So I followed them. I had to follow them, because of the entire group, only one person knew where they were going, and they weren't telling. The mystery is part of the deal. We wound up getting off at Jackson, and once up on the street, you could see the passersby stopping and taking a puzzled look at the now multiplying globs of dressed-to-kill humanity narrowing in on their objective.
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Dîner en Blanc, the Chicago edition of an annual event that began in Paris 27 years ago with a picnic at the Bois de Boulogne where the guests were told to wear white so they could more easily find each other. According to Celia Rodriguez in Forbes, the event has now spread to over 70 cities worldwide, and in excess of 100,000 attendees. The event is invitation-only. This year's Dîner along the Hudson in New York drew 5,000 participants - and had a waiting list of 35,000.
official promotional video. At the Federal Center people of color were more in evidence, although men appeared to be seriously under-represented. What the video demonstrates, despite its boosterish editing and music (turn off the sound), is how Dîner is to a large degree an architectural encounter. Such see-and-be-seen elegance requires an appropriate stage set, and Dîner events clearly seek out the most spectacular venues in each of its cities. Last year, it was Jeanne Gang's Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk. Two years ago, it was at Pioneer Plaza, where the celebrants dined and danced enveloped by the Equitable Building to the east, Tribune Tower to the North, Illinois Center across the river to the South, and the floodlit Wrigley Building towers to the west.
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