Reel mingles into the Siskel Center’s Renaissance Gala

Hawke and D'Onofrio onstage at the Ritz

Hawke and D’Onofrio onstage at the Ritz

Ethan Hawke
Vincent D’Onofrio
occasionally stopped
to chat on their way
to grab a drink
or browse the posters
on display.

Besides offering a ballroom full of dinner guests the opportunity to witness an intimate conversation between Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio, the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Renaissance Gala brought together dozens of enthusiasts and professionals from the Windy City film community.

The swanky and enlightening event was held this year at the Ritz Carlton.

Windy City actors, directors, and publicists hobnobbed in a salon adjacent to the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where the guests of honor occasionally passed and stopped to chat on their way to grab a drink or browse the film posters on display.

Reel Chicago spent a few minutes with the people who came to celebrate as well as with D’Onofrio, who led the main event onstage with Hawke following dinner.

The Gene Siskel Film Center’s Annual Renaissance Gala


“Reality Bites Cucumbers and Tomatoes”

Salad of Persian Cucumbers
Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes, French Radishes, Snap Peas,
Gala Apples, Black Olives, Bulgarian Feta, Micro Greens,
White Balsamic Vinaigrette

“Hight Protein for Training Day”
Pan Seared Filet Mignon,
Thyme Jus Asparagus and Tri-Color Carrots
Olive Oil Smoked Red Potatoes

“Boyhood Delights”
Chocolate Bavarois, Raspberry Cremeux,
Devil’s Food Cake,
Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache

“Full Mouth of Jelly Doughnuts”