Auditorium Theatre Auxiliary Board 1893 World’s Fair Inspired DEVIL’S BALL June 14

Photo by Julia Nash

Take a trip back in time with the Auditorium Theatre Auxiliary Board at the Devil’s Ball on Friday, June 14, 2019. This signature event, inspired by the 1893 World’s Fair, features drinks, dancing, and dining on the same stage that has welcomed legendary performers including Aretha Franklinthe Bolshoi BalletDavid BowieAlvin Ailey American Dance TheaterBernadette PetersChance the Rapper, and many more. The Devil’s Ball is hosted annually by the Auxiliary Board, a dedicated group of young professionals devoted to raising awareness and generating support for the Auditorium Theatre.

“The Auditorium Theatre was so unparalleled and awe-inspiring when it opened in 1889 that it played an instrumental role in bringing the 1893 World’s Fair to the city, affirming to the rest of the country that Chicago was truly a world-class city,” says Rachel Freund, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Auditorium Theatre. “It is fitting that all proceeds from the Devil’s Ball, themed around the World’s Fair, support our 130-year-old theatre’s continued restoration and preservation.”

“Our annual Devil’s Ball is an engaging and unique way to spend a night out while benefiting one of Chicago’s most iconic architectural accomplishments,” says Mariaelena Morales, Auditorium Theatre Auxiliary Board Chair. “We invite you to join us for this special event on Chicago’s landmark stage and enjoy an evening under the golden glow of the Auditorium Theatre.”

Guests at the Devil’s Ball will enjoy a variety of cuisines from around the world, provided by Food for Thought with desserts by Russian Tea Time; an open bar with cocktails, wine, champagne, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages; and dancing on the Auditorium’s stage. The evening also features exclusive tours of the Auditorium, a silent auction, and a wine raffle. Keeping with tradition, the event will feature surprise live entertainment – previous performers at Devil’s Ball have included samba dancers, performers from Aloft Circus Arts, and the marching band Environmental Encroachment. 

DIA S. AND EDWARD S. WEIL, JR. – Gold Sponsor
ANN AND TOM NASH – Silver Sponsor

Event Information

Devil’s Ball

Friday, June 14 | 7:30PM-11PM

Tickets to the Devil’s Ball are $75 through Tuesday, April 30 at 5PM, and $100 until Thursday, June 13 at 5PM. Tickets purchased after 5PM on June 13 and on June 14 are $125. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 312.341.2300, or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E Ida B Wells Dr). For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelly Saroff Allen by phone at 312.341.2364 or via email at 

About The Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre, located at 50 E Ida B Wells Dr at Roosevelt University in Chicago, is an Illinois, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming to all of Chicago and beyond as The Theatre for the People. The organization also is committed to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark.

The Auditorium Theatre 2018-19 Season is made possible in part with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Illinois Arts CouncilThe Chicago Community Trust, and the Palmer House, a Hilton HotelMichigan Avenue Magazine is the official magazine sponsor. For more information about programming, volunteer, and donor opportunities or theatre tours, please call 312.341.2310 or visit For a complete listing of events at the Auditorium Theatre, please click here