Gala 2017

Jessie Mueller, left, and Heather Healey perform at Gala 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater presented a festive evening blending dinner, music and the unveiling of a new performance space during its Gala 2017.

The fundraiser took place June 9 on the grounds of Chicago Shakespeare at Navy Pier and its newest venue-in-progress, The Yard.

Event proceeds, totaling $1.7 million, will benefit Chicago Shakespeare in Classrooms and Communities. The theater offers a variety of educational and civic programs, including the annual Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Tour. This year, Shakespeare in the Parks begins July 26 and runs through Aug. 27.

Performers for the gala were Jessie Mueller, who starred as Carole King in the musical "Beautiful," and singer/actress Heather Headley.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's The Yard is scheduled in open in September with a production of "The Toad Knew." Visit chicagoshakes.com.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.