It’s Mardi Gras next week, which holds a special place in my heart. Growing up, I would visit New Orleans, and I remember crawling up the back of ladder and into a rickety makeshift seat attached to the top to get the best view of the parade. Then we’d sit for hours as the parades would pass by, while below, hordes of drunks yelled, “Throw me something, mista!”
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.
More than 600 guests donned their best crimson, cardinal and ruby hues to help take a stand against heart disease at the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon Feb. 21.
• West Loop-based shoe company Bucketfeet celebrates its third anniversary, and to honor the milestone, founders Aaron Firestein and Raaja Nemani (above) will premier their Chicago Collection — a series of six new designs doodled by local artists — available starting March 2 at their Block 37 store (108 N. State).