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

Introductory Tour - July 24, August 6, August 13, August 28, September 5, September 10, 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.

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7/24/24 at 1:30 pm

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8/6/24 at 1:30 pm

8/13/24 at 9:30 am

8/28/24 at 1:30 pm

9/5/24 at 9:30 am

9/10/24 at 1:30 pm

Catlow Theater

July 25 - Catlow Theater Benefit

THE SANFILIPPO FOUNDATION IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE CATLOW 1927 FOUNDATION FOR ITS KICK OFF EVENT. Come out for a silent movie with "LIVE" organ accompaniment, touring the Collection, and fun at the Sanfilippo Estate.

The 1927 Catlow Theater auditorium contains 500 seats, stenciled ceiling, carved beams, and, behind the movie screen, a full stage and an orchestra pit, where musicians accompanied the early Vaudeville acts at the Catlow. Plans include stage shows, movies, and more. Located in the heart of downtown Barrington, this theater revival will help create dynamic Village experiences for all ages to enjoy.

Designed by Alfonso Iannelli, the Catlow contains the original fountain sculpture and hand-painted ceiling and curtain. The Catlow Theater is on the National Register of Historic Places. Help us in its important restoration.

Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a presentation on the exciting plans for the Barrington Catlow Theater's renovation and community use. You'll also be treated to Buster Keaton's ONE WEEK Silent Movie with Live Wurlitzer Theater Organ accompaniment in the Sanfilippo Music Theater, with organist Nicholas Renkosik. This fund raising event benefits the Catlow Theater 1927 Foundation.

  • Social time and Touring: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Presentation and Silent Movie, Buster Keaton starring in "One Week": 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds benefit Catlow 1927 Foundation and the restoration of the Catlow Theater.

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FAR concert

August 17 - The FAR Concert - with Organists Zach Frame, Nathan Avakian, and Nicholas Renkosik

Playing solos and trios (organ, piano, and drums) these gentlemen bring the excitement of surprising selections for the theater organ as well as wonderful interpretations of timeless pieces. This eclectic mix of talented musician never fails to delight us and has become an audience favorite at Sanfilippo.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for touring, Concert from 8 pm - 9:30, and Carousel visit from 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Tickets are $45 per person.

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Younce Guitar Duo

September 14 - Evening in 1920s Paris, with The Younce Guitar Duo

A special evening concert focused on music from 1920s Paris, Jerry and Ryan Younce bring their virtuoso 1920 guitar styles to our stage. This event includes 90-minutes of exploring 3 of the 4 Perfume Galleries from 6:30 pm - 8:00pm, followed by the concert from 8 pm - 9:30 pm. After the concert you may take a ride on the 1890 Eden Palais Carousel which was built in Paris. Make it extra elegant by attending in 1920 Parisian attire. Tickets are $45 per person.

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Also coming in 2024, more details to follow:

October 19 - Carousel of Possible Dreams
October 26 - Halloween Gala, featuring a Silent Movie & The Paris Swing Band
October 31 - The Harp Twins, Featuring the Volfgang Twins
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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