Performance Pair Ticket Special

Dinner ticket sales have closed, but it’s not too late to attend the Fuller Award Ceremony on March 17th!

Purchase 2 tickets for $100 to tour the grounds and attend the ceremony and performance.

Experiencing the treasures of the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills usually requires a personal invitation. The estate, nicknamed Place de la Musique, is a 44,000-square-foot private residence filled with magnificent collections of beautifully restored antique music machines, a European salon carousel, street and clock towers, steam engines, and other antiques.  However, on March 17 the estate will open its doors to honor Gene Wolfe.

The evening begins with a tour of all house galleries and exhibits, as members of the theater ensemble Terra Mysterium interact with guests as characters from Gene’s stories.

Following the tour, guests enter the music salon for the formal portion of the evening with Master of Ceremonies, Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities and English at Roosevelt University and award-winning editor and critic.


Special Guest Neil Gaiman will read from Gene’s work and present the Fuller Award. Following Gene Wolfe’s acceptance speech, members of Chicago’s Terra Mysterium will perform an audio play of one of Gene’s short stories, adapted by Chicago writer Larry Santoro. After the reading, guests will be treated to a concert by R. Jelani Eddington, one of the world’s most accomplished pipe organists on Sanfilippo’s 80-rank, 8,000 pipe organ.

Tickets are limited, and none will be sold at the door.

Join us at Sanfilippo Estate for a once-in-a-lifetime event as we celebrate an Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe.

Tickets may be purchased online through eventbrite.

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