An Olympic Event: A look at City Night

April 6, 2009 2:47:43 PM PDT
Who's attending, who's performing, and what they're eating as Chicago entertains the IOC at 'City Night.'More than 150 guests- including Oprah Winfrey, Mayor Richard Daley and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett- will attend 'City Night' at The Art Institute of Chicago.

'City Night' is the highlight event held in honor of the International Olympics Committee's evaluation team, which has been touring Chicago since last week. They will be entertained by Chicago greats Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy, Andrew Bird, and the Chicago Children's Choir.

The meal is created by Tony Mantuano, chef and partner at Spiaggia, where President Obama and his wife, Michelle, celebrated their anniversary in October. The four-course meal includes local ingredients. Full Menu

City Night is being held in the Art Institute's new Modern Wing, which will open to the public on May 16.

Mayor Daley and Chicago 2016 CEO Patrick Ryan will speak at City Night.

Attendees Include

  • Geoff Brammer, Deputy Consul General of United Kingdom
  • Nadia Comaneci, Olympian -- Gymnastics
  • Bart Conner, Olympian -- Gymnastics
  • John Cullerton, President, Illinois State Senate
  • Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago
  • Jean-Baptiste de Boiseeiere, Consul General of France
  • Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator for Illinois
  • Maria Rosa Ferrer, Consul General of Colombia
  • Mufi Hanneman, Mayor, City of Honolulu
  • Dennis Hastert, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympian - Heptathlon
  • Kerstin Lane, Consul General of Sweden
  • Nastia Liukin, Olympian -- Gymnastics
  • Giambattista Mondada, Consul General of Switzerland
  • Martin Nesbitt, CEO, PRG Parking Management
  • J.B. Pritzker, Founder & Managing Partner, The Pritzker Group
  • Patrick Quinn, Governor, State of Illinois
  • Elizabeth Schick, Consul General of Australia
  • Mona Seouby, Consul General of Egypt
  • Pei-Hwang Shen, Taipei Economic & Cultural Center
  • Oprah Winfrey, Entertainment Pioneer & Philanthropist
  • The IOC remains in town until April 8.


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