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Experience Chicago's original all-white popup dining event


Dinner Inspired by The City Beautiful

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Experience Chicago's original all-white popup dining event


Dinner Inspired by The City Beautiful

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ABOUT CHICAGO IN WHITE

In 1893, Chicago introduced the “City Beautiful” aesthetic movement to the world. The idea was that beautification of a city in a classical and elegant tradition would increase quality of life.

Once a year, for a few short hours, Daniel Burnham's vision comes back to life as hundreds gather in an elegant yet whimsical celebration of all that is good about Chicago.

Much like the sparkling - yet temporary - buildings that Burnham designed, our guests temporarily appear in an open space in AND AROUND our beloved city, dressed in white.

 
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Our 2015 Event


2015 marks a new endeavor for Chicago in White: Not only will we provide a memorable evening for our guests, we'll also give back to the city we love so much by naming a charity partner each year!

We were presented with the opportunity to collaborate with an iconic institution that has not only a wonderful cause, but also a beautiful venue. This year's event is a special edition because we can't tell you about one without telling you about the other...are you ready?

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Our 2015 Event


2015 marks a new endeavor for Chicago in White: Not only will we provide a memorable evening for our guests, we'll also give back to the city we love so much by naming a charity partner each year!

We were presented with the opportunity to collaborate with an iconic institution that has not only a wonderful cause, but also a beautiful venue. This year's event is a special edition because we can't tell you about one without telling you about the other...are you ready?

SAVE THE DATE

EVENT DATE:  August 8, 2015

LOCATION: At Ravinia Festival, on the lawn, under the stars, in a specially reserved section for Chicago in White guests. Tables, chairs, and linens will be provided, along with an evening full of surprise and delight.

CHARITY PARTNER: Ravinia's REACH*TEACH*PLAY program, which serves over 75,000 people each year throughout the Chicago area, ensuring that music education remains accessible to all.

FEATURED PERFORMER: Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

COST: $30 per person (includes admission to the concert)

 

Ticket Sales Will Begin May 18, 2015 at 12pm Central. Space is limited.


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Our CO-Founders


 

 

 

 

 

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MEET OUR CO-FOUNDERS

JEN LUBY AND KELLY WILLIAMS

Jen is Co-founder and COO of Chicago in White. A fifth generation Chicagoan, she is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor specializing in food, home entertaining, and fashion — all of which come together for Chicago in White! She has shared her expertise with numerous publications, web sites, and television programs and believes that great party hosts are made, not born. Jen is a member of the Junior League of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Women's Board, and the Ravinia Festival Associates Board. She and her family (husband, toddler, and two crazy dachshunds) recently moved from Wicker Park to Highland Park. Besides the word "Park," the two locations couldn't be more different, but she loves them both.

Jen is Co-founder and COO of Chicago in White. A fifth generation Chicagoan, she is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor specializing in food, home entertaining, and fashion — all of which come together for Chicago in White! She has shared her expertise with numerous publications, web sites, and television programs and believes that great party hosts are made, not born.

Jen is a member of the Junior League of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Women's Board, and the Ravinia Festival Associates Board. She and her family (husband, toddler, and two crazy dachshunds) recently moved from Wicker Park to Highland Park. Besides the word "Park," the two locations couldn't be more different, but she loves them both.

Kelly is Co-founder and CMO of Chicago in White. She’s been involved with Chicago in White since it’s inception and loves this project because her passions include cooking and throwing a great party. Professionally she works in the marketing technology/SaaS industry and adopted Chicago as her home over 25 years ago. Kelly currently works for IgnitionOne and previously at companies such as Doubleclick/Performics, iCrossing and LinkShare. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience within digital, traditional media as well as sales & marketing. Areas of expertise include DMP, SEM, Display, Social and SEO. In addition to her professional pursuits, Kelly is a member of the Junior League of Chicago and Union League Club of Chicago and Jack and Jill. Kelly is a widow and raising two daughters Chelsea and Lindsay, and Brutus, a 180 lbs. Neapolitan Mastiff.

Kelly is Co-founder and CMO of Chicago in White. She’s been involved with Chicago in White since it’s inception and loves this project because her passions include cooking and throwing a great party. Professionally she works in the marketing technology/SaaS industry and adopted Chicago as her home over 25 years ago. Kelly currently works for IgnitionOne and previously at companies such as Doubleclick/Performics, iCrossing and LinkShare. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience within digital, traditional media as well as sales & marketing. Areas of expertise include DMP, SEM, Display, Social and SEO.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Kelly is a member of the Junior League of Chicago and Union League Club of Chicago and Jack and Jill. Kelly is a widow and raising two daughters Chelsea and Lindsay, and Brutus, a 180 lbs. Neapolitan Mastiff.

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Become a Partner


 

 

Each year Chicago in White selects a handful of local partners to be a preferred vendor for all things related to the event. Partner categories include flowers, food & wine baskets, and gourmet desserts.

To learn more and to be considered for 2015, please contact us.

BECOME A PARTNER

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Become a Partner


 

 

Each year Chicago in White selects a handful of local partners to be a preferred vendor for all things related to the event. Partner categories include flowers, food & wine baskets, and gourmet desserts.

To learn more and to be considered for 2015, please contact us.

BECOME A PARTNER

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Are you interested in helping volunteer? Each year a select group of Chicagoans participate in aspects of planning and execution of our annual event.

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Our PAST EVENTS


 

The Chicago in White team hosted our first event as “Diner en Blanc Chicago” in 2011 with over 1,000 Chicagoans in attendance. Guests were assigned to a group host referred to as a "Head of Table".  On the night of the event guests gathered at per-assigned "Harmonization Points" throughout the city. At 7 pm, the secret location was revealed. Lead by their Head of Table guests made their way to iconic Daley Plaza dressed in white, with tables, chairs, and elegant table accoutrement in tow. There, they enjoyed 3-course meals of everything from chicken curry to filet mignon and danced to the sounds of a gypsy jazz band. "Whimsical" and "enchanting" best describe the sensibility of our inaugural event.


2012: Merchandise Mart South Drive
2013: Randolph Street Market

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Our PAST EVENTS


 

The Chicago in White team hosted our first event as “Diner en Blanc Chicago” in 2011 with over 1,000 Chicagoans in attendance. Guests were assigned to a group host referred to as a "Head of Table".  On the night of the event guests gathered at per-assigned "Harmonization Points" throughout the city. At 7 pm, the secret location was revealed. Lead by their Head of Table guests made their way to iconic Daley Plaza dressed in white, with tables, chairs, and elegant table accoutrement in tow. There, they enjoyed 3-course meals of everything from chicken curry to filet mignon and danced to the sounds of a gypsy jazz band. "Whimsical" and "enchanting" best describe the sensibility of our inaugural event.


2012: Merchandise Mart South Drive
2013: Randolph Street Market