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Vernissage 2024

April 11, 20245:00 pm - 7:00 pm

An overhead view of a crowd of people in a large, warehouse-type space.

Vernissage 2018 at Festival Hall. Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography.

About the Event

The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago invites you to attend Vernissage, the opening night benefit of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. The MCA is proud to participate in the 11th year of the exposition, which presents artwork from more than 170 leading galleries from around the world.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the MCA’s learning department’s mission, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s exhibitions and programs, as well as the world of contemporary art and culture.

Vernissage tickets will be available for purchase online until 12pm on Thursday, April 11th, after which point tickets can be purchased at the MCA ticket desk located just inside the East entrance of Navy Pier.

For questions about this event, please contact [email protected] or 312-397-3871.


Lead Sponsors

Dr. Anita Blanchard and Martin Nesbitt
Lisa Duarte
Kenneth C. Griffin
Rachel and David Grund
Harris Family Foundation
Anne L. Kaplan
Susie Karkomi and Marvin Leavitt
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Cathy Ross and Chris Liguori
Cathy Rotstein
Cari and Michael Sacks
Karyn and Bill Silverstein
Joyce Yaung and Matt Bayer
Zell Family Foundation


Silvia Beltrametti and Jay Frederick Krehbiel
Meta Berger
Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand and The Bluhm Family Foundation
Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein
Jennifer and Alex Brown
Susan and Michael Canmann
Nancy and Steven Crown
Helyn Goldenberg and Michael Alper
Jack and Sandra Guthman
Stephanie and John Harris
Daniel J. Hyman, Millennium Properties
Marilyn G. Kushen
Schuyler and Jon Levin
Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund
Maggie Savarino
Cheryl and John Seder
Rebekah and Ilan Shalit
Ellen Wallace and Steven Gould


Katie Adams
Tammi and Oscar Bedolla
Buccellati Chicago
Helen Cesarik
Conduit Studio
Catherine A. Daniels
Michael Davis
Andrea and Steven DeMar
Beth Kohl and Gary Feinerman
Dr. Julius Few
Marilyn and Larry Fields
Marcia and Tom Fraerman
Robin Gallardi
Denise and Gary Gardner
Anthony Grant
Nickol and Darrel Hackett
Michele Heftman
Julie and William Hobert
Cynthia Hunt and Philip Rudolph
Diane Kahan
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.
Caitlynde and James Langer
Ron and Fifi Levin
Judith R. Male
Nadia Murad
Lisa S. Paulson and Andrew Fabricant
Kim Perutz
Joshua D. Rogers
Douglas and Yumi Ross
Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley Ann Ryan
Stephanie Anne Sick
Ellen Soren
Melissa Spellman
Marjorie K. Staples
Marjorie and Louis Susman
Robin Loewenberg Tebbe and Mark Tebbe
Anna and David Thomas
Natasha and Rohit Vuppuluri
Dia S. Weil
John H. Winzeler


Daniel Ajun
Mica Alexis
Amanda Andrews Howlader
Janet Murphy Anixter and Steven Anixter
Frank Auriemma
Raissa Bailey
Leta Bajraktari
Deborah Bekken
Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt
Philip Berger
Wren W. Berger and Kevin Gibbons
Jim Blinder
Susan Brunstrum
Suzette Bross and Allan E. Bulley, III
Monique Brinkman-Hill
Rada and Matthew Burdeen
Gwen Callans and Biff Ruttenberg
Beth Conen
Yvonne Cook
Jim Coudal
Lori A. Crosley
Dan Dallas
Melyora de Koning
Brandon Dobell
Nneka B. Dunham
Lisa Eisenberg
Sharon R. Fairley
Piper Farrell
Lori and Bruce Fogelson
Nancy and David Frej
Marilyn Freund and Adri Cremo
Tonya and Matt Geesman
Sean Densil Green
Barb Guido
Christie Hefner
Lisa Heicklen
Jeri Netter Henoch
Hannah Higgins and Joe Reinstein
Michelle and Glenn Holland
Lauren M. Huefner
Katie and Billy Hutchens
Margaret Izzo
Loren Nicol Johnson
Gerri Kahnweiler
Khloe Karova
Nancy and Rick Kreiter
Eva and Adam Laser
Christopher Leake
Phaedra Leslie
Laura Lester
Irwin Lowenstein
Andrea Mandel
Lisa Marick
Todd Marek
Marla Marshall
Maggie and Michael Meiners
Susan Mendelsohn
Gary Metzner and Scott Johnson
Elizabeth Mollen
Albert Montano
Lloyd Morgan and Dixie Johnson
Rebecca Daniel Mottley
Laura Murphy
Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel
Alexis Nido-Russo
Gloria Nusbaum
Amy Weinberg Olswang
Bryan L. Perry, ESQ.
Lauren Peterson
Alyssa Quinlan
Linda Johnson Rice
Eve Reppen Rogers
Anne Rorimer
Meryl Rosen
Alan and Rebecca Ross
John Simpson
Suzanne Shier
Elisa Spain and Arthur Beyda
Dee Springer
Rena Sternberg
Kristin and Stan Stevens
Joel Strauss
Bobette Takiff
Dr. Juan Alzate and Robyn Tavel
Cherine Taylor
Tiffany & Co.
Paula Fuller Tobin
Mary Kay Touhy
Noren Ungaretti
Malika Viltz
Martha A. Wade
Natalie and Michael Waechter
Amanda Williams
Edith Williams
Clifford Yuknis and Judith Kaminsky


Corporate Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

CIRM logo


Institutional Sponsors

Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LogoEisen Family Foundation Logo 2023/02/Grund-and-Leavitt-Logo.jpg Millennium Properties logoNorthern Trust logoUnited Healthcare logo


Event Partners

EXPO Chicago LogoNavy Pier Logo