Inside Windy City Live's First Year Anniversary Party!

It’s one of my favorite shows in town and I’m so glad they are doing SO well!  Windy City Live hosted its one year anniversary Wednesday night, June 11th, at Epic on Hubbard.  I was expecting this by-invite-only party to be jam packed but it was the perfect amount of people, not too many and not too few.  Executive Producer Marlaine Selip explained, “We invited all of the people who’ve made this night possible, our family, our producers, our advertisers and our friends.”   It was a joyous affair and the whole place was reserved for this party including their lovely rooftop bar area where everyone seemed to congregate on this perfect summer evening.

A giant cake, courtesy of Eli’s Cheesecake, was the first thing guests saw as they entered the venue.  WCL stars Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, along with Marlaine, welcomed the crowd and thanked their many contributors.  New General Manager, John Idler, was in the crowd and laughed as Ryan joked about having his ten year contract drawn up and ready for him to sign.  It was a loving group of supporters who were all there to cheer this great show on.  Seen in the crowd were WCL Supervising Producer Cindy Patrasso, producer Emerald-Jane Hunter with hubby Ronny, Dawn Watkins,  WCL’s regulars Mark DeCarlo, Nina Chantelle, Hank Mendheim, Billy Dec and Roe Conn (and Barb), Chicagolicious’ AJ Johnson and Niki Robinson, Season 5 Bachelorette winner Ed Swiderski,  Kathleen Henson, Debi Lilly, Pat Brickhouse, Hotel 71's Steve Shern, Paul Bryant, Grant DePorter, Jess Altieri, Veronica Zepeda, Chuck Jordan, Jerrod and RJ Melman,  Cub great Ernie Banks, Amy Tara Koch, Lindsey Avner, Kevin Aeh, Erica Strama, DC Crenshaw, Margaret O’Connor, Chef Kevin Hickey, Terri Hickey, Diana Palomar, Dionne Williams,  Maureen Schulman, Jim Karas, Shea Vaughn, Dan Uslan, Lisa Ripson, Brook Jay, Graham Kostic, Nicole Pearl, Stephanie Krol, Nick Harkin, Carly Leviton and Rachel Gillman among many others!

Huge congrats and Happy First Year Anniversary WCL!  Can’t wait to see the mountains you'll climb!  (Check out these fab fotos by Mila Samokhina  and Steve Starr and you’ll feel the love!)

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