February 19, 2013

Celebrate Chicago’s 176th Birthday—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

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Nicholas Glenn, CHM    312.799.2161

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!  

For more information, visit www.cityofchicago.org/dcase. Receive event updates and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


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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.



The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street.  The Museum can be reached by CTA buses 11, 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156. Parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets (enter on Stockton Drive).  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 www.chicagohistory.org. 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.

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