Modern Wing Opening Gala!

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Dining Pavilion in Grant Park

With the opening of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute Friday night, Chicago now has the 2nd largest art museum in the country after the Met! Wow! I am so proud of my city!

The party itself was something you could only dream about with so much to see that you were constantly on sensory overload. The fancy guests gathered for cocktails in Griffin Court and then walked to Grant Park through a tented tunnel.

Dinner, catered by George Jewell, was served in a massive glass topped tent under the stars. The Mayor, Maggie and almost 1,100 guests shared this unique moment in Chicago's history.

The 264,000 square-foot building has been a decade in the making and will house the museum's permanent collections of 20th and 21st century art.

The restaurant, designed by Mies van der Rohe's grandson Dirk Lohan, is a must-see!  The views of Chicago take your breath away!  :-)

 

Keep on reading for fabulous photos from the event!

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Terzo Piano designer Dirk Lohan with friends

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View from the Sculpture Terrace

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Modern's restaurant designed by Dirk Lohan

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Ed Smith and Maureen Dwyer Smith (Gala co-chair)

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Helen Melchior, Christopher Clinton Conway, me, Ashley Wheater, Grace Barry and Jay Franke

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Michael Caine and Jamee Field

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Grace Barry, me and William Kennedy Smith

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Dining pavilion par nuit

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Houston's Mary and Roy Cullen

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Jennifer Perucca in J. Mendel

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Katherine Chez and Judd Malkin

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Chic couple

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Rebecca Besser

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Christina Gidwitz

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Cocktail and champagne reception

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Kate Gaynor and Chris Long (in Oscar de la Renta)

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Patsy Callahan in Chado Ralph Rucci

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Mary Lou Gorno, Leslie Hindman and Martin Gapshis

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  • What an amazing party! And an amazing blog too, Candace!

  • Hey thanks Leslie! I hear you write a pretty mean blog yourself!! I love "What's It Worth" and never missed any of the top antique shows you hosted on TV! Keep up the great work and thanks for the nice comment!!! :-) Candace

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