The Auditorium Theatre celebrated its milestone 125th birthday on Tuesday, December 9, exactly 125 years to the day that the National Historic Landmark theatre opened in 1889. The star-studded event raised more than $500,000 and was headlined by Broadway legend Patti LuPone and hosted by Chicago actor John Mahoney. Other highlights included Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Apollo Chorus, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, and an “All-star Chicago Rock Band” featuring local rock icon Jim Peterik.