MCA Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art presents Chicago Reader 50ish UnGala Celebration: A benefit for the Chicago Reader - Wedneday, November 30, 2022 VIP reception 6-7:00 PM + General 7:00 - 11:30 PM Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL

Please join the Chicago Reader for our 50ish anniversary UnGala at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Time:  VIP reception:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.; General Admission:  7:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Avenue in Chicago

Description: 50ish is a whole museum takeover and art party celebrating the Chicago Reader‘s fifty-ish anniversary and the very best of Chicago arts and entertainment.

Attire: Whatever you fancy! From biz casual to Met Gala-fab, to 1970s-inspired creations (culturally appropriate please!), you do you


  • 3 levels of entertainment + fun
  • A VIP reception with a private viewing of the MCA’s new show: Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today; passed hors d’oeuvres; and special cocktails + Reader anniversary swag
  • Site-specific performance art + entertainment curated by the Reader editorial team
  • 3-4 stages with music + live art + dance
  • Food and drink provided by MCA catering, featuring locally sourced and artisan producers
  • Cool sponsor activations + sponsor swag
  • Raffles with amazing prizes
  • Fun 50ish Anniversary merch

Cost: Sponsorship levels start at $250; Tickets start at $15

Performer and Artist Lineup… Check back for updates!

Presenting Sponsor


  • Borst Accounting Solutions (BAS)
  • CFL Workforce and Community Initiative
  • Cann
  • The Darrell R. Windle Charitable Fund and Polo Inn
  • Elevate
  • Epic Gourmet Popcorn
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Half Acre
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • KOVAL Distillery
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Miriam U. Hoover Foundation
  • Morten Group LLC
  • Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
  • Sodade Revival LLC
  • Quarterfold LLC

Event Committee


  • Christie Hefner
  • Kenneth W. O’Keefe and Jason Stephens
  • Bill Rossi and Dan Earles
  • Darrell R. Windle and Dave Samber


  • Evette Cardona and Mona Noriega
  • Michael Leppen
  • Gigi Pritzker
  • Bob Reiter
  • Eileen Rhodes
  • Adele Smith Simmons
  • Julia Stasch

Host Committee

  • Roxanne Decyk and Lew Watts
  • Eve L. Ewing
  • Janice Feinberg, PharmD, JD
  • Vanessa Fernandez
  • Rena Henderson Mason
  • David Hiller
  • Simone Koehlinger and Lora Branch
  • Reese Marcusson
  • Michael Mock
  • Sharon Mylrea
  • Diane Pascal
  • Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill
  • Nan Schaffer and Karen Dixon
  • Lilly Wachowski

Contact: For more information on sponsorship opportunities and advertising packages, reach out to your advertising representative or our event producers at Producers at Sprout Partnerships dot com.