The Chicago Academy for the Arts has announced A Taste for the Arts Gala, returning to the Harris Theater and Millennium Park Terrace Tuesday, May 13, 2014. This evening, hosted by Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis, will feature a performance by the emerging artists of The Academy alongside some dazzling cuisine presented by some of Chicago’s hottest chefs, including lead chef Curtis Duffy (Grace), Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO) and Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due). 

Guests will be treated to a performance at the Harris Theater at 6 p.m. and will proceed to the Millennium Park Terrace at 7:30 p.m. for silent and live auctions, tastings from 10 chefs, signature cocktails from popular Chicago mixologists, mingling and music by The Academy’s Jazz Ensemble throughout the evening.

A Taste for the Arts is The Academy’s primary fundraising event, and provides critical support for the ongoing success of the school – Chicagoland’s conservatory prep school and one of only four independent arts high schools in the United States. Funds raised through the event will support The Academy’s groundbreaking programs, international partnerships and scholarships, ensuring The Academy’s place as a leader and model for excellence in arts education.

Wirtz Beverage of Illinois will serve as the exclusive Beverage Sponsor and Barbara Levy Kipper will once again serve as The Academy’s Performance Sponsor.

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Exterior of The Chicago Academy for the arts.

Chicago Academy for the Arts Presenting Taste of the Arts Gala 2014