Join us for a special night with the “Poet Laureate of Ordinary.”

On Tuesday, June 20, Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care is hosting “An Evening with Kelly Corrigan” at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.

The lively conversation is billed as Telling Us More About Hope, Loss and Other Wonders.  Much of the program will be a Q&A session on a wide range of topics.

Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author, a podcaster and the host of Tell Me More on PBS.  Released in 2008, her first book, The Middle Place, was about going through cancer treatment simultaneously with her father and her father’s subsequent death.  Since then she has written, spoken and interviewed extensively on grief and its impact.

As the largest nonprofit hospice in Illinois, Lightways aims this event to be the first in a speaker series providing healthy conversation on death and dying, caretaking and grief.

This event is a benefit for Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care.  As the largest nonprofit hospice in Illinois, Lightways relies on fundraising and contributions to cover approximately $1.5 million in uncompensated care that we provide annually.   This includes our pediatric palliative program, our community grief support and our charity care.  It also includes a dozen clinicians who provide direct patient care for which we receive no insurance benefit.  These are all essential parts of the unwavering guidance and support Lightways provides.


Reserved seats are available at or at the Rialto Square box office in person with no handling fee. The box office is open Monday-Friday from noon-4:30 pm at 102 N. Chicago Street in Joliet.  Tickets are $48.50 and $68.50.

Before the show info:


Joliet’s downtown City Center has two convenient parking decks located near The Rialto Square Theatre on Ottawa Street and Clinton/Scott St.

Parking is also allowed in the Harris Bank Parking lot (during non-business hours).

Street parking is also available around the theatre.


Looking for a nice meal before the show?  Consider these nearby Joliet establishments.  All are within walking distance of the Rialto.  Reservations are recommended.

  • Chicago St. Pub
    (across the St. from the Rialto) Pub food, spirits & entertainment
    78 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432
  • Juliet’s Tavern
    205 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432
  • Richardson’s
    81 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432
    (815) 582-4438
  • Cut 158 Chophouse
    110 North Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432
  • Mousa Tapas Bar
    158 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432
    (815) 409-7338

The Essential Kelly Corrigan

Looking to learn more about Kelly? Try these:


The Middle Place and Tell Me more are favorites


Kelly Corrigan Wonders is on most platforms. There’s a big interview each week and on Sundays she shares eulogies, toasts and college essays listeners have submitted.


Look for 5 seasons of Tell Me More which are in-depth interviews on a wide range of subjects. Later episodes are only 26 minutes so it’s a nice, short connection.

Stay Connected

Check out these links to stay in touch with the latest Kelly Corrigan news:

Kelly Corrigan has written four New York Times bestselling memoirs in the last decade, earning her the title of “The Poet Laureate of the ordinary” from the Huffington Post and the “voice of a generation” from O Magazine.  She is curious and funny and eager to go well past the superficial in every conversation.

About Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care

Founded in 1982 as Joliet Area Community Hospice, Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care  an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider licensed in 11 counties in Illinois. We provide exceptional serious illness care, hospice care and grief support for adults and children.

We are the largest nonprofit hospice in Illinois and the only provider of pediatric hospice and palliative care in northern Illinois. We offer unwavering guidance and support to more than 4,000 patients, families and clients each year.


Our programs include:

Serious Illness Care:
Aimed at people who have advanced, chronic or life-limiting illnesses, Lightways provides pain and symptom management, care coordination and most importantly, clear-headed, practical and kind counsel to patient and family.

Hospice Care:
Our interdisciplinary teams provide physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients with a terminal illness.  Care is provided in the home, nursing or assisted living facility or at our 20-bed inpatient unit.

Pediatric Program:
Children who have medically complex, chronic or life-limiting illnesses receive pain and symptom management and care coordination though our Pediatric Program.

Grief support:
Counseling services, workshops and other programs are offered to anyone in the community in need of our services at no charge.

We know how important time is. Our devoted team of highly-skilled healthcare professionals listen to your needs and work with you to develop the best plan of care. Our goal for all patients and families is simple: Time together with less pain and more joy.

If you have friends or family in need of the services we provide, please invite them to call us at 815-740-4104

More About Kelly Corrigan




Kelly Corrigan may not be in school anymore, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a student for life. This successful journalist, gifted storyteller and bestselling author, who’s always had a strong interest in culture, caregiving and matters of society, has spent hundreds of hours interviewing some of the top change-makers in the world. She’s taken these lessons to heart — and to audiences across the country.

Constantly noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects in a very intimate and empowering way. Described as touching, heartwarming and empathetic, Kelly is just as likely to be called cool, funny, smart and irresistibly authentic. Her inspirational words elevate the experiences of everyday life and uplift our darkest moments with humor, humanity and unforgettable eloquence. And Kelly has had plenty of adversity of her own. In 2004, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her children were both still in diapers at the time. Three months after her diagnosis, she learned her father had late-stage cancer. From undergoing her own treatments, while ensuring that her father received proper care, Kelly learned how anyone can make a difference and motivates audiences to do the same.

Not surprising for someone who connects with everyone she interviews. Kelly is the host of PBS’ Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan. These insightful conversations educate and entertain as guests reflect on their lives and the impact they have on their worlds. Interviewees include artists, activists, philanthropists and even the coach of her favorite NBA team. Melinda Gates, David Byrne and Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr have all stopped by her studio, along with civil rights icon Delores Huerta, Selma Blair and Dr. Atul Gawande to name a few of her guests.

Kelly also hosts her own podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders, which she describes as a “place for people who like to laugh while they think.” On the podcast, she tackles a different question every month in a series of weekly conversations with some of her favorite thinkers. More lessons learned.

In addition to her TV series and podcast, Corrigan is the author of four New York Times bestselling memoirs, including Tell Me More, Glitter and Glue, The Middle Place and Lift.

About the Rialto Square Theatre

Located in downtown Joliet, Illinois, the historic and beautiful 1,966 seat Rialto Square Theatre has been entertaining patrons for almost a century. Originally built as the Vaudeville Movie Palace in 1926, the theatre has a rich history of providing entertainment for the area.

The Jewel of Joliet features a spacious rotunda and has served as the background for movie and television filming.