In the lead-up to its annual benefit, which takes place on Sept. 14, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center is hosting a silent auction. Bidding is underway now and will end on the day of the benefit.

Theater fans have a plethora of items to bid on, with tickets to Chicago’s famed Lyric Opera, Steppenwolf, and Goodman Theatre all up for auction. If music is more to your taste, you can bid on saxophone or jazz theory lessons from local musician Andy Zimmerman, whose band the Andy Zimmerman Trio will also be providing live music at the Sept. 14 benefit.

Last year, “lunch with goats” at Root Riot Garden was one of the most popular auction items, so this year the generous Root Riot folks have donated two of these unique experiences. Winners, along with five guests, will get a tour of the urban garden and lunch among the goats.

For art enthusiasts, we have an untitled monotype by 20th-century German expressionist Otto Neumann. The piece comes with a signed copy of David M. Sokol’s definitive book, Otto Neumann: His Life and Work.

If you’re looking for a getaway, you can bid on two different vacations: a five-day stay at a Cancun resort, or a weeklong vacation at a Michigan beach cottage. You can even choose the dates.

You can also bid on the opportunity to attend a Windy City Live taping as a VIP. Along with three guests, you will attend pre-show rehearsals, see the taping, and have your photo taken with hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini. As if that isn’t enough, this package also includes a gift certificate for dinner at Citrine.

Other auction items include White Sox tickets (with a parking pass), Brookfield Zoo VIP tour, a Coach bag, a tour and tasting at City Winery, boxing lessons (including the gear) at The Alley, language lessons at the Academia Institute of Language and Culture, artwork, a custom bobblehead, a Day of the Dead Fiesta and dinner, and a “quintessential Oak Park” package. 

Visit to learn more about the available options — and see which ones include a “Buy Now” option so you don’t have to wait to win!

Stuart Barnes-Jamieson

Development director 

Oak Park Regional Housing Center

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