Upcoming Events at The Sanfilippo Foundation

Events, News and Tour Opportunities

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All tours and events, beginning April 1, 2022, will be Vaccination and Mask OPTIONAL, but encouraged. We do ask any guest who is not feeling well the day of the tour to not attend, and we will refund your ticket, and/or make every effort to add you to a future tour. It is our intention to provide the safest environment for all guests, and we thank you for your cooperation. Protocols subject to any change from the Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois Governor's Office.

Docent Guided Tour - July 12, 14, 20, August 4 and 9 2022

We get many requests for individual tickets for one of our 3-hour Docent-Guided Tours of the Collection. This tour includes 2 hours in the Sanfilippo Residence and one hour in the Carousel Pavilion with the Foundation Director as your tour guide.

Cost is $30 per guest. Limited tickets available; first come, first served. Tickets only available through The Sanfilippo Foundation Website. Come hear the story of the family and Collection, demonstrations of a variety of music machines, a mini-concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer and a the history of the items in the Carousel Pavilion. There's a reason many folks have taken this tour more than a few times! It's educational and highly entertaining.

After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email from Paypal, our credit card processor, as your receipt. We will send you a second email within a day with your ticket(s) and details to attend. We highly encourage carpooling if attending with family and friends.

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7/12/22 at 9:30 am:
7/14/22 at 1:30 pm:
7/20/22 at 1:30 pm:
8/4/22 at 1:30 pm:
8/9/22 at 1:30 pm:

Advanced Guided Tour - July 16, 2022

This 3-hour guided tour would be for those who have previously taken the regular subscriber tour and were looking to delve further into the variety of automatic music instrument in the Collection. This 3-hour Advanced Tour will be limited in guest numbers so that participants can have a closer, more intimate look at the interesting features of the music machines, and explore pieces not often shown on our regular tour. It would also include a visit inside the Theater Organ pipe chambers (you must be able to walk up 4 flights of stairs unassisted to see the pipe chambers), as well as a visit to the Carousel Pavilion.

Cost is $45 per guest. Limited tickets available; first come, first served. Tickets only available through The Sanfilippo Foundation Website.

After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email from Paypal, our credit card processor, as your receipt. We will send you a second email within a day with your ticket(s) and details to attend. We highly encourage carpooling if attending with family and friends.

Purchase your tickets today:

7/16/22 at 1:30 pm:

July 9, 2022 - The Magic Mansion, Family Wurltizer Concert and Lunch

Magic Mansion

For the first time, we are holding a children-friendly Wurlitzer Concert featuring music from your favorite, kid-friendly musicals and movies. Come dressed as your favorite prince or princess, storm-trooper, or favorite cartoon character.

Organist Zach Frame will "Let it Go" on the Wurlitzer for a fun hour, followed by guests visiting the Carousel Pavilion for hot dogs, chips and soda, and a ride on the carousel.

Doors open for touring at 1 pm, concert from 2 pm - 3 pm, with the Carousel Pavilion open from 3 - 4 pm. Family friendly pricing. Adults: $25, Children under 17 - $12.50.

Purchase your tickets here. After you select Adult tickets, you can return to this page to select Children tickets:

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The Harp Twins

July 30, 2022 - The Harp Twins in Concert

Camille & Kennerly Kitt, AKA The Harp Twins, return to the Sanfilippo stage with a Nordic Celtic Rock performance. Known for their huge Youtube and Instagram following, comic timing, playful interaction, with original and cover songs, the Twins will Harp rock the Big House.

Doors open at 6 pm, Concert from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, and a meet and greet in the pavilion from 8:30 - 10 pm. Tickets are $35 each.

This specially priced concert is also a charity event for our local Cuba Township Food Pantry, and guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry.

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August 13 - A Tribute to Jasper Sanfilippo

Jasper Sanfilippo

Featuring Organists Dave Wickerham, Jelani Eddington, & Zach Frame. Doors open at 1 pm. Tickets are $45 and include up to 90-minutes of touring the Collection, followed by a 2 hour concert, and a visit to the Carousel Pavilion.

Come out to celebrate the Life and Legacy of Jasper B. Sanfilippo with his favorite Wurlitzer pieces played by 3 fantastic organists. We'll also play a few songs from other organists from our player system (Lyn Larsen, Jonas Nordwell, Tony Fenelon, the late John Seng, Chris Gorsuch, and Tom Hazelton).

