Please join the Chicago Reader for our 2nd annual UnGala, presented by The California Clipper, at Epiphany Center for the Arts.

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Time:  VIP Cocktail Hour:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.; General Admission:  7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Location: Epiphany Center for The Arts, 201 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607

Description: An annual benefit celebrating the bright future of the Reader with the very best of Chicago arts and entertainment. 

Attire: Whatever you fancy! From biz casual to Met Gala-fab, our only ask is that you add a little Reader Yellow or gold into your look. Whether it’s a monochromatic yellow storm, or just a small pop of gold, make it your own! Click the dress code guide below for inspiration. 


  • 3 areas of entertainment + fun (full line-up to be announced!)
  • A VIP reception with access to a 2-hour open bar, light bites, and entertainment
  • A killer line up of some of Chicago’s best music + live art + dance
  • Food provided by featuring locally sourced and artisan producers
  • Cash bar available all night
  • Raffles with amazing prizes

Cost: Sponsorship levels start at $250; Tickets start at $20

Emceed by: Chima Ikoro (@naira.bills)

Performer and Artist Lineup will include:

Peter CottonTale

Sparklmami | The Trenchies

Yanna Cello | Rockstar EV



The Body Confident Queens | Blesstonio | Lady D

Raffle Packages

We’re super thrilled to have a number of amazing raffle packages for you to bid on! From a boat charter experience and a downtown date night, to tickets to shows at Steppenwolf Theatre, About Face Theatre, and Writers Theatre, there’s something for everyone! Click here to see the entire list of raffle packages, and click here to buy raffle tickets!

After Party Information

After the show, it’s always the after party! Join us at The California Clipper (1002 N California Avenue) for drinks and vibes immediately following the UnGala. Be sure to visit the “Clipper Corner” activation during the UnGala to receive your drink voucher and an Uber code to get a free ride. We’ll see you there!


Please see our sponsorship package options here. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and advertising packages, reach out to Diane Pascal, at