One of Chicago's most celebrated charity events, Green Tie Ball, returned last week with a glamorous theme, 'The Great Green Gatsby,' honoring the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story.
Hosted by nonprofit organization Chicago Gateway Green (dedicated to greening and beautifying the region's expressways, gateways, and communities), Green Tie Ball continued its tradition as one of the best fundraisers of the summer raising over $430,000 and offering 2600 guests a new and unique outdoor location in the parking lot at UIC at 1135 S. Union Street, with some of the most entertaining musical talent to date. Slated to DJ, Jane Addiction front-man Perry Farrell decided to surprise guests with a live performance joined by his wife Etty Farrell, and international deejay Sander Kleinenberg.
Hosted by ABC7's 'Windy City Live!' hosts, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, other local talent joined Perry as part of the night's lineup, including DJ Rock City, DJ JRose & DJ Kane, DJ Justin Jacobson and DJ Matt Roan. Famous faces included NBC's Alicia Roman, CBS2's Kris Gutierrez, WLS's Roe Conn, WGN's Dina Bair and many more, who mingled in the events VIP speakeasy lounges.
"Over the past 22 years, the growth of our event has been truly remarkable and has evolved into one of the most entertaining events of the summer," says co-chair Lee Golub. He continues, "Chicago Gateway Green is now an organization with a very rich and deep rooted history in our city, yet its main purpose is to keep improving the greening and beautification of Chicago. It is because of that, I believe, why Green Tie Ball relates to nearly everyone and brings together Chicagoans from all different age groups and demographics."
Sponsors of the Green Tie Ball included exclusive gaming sponsor Rivers Casino; KIA, Chicago Sun-Times, Goose Island, ArcelorMittal, Broken Earth Winery, Golub & Company, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Harry Carey's, Brugal Rum, PeopleFoundry, Home Run Inn, Bakery Tilly Baltics, Alper Services, Zignum, Wirtz Beverage Illinois, Turano, DLA Piper, BMO Harris Bank, Wight & Co., Dining Chicago, Rockit Bar & Grill, Todd T Designs and Absolute Productions.
Check out all of the fun and the best dressed attendees in the gallery below!