Guests enjoyed dramatic views of Chicago's skyline while actors dressed as characters from past productions were scattered throughout the multilevel theater. Patrons dined on stages that were transformed into enchanted spaces.
Following dinner, board chair Ray McCaskey welcomed the crowd in the Courtyard Theater.
The program, created by artistic director Barbara Gaines, creative producer Rick Boynton and artistic associate Bob Mason, included a "Follies" tribute by the show's stars
The "Spirit of Shakespeare Awards" are presented to those who keep the Bard's spirit alive through community service and leadership. This year's civic honoree was Frederick Waddell, chairman and CEO of
The gala raised nearly $1 million, which will benefit the theater's education and civic engagement programs.
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