Annual Gala


Aspire 2018 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Cycle and Saddle Club in Chicago.

The Swedish American Museum’s annual fundraising event is a night of fun and celebration of Swedish and Swedish-American heritage and culture. A silent auction is held, and Gala guests are treated to a night of dinner, dance and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. This year the event will be held at the Saddle and Cycle Club, Chicago. We will be honoring Tom Martin of SVEA Restaurant and Scott Martin of Simon’s Tavern and the music will be by Matt Stedman Band & Ring of Music Orchestra.

For tickets to the Gala please email, stop by the Museum or buy them here.

Gala tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Your sponsorship helps us continue our work of welcoming more than 45,000 visitors annually, including 10,000 who visit the Children’s Museum.

Sponsorship Levels
GOLD Sponsor ($10,000)
One table (10 tickets) at the Aspire! Gala
Full-page advertisement in the program book
SILVER Sponsor ($8,000)
Eight tickets to the Aspire! Gala
Half-page advertisement in the program book
BRONZE Sponsor ($5,000)
Four tickets to the Aspire! Gala
Business-card-size advertisement in the program book
TABLE Sponsor ($2,500)
One table (10 tickets) at the Aspire! Gala
EVENING Sponsors
Music Sponsor ($2,000)
Program Book Sponsor ($2,000)
Valet Parking Sponsor ($2,000)
Wine Sponsor ($2,000)
Dessert Sponsor ($1,000)
Decoration Sponsor ($1,000)

All sponsors receive the following:
Special acknowledgment in event signage and in the program book.
Recognition in the Museum’s newsletter, social media and or website.

For more information on how to buy an advertisement in our program or become a Gala sponsor, please email

Silent Auction
Please consider contributing a gift certificate, a special item, or a unique service for our auction by filling out our Silent Auction Donation form here. It would be an honor to have you or your company join our growing list of distinguished donors and sponsors.

Program Book
You can place an ad in our program book. The deadline for ads is Friday, Oct. 12. To place an ad please click here. Full page advertisers will be listed with our sponsors on our website.

The Museum Aspire Gala raffle is open. We will only sell 100 tickets so your chances of winning are high. Each ticket is $50 and will be sold up until the drawing or we sell out. You can buy your tickets at the Museum or at the Gala.