Snowball Frequently Asked Questions

As you prepare for Snowball, here are some helpful hints!

Who can attend Snowball?

Anyone! We welcome all who would like to spend an evening supporting Junior Council.

When is Snowball?

Saturday, February 24th, 2024 from 7pm – 12am.

Where is Snowball?

The Drake Hotel (140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611) is located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood off of Mag Mile.

How do I buy a ticket?

You can buy tickets here! Tickets will be available until the day before the event (Friday, February 23, 2024), with limited availability at the door unless otherwise sold out.

Where do the proceeds go?

The proceeds go to the Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS Clinic at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

What is the attire for the event?

Black Tie! Attendees should wear tuxedos, dark suits, an evening dress, or dressy separates. Our theme this year is “Old Hollywood Glam.”

How should I get to the event?

  • Arrival by ride-share (Uber, Lyft, etc.) encouraged
  • Valet Parking available for $75

Do I need to bring a ticket?

After purchasing your ticket, you’ll get a confirmation email with your ticket enclosed. To speed up check-in, sign into your OneCause account to update contact details (especially for guests) and consider adding a credit card for the silent auction. If you can’t locate your confirmation email, don’t worry; our registration team can assist you.

Please remember to bring a photo ID. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a wristband for entry, and it’s essential to have your photo ID to verify your identity and age.

Are tickets refundable? 

Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable as per the Term of Use set by OneCause. However, if you find yourself unable to attend, you have the option to resell your tickets. Please provide the full name and email address of the individual(s) purchasing your ticket(s) to

For inquiries or assistance, please contact

Will there be a coat check?

Yes! We have a dedicated service supplied by the Drake Hotel this year to provide a closed-off coat check.

Will there be food?

Yes, there will be tastings from various local Chicago restaurants. Check out our restaurant partners here. Please remember the food is tasting-size portions so we recommend eating beforehand.

How does the silent auction work?

The silent auction is hosted online through our ticketing partner, OneCause. You can currently bid online and will be able to bid from your mobile phone at the event. Check out our awesome items here! Anyone can place a bid, so if you have friends, co-workers or family that won’t be at Snowball, but want to support the Junior Council, encourage them to register.

Note: In order to register for the event and auction, you must provide credit card information. Your card will NOT be charged unless you win an item.

Where is the afterparty?

Yes! There will be an after party at Bodega Nightclub in River North. Snowball attendees will receive priority access to Bodega from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and one complimentary drink ticket.