Chicago turns 177 tomorrow, March 4th, and will be celebrating with a blow-out Mardi Gras-themed birthday party featuring food trucks, free birthday cake, a parade, entertainment and paczki on Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street).
The party kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a short program. The FREE cake will be available (while supplies last) along with paczki, a “Fat Tuesday” tradition, from Delightful Pastries, and music starting at 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.
The program will be held in the lobby of the Daley Center. The highlight will be a native drum interpretation of “Happy Birthday” by the American Indian Center of Chicago along with children reading essays submitted for an annual essay contest sponsored in partnership with the Friends of DuSable honoring Chicago’s first permanent resident, Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable.
Following the program there will be a Mardi Gras-style parade onto Daley Plaza led by The Big Shoulders Brass Band & Mystic Krewe of Laff.
Throughout the day, food trucks will be on hand for lunch, dinner and in-between fare. There will also be a designated area for beer from Goose Island and wine plus musical entertainment from DJ Lisa René from 11 a.m. to 7p.m.
Participating food trucks include:
Gino’s Steaks Truck
Haute and Ready Chicago
Husky Hog BBQ
Ms. Tittles Cupcakes
The Cheesie’s Truck
Windy City Patty Wagon
The Chicago History Museum’s annual Chicago birthday celebration will offer a “four-star day of fun” with family activities and free admission throughout the day at the museum located at 160 N. Clark Street.
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