On November 30, 2022 the Reader threw a party at and presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrating the Reader’s fifty-ish anniversary—and the very best of Chicago arts and entertainment. The UnGala was attended by more than 1,200 guests, including current and past Reader staff, board members, contributors, advertisers, and loyal Reader fans. Sponsors included the MCA, Half Acre, Koval, Epic Popcorn, Cann, The Morton Group LLC, The Darrell R. Windle Charitable Fund & Polo Inn, and a variety of local businesses, groups, and individuals. The event raised over $110,000, with proceeds benefiting the Reader.

Thank you so much to everyone who celebrated with us and made the evening such a success!

Check out some of the photos from our 50ish UnGala at the Museum of Contemporary Art!

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Our full list of sponsors:

Event Chairs 
Christie Hefner · Ken O’Keefe and Jason Stephens · Bill Rossi and Dan Earles · Darrell R. Windle and Dave Samber

Event Co-Chairs
Evette Cardona and Mona Noriega · Michael Leppen · Gigi Pritzker · Bob Reiter · Eileen Rhodes · Adele Smith Simmons · Julia Stasch

Host Committee
Roxanne Deck 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 · Matt Tully · Lilly Wachowski

A hearty thank you to our generous sponsors: 
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Sponsors
Half Acre · Koval · Epic Popcorn · CANN · Morten Group LLC · The Darrell R. Windle Charitable Fund & Polo Inn

DuSable Lake Shore Drive Sponsors
CFL Workforce and Community Initiative · Clayco · Miriam U. Hoover Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation · Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation · Quarterfold LLC · UIC CHANCE Program

Ida B. Wells Blvd. Sponsors
Borst Accounting Solutions (BAS) · Elevate · Fifth Third Bank · The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation · Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP · Lloyd A. Fry Foundation · Sodade Revival, LLC

Event producer:  Sprout Partnership

Partner and Venue: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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If you’re interested in partnering with the Chicago Reader on future events, contact us at info@chicagoreader.com.