SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is proudly revitalizing its most memorable signature event, Dining & Conversation. At this very distinctive event, 120 of our loyal supporters meet and converse with twelve Luminaries – a combination of well-known celebrities from varied professional fields. Dinner consists of several courses prepared by Celebrity Chefs from Chicago’s most well-respected restaurants. Luminaries rotate, going from table to table, while the next course is served. As the night 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.

Past Luminaries have included:

Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, State of Illinois
Mary Ann Ahern, Political Reporter, NBC-5 Chicago
Carol Bernick, CEO, Polished Nickel Capital Management
Tom Ricketts, Chairman, Chicago Cubs
Jeanne Gang, Principal and Founder, Studio Gang Architects
Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator for Illinois
Bill Kurtis, TV Journalist and Producer

Past Celebrity Chefs have included:

John Coletta, Executive Chef, Quartino
Federico Comacchio, Executive Chef, Coco Pazzo
Jon Keeley, Executive Chef, Rustic House
Lee Ann Whippen, Executive Chef and Partner, Chicago Q
Cory Morris, Chef de Cuisine, Mercat a la Planxa
Greg Mulcahy, Executive Chef, George Jewell Events Catering
Tony Priolo, Executive Chef/Owner, Piccolo Sogno
Mark Sparacino, Executive Chef & Managing Partner, Prosecco Restaurant