Worthy Charities and a Lincoln Yards Update!

Now that everyone's Summer vacations are complete, Autumn brings on a wide range of charitable events to Chicago.  The Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board is having a fundraiser at the Drake Hotel on September 26 where Ashley Wheater, the Artistic Director, will give an 'insider's view' of the Joffrey's “Anna Karenina”, a World Premiere ballet based on the Tolstoy classic. 

The new ballet will blend the Joffrey with The Australian Ballet and Russian artistic interpretations, namely choreography by the renowned Yuri Possokhov and music by the composer Ilya Demutsky, recent winner of Russia’s most prestigious theatre award, the Golden Mask!

I’m also on the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House, a huge facility that gives children and their families a place to stay together while visiting the Lurie Children’s Hospital.  Just look at what a nice building the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana branch of the Ronald McDonald Foundation created!!

Our Board is presenting a special Cocktail Party on September 25 at the Cochon Valant restaurant in the Loop.  Here’s the info along with me and friends and fellow board members from a past event.  Please go to their website at rmhccni.org to learn more!

Finally, there is more news about Lincoln Yards, the huge $5 Billion development between Clybourn and Elston Avenue on the City’s near Northwest side.  A night view of the proposed 20,000 seat soccer stadium is shown above. 

The developer, Sterling Bay, recently bought even more space from a firm called Safran Metals.  To get a feel for the dramatic change and contrast between past and future that will be taking place, I put a photo of the current Safran Metals facility side by side with a Sterling Bay rendering of part of the development.  Provided that local community concerns can be accounted for, this will be one of the largest and most beneficial developments in the history of Chicago!

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