Happy 177th Birthday, Chicago!
The City of Chicago threw a Mardi Gras-themed birthday party and food truck rally at Daley Plaza to celebrate Chicago's 177th birthday on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
What's a birthday party without cake? Eli's Cheesecake had the honor of providing the Mardi Gras-themed birthday cake (Photo credit: Eli's Cheesecake).
Guests at the kick-off event included Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jordan MacDonald, the winner of an annual children's essay sponsored in partnership with the Friends of DuSable honoring Chicago's first permanent resident, Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable.
The highlight of the celebration was a native drum interpretation of "Happy Birthday" by the American Indian Center of Chicago.