The following five items will be part of the Live Auction at Landmarks Illinois’ 2018 Legendary Landmarks Celebration on March 8! Read the details on each of these once-in-a-lifetime, exciting experiences to learn more. Make sure to check out the conditions for each auction item, too!
BALLYFIN HOTEL IN IRELAND
CLAIM YOUR THREE-NIGHT STAY AT HISTORIC BALLYFIN, A LUXURY HOTEL IN BEAUTIFUL, GREEN IRELAND
You and a guest will discover Ballyfin – one of the finest small hotels in the world – during a three-night stay in one of just 20 guest rooms. Formerly the grandest regency house in Ireland, Ballyfin is located less than 1.5 hours southwest of Dublin. Today, it offers amenities that delight even the world’s most sophisticated travelers. Its 600 acres at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains feature five miles of paths, a fishing lake, follies dating to the 18th century and extensive gardens. As a guest, you will experience superior dining featuring seasonal produce, with all meals provided with this auction item. Enjoy the indoor pool, small spa facility and workout room, or curl up with a good book in the 80-foot-long library. Settle into one of many comfortable nooks with a refreshing beverage beside a relaxing fire. Be astounded by Ballyfin’s major collection of Irish art dating from the 18th century to today. Relax in a well-appointed guest room individually decorated with antiques. Come experience the very finest of Irish hospitality!
**A special thank you to Fred Krehbiel.
Valid for two guests for up to three nights (in one guest room); all meals included. Winner is responsible for travel to and from Ballyfin. Must be redeemed in 2018.
(Photo courtesy of Ballyfin)
PRIVATE JET TRIP
SECURE YOUR PRIVATE JET FOR A TWO-NIGHT TRIP TO THE LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE
Is your fantasy getaway less than a three-hour flight from Chicago, and located within the continental United States? We recommend you check your favorite travel app now, because, if so, you and eight friends could be flying in style on your very own private, corporate jet for a two-night stay! Maybe you want to take in a Broadway show, entertain friends on Bourbon Street or head to a major sporting event. Whatever you decide, your private plane is waiting. You and eight others will enjoy travel on CA Ventures’ 2017 Cessna Citation Sovereign 680 jet, a nine-passenger aircraft. Your luxury accommodations in the sky will include comfortable leather seating, WIFI and a stocked fridge. Please check your calendar—this experience is only available during the following months: April, May, June, July, October and November of 2018, excluding government holidays. If this fits the bill, what are you waiting for?
**A special thank you to Landmarks Illinois Board Member JJ Smith and Tom Scott of CA Ventures.
Travel is limited to the continental United States and must be less than 3 hours each way, with a 2 night maximum. Dates subject to availability, and plane is not available during August and September or on government holidays. Must be redeemed prior to November 30, 2018.
(Photo courtesy of CA Ventures)
TOUR & BRUNCH AT RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS LAKE GENEVA ESTATE
GET OUT OF TOWN AND HEAD TO LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN FOR BRUNCH AND A TOUR OF THE RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS ESTATE
Enjoy a mouthwatering brunch and exclusive tour for 22 guests at the Richard H. Driehaus Estate in Lake Geneva. The beautifully restored Georgian Revival-style home built in 1906 by Norman W. Harris, founder of Harris Bank, sits on some of the loveliest and most pristine acreage in Lake Geneva. The historic lakeside property’s spectacular landscaping, created by the Olmsted Brothers, is saturated with flowers and gardens, fountains, a half-mile of virgin maple forest and 144 native species in the wooded conservation area. The 22,000-square-foot, private home, with lofty colonnade and expansive porches, features an entrance hall with 20-foot ceilings and a 12-foot-wide staircase leading to a magnificent second-floor balcony. You and your guests will enjoy a splendid feast and elegant dining experience, catered by Lake Geneva’s premier caterer, Celebration on Wells.
**A special thank you to Richard H. Driehaus.
Valid for up to 22 guests for a three-hour catered brunch and tour of the Richard H. Driehaus Estate. Date subject to availability, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday only. Must be redeemed by March 8, 2019.
(Photo courtesy of Richard H. Driehaus)
CHICAGO BULLS PACKAGE
CHICAGO BULLS VIP EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
Grab 15 of your friends and head to the United Center on April 3, 2018, to root for the Chicago Bulls as they play the Charlotte Hornets. Enjoy this evening game from the comfort of your very own Club Level Suite, where you won’t be entertaining alone! Bulls Legend and Goodwill Ambassador Bob Love and three-time NBA Champion Toni Kukoc will join your party to share pro insights on the game. A private bar and appetizers will provide the fuel you and your friends need to cheer on the home team. Don’t forget to keep your eye on the scoreboard at halftime as your personal message flashes on the big screen. And, rest assured, you won’t leave empty handed! Each guest will receive a bag full of exclusive Bulls memorabilia and autographs. Need parking? No problem. This special experience includes four parking spaces. Don’t miss your chance for a priceless, Chicago Bulls VIP experience!
**A special thank you to the Chicago Bulls and Landmarks Illinois Board Member Judi Male.
For a group of 16. The winning bidder must confirm their reservation and guest count for the April 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m. game no later than March 27, 2018.
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bulls)
BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT CHICAGO'S OLD POST OFFICE
TOUR CHICAGO’S OLD POST OFFICE ON THE CUSP OF ITS REBIRTH AND DINE WITH THE ARCHITECT
Pick five friends and take a unique look inside Chicago’s Old Post Office with Project Design Principal Russell Gilchrist of Gensler’s Chicago team, who’s helping to lead a historically minded restoration and repositioning of this long-vacant and imposing structure. Become one of the few people who’ve seen inside this iconic building in over two decades, and gain first-hand knowledge about how historic elements are being carried through from storied past to exciting future. Landmarks Illinois President & CEO Bonnie McDonald or a Landmarks Illinois board member will be on hand to discuss how this high-profile project will transform Chicago’s Near West Loop. Continue your conversation with Russell and a Landmarks Illinois leader over lunch at The Arts Club of Chicago, where you will enjoy a delectable meal in the ambiance of this world-renowned hub of international contemporary art founded in 1916.
**A special thank you to Russell Gilchrist and Landmarks Illinois Board Member Erica Meyer.
Valid for up to 6 guests for three-hour tour and lunch. Date subject to availability, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday only. Must be redeemed by August 8, 2018.
(Photo credit: Tom Rossiter)