May 17 is a big day for hats, lunch and Bes Ben. Benjamin Green-Field was a milliner of no small fame in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in Chicago. His life and times will be featured at just such a sold out lunch.
If you are in the Chicago loop that day you may see any or all of the attendees wearing wonderful hats. Some will be sporting vintage Bes Ben hats, some others from their own collections, and some purchased from current Chicago designers for this event. One can hope this sparks resurgence in love for Chicago millinery.
Not familiar with Bes Ben hats? Stop at the Chicago History Museum, there are always a few on display. Since it is a rotating exhibit you may come to find you will see quite a variety over the year. If you are not able to make the trip you can visit the GreenField Foundation website for a lovely selection, and background information on this gentleman. http://www.greenfieldfoundation.org/
Happy 107th day of 2011!