Those looking to hob knob with members of the U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams, as well as a few celebrities, will want to keep Sept. 26 open on their calendars.
The 39th Ryder Cup Gala, at the Akoo Theater in Rosemont, will be the only opportunity for fans to mingle with professional golfers outside the official grounds at the Medinah Country Club.
In addition to the golfers and their spouses, those scheduled to make a red carpet appearance include Chicago sports legends Ernie Banks, Richard Dent, Stan Mikita and Scottie Pippen, as well as Justin Timberlake, who is serving as the first-ever Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.
Grammy Award-winning band Chicago and actor and comedian George Lopez are slated to perform at the event.
Red carpet arrivals will begin at 7 p.m. with the Gala beginning at 8:30. A limited number of tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.
The 2012 Ryder Cup will take place Sept. 28-30.