Upcoming Events at The Sanfilippo Foundation

Events, News and Tour Opportunities


PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All tours and events are 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 (25K)

Introductory Tour - March 12, March 14, March 16, March 19, March 27, April 4, April 10, April 30, May 1, 2024

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.

Purchase your tickets today:


3/12/24 at 1:30 pm

3/14/24 at 1:30 pm

3/16/24 at 9:00 am

3/19/24 at 9:30 am

3/27/24 at 1:30 pm

4/4/24 at 1:30 pm

4/10/24 at 1:30 pm

4/30/24 at 1:30 pm

5/1/24 at 1:30 pm

Advanced Guided Tour - April 23, 2024 at 9:30 am

This 3-hour guided tour would be for those who have previously taken the Introductory Tour (see below) 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 $40 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:

4/23/24 at 9:30 am:

Coming in 2024, more details to follow:

May 18 - Armed Forces Day Wurlitzer ConcertFeaturing Dave Wickerham & Special Guest Bass-Baritone William Powers
June 22 - Family Wurlitzer Concert, featuring Organist Zach Frame. Kid-friendly music
July 20 - Wurlitzer Concert featuring Organist Teddie Gibson
August 17 - Wurlitzer Concert featuring Nathan Avakian, Zach Frame, & Nicholas Renkosik (Artists formerly known as 3 Under 33)
September 14 - Evening in 1920s Paris - featuring The Younce Guitar Duo, from Traverse City, Michigan
Date TBA - The Harp Twins, Featuring the Volfgang Twins
October 26 - Halloween Gala, featuring a Silent Movie & The Paris Swing Ban
December 6, 7, & 8, 2024 - Christmas Concerts featuring Dave Wickerham and special guests


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.

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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