Step Up Women’s Network Ready to Shine & Dine in Chicago

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Windy City Live’s Val Warner returns to host the nonprofit’s second annual culinary celebration at Galleria Marchetti August 9.

Step Up Women’s Network will once again gather local chefs and notables, including Windy City Live’s Val Warner, for Shine & Dine. The August 9 evening at Galleria Marchetti will feature seasonal fare from Chicago's hottest restaurants while welcoming 400 local professionals, all to benefit the charitable programs of Step Up Women’s Network.

“We are excited to build on the success of Shine & Dine from last year’s launch,” Step Up CEO Jenni Luke said. “Step Up has been a fixture in Chicago for six years and this now annual event is the perfect way to celebrate our work that helps women and girls reach their potential, as well as attract new enthusiasts to our cause.”

Warner, a supporter of Step Up’s mentorship programs for teen girls from Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods, will serve as host of the event again this year.

Chefs including Trevor Hoyte (IPO), Dan Marquis (Quay) and Ivan Yuen (Shanghai Terrace) will be on hand to offer guests exclusive tastings. ZED451 will also sample favorites. Featured sips will be available from OWS Wine & Spirits, with dessert provided by Chicago Cupcake.

Joining Gold Sponsors Allstate Insurance Company and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, include VIP Table Sponsors Freeborn & Peters LLP and U.S. Bank; Table Sponsors Akina Copr., Altair Advisers LLC, Angela Elbert of Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP, Baker Tilly, Career Girl Network, ClearSpace LLC, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, The Container Store, Datalink/NetApp, Deloitte, Enhance Educational Foundation, Grant Thornton, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Quaker Oats, Troutman Sanders, LLP, and Yahoo!; Supporters Molise PR and MRL Productions; and media partner Michigan Avenue magazine.

Step Up Women's Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential. Step Up creates and implements impactful after-school and weekend programs that empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, and career-ready; propels professional women through connections, collaborations, and continuous development; and inspires its network to invest in the future success of girls through mentorship and financial support. Connect at

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