Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What To Do On Inauguration Day

LakeCountyEye is still waiting for its invitation to President-Elect Obama's Inauguration to arrive in the mail.

If you are like us and frustrated by your snail-mail service, don't fret, there are some less-expensive and closer-to-home inauguration events to attend.

Most events are scheduled for Jan 20 and all are open to the public. Some events are free, and some are priced reasonably, and some aren't.

Chicago Inaugural Ball
Volunteers and supporters of President Barack Obama will celebrate the Inauguration on January 20th at the Skyline Ballroom in McCormick Place. Festivities begin at 7pm. The Chicago Inaugural Ball will share the theme of the ceremonies in Washington: Renewing American's Promise. The night's program will include dancing, a champagne toast to the new President, and several multimedia presentations celebrating this historic evening. The Skyline Ballroom is in the West Building of McCormick Place, between Martin Luther King Dr and S. Prairie Avenue. Tickets are $175 and include Valet Parking, 2 glasses of Champagne, hors d'oeuvres.

Luncheon and black-tie ball
The Black Chamber of Commerce of Lake County will hold a luncheon to watch the swearing-in ceremony live on a large-screen TV on Jan 20 between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by a black-tie inauguration reception and ball that evening between 6 and 9:30 p.m. at Midlane Resort and Country Club, 4555 W. York House Road, Waukegan. Tickets are $25 for the inaugural luncheon only; $75 for the black-tie inauguration reception and ball only; or $95 for the combination ticket for the luncheon and ball.
RSVP 847-244-5548

Family-friendly celebration
The 10th Congressional District Democrats are planning a family-friendly inaugural celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Hyatt Deerfield, 1750 Lake-Cook Road. Tickets are $44 for adults, $20 for children 13 to 18 and free for children 12 and under.
RSVP 847-266-8683

Buffet and Celebration
The Eighth District Democrats and Independents are planning a pot-luck dinner to watch the balls and replays of the inauguration ceremony at Byron Colby Barn, Route 45 and Jones Point Road, Prairie Crossing in Grayslake starting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Bring a dish to pass or a nonperishable donation for the local food pantry. $10 donation requested.
RSVP 847-550-8631

Township Inaugural Ball
Celebrate the inauguration with the Wheeling and Palatine Township Democrats on Jan 20 at 7pm. We'll watch the festivities on big screen TVs at the Village Bar & Grill, 48 Raupp Rd in Buffalo Grove. $10 for hot appetizers (pizza, chicken fingers, potato skins). Cash Bar, Poetry Slam.

Presidential Inauguration Ball
The Democratic Party of Evanston invites you to join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, State Representative Julie Hamos and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffreiden for a wonderful evening of entertainment and dancing to rock and swing standards with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Raffle prices to commemorate this historic day. Sweets & savories. Cash bar. Black Tie Optional. $44 per person, $80 per couple. On Saturday, January 10, 8-11:30pm -- and at Hilton Gardens, 1818 Maple Ave in Evanston.

See the NewsSun for more information about these events

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