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 4,800 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.



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

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Event Committees


event co-chairs

Joe & Janet Nolan
Ron & Patty Weiss


design chair

Tom Kehoe

host committee

Ruth Boehmer
Jennifer Chung
Monika Dixon
Susanna Homan
Ellee Pai Hong
Karie Katz
Kathleen Katz
Lesly Koo
Katrina Markoff
Micah Materre
Chrysa Moster
David Murga
Meeghan Nemeroff
Janet Nolan
Jennifer Shanahan
Maggie Shapack
Erin Slitt
Lauren Vissat
Patty Weiss