Chicago birthday celebrated as city turns 177

March 4, 2014 1:58:00 PM PST
Happy birthday, Chicago! The City of Chicago is throwing a Mardi Gras-themed birthday party and food truck rally to celebrate Chicago's 177th birthday on Daley Plaza Tuesday.

The event will run from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 50 W. Washington Street. Throughout the day, Chicago food trucks will provide both lunchtime and after-work dining options as well as a designated area for beer from Goose Island and wine for purchase, plus musical entertainment from DJ Lisa Rene.

Participating food trucks include: Bridgeport Pasty, Flirty Cupcakes, Gino's Steaks Truck, Haute and Ready Chicago, Husky Hog BBQ, Jerk, Ms. Tittles Cupcakes, Porkchop, The Cheesie's Truck, Windy City Patty Wagon

And what's a birthday without cake? Eli's Cheesecake will provide the birthday cake - supplies are limited - so don't miss out!

Prior to the celebration kickoff, a brief program will be held in the lobby of the Daley Center featuring a native drum interpretation of "Happy Birthday" by the American Indian Center of Chicago as a reminder of Chicago's heritage. Additionally, children reading entries submitted to an annual essay contest sponsored in partnership with the Friends of DuSable will honor Chicago's first permanent resident, Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable.

The program will conclude with a Mardi Gras-style parade onto Daley Plaza led by The Big Shoulders Brass Band & Mystic Krewe of Laff to kick of the food truck rally and day-long celebration.

Other celebrations being held on March 4 include the Chicago History Museum's "four-star day of fun" with Chicago-style activities for the whole family throughout the day at the museum located at 1601 N. Clark Street. Connect to our city by participating in the Chicagoan Connect chain art project or discover the meaning of the Chicago flag's four stars on 30-minute tours. For complete details, visit chicagohistory.org.


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