A Day on the Terrace with the Service Club of Chicago

As Summer comes to a close and we begin to welcome Autumn, the chic society of Chicago dons their finest wares for one last hurrah at the highly anticipated fashion event of the Summer. Hundreds of Chicago’s finest from television personalities to philanthropists descend upon the terrace at The Peninsula for one of the most coveted tickets of the year. For an afternoon of fashion, philanthropy and delight; that event is known as The Service Club of Chicago‘s A Day on the Terrace. Champagne glasses clink and lively conversation erupts, as they patiently wait for an afternoon to remember.

Service Club of Chicago A Day on the Terrace

It all started In 1890 when 14 young women of the upper echelon of Chicago families made it their mission to improve the lives of those who were less fortunate. For over a century, these women have dedicated their time and talents to improving Chicago. Proving that they are certainly more than “ladies who lunch”, what separates The Service Club from other organizations is that all of the women who help facilitate these lavish events are not compensated at all. In fact, every single dollar that is collected is given to charity.

Service Club of Chicago A Day on the Terrace

As far back as 125 years ago, these women were hosting bazaars in each other’s homes and sewing garments for the poor. Fast forward to now, The Service Club has gained the reputation for putting on some of the most lavish events from the elegant Bal Masque to the fashionable luncheon for A Day on the Terrace.

Service Club of Chicago A Day on the Terrace

To date, the organization has raised millions of dollars supporting Chicago communities with this year’s A Day on the Terrace bringing in an impressive $85,000 from ticket sales and raffles.

With such a high turnout for their events, it’s not surprising to know that famous Chicagoans are willing to bend over backward supporting The Service Club’s cause.

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Suzanne Le Mignot

At this year’s A Day on the Terrace influential Chicagoans such as NBC’s Lauren Jiggetts, CS Modern Luxury’s David Zivan, and Chicago news vet Suzanne Le Mignot showed their support by strutting down the runway in the latest high-fashion ensembles.

Contrary to the title, the event was not held on the terrace but instead it was in the luxurious Grand Imperial Ballroom. While the ballroom was nothing short of splendor, it’s hard to imagine that this lavish affair was once a gathering of women on a sweltering hot Summer day around a pristine rooftop pool. To keep guests from fanning away during the show, A Day on the Terrace has moved the extravaganza inside so guests can focus on the fashions instead of the hot Summer heat.

Service Club of Chicago A Day on the Terrace

While the terrace is not completely absent from the equation, the presence of men in dapper white coats carrying glasses of champagne is always a welcome sight at the pre and post reception of the afternoon of delight.

Many years ago, this much raved about event that was once a meeting of a few  has now transformed into a big lavish production complete with bright lights, exquisite set design, and of course, luxurious fashions.

Ensuring that everyone received more than enough Fall fashion inspiration, the 45-minute presentation featured a plethora of Fall trends such as luxurious mink and chinchilla furs, classicly tailored suits, and a little eye-catching couture to spice up one’s wardrobe. With 75 models gallivanting around in a multitude of looks, it’s practically impossible to walk away from the show without wanting to spruce up your wardrobe.

As the lights dimmed the show began and we were about to see our first look into Fall fashion.  Guests were treated to a parade of white luxurious Vera Wang gowns followed by a blast from the past with the finest vintage from LuLu’s Vintage. And as an homage to the sophistication of its members, it’s quite fitting that the iconic brand St. John had a discernable presence

Service Club of Chicago A Day on the Terrace

The adorable children of the star-studded show also made their appearance on the runway. They along with their parents modeled the latest Ralph Lauren looks adding a little prep to the afternoon. Judging by the ease and comfort, I’m sure this is not these young tots first time being in the spotlight.

Service Club of Chicago A Day on the Terrace
DC Crenshaw and sons

However, the showstopper of the afternoon goes to none other than the fabulous collection of Neiman Marcus. Of course Neiman’s would provide dazzling gowns and leave it to them to find one of Oscar de la Renta’s last designs before he passed. While the clothing was exquisite, it was the Marine Escorts that had the crowd rise to their feet as they showed their gratitude to the US Armed Forces.

Service Club of Chicago A Day on the Terrace

It was certainly an afternoon to remember for The Service Club of Chicago. This year the iconic organization is celebrating an astounding 125 years of service. Looks like these ladies can add yet another successful A Day on the Terrace to the Books.