Green Tie Ball features Willy Wonka theme for 22nd annual bash (Video!)

Green Tie Ball features Willy Wonka theme for 22nd annual bash (Video!)
Green Tie Ball 2012 with Alice in Wonderland theme.

One of Chicago’s most celebrated charity events, the Green Tie Ball, returns this year with a whimsical ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ theme. Hosted by nonprofit organization Chicago Gateway Green, which is dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities, Green Tie Ball presented by A. Finkl & Sons will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at A. Finkl & Sons (2011 N. Southport).

9-15-15 _249fb Mila SamokhinaThis year’s gala will feature DJ sets by SNDCLSH consisting of DJ Lupe Fiasco and DJ Sky Gellatly. Fiasco, a Chicago native, is a Grammy nominated artist. Co-chair Lee Golub and his band Dr. Bombay will also take the stage, as well as other guest deejays throughout the evening.

Guests will enjoy tastings from over 55 of Chicago’s top restaurants, like Siena Tavern, Lockwood, Mercadito, Jellyfish, Tavernita, and Public House, as well as multiple open bars with premium offerings.  ABC7’s ‘Windy City Live!’ hosts, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, will return to emcee once again. The fundraiser is co- chaired by Lee Golub of Golub & Company and his wife Sandy Golub. Vice co-chairs are Grigory Pekarsky of Vesta Preferred Realty and Molly Bromiley of Northern Trust.

There will be a VIP reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where guests arriving on the Green Carpet adorned in their most marvelous green-tie attire will be greeted with a champagne toast as they make their way to the cocktail reception with premium open bars, which will serve up specialty cocktails courtesy of sponsors Russian Standard vodka brands, Black Grouse Scotch and Goose Island Beer.  In addition, a silent auction and Rivers Casino charitable gaming area, the ball’s exclusive gaming sponsor, will feature roulette, blackjack and craps. Winnings from the casino game will go toward tickets for the spectacular raffle. VIP tickets ($250, $275 at the door – includes admittance to the VIP cocktail reception and gala).

9-15-15 _2888fb Mila SamokhinaThe ball will also offer a limited number of V-VIP Oompa Loompa Lounges for $3,500; $5,000; and $7,500. Each sponsorship will include a designated reserved lounge area for the duration of the evening, located in the heart of the action. Each booth package includes ten (10) VIP tickets with access into the lounge area, bottle service, advance access to the charitable gaming and silent auction, reserved VIP gift bags, additional promotional support and more. The $7,500 sponsorship level will have an automatic entry into our Golden Ticket drawing, the prize being $2,500 cash!

P1060438This popular gala, returning each year with a new and engaging theme, raises funds for Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program. It was first held in 1992 as a 500- person street party and is now one of the best-known charity events in Chicago, attended last year by nearly 3,000 people and raising more than $450,000. The gala attracts Chicago’s most prominent public, political and media figures, environmental supporters as well as young professionals and local celebrities.

General admission ($150 pre-purchased, $175 at the door) can be purchased here.  For more info about Chicago Gateway Green, visit  (Photos by Mila Samokhina).

(To see my video from last year's big event themed Alice in Wonderland, see below!)


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