The third annual Taste of the
highlighted neighborhood restaurants with a night of tastings, music and a silent auction benefiting the North Dearborn Association. Menu highlights included Cape Cod's crab cakes and clam chowder; pulled pork sandwiches from Chicago Q, chocolate eclairs from Hendrickx Belgian Bread, Il Mulino's cheese tortellini's and homemade key lime pies from Saloon Steakhouse. Thank goodness we could dance off the calories to locals Lynne Jordan and the Shivers, Nan Mason and Terry Higgins. Co-chairs Melinda Joseph and Cece Gonzalez hosted the event. The North Dearborn Association is dedicated to the beautification and preservation of Chicago's Near North neighborhood.
The Chicago Dancing Festival's Opening Night Gala at the
showcased five of the country's top dance companies. Co-founders and artistic directors Jay Franke and Lar Lubovitch introduced former dancer and honorary chairman Mayor
. "Nothing has made me more excited for the city than this dance festival, in this sense: We have 19 companies and 19,000 people who are going to show up over the next five days to see dance here in the city of Chicago. The largest free dance festival anywhere in the country, and this is, I think, only fitting on this five year anniversary," he said.
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