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March 10, 2018


30 years of Strawdog! Let's Party like it’s 1988!
Early Bird: $75 | Regular: $90

Join us for a special benefit performance featuring Strawdog's acclaimed ensemble! Strawdog's first Black Tie/Blue Jeans was basically the best night ever, so we're bringing it back!

To help make this year's Black Tie/Blue Jeans even fancier, we're featuring an array of scrumptious dishes from local restaurants and breweries, a dinner we're calling Taste of North Center. You'll enjoy specialties from Begyle Brewery, Brownstone Tavern, Byron's Hot Dogs, Cream, Dos Riccos, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, The Roost Carolina Kitchen, and Virtue Cider.

Our Live Auction is back, with many exciting packages:

Trip to Austin, TX including Two Producer Badges to the Austin Film Festival (October 25-November 1, 2018)

  • Includes access to all Festival Screenings & Conference Panels & Parties
  • Seven-night stay at 5 Star-rated Airbnb in Central Austin
  • $100 gift certificate to Uchi, James Beard award-winner Tyson Cole’s Japanese-fusion restaurant
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Gourmet Dinner for Ten
  • Hosted by Ensemble Member and culinary wiz Janice O’Neill in her gorgeous Lakeview home
  • Past winners have enjoyed menus inspired by such films as "The Big Night"
New York TV-Palooza
  • VIP tickets to tapings of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Two Night Stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Midtown - Times Square Hotel
Fall Getaway to South Haven, MI
  • Crack open that book you didn't read last summer, and cozy up to a fire in a cozy Lake Michigan cottage this September or October
  • Enjoy a tour and tasting for two at nearby Virtue Cidery
Sailing Adventure for Six
  • Enjoy a luxurious three hour yacht charter for six guests, furnished by Chicago Sailing
  • Includes wine and beer for everyone, plus a catered picnic by Janice O'Neill
Chicago Staycation
  • Enjoy a luxurious one-night stay at the Chicago Athletic Association
  • Get the VIP Treatment at Chicago's most hilarious night out: a taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, NPR's News Quiz

Can’t make it to the event on March 10? You can bid remotely on our live auction packages! Click here, fill out the form, and we’ll get back to you with details.

Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by Sarah Ji Photography
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Photo by Heath Hays
Production photo by TCMcG Photography