Chef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit TV shows Parts Unknown on CNN, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical about his passions. For one night only, on July 30, Bourdain will spend the evening at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, sharing candid, unyielding insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include: premier seating, a limited edition tour poster and VIP laminate, and exclusive access to a post-show meet and greet reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and photo and signing opportunities.
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, an Illinois not-for-profit organization, is committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community and educational programming to Chicago and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. The Auditorium Theatre strives to achieve diversity in the broadest possible context. Its goal is for diversity to infuse and be reflected in every dimension of their work, their programs, their performances, their artists, and the people they serve. They believe that diversity means inclusion and accessibility.
The Auditorium Theatre officially opened just over 125 years ago on December 9, 1889. Designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler at the behest of Chicago businessman Ferdinand Wythe Peck, the theatre’s gilded elegance and graceful design were immediately hailed as one of the most beautiful in the world. Peck charged the renowned architects with creating a distinctly American design for the theatre, differing from European opera house models in that the best seats were available to the average Chicagoan, not the elite. Today, it remains one of the most important performance venues in the world, hosting hundreds of musical, dance, theatre, and special events each year.
In 1975 the U.S. Department of the Interior declared the Auditorium Theatre a National Historic Landmark. To this day, the management of the Auditorium Theatre continues to lovingly preserve and restore Adler & Sullivan’s masterpiece, while delicately updating various areas to meet the demands of contemporary artists and audiences. Typically, more than 250 performances and events—ranging from dance, theatre, and music to educational programs and religious services—attract more than a quarter of a million people every year to Chicago’s landmark theatre making the Auditorium Theatre a treasured destination in Chicago and throughout the world.
The Auditorium Theatre believes ethics embrace its ability to be fair, consistent and transparent in its actions to its another, its artists, its stakeholders and its patrons. The Auditorium Theatre embraces innovation as they employ their talents, creative thinking and available technology to continuously improve how they approach and execute their work. Excellence is the cornerstone that connects all Auditorium Theatre values. In always aiming to achieve excellence, they perpetually endeavor to attain new heights.