Dining and Conversation


Join SOS Children’s Villages Illinois at Dining & Conversation, a unique event where 120 of our supporters meet and converse with Luminaries, well-known celebrities from various professional fields.

Dinner consists of courses prepared by Celebrity Chefs from Chicago’s most well-respected restaurants. Luminaries share a course at each table. As the event progresses, each guest has the opportunity to talk to all the Luminaries. The night truly results in a wonderful evening of dining and conversation.

This year’s event will take place Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at The Pritzker Stage at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph, Chicago, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Dining and Conversation is currently at capacity. 
To be put on a waiting list in the event that a seat opens, please contact:
Amy Kaczmarek, Director of Development, at (312) 372-8200.

 2018 Luminaries

Christian Bale, Academy Award Winning Actor
Sibi Bale, Film Production Specialist
Dan Cronin, Chairman, DuPage County Board
David Hudanish, Associate General Counsel, Amazon Web Services
Mo Katibeh, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Business
Susana A. Mendoza, Comptroller, State of Illinois
Marianne Murciano, TV and Radio Host
Alexander Pissios, President, Cinespace Chicago Film Studio
Bob Sirott, TV and Radio Host
Tom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist, WGN-TV
Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Gloria Steinem, Feminist Activist
Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago
Rochelle Trotter, Director, Charles and Rochelle Trotter Culinary Endowment
Edward J. Wehmer, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wintrust


Micah Materre, Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Anchor, WGN Evening News

2018 Celebrity Chefs

John Coletta, Founding Chef and Partner, Quartino Ristorante
Federico Comacchio
, Executive Chef, Coco Pazzo
Kevin Cuddihee, Executive Chef, TWO
Christopher Gawronski, Executive Chef, The Gage
George Jewell, Owner, Jewell Events Catering
Michael Klug, Head Chocolatier, L.A. Burdick Chocolates
Dan McGee, Executive Chef, Swissôtel Chicago
Raki Mehra, Morton’s The Steakhouse
Mark Sparacino, Executive Chef and Owner, Prosecco Restaurant
John Ward, Owner, Seven Lions
Tom Van Lente, Owner, TVL Culinary
Dean Zanella, Executive Chef, Congress Theater