Celebrate Chicago's 177th Birthday Tuesday, March 4 on Daley Plaza

February 26, 2014

Join the City of Chicago for a Mardi Gras-themed party on Fat Tuesday with food trucks, packzis, music, special kick-off program and much more!

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

The City of Chicago is throwing a Mardi Gras-themed birthday party and food truck rally to celebrate Chicago’s 177th birthday on Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street) on Tuesday, March 4. Starting with a short program at 10:30am. to kick-off the event, FREE cake will be available (while supplies last) along with packzis, music and much more from 11am–7pm.

Throughout the day, Chicago food trucks will provide both lunchtime and after work dining options as well as a designated area for beer from Goose Island and wine to be purchased and enjoyed, plus musical entertainment from DJ Lisa René from 11am–7pm.

Bridgeport Pasty
Flirty Cupcakes
Gino’s Steaks Truck
Haute and Ready Chicago
Husky Hog BBQ
Ms. Tittles Cupcakes
The Cheesie’s Truck
Windy City Patty Wagon

Also included in the celebration will be a “Fat Tuesday” tradition, packzis from Delightful Pastries.

Prior to the celebration kick-off, a brief program will be held in the lobby of the Daley Center featuring a native drum interpretation of “Happy Birthday” by the American Indian Center of Chicago as an entertaining reminder of Chicago’s heritage. Additionally, children reading entries submitted to an annual essay contest sponsored in partnership with the Friends of DuSable will honor Chicago’s first permanent resident, Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable.

The program will conclude with a Mardi Gras-style parade onto Daley Plaza led by The Big Shoulders Brass Band & Mystic Krewe of Laff to kick of the Food Truck rally and day-long celebration!

And what’s a birthday without cake? Eli’s Cheesecake is a Chicago institution and has become a worldwide ambassador of the city’s culinary scene. It’s a popular treat, and supplies are limited – so don’t miss out! Finally, Chicagoans born on March 4 can celebrate their shared birthday with the City of Chicago, and receive a special commemorative certificate while supplies last.

Other celebrations being held on March 4 include the Chicago History Museum’s “four-star day of fun” with Chicago-style activities for the whole family throughout the day at the museum located at 160 N. Clark Street. Connect to our city by participating in the Chicagoan Connect chain art project or discover the meaning of the Chicago flag's four stars on 30-minute tours. For complete details, visit chicagohistory.org.

Chicago’s 177th Birthday Celebration and Food Truck Rally is presented by the City of Chicago and Goose Island Beer Co. For information on this and all programs presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit our website at cityofchicago.org/dcase and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiBDay).

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.


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