The Secret Soirée


March 5, 2016
Dennis Watkins Reveals Secrets from Beyond
The Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel
7:30pm - 10:30pm


The Event

Join Host Peter Sagal from NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! for an unforgettable night of magic in celebration of The House Theatre of Chicago.
Indulge in delicious drinks and conversation with stars and supporters of The House. Hear the live announcement of The House's upcoming 15th Anniversary Season from Artistic Director Nathan Allen. And be wowed when, for one night only, third generation magician Dennis Watkins will channel spirits from the beyond, revealing secrets untold in a never-before-seen magical feat.
And for an even more magical night, an exclusive VIP Dinner and Drinks at Chicago's only Vodka Distillery, CH Distillery is available.



Support Amazing Feats of Storytelling by becoming a leading sponsor of The Secret Soiree!

Event Sponsor Package: $6,000 each

  • includes 8 tickets to event, VIP perks, & elite recognition

Event Supporter Package: $3,000 each

  • includes 8 tickets to event, VIP perks, & special recognition

Click or call us at (773) 769-3832



VIP Tickets: $275 each

Individual Tickets: $200 each

Group Packages of 8 tickets: $1,400 each

Click or call us at (773) 769-3832


Our 2016 Prize Drawing

Win in-demand of tickets to the hottest shows in America! 
Grand Prize Winner Your choice from all three prizes!
Second Prize Winner Your choice from the two remaining prizes
Third Prize Winner You win the third and final ticket package

Each raffle ticket gets you one chance in a drawing for:
Hamilton on Broadway
HAMILTON on Broadway!

Two (2) Tickets to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's sold-out hit 'Hamilton' on Broadway in New York City

Concerts at Wrigley

Concert at Wrigley!

Two (2) Prime Tickets for ANY Live Nation Show at Wrigley Field 
Choose from Billy Joel, Pearl Jam, James Taylor, and more to be announced

Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Four (4) Tickets to any Chicago recording of NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! hosted by Peter Sagal!

Winners will be chosen at The Secret Soirée
March 5th at the Palmer House Hotel 
You do not need to be present to win!

Entries are one for $25 and five for $100



Silent Auction

11 extraordinary packages will be open for bidding throughout the evening. Get the sneak-peek here!



Thank You for supporting Amazing Feats of Storytelling at The House Theatre of Chicago.

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The Palmer House
Beam Suntory
Renee Duba
Samantha Lidecka
Palmer House
CH Distillery
Chicago Trolley and Windy City Limousine
Broadway in Chicago
The Palmer House
Garrett Popcorn
Universal Marketing
Willis Tower
Hawthorne Race Course
Bang Bang Pie Shop
Mint Julep Boutique
Kinzie Hotel
Bent Wrench Restorations
Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants
Chop House












Show Dates: Mar 5 2016
Silent Auction

11 extraordinary packages will be open for bidding throughout the evening. Here's a sneak-peek!

Take Me (and 15 of my friends) Out to the Ballgame

This is the year! Root, root, root for the Cubbies as they take on the Houston Astros on May 17 at 7:10pm. Chicago Trolley provides transportation for your group. ComEd provides the private box for 16 with food and drinks. And the Cubs provide the win.


Jim Beam and Q-BBQ package

Host with the Most

Host the perfect party instantly! You've got great food and cocktails at the ready with catering for 15 from Q-BBQ and a gorgeous gift basket from Jim Beam brands, Beam Suntory. Q-BBQ are catering pros, bringing succulent brisket, Memphis-style ribs, and their very special Bacon Mac-Q-Roni right to you. And your bar will be fully stocked with the perfect pairings. This gift basket includes 10 full- size bottles of tasty liquors from the Jim Beam family, including hard-to-find selections from around the globe.

A Day at the Track 

A group of 25 will enjoy 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.

Matlida and Tesori package

Broadway in Chicago Opening Night 

The ultimate night out in the Chicago Theatre District! Start with an elegant Italian Dinner at Tesori before you attend the Chicago premiere of Matilda the Musical. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Make it a stay-cation with an overnight at the Kinzie Hotel, a chic boutique property in the West Loop.

Dinner on the Ledge

Step out of your comfort zone and into a Pie in the Sky pizza dinner for four on the glass ledge of the Skydeck at Willis Tower, 103 stories up. Then enjoy an overnight stay at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel with overnight accommodations for two couples.


CH Distillery Tour and Tasting

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.

Chicago Theatre Maven

Enjoy pair of season subscriptions you choose yourself! See one mainstage show at Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, and Goodman Theatres throughout the year. Plus, see Chicago's Blue Man Group! Complete your favorite theatre visit with dinner at the beautfiul Park Grill.

Vintage Puegeot Mixte

Ride in style on this fully restored Peugeot Mixte from Bent Wrench Restorations! This blue beauty (a 1975 Peugeot UO-18) is designed for the road, and the mixte is one of the most in-demand vintage bicycles out there. Peugeot's consistently high quality products truly stand the test of time with love from a skilled restorer.

Tourist in Your Own City

Chicago is our kind of town! Take in the sights and tastes that help make Chicago a destination city. Dine at one of the stellar Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants, including Tavern on Rush, MAD Social in the West Loop, and of course 437 Rush! See the city like never before as you hop on a guided Segway Tour. Get your hands dirty and make your tastebuds happy when you indulge in some Chicago Mix from Garrett Popcorn Shops!

Extraordinary Heights and Bites

Gather a group for an evening of WOW! Get the VIP treatment and skip the line as you and seven friends zoom up to the Skydeck in Willis Tower for breathtaking views of the City and Lake Michigan. Take the group for delectable dinner at Chop House to complete the night.


A Date with Fashion

Host up to 20 guests for wine and apps at the Mint Julep boutique. You'll get a $100 gift certificate, and all your friends will enjoy a shopping spree at 25% off.