Saturday, May 13, 2017
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago - 120 East Delaware Place

6:00 PM Cocktails
7:00 PM Welcome
7:15 PM Conversation with Kevin Spacey
8:00 PM Dinner
9:30 PM Award Presentation

Cocktail Attire — Valet parking available


Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $10,000 to $50,000.

To purchase tickets, contact Dionne Nicole Smith at or 312-846-2072.


Support the Gene Siskel Film Center by purchasing a gala raffle ticket to win one of four amazing packages! Raffle tickets are available for $100, 2 for $150, or 3 for $200.

Don't miss your chance to win one of our incredible prizes, including:

  • A stay at The Family Coppola Hideaways - Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize
  • Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • French Quarter Inn in Charleston, SC
  • The historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA
  • Winners will be selected at the annual gala on Saturday, May 13. You do not have to be present to win! Call the Film Center at 312-846-2072 or 312-846-2600 for more information.

    Award-winning producer and actor Kevin Spacey serves as executive producer and stars as Francis Underwood in the Netflix original series House of Cards.

    Spacey has won Academy Awards® for his performances in The Usual Suspects and for American Beauty. He was most recently seen opposite Michael Shannon in Elvis & Nixon. He will next be seen in Billionaire Boys Club, Baby Driver and Rebel in the Rye.

    Through his former production company Trigger Street, he produced Captain Phillips, The Social Network and 21. For television, he produced Recount and Bernard & Doris for HBO, both of which garnered double-digit Emmy Award® nominations.

    For over a decade, Spacey served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic theatre company in London. During his time there he appeared in productions of National Anthems, The Philadelphia Story, Speed the Plow with Jeff Goldblum, Inherit the Wind, A Moon for the Misbegotten and the acclaimed production of the one-man show, Darrow, an examination of the legendary Chicago lawyer Clarence Darrow. He won the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his role in The Iceman Cometh, as well as a Tony Award® for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. Spacey has also starred in the Broadway and West End productions of Long Day’s Journey into Night, opposite his mentor Jack Lemmon, as well as the title role in the Sam Mendes production of Richard III, which toured to 12 cities around the world. He was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to theater.

    Inspired by Jack Lemmon, Spacey has often launched initiatives to help young people get their start in the competitive worlds of film and theater, including: The Kevin Spacey Foundation, which offers support to young actors, writers, directors and producers; and the Jameson First Shot short film competition providing writer/directors from South Africa, Russia, United States, Canada and other countries with the opportunity to direct a short film starring a major actor.

    Most recently Kevin was awarded an Honorary Knighthood from her Majesty the Queen for his work at the Old Vic and in education and philanthropy.

    Chicago native Jeremy Piven stars in the upcoming film All-Star Weekend, Jamie Foxx’s scripting and directing film debut, alongside Foxx and Eva Longoria. He was most recently seen as fellow Chicagoan Harry Gordon Selfridge in the fourth season of the popular MASTERPIECE/PBS series Mr. Selfridge, about the mercantile genius who showed early 20th-century London how to shop. Among his many notable roles, Piven is best known as movie agent Ari Gold in the hit HBO series Entourage, which aired for eight seasons and won Piven three Emmy® Awards and a Golden Globe®. In 2015, Piven reprised the fan-favorite role in the Entourage feature film released by Warner Bros. He was also seen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For from directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, as well as opposite Tom Cruise in the Doug Liman film Edge of Tomorrow. Mr. Piven’s extensive career in television also includes the satirical Larry Sanders Show. In film, he starred in Mark Pellington’s drama I Melt with You, Gaby Dellal’s heart wrenching Angels Crest, Gary Fleder’s Runaway Jury, Todd Phillips’ hit comedy Old School, Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, Peter Chelsom’s Serendipity, Brett Ratner’s The Family Man, Peter Berg’s Very Bad Things and The Kingdom, Cameron Crowe’s Singles, Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces, Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla and The Player for director Robert Altman.

    In 2005, Piven returned to his theater roots starring in the Off-Broadway hit Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, for which he received a Distinguished Performance Honor from the Drama League. He also appeared as Bobby Gould on Broadway in Speed-the-Plow.

    As a child growing up in Chicago, the eight-year-old Piven climbed on stage at the Piven Theatre Workshop, founded by his father, Byrne, and mother, Joyce Piven. He is still very active with this workshop and returns to Chicago frequently to help keep his parents’ dream alive.

    Sponsors as of May 3, 2017 MacLean Fogg CME Group Nordstrom Sheridan Road Charitable Foundation Ariel Investments Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Southwest Airlines VSA Partners Colliers International Barack Ferrazzano LLP The Missner Group Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

    Thanks to the following special partners for their contributions toward the gift bag:
    Eli's Cheescake, Gary Poppins, No Denial Foods, TeaSquares, Phyter Food, Rubico BBQ, Metropolis Coffee.