Our 14th Annual Fancy Schmancy Gala is Coming!


Join us for a night of Vegas-themed magic!

When: Saturday, April 2nd from 7-11pm
Where: The Drucker Center, 1535 N Dayton
Why: To support Barrel of Monkeys’ arts education programming in Chicago Public Schools
How: Just click the link below!

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  • Open bar (beer, wine, and cocktails)
  • Heavy passed hors d’oeuvres from the Entertaining Company
  • Dancing the night away to the tunes of DJ Toast & Jam
  • Las Vegas photo booth
  • Live & Silent Auction using GiveSmart
  • Raffle to win Tickets to Saturday Night Live in NYC
  • Barrel-of-Monkeys-style games of chance with prizes
  • A special performance by Barrel of Monkeys company members

...and much more!

Can’t make it this year? Make a Donation or Participate in the Silent Auction Off-Site Instead!


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Q: Is there free parking?
A: Yes! There is free parking at the Drucker Center. Also, there are many public transportation options right nearby including CTA Brown, Purple, and Red Line trains. View Map

Q: Is the Drucker Center the same as the Menomenee Club?
A: Yes, it’s the same place. The Drucker Center is the building, which hosts the Menomenee Boys & Girls Club.

Q: What should I wear?
A: It’s Vegas, so think Fun! Festive! Fabulous! But, it’s also Barrel of Monkeys, so…anything goes! From top hats & tails to sequined sweatpants, wear what suits your, ahem,  Fancy! (Just please leave the stilettos at home out of respect for the venue’s floors.)

Q: What does VIP Status get me?
A: Glad you asked. Click here for more details about the various ticket options and what they include.

Q: How can I sign up to volunteer at Fancy Schmancy?
A: Just click here for information about volunteering!

Q: What’s the deal with mobile bidding for the auction? Should techno-phobes be worried? Will robots steal my credit card? AAAGHHHHH!
A: Fear not! It’s going to be ok, we promise. We’re simply using a mobile bidding platform called GiveSmart to make it easy to bid on auction items using your smartphone, or even from your computer at home. There’s no software to download, since it’s all based on text messaging. Don’t have a smartphone? Hate technology? There will be GiveSmart helpers right there at Fancy Schmancy equipped with ipads who can help you place a bid easily and securely. Trust us, it’s going to be SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER.

Barrel of Monkeys Thanks our Generous Sponsors:



Advance Purchase (March 5 - April 2 at 5pm)
General Admission - $65.00
VIP Single Tickets - $95.00
Reserved Table of 8 VIP Tickets - $760.00*

At-Door Purchase (April 2 at the Door)
General Admission - $70.00
VIP Single Tickets - $100.00
Reserved Table of 8 VIP Tickets - $800.00*

* Subject to Availability

“I loved acting even though I am shy. Barrel of Monkeys really helped me learn how not to be shy but fun and creative.”

–Kaela W., Avondale Elementary