Chicago area chefs and caterers will be presenting fabulous recipes during the annual First Look For Charity on Friday.

The event is the annual gala preview to The Chicago Auto Show.

First Look for Charity will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at Chicago's McCormick Place. The fundraiser, now in its 27th edition, is expected to raise about $2 million for 18  charities.

Among restaurants and caterers participating in the fundraiser will be Savor Chicago, Catered by Design, Poke & Roll, Porkchop, Real Urban Barbecue, Safehouse, Andy's Frozen Custard, Butter Bella Cookies and more.

Dishes that will be featured at the event will include Salmon and Vegetable Poke; BBQ Sliders; Flank Steak; Mac and Cheese with Burnt Ends; and more.

"This is one of Chicago's premiere fundraisers," said John Hennessy, Chicago Auto Show chairman. He said attendees will not only get to see the latest in new cars but will be helping many organizations as well.

In addition to the culinary and drink offerings, guests will be entertained by various performers including The Chicago 6 and The Four C Notes.

"In 27 years, we've raised about 60 million for 18 local charities," Hennessy said.

"It's a fun night and (people) are getting the chance to help local charities and the community," he said, about First Look.

This year's charities include Advocate Health Care; Franciscan Community Benefit Services; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Clearbrook; JDRF; Franciscan Health Foundation; March of Dimes and others.

The Chicago Auto Show is considered the largest auto show in North America. For more information and ticket prices on First Look for Charity, visit For additional information on the Chicago Auto Show, visit


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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.