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Costume Council Presents: Bill Cunningham Was There

Wednesday, March 16

Join the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum for a presentation on the book Bill Cunningham Was There by its authors. The five-star book follows the famed New York Times photographer who chronicled society and fashion with his images of the vibrant events of spring and summer. Guests will enjoy refreshments and a presentation by the book’s coauthors: Steven Stolman, design and entertaining icon, and John Kurdewan, digital fashion editor for the New York Times.

Sponsors and Costume Council Patron members are invited to attend a VIP meet-and-greet book signing with the authors preceding the event.

Reservations are limited, so don’t hesitate to purchase your ticket!


Ticket | $125

1 ticket & signed book

Spring Fling Sponsor | $200

1 ticket, signed book, & admission to VIP event

Summer Soirée Sponsor | $500

1 ticket, signed book, & admission to VIP event

Showstopping Sponsor | $1,000

2 tickets, 2 signed books, & admission to VIP event

Big Apple Sponsor | $1,500

3 tickets, 3 signed books, & admission to VIP event

New York Times Sponsor | $2,000

4 tickets, 4 signed books, & admission to VIP event



5:30 p.m. – VIP and general receptions

6:30 p.m. – Program begins

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served

Proper attire required; athletic apparel and denim are not permitted

Co-Chairs: Gabriela Cleveland & Pauline Kurtides Sheehan

Event attendees are welcome to purchase additional signed books for $40 apiece. If you wish to do so, please contact Nell McKeown, development events manager, at [email protected] or 703-403-1482.

Questions? Contact Nell McKeown.





We are monitoring the COVID situation, and if the program format changes, you will be notified no later than one week in advance with updated details. 

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16 th

5:30–8:00 p.m.



$ 125–2,000

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories