[PRESS RELEASE] The Museum of Contemporary Art Presents: 50ish, The UnGalaChicago Readeron November 15, 2022 at 10:58 pm

CHICAGO50ish is a whole museum takeover and art party celebrating the
Chicago Reader’s 50th anniversary and Chicago’s best arts and entertainment.

Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

When: Wednesday, November 30 6-7 PM: VIP Reception7-11:30 PM: Main Event

Dress: Free and freaky / creative cocktail / you-do-you, but make it fabulous

Tickets: $15 – $1,000 ($250 and up are invited to the VIP reception)


Three levels of entertainment and 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, special cocktails, and Reader anniversary swag
Performance art and entertainment curated by the Reader arts team
Two stages with music, live art, and dance
Raffles with amazing prizes
Photo booth by GlitterGuts
50ish Anniversary merch
10% off at the MCA store (open until 8:00 PM.)
And much more!

Emceed by: Scott Duff, Stand-Up Comedian and Host of Out Radio

Featured Artists:

Angelique Monroe – performance
Batty Davis – drag artist
Blue Alice – dance and performance
Chad the Bird – puppetry
Cristal Sabbagh and Shalaka Kulkarni – butoh, performance, and movement
Debbie-Marie Brown – alternative emo soul
DJ Flores Negras – cumbia dance
DJ Scary Lady Sarah – goth
Heavy Crownz – hip-hop
Lucy Stoole – drag artist
The Neo-Futurists – performance art
Ratso – puppetry
AJ Sacco – magician
Shawnee Dez – alternative R&B and soul
Sildance/AcroDanza presents Ellas y Yo Mexicanas – dance
Smarty Pants – balloon artist
Stylin’ Out Crew – hip-hop and breakdancing
DJ Velcro Lewis – old school R&B

Presenting Sponsor


Epic Gourmet Popcorn
Half Acre
The Darrell R. Windle Charitable Fund and Polo Inn
CFL Workforce and Community Initiative
Miriam U. Hoover Foundation
Quarterfold LLC
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
Borst Accounting Solutions
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

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


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