About RJO

Red Jacket Optional

On a crisp evening each October, over 600 of our most dedicated and fervent supporters step into a transformative space. From a mood-setting cocktail hour into dinner, DJ mixes melt into live music as singers take the stage and enrapture their audience with world-class performances that deliver a world-changing message. More than $1 million will be pledged by the night’s end in support of programs that reach more than 5,000 Chicago youth.

Red Jacket Optional represents an explosive confluence of our city’s tastemakers, trendsetters, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs with its brightest young citizens whose voices compel us all to bridge divides and work toward a better future for Chicago and for the world.


Event Chairs

event co-chairs

Ellen-Blair Chube
Kala & Mike Moynihan
Mike Teplitsky

design chair

Tom Kehoe



RJO 2018 honored outgoing Board Chairman Bob Fealy and his wife Rose for their extraordinary commitment to CCC.

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