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20th Anniversary Gala of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Thursday, November 17th

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6PM VIP Reception | 7PM General Admission


The Ivy Room at Tree Studios

Join the Chamber in commemorating its 20th Anniversary at a gala event inside the historic Ivy Room. Enjoy tastings from a collection of amazing Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Sip on custom cocktails. Experience performances from Chicago Cabaret Project. VIP attendees will enjoy a private VIP reception from 6pm-7pm, prior to general admission.

Embrace the theme of the Chicago World’s Fair by dressing in your most creative white tie. Whatever you choose to wear, make it creative and make it your own.


Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Please contact Heather McRae, David Tucci, or Matt Phillips for more details.

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Event Pricing

General Admission: $125
Couple General Admission: $250
Group (10) General Admission: $1,000
VIP: $150
VIP Couple: $300
VIP Group (10): $1,350

Enjoy a World of Flavors Where Tarzan Was Born

In the 20 years following the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Judge Lambert Tree and his wife Anne built Tree Studios as an artistic community to entice great talent to settle in Chicago.

Tree Studios and its annexes became the oldest artistic community in the United States. Over the years, it became the home of great artists such as painter Richard Florsheim, actors Peter Falk and Burgess Meredith, sculptor John Storrs, whose Ceres, the goddess of grain, stands atop the Chicago Board of Trade.

Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, wrote Tarzan of the Apes while looking at the Ivy Courtyard. The same ivy covered courtyard where J. Allen St. John illustrated the images for the first edition of Tarzan and the same courtyard visible from the 20th Anniversary Gala.

In the early 2000s, the Tree Studios was renovated and is now the home to art-related businesses, thriving shops and the amazing Ivy Room.

During our gala celebration, guests will experience flavors from around the world. Enjoy bites from RPM Steak, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, II Porcellino, Mon Ami Gabi, Nacional 27, Osteria Stato, Summer House Santa Monica, Shaw’s and Beatrix.


Grab a cocktail of your choice from our Sidetrack sponsored bar. Watch the Cabaret Project recreate acts experienced at the World’s Fair Midway.

Dance and celebrate a historic night inside the perfect historic spot.

What Is White Tie?

On November 17th, we will celebrate the Chamber’s 20th anniversary with a Night at the World’s Fair. In keeping with the theme, guests are encouraged to dress in creative white tie. But what exactly is white tie and how do you make it creative?

White tie refers to the eponymous white bowtie that men were expected to wear with full evening dress. More formal than black tie or tuxedo dress, white tie historically consists of a black tailcoat worn over a white starched shirt, marcella waistcoat and a white bowtie with high-waisted black trousers and patent leather shoes. Ladies would wear full-length evening gowns with gloves, a small bag and their best jewelry.

White tie dress also comes with a list of great accessories and decorations in addition to tails, waistcoats and long gowns. White tie is when you can get away with top hats, white scarfs, large white flowers on your lapel, long gloves, tiaras, elaborate necklaces and jewelry, beaded bags and walking sticks.
While these items are not required, we encourage you to add your own twist to the creative white tie theme.

Let your imagination and creativity run wild. After all there are no wrongs when it comes to standing out and making an impression.

An Event 20 Years in the Making

In 1996, a group of LGBT business owners banded together to advocate for diversity and inclusion. This Thursday November 17th, we celebrate that day and 20 years of advocacy. It promises to be an amazing night. Enjoy delicious food provided by:


Indulge with an open bar sponsored by Sidetrack and MillerCoors.

Experience live performances by Cabaret Project. Mix, mingle and dance with friends and your Chamber family.  We have all waited 20 years for this night and we’re going to make it special.

Mayor Emmanuel Congratulates Chamber on 20th Anniversary

We’re proud to announce this letter from Mayor Emmanuel congratulating the LGBT Chamber of Commerce on its 20th Anniversary.