Sponsored by Diane and Steve Miller

At PROGRESSIVE you’ll travel through the completely transformed Victory Gardens Theater and experience music, food, drinks and specially curated performances inspired by shows in our upcoming 40th anniversary season.

The County Fair

Sponsored by Virginia Fitzgerald

Begin your evening in the Lobby our County Fair, inspired by Rest by Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Samuel Hunter. Back by popular demand Major General and His Daughters will perform fun covers of pop and folk songs while you browse our silent auction featuring over 3 dozen exciting packages with items from Divvy Bikes, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Koval Distillery and many more!

Specialty Drink


1 Part Whiskey

1 Part Grapefruit Juice

Garnish with cherry or orange

Room Menu:

Miniature Cheeseburgers garnished with Ketchup, Mustard and a pickle chip

Miniature Vegetable Shish Kabobs – Button Mushrooms, Red Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Squash, Onions

Miniature Corn Muffins sprinkled in Cheddar Cheese

Caramel Apple Bites adorned with Peanuts

The Indian Wedding

Sponsored by Vchilli events, Poonam Creations, and Rasaka Theatre Company

In the Zacek McVay Theater you’ll be a guest at our Indian Wedding, inspired by Samsara by Lauren Yee. Get a henna tattoo and taste Indian delicacies while becoming engulfed in the sights and sounds of India.

Specialty Drink:


1 part Vodka

North Indias Tamarind

Garnished with a Puri

Room Menu:


Stuffed Potato Samosa topped with tamarind

Mint Chutney

Marinated Tandoori Chicken in traditional spices, grilled in a clay oven
Sweet Gulab Jamun dumplings with a hint of Rose Syrup

The Soul Club

Sponsored by Sylvia and Larry Margolies

Next you’ll be transported through time to our 1960’s Soul Club. Groove to tunes spun by DJ Jesse Richardson, take a picture at the photo-booth and enter our raffle to win 2 Southwest Airlines tickets!

Specialty Drink:

Dirty Currency Cocktail

1 Part Guava Nectar


Garnish with Orange Slice

Room Menu:

Deviled Eggs with Dijon Mustard and Snipped Chives

Mini sausages baked in a puff pastry

Vegetable Crudite – Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Jicama, Red Bell Pepper, Radish, Cucumber, Broccoli

Bananas Fosters Bread Pudding trimmed in caramel sauce

Red Velvet Brownie Bites topped with a Cream Cheese Dollop

Then, end your night by creating your own light painting like the image for this unique event!

Each room will feature specialty food and cocktails provided by The Capitanini Family and Italian Village, Goose Island Co. and Berghoff Catering.

All proceeds benefit Victory Gardens’ commitment to supporting American playwrights and producing new American plays.

Official Liquor & Wine Sponsor
The Capitanini Family

Official Catering Partner

Official Beer Sponsor
Goose Island Beer Company

PROGRESSIVE Silent Auction Donors
16th Street Theater
Actor’s Gymnasium
All About Dance
Bailiwick Chicago
Bei Dou Kung Fu Chicago
Berghoff Catering
Big City Swing
Black Box Acting
BOKA Restaurant
Broadway in Chicago
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago a capella
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Chicago Crime Tours 
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Detours
Chicago Fringe Festival
Chicago Hauntings
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Sinfonietta
Classic Kids
The Cupcake Counter
D4 Isrish Pub & Cafe
Dave & Buster’s
Divvy Bikes
Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop
First Folio Theatre
Fox Valley Repertory
The French Pastry School
Gemini Bistro
Goodman Theatre
Grant Park Music Festival
Hard Rock Cafe
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hyde Park Art Center
Jeni’s Ice Cream
Joel Hall Dancers
Kayak Chicago
Kingston Mines
Koval Disillery
Letherbee Distilleries
Lettuce Entertain You
Lifeline Theatre Company
Light Opera Works
Lincoln Park Zoo
Little Beans Cafe
Lou Malnati’s
Lynfred Winery
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Macello Ristorante
Mon Ami Gabi
Museum of Science & Industry
Music of the Baroque
Music Box Theater
The Music Playhouse
The Neo-Futurists
Next Theatre Company
Northlight Theatre
Old Town School of Folk Music
The Paintbrush
Paramount Theatre
Perennial Virant
Popcorn Asylum
Red Twist
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
Revolution Brewery
Sideshow Theatre Company
Silk Road Rising
Southwest Airlines
Spare Time
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Steep Theatre Company
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Strawdog Theatre Company
Swedish American Museum
Theatre School at DePaul
Thodos Dance Chicago
Timeline Theatre
Trader Joe’s
Untouchable Tours
Urban Oasis Massage
Vosges Haut Chocolat
Writer’s Theatre