Mansion Events

The historic Jacob Henry Estate transforms an ordinary celebration into an extraordinary one


Chicago's Bygone Department Stores 04/14/2022

Thursday, April 14th
2:45 PM Lunch Matinee

Chicago's Bygone Department Stores
Thursday April 14th, 2022
11:15am-2:15pm
$48 per guest
 
Remember the days before online shopping & Amazon? For decades, Chicago was home to some of America’s grandest department stores. Clustered along a mile long stretch of State Street, stores like Marshall Field and Co.; Carson Pirie Scott; Sears; Wieboldt’s; and Goldblatt’s set new standards for retail innovation, customer service and visual display. Generations of Chicagoans trekked to these stores for holiday shopping, celebrations, and fun. In this illustrated lecture, historian and author Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., revisits Chicago’s fabulous retail emporiums and explores their rise and fall.
 
Lunch Menu:
Slow Cooked Pot Roast complimented with pan glazed au jus, roasted carrots & celery, accompanied by whipped potatoes
 
Optional Upgraded Dessert:
(Add $4 per guest)
Caramel Apple Trifle
 

Mystery at The Mansion 04/21

Thursday, April 21st
11:15 AM Lunch Matinee

Mystery at The Mansion

April 21st, 2022 

11:15am-1:45pm

$55 Per Guest

Death of a Gangster: 1920's Mafia Marriage Murder
Lucky you! You’ve been invited to the Dunn Speakeasy for the wedding of the year! In this “married to the mob” event, you’ll never know who to trust. With the two families merging together, someone is bound to lose power, which means someone else will lose their life! Get on the trolley and solve this case with your fellow detectives.
 
Lunch Menu:
Jake's Cordon Bleu  
Boneless breast of chicken served open with ham, cheese and Béarnaise Sauce.  Complemented by wild rice and steamed broccoli

Simply Billy: A Tribute to Legendary Billy Joel 04/27/2022

Wednesday, April 27th
10:45 AM Lunch Matinee

Simply Billy
Wednesday April 27th, 2022
10:45 am - 3:00 pm
$56 per guest
 
SIMPLY BILLY is the tribute show that brings the incredible songwriting, vocals and pianistic virtuosity of Billy Joel to the stage for audiences to revel in! Musician Brian Harris weaves together meticulously styled Billy Joel vocals, concert pianist "chops" and endless energy in presenting a show that will dazzle audiences.
 
Lunch Menu:
Lemon Parmesan Chicken
Lightly breaded baked chicken breast served with our creamy lemon parmesan sauce, accompanied by roasted red potatoes and steamed green beans
 
or
 
Baked Ham Jubilee
Baked ham complimented by a delicate fruit glaze and accompanied by roasted red potatoes and green beans
 
Optional Upgraded Dessert:
(Add $4 per guest)
Warm Brownie Ala mode
 

The Kentucky Derby: Hats, Horses & History 05/03 & 05/05/2022

Tuesday, May 3rd
11:45 AM Lunch Matinee

The Kentucky Derby: Hats, Horses & History
Tuesday May 3rd Thursday May 5th, 2022
11:45 am - 2:30 pm
$50 per guest
 
Come celebrate the most iconic & exciting 2 minutes in sports history. The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously running sports event in the nation. America’s most celebrated horse race was first held at Churchill Downs in Kentucky in 1875. Join historian Leslie Goddard to explore the history and many traditions that make the first Saturday in May so special. Learn the lyrics to “My Old Kentucky Home,” look at the famous hats and find out the stories behind the garland of roses, mint juleps and more.
The perfect event to break out your fanciest hat!
 
Lunch Menu:
The Kentucky Derby Famous Hot Brown
Hot open faced turkey sandwich with bacon, tomato & a mornay sauce. Topped with sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Complimented by potato wedges.
 
Optional Upgraded Dessert:
(Add $4 per guest)
Pecan Pie

 


Simply Elton: A Tribute to Legendary Elton John 06/16/2022

Thursday, June 16th
3:15 PM Lunch Matinee

Simply Elton
Thursday June 16th, 2022
10:45 am - 3:00 pm
$56 per guest
 
SIMPLY ELTON is a celebration of Sir Elton John's incredible musical career. Musician Brian Harris and the Mad Hatters Band will transport you to the magic of an Elton concert, playing music spanning the icon's entire career. In addition to the spot-on Elton-styled vocals, wild costuming and endless energy, the virtuoso and rocking piano playing will leave audiences speechless.
If you're going to see ONE Elton tribute, this is the one to see!
 
