Día de los Muertos Celebration

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Wentz Concert Hall
Lower Level/Madden Theater
171 E. Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

The West Suburban Friends invite you to attend a Día de los Muertos celebration fit for a 30th anniversary season!

Join us for a delicious Mexican-inspired dinner, fantastic drinks, stunning entertainment, family friendly activities, and of course, our fabulous silent auction. Funds raised at this engaging event support Chicago Sinfonietta’s artistic programming as well as education and community programming provided to West Suburban students and families!

In honor of this Chicago Sinfonietta milestone year, this year’s event will celebrate memories. All attendees are invited to help us build an ofrenda by bringing a photo of a lost loved one or even bring their favorite food or something that belonged to them to place on our altar curated by Naperville Sister Cities. Plus, we invite everyone to participate in our contest for the best interpretation of La Catrina/El Catrin through makeup and dress and join us for a candlelight procession into the concert hall.

Individual Tickets

$50 for reception only

$100 for reception & concert immediately following (limited supply)

Family Packs*

$175 for reception only

$250 for reception & concert immediately following (limited supply)

*Family packs include admission for 2 adults & 2 kids.


Contact Courtney Perkins to reserve your tickets now at  cperkins@chicagosinfoneitta.org or call (312)284-1559.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 & 2. It is thought that during this holiday the gates of heaven are opened and the spirits of the deceased can reunite with their families. Honoring the lives of loved ones lost, families celebrate with offerings, songs, prayer and feasts to encourage visits by the spirits.

A collection of offerings placed on a ritual altar during the annual Día de los Muertos celebration. This often includes foods of the departed loved one being honored as well as traditional foods like the sweet bread called pan de muerto providing a feast for the visiting spirits.
One of the most recognizable images associated with Día de los Muertos, La Catrina often represents death herself. Representations of La Catrina vary widely, but she is almost always shown wearing an elegant and elaborate hat.
Marigolds are thought to guide the spirits to their alter using color and scent. Parades and processions large and small are often held to honor of the holiday and frequently feature the colorful flowers as well as candles.