Happy 178th Birthday, Chicago - Courtesy of City of Chicago and Chicago History Museum

The City of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum are co-hosting a celebration to commemorate Chicago’s 178th birthday at the Chicago History Museum (Clark Street at North Avenue) on Wednesday, March 4.

 

Children and adults throughout Chicago are invited to join in the celebration that takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event kicks off with a performance from members of the Latin School of Chicago Concert Band.

 

Commemorative Day activities are free with Museum admission.  As a special birthday treat, Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day.

 

“We invite all Chicagoans to join us in celebrating the city’s birthday by embracing our shared past,” said Russell Lewis, chief historian of the Chicago History Museum. “We hope that everyone who visits the museum learns more about what makes Chicago’s evolution into a world-class city so compelling.”

 

Lewis will host the celebration that will feature performances and activities that pay tribute to Chicago’s unique history.

 

The speaking program will begin at 11 a.m. and will include Chicago leaders David Kennedy, director of special events at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Andrew Johnson, executive director of the American Indian Center of Chicago; and Peggy Montes, founder and president of the Bronzeville Children’s Museum.

 

Musician David Spencer will take the stage to perform a native drum interpretation of “Happy Birthday,” to commemorate the role American Indian’s had in shaping Chicago’s history that extends far beyond its official establishment as a city 178 years ago. Visitors to the event can also enjoy a jazz guitar performance from the Tony Do Rosario Trio.

 

Attendees are invited to celebrate the winners of the annual essay contest that honors Chicago’s first permanent resident, Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable. One lucky student will step up to the microphone to read their winning essay.

 

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!

 

The ChicagoHistoryMuseum

The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. Admission to the Museum is $14 adults with audio tour, $12 seniors/students with audio tour, free for children 12 years and younger. Please call 312.642.4600 or visit us at the Chicago History website . The Chicago History Museum is affiliated with the Chicago Historical Society and acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous support of all the Museum’s activities.

 

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.

 

Last year’s birthday celebration.

 

Photos: Courtesy of Chicago Splash Magazine and Chicago History Museum website

 

 

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