Race Against Hate (Photo by Evanston Photographic Studios.)

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

Race Against Hate

Evanston 

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.

Best Gala

Lyric Opera Wine Auction

Chicago

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

Bright Promises Foundation Annual Awards

Chicago

Best of 2018: Philanthropy (Bright Promises)

Bright Promises (Photo courtesy of Carole Robertson Learning Center.)

This annual celebration brings together people who want to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in Chicago.