Enchanted Garden Benefit Auction


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Fri, May 03, 2024
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM CT

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

Join us in celebrating our artists and mission at the Arts of Life's fifth annual Benefit Auction!

On Friday May 3rd, we transform the Garfield Park Conservatory into an Enchanted Garden which promises to charm and mesmerize. This curated auction of 41 contemporary artworks features both Arts of Life artists and other celebrated artists. Don't miss this opportunity to roam through the conservatory after-hours while mingling with our artists and adding to your art collection!


FEATURED ARTISTS: Marcelo Aguilar, Milena Arango, Chris Austin, Chase Barney, Ruby BradfordRaina Carter, Caroline Chun, Guy Conners, Maeve Coughlin, Rocco Dicaro, Liza Eilers, Madeline Gallucci, Mike Gamboa, Amanda Gantner, Ted Gram-Boarini, Jamie Gray, Laura Greenberg, Noel Herrera, Em Holzinger, Cody Hudson, Leo Kaplan, Marcus Kennedy, Kg, Aaron Kleeblatt, Bill Lilly, Christianne Msall, Vontrell Nun, Sue Pasowicz, Siena Peterson, Jason Pickleman, Pooja Pittie, Mike Rea, Nick Schutzenhofer, Alex Scott, CJ Shaw, Andrew Sloan, Tim Stone, Maria Vanik, Chris Viau,Payton Harris Woodard

HOST COMMITTEE:  Julia Kriegel | Noel Mercado | Elizabeth O'Brien | Katy O'Malley | Cody Tumblin

Unsure about what to wear? Find outfit inspiration on our pinterest board!


The Arts of Life Benefit Auction supports our mission to inspire artistic expression, build community, and develop independence for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Arts of Life serves 70 artists through two studio locations, community programs, and in-home supports.


Each studio boasts an exhibition space, Circle Contemporary, which offers year-round programming featuring guest curators and artists. Through thoughtful outreach and community partnerships, Arts of Life studio artists’ work has been featured in prestigious venues, including Art on the MART, EXPO Chicago, NADA Miami, The Outsider Art Fair NYC, Art Fair Tokyo, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, INTUIT Center for Outside Art, and Museum of Everything in London.

This event is 21+
Free parking is available in large adjacent lot; overflow parking available on street.
There are paved pathways from the parking lot to the building entrance, as well as ramps and a push button automated door.
Due to its historic landmark status, the staircase leading to the Fern Room has not been renovated with a ramp or hand rails. All other spaces are wheelchair accessable.
Contact Lacey Whittaker with any accommodation questions or requests: LWhittaker@artsoflife.org


$175 VIP

6:30PM Admission: Get first look at artworks in person and mingle with artists at our VIP cocktail reception with food and drink. Includes drinks for the entire event and late night sweets table.

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$75 General Admission

7:30PM Admission: Roam the conservatory's lush gardens with us and participate in the live auction and paddle raise! Includes drinks and late night sweets table.

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$75 Sponsor an Artist

All Arts of Life Artists are invited to attend this event for free!! Donate to cover the cost of one ticket.

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Free Virtual Ticket Only

Can't join us in person? Participate in our live and silent auction from wherever you are!

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$900 VIP Table

6:30PM Admission: Four (4) VIP Tickets with a reserved table.

Get first look at artworks in person and mingle with artists at our VIP cocktail reception! Food will be served with free drinks until 7:30pm. Ticket includes free drinks all evening and late night sweets table.

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$10 1 Raffle Ticket
$50 6 Raffle Tickets
$100 13 Raffle Tickets
Large Planted Terrarium from Sprout Home

A miniature ecosystem of your own! Terrariums are a wonderful way to spotlight a collection of plants that are housed together as one landscape.  

Desert:  Succulent-like plants, possibly including cactus, that can handle full to part sun.  Let dry out between waterings.  Walking though the desert landscape. 

Foliage: Leafy based foliage that does well in part shade to shade.  Full and lush.  Dry to the touch or even moisture.  Taking a stroll through the forest. 

Terrarium Size: 14" H x 13.5" D - 6" opening

Images are used for inspiration only. As plant availability changes daily, the plants we use will vary. Each terrarium is a custom design

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Honest Company Beauty Bundle

Take home the Honest Company's Nourishing Ritual Gift Set inside of their Canvas City Backpack!

Includes Sweet Almond scented Gently Nourishing faves - shampoo + body wash, conditioner, bubble bath, face and body lotion + nourishing tinted lip balm in dragon fruit shade

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Driehaus Museum Membership

Win a 1year Household Membership to the historic Driehaus Museum + a copy of their coffee table book An American Palace, a history of the museum.

The Driehaus Museum engages and inspires the global community through exploration and ongoing conversations in art, architecture, and design of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883, at the height of the Gilded Age, and the soon-to-be-restored 1926 Murphy Auditorium. The Museum’s collection reflects and is inspired by the collecting interests, vision, and focus of its founder, the late Richard H. Driehaus.

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Day Passes to Six Flags

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Tickets valid during regular operating hours and expire September 2, 2024

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Nestled at the border of Edgewater and Andersonville, Gethsemane Garden Center has proudly served Chicago’s gardening needs for almost forty years. Family owned and operated, our knowledgeable staff is passionate about flora and dedicated to providing you with the highest quality plant material and customer service in Chicagoland. 

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Avaline Wines Intro Set

New to Avaline? Start here and find your favorites. This 9 bottle set gives you the perfect introduction to our bestsellers, featuring: 2 Red, 2 Rosé, 2 White, 1 Pinot, 1 Cabernet and 1 Sparkling.

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KOVAL Tour and Tasting

Win a 45 min tour and tasting for 2 people of KOVAL Distillery!

Expect a well-rounded experience for gin and whiskey lovers alike as your guide explains the subtle intricacies of distillation and the delicious beauty of small-batch spirits. 

The experience begins at check-in as you travel through our visitor center. Follow your guide onto a platform overlooking KOVAL’s state-of-the-art distillery, where you will gain insight into KOVAL's grain-to-bottle process. The experience culminates with a tasting of 3 KOVAL spirits

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Nailed Salon Gift Certificate

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  • $100 gift card
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Can't join the event? You can still support this cause…

Giving Levels

$100 $100 Paddle Raise
$250 $250 Paddle Raise
$500 $500 Paddle Raise
$1,000 $1000 Paddle Raise


Arts of Life Lacey Whittaker Chicago, IL giving@artsoflife.org 3128292787 http://artsoflife.org
Nonprofit Organization Donations Tax Deductible