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Chicago’s 176th Birthday Celebrated On Monday, March 4 At The Chicago History Museum

Chicago’s Official Birthday Party Features Jazz Music, American Indian Drumming, an Essay Contest—and Eli’s Cheesecake


Chicago’s had issues with fire in the past – so the city’s birthday cake will not have 176 candles this year. But even without the candles, there’ll be plenty of cake and a guaranteed “hot time” for everyone at Chicago’s official birthday party on Monday, March 4 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street.

Activities extend from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a program beginning at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited, and Illinois residents will get a special birthday treat with free admission to the museum all day.

The celebration will feature musical performances from The Tony Do Rosario Trio in the Sanger P. Robinson Gallery before and after the speaking program, and a special guest appearance by “Musicality,” an ensemble from Curie High School. A native drum interpretation of “Happy Birthday” by the American Indian Center will be an entertaining reminder that Chicago’s heritage goes back even further than its official establishment as a city 176 years ago.

For another historical perspective, enjoy children’s readings from entries submitted to the annual essay contest in honor of Chicago’s first permanent resident, Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable. Sponsored in partnership with the Friends of DuSable, the readings have become a popular feature of Chicago’s birthday celebrations.

Be your own creator of Chicago Birthday chic. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., craft supplies will be available for designing your very own birthday hat. Or get started at home and surprise everyone as you arrive in style.

Born on March 4? Celebrate your shared birthday with the City of Chicago, and receive a special commemorative certificate.

And what’s a birthday without cake? Eli’s Cheesecake was a great success when it was introduced at the first Taste of Chicago in 1980, and has since become a worldwide ambassador of the city’s culinary heritage. It’s a popular treat, and supplies are limited – so don’t miss out!



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