ChiArti Gras

About ChiArti Gras

Organized by our Parent Support Organization (PSO), “ChiArti Gras” is ChiArts’ annual silent auction event. Welcoming parents, guardians, and community members, the Silent Auction encourages the spirit of giving in a fun, accessible environment. Guests are invited to contribute by bidding on silent auction items, purchasing raffle tickets, or contributing to a Mardi Gras “giving mask.” Showcasing a wide array of ChiArts talent, student performers are featured throughout the evening in a cabaret-style format.

ChiArti Gras 2018

Mark your calendars for this year’s ChiArti Gras, which will take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 6:30-9:30pm at the Polish Museum of America. The Museum is located at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the corner of Augusta Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave. in Noble Square. Complimentary parking will be provided.

Join us in helping plan the event! The ChiArti Gras Committee will be meeting on the following. All are welcome!

Wednesday, September 20 6:15pm The Chicago Teachers’ Lounge 2525 W. Division
Tuesday, October 17 6:15pm ChiArts Room 011
Tuesday, November 14 6:15pm ChiArts Room 011
Tuesday, December 12 6:15pm ChiArts Room 011
Wednesday, Jan 10 6:00pm ChiArts Room 011 *cancelled*
Tuesday, Jan 23  6:15pm ChiArts Room 011
Tuesday, Feb 6 6:15pm ChiArts Room 011
Tuesday, Feb 13 6:15pm ChiArts Room 011
Tuesday, Feb 20 6:15pm ChiArts Room 011

We thank our 2018 ChiArti Gras sponsors!

Catering Sponsor
Lisa and Jon Seda

Venue Sponsor
Stephanie and Barry Batson
Michele and Pete Doyle

Bourbon Street Sponsor
Dana and Lyle Berkowitz
Lisa Simmons and John Street

Royal Street Sponsor
Curt and Jennifer Conklin

Green Room Sponsor
Carol and Brendan Deely
Jean and Raul Ramos

ChiArti Gras 2017

Our second-annual parent-run silent auction, “ChiArti Gras,” welcomed nearly 160 ChiArts parents, guardians, staff, and friends to The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture on Saturday, February 4th, 2017. Through the support of our guests, over $25,000 was raised for ChiArts’ five arts conservatories! A HUGE Thank You to our dedicated silent auction committee, parent volunteers, and event sponsors. We couldn’t have done this without you!

To join the planning committee, please contact Dana Berkowitz, ChiArti Gras Chair, at For questions on how to make an in-kind gift or to become an event sponsor, please contact Marley Dzis, Manager, Annual Fund and Special Events, at or 773-534-9710, ext. 12190.  We look forward to this year’s event!