played blackjack, roulette and craps to win chips redeemable for prizes, including a trip to Las Vegas and Chicago sports memorabilia.
More than 3,000 Chicagoans helped set the stage for the opening of The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 59th season. The Oct. 5 bash began with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s rendition of “Otello,” starring Johan Botha, Ana María Martínez and Falk Struckmann, at the Civic Opera House (20 N. Wacker).
When 9-year-old Ryan C. took the stage at Snow City Arts’ 15th anniversary gala, he immediately stole the show. “Snow City Arts is the zenith of my day,” proclaimed Ryan, who’s participated in the Chicago-based organization’s workshops — which provide arts education to hospitalized children — for 5 ½ years. The effusive filmmaker-in-training went on to detail all that he’d learned from his Snow City instructors, including how to trick his doctors into believing he’d done stand-up to a sold-out crowd (by using a green screen and a little ingenuity).