Benefit to Support Polaris – May 9



Celebration of Learning

Thursday, May 9, 6:30–9:30 PM

Greenhouse Loft – 2545 W. Diversey Avenue




You’re invited! Please join us on May 9th for our annual Celebration of Learning benefit. This inspirational evening is our biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support Polaris learning expeditions and education initiatives for our K–8th grade students. Gather with your friends and join our Polaris Crew for this special evening that celebrates the power and impact of Polaris, supports our mission, and will leave you uplifted and inspired.



Enjoy an Immersive Experience and Inspiring Evening!

  • Experience the Power of Polaris: Meet Polaris Students and Teachers and learn how fieldwork, our culture of Crew and character development educate students to be effective learners and ethical people who contribute to a better world.
  • Special Performance by Uniting Voices Chicago Polaris Junior Choir. Our students will lift you up with their joyful singing.
  • Student Speaker: Miesha McClarin (Polaris Class of 2022) will inspire you with her Polaris journey of academic growth and character development.
  • Raffle and Silent Art Auction: Take a chance to win awesome raffle prizes like Bears tickets, adult sleepover at the LondonHouse Hotel, amazing Snap-on and Bahco tools, membership to Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, private chef experience, dinner and a show at Drury Lane Theatre, original artwork, and more! You don’t need to attend the benefit to play and win the raffle and silent auction. Check out our Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction Here.
  • Art Exhibition: Enjoy incredible student artwork made during Black History Month and in Explore Art classes. 
  • Mix and Mingle. Enjoy refreshing cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet, and desserts presented by Blue Plate, Chicago’s premier caterer. Play the wine toss game in the sky garden, have fun making analog selfies in an old school photo booth, and dance to lively music.
  • Give Back and Make a difference! Play the raffle and win awesome prizes. Giving opportunity to support and contribute to a better world. 

TICKETS – $100 each

  • If you prefer to avoid ticket processing fees, please purchase your tickets directly from Development Manager Elizabeth Whiting, please email
  • Paper tickets will not be issued. We will have you and your guests’ names on a list at event check-in.

GREENHOUSE LOFT  is located at 2545 W. Diversey Avenue (Chicago, 60647) in the Green Exchange Building. Our event is on the second floor. Enter the front door on Diversey and please take the escalator or elevator to the 2nd floor to enjoy the party! Greenhouse Loft is about 10 minutes from downtown (not accounting for traffic). It is 1 block east of the I-90/94 Diversey exit.


  • FREE Indoor Parking (#2 on map below) with security guard available in the Green Exchange building. Enter the underground parking from Rockwell Street (on the left side, opposite Ravinia Brewing Company), enter the second garage door to access parking. If you park inside the Green Exchange building, take the elevator/stairs to our event.
  • FREE Outdoor Parking (#1 on map below) lot on the southeast corner of Maplewood and Diversey (just east of the Green Exchange building)









MAKE A GIFT – Thank You for Supporting Polaris!


WITH ASSISTANCE contact Development Manager Elizabeth Whiting

WITH A CHECK made out to Polaris Charter Academy sent to: Polaris Charter Academy, 620 N. Sawyer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624, attn: Development

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors



When you become a benefit sponsor, your investment in Polaris helps fund a positive future for every K-8th grade student. Please email Development Manager Elizabeth Whiting ( for further information or use our Celebration of Learning Sponsorship Form to submit your sponsorship.

• Polaris Benefit Sponsor Levels

• Polaris Benefit Sponsor Form


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Fun party outfits, cocktail, business/business casual attire are all welcome! 


Thank you for joining us! We look forward to celebrating with you on May 9!