by David Cohen

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the 76th annual fashion show, FASHION 2010, Friday, May 7. For the first time in its storied history, the fashion show takes place in the critically acclaimed Renzo Piano-designed Griffin Court of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing (159 East Monroe Avenue). This marks the return of SAIC’s annual fashion show to the Art Institute of Chicago for the first time in 15 years. Fashion and art lovers from across the nation will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular runway show featuring cutting-edge garments by the next generation of up-and-coming designers, presented against the backdrop of Renzo Piano’s stunning architecture.

The 7 p.m. show is part of SAIC’s annual gala scholarship benefit, THE WALK 2010, which begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and concludes with an elegant post-show dinner in Terzo Piano at 8 p.m. Tickets to THE WALK 2010 start at $500 and are available now. Call 312.899.1439 for tickets.

Night Walk 2010 is a new late-night fashion party from 9 p.m.-midnight, with a standing-room-only “Best of Show” runway presentation at 10 p.m. featuring 10 designs by SAIC Legend of Fashion honoree Gary Graham (SAIC BFA 1992). NightWalk includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets to NightWalk 2010 are on sale now, priced at $100 and available online only via

For more information about tickets to Night Walk 2010, call 312.899.7484. Night Walk tickets are only available for purchase online, at

Posted on April 19, 2010
by David Cohen

Dine Out. Fight AIDS on Thursday, April 29th.

AIDSCare Progressive Services (APS), now a member of EdgeAlliance, will celebrate its 17th Annual Dining Out For Life in Chicago on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Partnered with 58 cities across the United States and Canada, Dining Out For Life is the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country.

More than 80 Chicago restaurants will come together to celebrate good friends, good food, and a good cause. Each restaurant will pledge to donate a portion of their proceeds to APS, and a volunteer Ambassador will be assigned to each participating restaurant to encourage individual tax-deductible contributions from diners, and to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness throughout the city. As an additional fundraiser this year, Chicagoans may also participate in a Text-to-Donate campaign by texting EDGE, then their preferred donation amount, to 27138.

Inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem ‘Chicago,’ this year’s event focuses on shoulders as symbols of support, denoting incredible power and strength. Built on the premise of interdependence and the need to lend our shoulders in support of one another, the photographs for this campaign, graciously taken by John Gress, proclaim Chicago as an incredibly diverse city. But more importantly, that we are all people, regardless of race, gender, creed, and age, and that our work has universal significance: “Under his wrist is the pulse. / And under his ribs the heart of the people / Laughing!” (Carl Sandburg, from the poem ‘Chicago’ in Chicago Poems).

AIDSCare Progressive Services, a member of EdgeAlliance, provides supportive and life progress services to families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS on EdgeAlliance’s North Lawndale Housing Campus on Chicago’s West Side.  The campus currently houses more than 124 children, women, and men who are otherwise homeless and living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information or to get involved, visit or

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