Maseratis and Versace: Chicago prom goes high style [PHOTOS]

Prom season is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Fewer things beat teens getting gussied up to celebrate their final year of high school right before graduation. Chicago is developing a reputation for going all out for prom, from the cars, to the send-offs, to — of course — the fashion. The looks from last year were mind-blowing, so we wanted to see how the Class of 2019 fared. After Gucci and Rolls Royce stole last year’s show at Kenwood Academy High School, we returned, hoping for more amazing sights and styles. We also chose Whitney Young Magnet High School, to capture the trends and individuality of another well-known Chicago school. Neither disappointed. This year, Kenwood held its prom in the Atlantic Room of the Raddison Blu Hotel on a warm, early June night, while Whitney Young threw its bash about a week earlier at The Drake Hotel. Maseratis and Teslas were the go-to arrival car for a lot of the Kenwood students, with their ensembles just as extravagant. Sheer gowns, trumpet skirts, and gems were among many of the female trends, while well-tailored tuxedos in fresh spring colors and patterns were donned by many of the guys. The styles at Whitney Young encapsulated individuality, from ladies in shabby chic suits and Disney-inspired ball gowns, to the dudes having standout accessories on their tuxedoes. Both schools went all out for their big night, with jewel-embellished gowns, frothy tulle skirts, and dramatic, sleek low ponytails among some of the nights’ biggest trends. Cheers to the end of high school, kids. The only way to go out is with a bang – and they did just that.

(Christen A. Johnson, Darcel Rockett/Chicago Tribune)

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