In a city as vibrant as Chicago, making everyday decisions — where to order dinner, get a haircut, push your kids on the swings — can feel downright dizzying. Enter our (eighth annual!) Best Of awards: You shared your favorite spaces and places, we tallied the votes, and together we’ll celebrate all that makes our beloved communities shine.
Here are the Best of 2018: Philanthropy winners:
Best Charity Walk/Run
This family-friendly race held every Father’s Day brings people together to walk in unity against racial hatred and violence. It is held in honor of the late Ricky Byrdsong, a former Northwestern basketball coach and a victim of a hate crime.
The Lyric Opera Wine Auction offers an extensive selection of wines to bid on. The profits from the night go toward the Lyric’s “commitment to education, community engagement, artistic initiatives, and creative expression.”
Best Non-Gala Fundraiser
This annual celebration brings together people who want to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in Chicago.