It was an epic red carpet, one eligible for the Guinness Book of World Records, when TV legend Dick Wolf and NBC hosted a party in Chicago on October 24 that included cast members from all of his One Chicago franchise: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and the upcoming Chicago Justice. Oh, and yes, the cast of "Hamilton" was there too! The private party, held at Swift & Sons in the Fulton Market district, celebrated the 100th episode of Chicago Fire.
After the many stars walked the red carpet, they were ushered into the dining room, along with a couple hundred adoring fans, to cut the cake, a two foot-long fire engine created by Sugar Hills Bakery. Producer Wolf thanked the crowd and Chicago for embracing his One Chicago series. "The headline is WOW! This show is gonna be around for a long time to come, I truly feel and truly hope. It has fostered One Chicago that has gone beyond my level of expectation and is a dream come true for me...Many of us have been together for 25 years and I sincerely hope we can achieve here what we have in New York, that these crews will have second generations of the same families working together...Our cast members care about each other, the women even have a book club! Chicago is a great city, thanks for supporting us...My hope is that in five years, we will be back here to celebrate again," he said.
And then it got a little chaotic as Chicago Fire stars Taylor Kinney (Lady Gaga's ex), Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Yuri Sardarov, David Eigenberg, Kara Kilmer, Joe Minoso, Miranda Rae Mayo, DuShon Brown, Tony Ferraris and Christian Stolte all tried to squeeze in behind the cake for the photo opp. After all the pics were taken and everyone was blinded by the flashes, guests continued to mix and mingle enjoying a lavish buffet that included a seafood bar, prime rib shaved onsite, mini sliders and more.
Other cast members in attendance included Chicago PD's Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Archie Kao, LaRoyce Hawkins, Marina Squerciati, Elias Koreas and Chicago's own, Amy Morton. From Chicago Med, Nick Gehlfuss, Torrey DiVitto, Yaya DaCosta, Marlyne Barrett and Colin Donnell attended and Phillip Winchester, Monica Barbaro, Carl Weathers and Joelle Carter represented Chicago Justice. The cast of Hamilton gave a group cheer for our World Series-winning Chicago Cubs during our interview that included Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton), Wallace Smith (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Ari Asfar (Eliza Hamilton), Jonathan Kirkland (George Washington), Chris de Sean Lee (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) and Samantha Marie Ware (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds).
Other notables seen on the scene included former Chicago Bears star Israel Idonije, Chicago Fire players Alex Morell, Jonathan Campbell, Joey Calistri and Drew Conner and Check Please! host Catherine De Orio. (Photos by Mila Samokhina)
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