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Blue Jean Gala 2023

The Best Party Of The Year Featuring St. Paul & The Broken Bones. After party with Funkadesi!

Friday, June 2, 2023  ·  5:30 PM Roaming Feast  ·  8:00 PM Concert

4544 N. Lincoln Ave. · Gary & Laura Maurer Hall

Stroll up and down the beautiful streets of Lincoln Square and indulge in the Gala pre-concert Roaming Feast at outstanding neighborhood restaurants. Then, settle in for an extraordinary concert featuring St. Paul & The Broken Bones in our intimate 425-seat Maurer Hall. Top it all off with the Gala After Party featuring live music from Funkadesi plus delicious late night bites and drinks.

Proceeds from the Blue Jean Gala help ensure the continuation and growth of the Old Town School’s community ventures, financial aid, and education programs.

Dress is denim-chic for a lively yet relaxed evening. Don’t miss Chicago’s best party of the year with amazing food, music, and surprises.


Roam through some of Lincoln Square's finest restaurants. Participating restaurants include Bistro Campagne, Due Lire, Fork, Luella's Southern Kitchen and Yum Dum. Enjoy live music by the marching band Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade as guests make their way back to Maurer Hall.


Put your bidding hats on! One-of-a-kind items range from a 10-night stay in Ireland to a signed guitar by Graham Nash, a private concert with Dolly Varden, and more!

The evening will be hosted by XRT's very own Marty Lennartz. In addition to being a well known figure in Chicago's music scene he is also a huge fan of the School and you regularly see him at Old Town School concerts and the occasional class.


Enjoy a rousing performance by St. Paul & The Broken Bones, an eight-piece soul band out of Alabama with an old school sound mixed with funk and disco. Not only have they performed at festivals around the world, they have shared the stage with some of the world's biggest artists (Elton John and the Rolling Stones to name a few).

Then, enjoy a lively after party full of delicious specialty cocktails by KOVAL, tasty late night bites by 5411 Empanadas and FRIO Gelato and live music by legendary Chicago band Funkadesi will keep the party going after the concert.

Plus, Piggy Palooza is back by popular demand! Purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to smash an Old Town School piggy bank and win a prize.

Blue Jean Gala 2023 Sponsors


Ken and Barbara Kaufman
Martina Keller and Don McLellan
Tomford and Grossman Family


Magellan Corporation
Geraldine Keefe


Susan Anderson and Bob Arthur
David Lentz
Gary and Laura Maurer
Rob and Karen Ospalik
Anne and Don Phillips
Anita Chandwany-Khemani and Kish Khemani


Anonymous (2)
Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma
Doug Regan and Kathy Brock
Michael and Michelle Warner


Kenneth and Stacy Drost
Tim and Maureen Hunter
Jim Kastenholz and Jennifer Steans
Julie Koerner
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Candice Rosevear
Aimee Walters and Bryan Proctor


Marquee Development
Sipi Metals Corp.
Betsy Solaro and Joe Frank


John and Beth Andrews
Robin and Tony Armour
The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Franczek P.C.
Bob Friedman
Dorothy and Seth Hemming
Madison Dearborn Partners


David and Mimi Fiske
Paul Levy and Mia Park
Jim and Susan Newcomb
Oliver G. Prince, Jr.
Peter Strand and Nora Preece
Linda and Michael Welsh

Sponsorship Details

Sponsorship is available in a wide array of levels and includes premium seating, entrance into the roaming feast, concert and post event party. Click Here for Full List of Benefits