Friday, May 1, 2020
Harris Theater for Music and Dance

5:00PM Cocktail reception
6:00PM Dinner on the Harris Theater rooftop
8:00PM Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch opening night performance

Attire: Creative Black Tie

The Icon Gala promises to be one of the most exciting special events in Chicago’s 2020 cultural calendar. Guests will experience a stylish cocktail reception, stunning dinner on the Harris Theater rooftop, and the most anticipated dance performance of the season — Pina Bausch’s revolutionary work, Palermo Palermo.

Timeless in its aesthetic and themes, Bausch’s powerful choreography shaped the evolution of theatre and of classical and modern dance, influencing the work of an entire generation of artists. The long-awaited Chicago debut of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for the first time in the company’s 46-year history defines the Icon Gala as a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Icon Gala Co-Chairs

Shana and Peter M. Ellis

Icon Gala Presenting Corporate Sponsor 


Icon Gala Vice Chairs 

Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund
Caryn and King Harris, Harris Family Foundation
Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols
Abby McCormick O’Neil and D. Carroll Joynes

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Corporate Sponsor 

Northern Trust

Host Committee Benefactors 

Shana and Peter M. Ellis, Reed Smith LLP
Jay Franke and David Herro
Joan W. Harris, Irving Harris Foundation

Host Committee Sponsors 

Sara Albrecht
Jack and Sandra Guthman
Mellody Hobson and George Lucas
Nancy and Scott Santi
Brenda Shapiro
Christine and Glenn Kelly
David Snyder and Peggy Salamon

BMO Wealth Management
Sterling Bay


Merrillyn J. Kosier and James F. Kinoshita
Dr. Stephen Molo and Dr. Mary Wood Molo
Kenneth R. Norgan
Alyssa Rapp and Hal Morris, Surgical Solutions
Jai Shekhawat
Mary Kay Sullivan
Marilyn F. and David J. Vitale


Jean and John Brennan
Janet and Craig Duchossois
Pamela Crutchfield
The Peninsula Chicago
Eric A. Reeves
Sarah Solotaroff Mirkin

Additional SUPPORT 

Gabriel Alaniz
Sarah Barnhardt
Sarah Gallo and Paul Bateman
Peter Guardalabene
Dan Plehal and Jim McCaffrey

Sponsor Levels

$100,000 Icon Gala Vice Chair
$50,000 Host Committee Benefactor
$25,000 Host Committee Sponsor
$12,000 Patron
$1,200 Individual Ticket

Tables seat ten. To purchase a table or for more information, please call 312.334.2460 or download an Icon Gala commitment form here.

Performance-only tickets are available beginning at $35. To purchase, click here.