Jasper Sanfilippo installed one of the finest Wurlitzer Theater Organs in the World in an acoustically wonderful setting, and this concert pays tribute to his vision and generosity to provide an instrument organists could utilize in the most unique and sepctacular ways. For Jasper, it was all about the music. Come join us for this special concert!

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September 17 - Carousel of Possible Dreams Gala - Come support 5 great children charities. All proceeds go to the children charities!

More details on these events and more coming soon!

Three Under 34

They returned for HALLOWEEN NIGHT! "Three Under 34" Concert, with Organists Nicholas Renkosik, Nathan Avakian, and Zach Frame. This was a Wurlitzer Virtual Concert benefiting the Sanfilippo Foundation.

By popular demand, we brought these three gentlemen back to perform as solo organists and as a group. We challenged them to top their sell-out, ground-breaking 2019 concert, and they've delivered.

View a video of the Concert: https://youtu.be/UKCXDCOKOU0

Please consider donating to the Sanfilippo Foundation so we can continue to help charities in need during these difficult times:

Watch an Organ Concert with one of our Charity Partners, St. John United Church of Christ in Palatine, IL

UCC-organ (99K)

Watch the Concert: https://youtu.be/dnFy-cMO4hE

The Sanfilippo Foundation brings you another organ virtual concert, this time, on an historic 1885 Organ from St. John's United Church of Christ, in Palatine, Illinois. We feel seeing and hearing this organ will bring you a greater appreciation of organs and the music played on the early ones. This is an early "Tracker" organ which later graduated to the development of the theater organ, like the Sanfilippo Wurlitzer and others. Please enjoy the song selections from our Organist Nicholas Renkosik, as he demonstrates some Bach, some hymnal selections, and more. Also included in the video is a video of how this particular organ functions.

Donations accepted through Sanfilippo Foundation on behalf of St. John United Church of Christ in Palatine, Illinois (corner or Algonquin Rd and Roselle Rd). Proceeds benefit St. John's 1885 Organ Maintenance Fund and New Windows Fund. Any amount is appreciated.

Concert arranged and provided by the Sanfilippo Foundation and St. John UCC. Organist Nicholas Renkosik donated his performance, and Video and Sound production was donated by Zach Frame and C-2 Productions.

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Perfume Passage

Various Dates - Guided tour of the new Perfume Passage at the Sanfilippo Estate

The Perfume Passage Foundation mission: Preserving the history, beauty, and artistry of perfume bottles, compacts, ephemera and related vanity items, the Perfume Passage Foundation seeks to educate and inspire visitors by illuminating the connection between perfume and the human experience.

We are gearing up for the holidays At the Perfume Passage Foundation. Come visit the unique window displays and travel through time and history with our intimate, docent-guided tour through the world of perfume bottles, vanity items, ephemera and much more.

For information and tour tickets for all four galleries, please visit Perfume Passage Foundation

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Visiting the Sanfilippo Estate

The Sanfilippo Estate is a private residence not open to the general public except through pre-arranged charity events and pre-arranged group tours of 40 or more guests, and a limited number of corporate events. Interested groups may contact the Foundation Director by email: director@sanfilippofoundation.org for more information. We do not offer the Estate for weddings, wedding related activities, nor children's parties.

Special Events (concerts, gala fundraisers) can be arranged for Charity Organizations and Corporate Groups. Email the Sanfilippo Foundation Director: director@sanfilippofoundation.org. Please include a contact phone number.

Tour Groups: 3-Hour, Docent-Guided Tours of the Sanfilippo Collection are available for groups of 40 or more. Send an email to: info@sanfilippofoundation.org. Please include the name of your group and a contact phone number.

Individuals looking to visit the Estate are encouraged to find a group (such as your local libraries, park districts, senior centers, etc.) who can put together the required minimum for one of our 3-hour Docent-Guided Tours and then have the organization contact the Foundation Director; or you can visit one of the websites of the charities holding events at the Estate (links provided) and obtain tickets to an event listed; or you can attend a Sanfilippo Foundation event -- all are updated regularly on this website. We also encourage individuals to sign up for our E-Newsletter. On occasion, we offer individual tickets to a guided tour to our E-Newsletter subscribers. Our preference for initial contact is by email.

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