The award-winning Citadel Theatre of Lake Forest draws the spotlight at this summer’s much anticipated social affair and gala, Hollywood Illumination 2020. Graciously hosted by passionate arts supporters, world-renowned architect Adrian Smith and his wife Nancy, the event unfolds on July 11 at their private estate designed by David Adler. The beautifully restored, 22,000 square-foot French country style mansion, sets the stage for a unique evening reflecting the grandeur of Tinsel town that invites guests to meander through the impeccably landscaped gardens, the stately main home, guest house, and the elegant Orangerie. Chaired by designer Jennifer M. McGregor of Lake Forest, the evening begins at the glamorous swimming pool with fashions by Lucian Matis and a synchronized swim performance. Later, the expected 500 glittering guests dine under twinkling lights in the massive garden tent and raise funds through tantalizing silent and live auction experiences and prizes. The party continues after dark around (and in) the pool in true Gatsby fashion, complete with elevated dancing while cinematic imagery projects onto the estate’s facade. Funds raised benefit the Citadel Theatre’s ongoing productions and educational outreach programs for children and underserved communities. For more information visit, citadeltheatre.org/gala-save-the-date.
THE WHO: You and your art loving friends
THE WHERE: 830 Green Bay Road, Lake Forest
THE WHEN: Saturday, July 11 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
THE WHY: Explore an historic and notable estate while experiencing an artistic evening supporting award-winning theater
As we go to press, this event may have changed or been postponed. With that in mind, we urge you to check the website to find out if the event is still taking place, or has been canceled or rescheduled.