Byline: Elaine Glusac

CHICAGO--Back-to-back cultural benefits marked the Chicago social docket in May.
Art 1995 Chicago, an annual international art expo, kicked off its five-day run at Navy Pier on May 11 with a benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art. The party, called Vernissage '95--after the French term for art openings, literally "varnishing day,"--drew over 2,100 guests to the newly renovated pier. Attendees got a preview of artwork from the assembly of 165 international galleries while helping to raise $160,000 for the museum's operating expenses.
The next night, Marshall Field's threw a lavish Flowering Field's benefit in its flagship State Street store for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, marking its 40th anniversary. Festooned with flowers, the department store celebrated spring along with 400 guests who contributed $60,000 to the opera company.

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