The Big Screen 

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Summary of Package Details

Lighten Concierge Planning Service

You don't have to do this alone. Our team will handle all event planning, design a personalized ceremony with your input, handle your RSVPs, officiate your ceremony, and make sure everything runs smoothly on the day of.

 

Celebration of Life Venue

Welcome your family & friends on the red carpet at The Davis Theater in Lincoln Square.

 

Video Production

We'll prepare your photos, videos, music, and guest speakers for center stage.

 

Floral Arrangements

We'll curate arrangements using your loved one's favorite flowers, colors, or aesthetic.

 

Printed Remembrance Cards

We'll create a keepsake for each guest, with your loved one's photo and favorite words to live by.

 

Memorial Webpage

We'll preserve your loved one's legacy with a tribute page. The page gives your guests one place to read your loved one's obituary, leave written condolences, make donations in your loved one's memory, access all event information, and RSVP for the gathering.

Summary of Package Pricing

$7,500 for celebrations on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

$8,600 for celebrations on Thursday, Sunday

$10,550 for celebrations on Friday, Saturday

Why the difference? Venue rental fee varies by day of the week.

Lighten Concierge Planning Service

Our Process

Our process is designed to make the planning as easy as possible for you, and to create a celebration of life true to your loved one's spirit.

We Gather Your Input in a Planning Session

In our first 60-minute Zoom session, we'll get to know you and your loved one, so we can begin to design a ceremony and gathering just for them. We'll talk speakers and readings for the ceremony, music, photos, florals, and more.

We Do the Work, So You Can Focus on Your Family & Friends

  • Ceremony Design: With your input, our service-planning experts will create a unique ceremony just for your loved one.

  • Event Planning & Coordination: Your Lighten team will coordinate the details for the venue, florals, and more.

  • Memorial Webpage: With your input, we'll create a memorial page for you to share with your guests. The page will include a tribute to your loved one's life and the details about your loved one's celebration.

  • Guest Management: We'll manage your guests' RSVP responses, send their reminder emails, and answer their questions.

  • Photo & Music Preparation: Send us the photos and music you'd like to play during your gathering, and our team will make them event-ready.

We Keep You Updated with a Midpoint Check-In

In our second 60-minute Zoom session, we'll check in to make sure everything is on track. We'll update you on the planning progress, and you can ask us any questions you have.

We Hold a Final Walkthrough, So You Know What to Expect

In our third 60-minute Zoom session, we'll walk through all the finalized details, so that you know what to expect on the day of.

We're There by Your Side on the Day Of

Leave all day-of logistics to us, so that you can focus on remembering your loved one with your family and friends. We'll also facilitate your ceremony, or work with an officiant of your choice.

Your dedicated Lighten team is there for you every step of the way. In addition to your three pre-event meetings, they are available via email, phone, and instant message.

Venue: The Davis Theater

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The Davis Theater, originally known as the Pershing Theater, was built in 1918 and opened showing vaudeville and silent films. In the 1930s, the Pershing was converted to show talkies and was renamed the Davis Theater.

 

Through the 1970s, the theater transitioned to showing a variety of entertainment, including puppet shows, second run films, and revivals through the 1970s.

 

In January of 2016, the theater was brought back to life in its current state as a historical landmark and community center for cinema and the arts.

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Venue Details

Location

  • 4616 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60625

Rental Schedule: 4 hours total rental

  • 1 hour for theater setup

  • 30 minutes for "doors open" gathering period

  • 1.5 hours for ceremony

  • 1 hour for guest goodbyes and cleanup

Rented Space - The Tom Fencl Memorial Theater

  • Guest Capacity: 276

Event Furnishings and A/V Equipment

  • 1 Wired Microphone

  • Theater PA System

  • 1 Podium

Personalized Details

  • Theater Marquee Messaging: "Now Honoring [Your Loved One's Name]"

Looking for more? Ask your planning team about adding a catered reception, a livestream for your virtual guests, additional theater rentals for larger groups, more time for longer gatherings, and more.

 

We're here to make this gathering exactly what you need it to be.

Memorial Webpage

A Lighten Memorial Webpage functions as a meaningful tribute to your loved one's life, as well as the invitation to your loved one's celebration. The link to the webpage can be easily sent to your guests via text, social media, or email.

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Each Lighten Memorial Webpage Includes:

 

Your Loved One's Name, Photo, and Obituary

A lasting tribute to their life.

 

Celebration of Life Event Information

Share the date, time, and location with your guests.

Registration for the Event

Your guests can easily RSVP for the event. We'll track the guest list and send it to you regularly.

Guestbook

For guests to leave written memories, stories, or condolences for you.

Donation Campaign

If you would like to suggest a charitable cause to which guests can make a donation in your loved one's memory.

Floral Arrangements

Maybe your loved one bought you irises every year for your birthday, planted tulip bulbs along her favorite walking path, or loved the color yellow. Whatever the inspiration, we'll work with you to create a custom arrangement that brings your loved one to mind.

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2 small floral arrangements, to be placed in theater lobby (sample shown to right)

2 Large floral arrangements, to be placed in front of speakers' podium in the theater (sample shown to left)

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 Printed Remembrance Cards

A printed remembrance card can be a lovely keepsake for your guests to take home from your loved one's Celebration of Life. We'll work with you to choose a favorite photo for the front. The back of the card can be a space for inspirational words, or to display your loved one's favorite quote, poem, or saying.

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Up to 200

printed cards included.