The entry hall was inspired by the Magnificent Mile. Entertainment included a "champagne skirt diva," whose costume held flutes of the bubbly beverage.
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Also in the Magnificent Mile area, stilt walkers draped in flowers and vines represented the area's sidewalk gardens. In the background, Kehoe Designs created a light-splashed replica of the Chicago skyline.
Food offerings in the Magnificent Mile area included a "sushi garden." An assortment of vegetarian and fish-filled sushi was displayed in white shadowboxes filled with wheatgrass.
The museum's lower level was built out to reflect the Bronzeville neighborhood. Entertainment included a blues performance from Wayne Baker Brooks, and snacks included peach and cherry "pie fries" that combined strips of crust with jars of fruity toppings.
Kehoe topped the central bar with a large structure that bore the names of Chicago's various neighborhoods. The full bar was open throughout the party's 7 to 9 p.m. run.
The north main level of the museum had food inspired by Chinatown, and guests stocked up on fresh spring rolls, coconut bubble tea, crab rangoon, and Peking duck bao.
The south main level was inspired by Devon Avenue. Referencing the neighborhood's Indian community, Bollywood dancers performed. There was also a henna hand-painting station, free bangle bracelets, and appetizers such as eggplant sliders.
On the balcony, Wicker Park was represented by snacks such as Brussels sprout salads served in fruit cartons; there was also a "Hipster Dawgs" station serving artisan lamb sausage with smoked tomato jam, caramelized onion, and pickle relish.
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