The Secret Soirée


The Secret Soirée reconvenes on Saturday March 29, 2014 at 8pm within the confines of the beautiful Empire Room in the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.


The Event

Conspire to celebrate at the classiest of conclaves.

Move mysteriously masked through the marvelous merriments with delectably designed drinks and brilliant bites, witnessing the wonderful wizardry of Dennis Watkins. All in support of The House Theatre of Chicago.


Tickets and Entries

Tickets are no longer available. We'll see you at the 2015 Secret Soiree!


The Prize Drawing

Escape to the sunny beaches of Manzanillo, Mexico!

Enjoy a one-week stay in a beautiful two-bedroom, two-bath condo in the coastal resort town of Manzanillo, Mexico. Steps from the golf course, and a few blocks from the beach club, this condo sleeps six comfortably. A full kitchen and common swimming pool make this a fantastic get-away!

Entries are just $25 or 5 for $100


And Second Prize...

Tickets for four to two of Chicago's hottest events: Baconfest and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!


Baconfest VIP Tickets to Dinner, Friday, April 25. At the sixth-annual Baconfest Chicago, ticket-holders gain access to a bacon-wonderland where the city's best chefs hand out amazing creative bacon snacks. The best mixologists and brewers hand out bacon-inspired cocktails, beer and wine. Baconfest Chicago is co-founded by House Company Member Michael Griggs.

See a live taping of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! the NPR news quiz, with host (and House Theatre Board Member) Peter Sagal! Good for any upcoming Chicago taping, Thursdaynights at the Chase Bank Auditorium.

Winner need not be present; enter here!


The Silent Auction

Six extraordinary and priceless packages will be on offer for Soiree guests.


#1 Take Me (and 15 of my closest friends) Out to the Ballgame!

This package includes a private box at Wrigley Field and travel to and from the game in a Chicago Trolley for your group! Root, root, root for the Cubbies as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday April 24, 1:20pm. Enjoy 16 tickets in the private box with catered food and beverages included, plus a visit from the dessert cart!



#2 It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Your Kid!

Turn that special someone into a superhero for a day, with memories to last a lifetime.

House artists collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind character for your youngster (or youngster at heart).
Chris Mathews creates a unique superhero and origin story, Melissa Torchia designs a custom costume, DC Comics artist Chris Burnham creates a framed sketch of your hero, and Nathan Allen directs a photo shoot at Chicago Flyhouse where, you guessed it, we fly your flippin' kid.


#3  Dinner on the Edge

Step out of your comfort zone and into a luxurious dinner for four on the glass ledge of the Skydeck at Willis Tower. You'll travel in style in a limo from Windy City Limousine. Then enjoy an overnight stay at Chicago's Westin Michigan Avenue with overnight accommodations for two couples. The next day, soak in rich culture with passes for four to the Art Institute of Chicago.


#4 Set Sail with Sting on 'The Last Ship'

This package includes four tickets to Broadway in Chicago's Opening Night of 'The Last Ship,' a new musical with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award winner Sting. Inspired by Sting's own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once). End your night with a stay in two upgraded rooms at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.


#5 A Day at the Track

A group of 25 will receive VIP passes, reserved seating in the Gold Cup Room, and trolley transportation to and from the Hawthorne Race Course. This package also includes a race named after the group or group honoree, Winner's Circle presentation & photograph (with a photo for each attendee), and a tour of the paddock area and race announcer's booth.


#6 CH Distillery Tasting and Tour for Ten

Ten guests take a tour of CH Distillery, Chicago’s only grain-to-bottle vodka distillery, and only distillery cocktail bar!! Learn how CH turns Illinois grain into vodka, gin and other spirits and complete the experience by enjoying a tasty drink known as "The Tradition" in the comfort of their swanky cocktail bar.  




Show Dates: Mar 29 2014 Location:

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E. Monroe St, Chicago - More Info

Secret Soiree 2014 Trailer

Experience last year's Secret Soiree in anticipation of the biggest party of the year.