Lunch Menu:
Tuscany Chicken
Boneless breast of chicken baked and served with our Parmesan tomato cream sauce accompanied by whipped potatoes
 
or
 
Slow Cooked Pot Roast
Tender Pot Roast complimented with a pan glazed au jus, 
roasted carrots & celery, accompanied by whipped potatoes
 
Optional Upgraded Dessert:
(Add $4 per guest)
Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries

The Four C Notes 09/14/2022- SOLD OUT

Wednesday, September 14th
10:45 AM Lunch Matinee

The Four C Notes-SOLD OUT
Wednesday September 14th, 2022
10:30am - 3:00pm
$56 per guest
 
The Four C Notes was created by John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in Chicago’s long running production of the Broadway, smash hit JERSEY BOYS. THE FOUR C NOTES are the Midwest’s ONLY tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons!
The tribute features all of your favorite hits, including:
“Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man” “Workin’ My Way Back To You, (Babe)”, 
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “Let’s Hang On” and many, many, more…
 
Lunch Menu:
Pasta Trio 
Cheese Manicotti, Fettuccini Alfredo & Spaghetti with Meatballs. 
Served with a Garlic Bread 
 
Optional Upgraded Dessert:
(Add $4 per guest)
Cannoli Cake 
 

It's a Wonderful Life: The Making of a Holiday Classic 11/09

Wednesday, November 9th
11:15 AM Lunch Matinee

It's a Wonderful Life: The Making of a Holiday Classic

November 9th, 2022

$48 Per Guest

11:15am-3:00pm

Kick off the Holiday Movie Season with this absolute classic.
Did you know Cary Grant was supposed to star in It’s a Wonderful Life? That the famous gym-floor-turned-swimming-pool was real? That the movie bombed at the box office? Even if you’ve seen the classic holiday film 150 times, you’ll love this fun program that explores the story of the movie’s creation including how the script evolved, how the cast was chosen, and the technical challenges that were overcome. You'll find out what happened to the cast and enjoy rare photographs taken behind the scenes. Rediscover Frank Capra’s masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before.
 
Lunch Menu
 
Holiday Chicken 
A seasoned boneless breast of chicken with a delicate cranberry-orange sauce served with wild rice and steamed vegetables. 
 
*Optional Upgraded Dessert: (add $4 per guest)
Warm Brownie Ala Mode 
 

 


A Victorian Christmas with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln 11/09

Wednesday, November 9th
11:30 AM Lunch Matinee

A Victorian Christmas with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln

November 9th, 2022

$48 Per Guest

11:30am-3:00pm

 

EXPERIENCE A VICTORIAN HOLIDAY WITH MR. & MRS. LINCOLN. 

When we think of a traditional Christmas, we usually mean a Victorian Christmas. 
Since the American Civil War also took place during this time period, Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln would like to tell you what Christmas was like in America, and how some of the customs we observe today came to be, such as the origins of Christmas Tree and Santa Claus, typical menus and party entertainments, New Years Day receptions, and the best Christmas present Abraham Lincoln ever received! 
Civil War General George Henry Thomas and his wife, Frances, will be explaining the backgrounds of some of our favorite, classic Christmas carols.
Come prepared to take part in a fun sing-along!
 
Lunch Menu:
 
Holiday Chicken
A seasoned boneless breast of chicken with a
delicate cranberry-orange sauce served with wild rice
and steamed vegetables. 
 
*Optional Upgraded Dessert: (add $4 per guest)
 Warm Brownie A La Mode

 


Remembering Marshall Fields at Christmas Time 11/09

Thursday, November 17th
11:15 AM Lunch Matinee

Remembering Marshall Fields at Christmas Time

November 17th, 2022

11:15am-3:00pm

$48 Per Guest

 

For many Chicagoan's, no Christmas season was complete without a visit to Marshall Field’s, the city’s Grande dame of department stores. This illustrated presentation by Leslie Goddard traces the store’s beloved holiday traditions, including the Walnut Room Christmas tree, the holiday window displays, the toy department, Cozy Cloud Cottage, and the Christmas catalog!
 
Lunch Menu
Your Choice of One of The Following:
 
Chicken Pot Pie
accompanied by a warm apple & pear salad
 
or
 
Ham Jubilee
Baked Ham complimented with a delicate fruit glaze accompanied by roasted potatoes and green beans
 
*Optional Upgraded Dessert: (add $4 per guest)
Pumpkin Pie 
 

 


Christmas at The White House 11/30

Wednesday, November 30th
11:00 AM Lunch Matinee

Christmas at The White House

November 30th, 2022

11:00-2:30PM

$48 Per Guest

 

Few American houses enjoy as lavish a holiday season as the White House. In this beautifully illustrated talk, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D. discusses the traditions that bring Christmas alive inside America’s most famous address. Learn the history of the gingerbread house tradition, the National Christmas Tree, and the thousands of ornaments created by artists around the country over the years. Did you know the White House didn’t have a Christmas tree until 1889? Or that it takes up to 200 people to put the decorations each year? Take an insider’s view of one of the most historic homes in the world during the most magical time of the year.
 
Lunch Menu
Traditional Turkey
Seasoned Turkey, Homemade Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes, 
Cranberry Walnut Compote and Steamed Vegetable
 
*Optional Upgraded Dessert: (add $4 per guest)
Apple Pie Ala Mode 

 


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