Event details


The American Cancer Society’s 15th annual Discovery Ball will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2021 at the Hilton Chicago. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-event reception which includes a silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, inspiring program, live auction and a late-night party concert. 


Saturday, April 18, 2020


Hilton Chicago

720 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Complimentary valet parking for Discovery Ball is located off E. Balbo Avenue via the entrance on the north side of the Hilton Chicago.

If you are taking a taxi or using a private car service, you should be dropped off at the main entrance of the hotel located on S. Michigan Avenue. 


Tuxedos for men and ball gowns for women.


5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Reception & Silent Auction

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dinner & Live Auction

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Late-Night Party Concert 

Event registration begins at 5:30 p.m. After you register, you will be escorted to a reception that includes the silent auction. The doors to the ballroom will open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, program and live auction. After the program, guests will be invited to the late-night party concert for more food, fun and dancing. The event is scheduled to end at 12:00 a.m.

A room block for Discovery Ball has been reserved at the Hilton Chicago for a special rate of $169. Deadline to book is March 18. 


More than 800 guests are expected to attend including corporate sponsors, business owners, and philanthropic leaders. 


Since 2007, the annual Discovery Ball has raised over $36 million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and create a world with less cancer by helping people stay well and get well. Discovery Ball is one of Chicago’s premier cancer fundraising events with national notoriety. Over the years, guests have been entertained by Natalie Cole, Kevin Nealon, Billy Gardell, Keith Urban, Paul Reiser, Hunter Hayes, Colbie Caillat and the Barenaked Ladies. Celebrity emcees have included Katie Couric, Maria Bartiromo and James Corden. 


We do not accept cash at Discovery Ball. Only credit cards and checks will be accepted. 


Mobile bidding on cell phones will be used at Discovery Ball. Please be sure to bring your fully-charged cell phone with you.


Discovery Ball donations will support the mission of the American Cancer Society as it works to save lives and create a world with less cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
Over 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year, and more than 609,000 Americans will lose their battle. That’s more than 1,600 people a day. You can help us move one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer by celebrating with us at the Discovery Ball


The American Cancer Society brand awareness is 98% nationwide. No other health organization has a higher rating. Our brand helps to clearly identify our organization, set it apart from other organizations, and ultimately create relationships with our communities. Your participation in the Discovery Ball includes public recognition through our media partners.


In 2019, BizBash selected the Discovery Ball as the #1 charity event in Chicago, an honor also received four years in a row from 2012 to 2015, and again in 2017 to 2019. In 2016, Discovery Ball was recognized in the top 100 events in United States by BizBash, the nation’s leading event trade publication.