Auditorium-Theatre

Auditorium Theatre, a national historic landmark (Photo by James Steinkamp.)

Auditorium Theatre welcomes some of the biggest names in entertainment every year, and is also home to Chicago’s beloved Joffrey Ballet. On Nov. 3, the theater hosted its 2018 Annual Fall Gala, chaired by Lou and Jill Raizin and Lew Collens and Lee Ayers.

The evening featured a cocktail reception at the Palmer House Hilton with music by Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra, a three-course meal, and a performance by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the theater to end the evening. Mel Katten, chairman of the Board of Directors from 2002-2015, received the Adler and Sullivan Award for “dedication to the Auditorium Theatre and to the cultural landscape in Chicago.”

The gala raised more than $355,000, which will benefit the theater’s programming, community outreach efforts, and continued restoration of the theater, which was established in 1889.

Upcoming events at the theater include:

Auditorium Theatre Fall Gala 2018: Lou Raizin, Jill Raizin, Renee Katten, Mel Katten

Lou Raizin, Jill Raizin, Renee Katten, and Mel Katten (event photos by Robert Carl.)

Auditorium Theatre Fall Gala 2018: Lew Collens and Lee Ayers

Lew Collens and Lee Ayers

Auditorium Theatre Fall Gala 2018: Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke

Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke

Auditorium Theatre Fall Gala 2018: Rachael Hall and Jai Shekhawat

Rachael Hall and Jai Shekhawat

Auditorium Theatre Fall Gala 2018: Nancy Searle, Christine Zrinksy, and Jennifer Baryl

Nancy Searle, Christine Zrinksy, and Jennifer Baryl

Auditorium Theatre Fall Gala 2018: Paul Lisnek and Rick Lisnek

Paul Lisnek and Rick Lisnek

Auditorium Theatre Fall Gala 2018: Impact

Money raised at this event will go toward continued restoration and preservation of the Auditorium Theatre, which is a National Historic Landmark, as well as programming and community outreach. 

 

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

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