Thousands of partygoers flocked to A. Finkl & Sons Co. (2011 N. Southport) Sept. 7 for Chicago Gateway Green’s 22nd annual Green Tie Ball. The steel factory’s property was transformed into a Wonka Wonderland with help from green-lit tents and characters from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” who mingled and stopped for photo ops with guests.
Check out the style of Chicago’s leggy ladies: They know to take advantage of the weather while they still can by showing off their picture-perfect pins in short shorts. Often confined to concerts or casual Fridays, this year’s collection of ultra-chic mini bottoms brought shorts to the forefront, and they’ve taken over luncheons and fashion-forward cocktail parties.
Though NBA star Dwyane Wade spends most of his time playing for the Miami Heat, the Chicago native returned to his hometown Sept. 6 for Wade’s World Weekend. To kick off the 10th anniversary of his foundation, Wade hosted guests like Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams for dinner and a live auction at the Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior).
The Chicago skyline served as the perfect backdrop to the Celestial Ball (1300 S. Lake Shore), hosted by the Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board Sept. 7. Honorary chair Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. and co-chairs Elisa Primavera-Bailey, Linda Gerstman, Donna Beering, decor chair Rebecca Childers Caleel and more than 700 guests danced to Motown, soul, disco, Top 40 and Big Band hits from local band SWAY Chicago.
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