The kickoff party for the first Grey Goose Chicago Beach Polo World Cup was held recently at Union Sushi and BBQ. The polo-playing theme was carried out right down to the Argentine wines served as the crowd of about 400 partied at the River North hot spot.
Guests posed on the red carpet with the 2-foot-tall silver World Cup as they waited in lines stretching down the block. The fire marshal kept a close eye on the event while the horsy set mixed and mingled inside. The DJ played as the party-loving polo enthusiasts sampled treats that included wagyu beef sliders, panko-fried oysters and buffalo duck wings.
The kickoff party celebrated the first polo event set for a Chicago beach. With a news conference and cocktail party (by invite only) scheduled for Sept. 30, the real action will begin Oct. 1 on North Avenue Beach with a horse parade, match play and a fashion show. The matches will be played in a custom built-polo arena, roughly the size of a small football stadium. The fun continues Oct. 2, with match play and the finals plus an awards ceremony followed by a party on the Wit's roof.
Event founder The Polo Life produced its first event on Miami Beach in 2004. Seen on the scene were Bruce Orosz (president of The Polo Life), Mark Mitten (2016 Chicago Olympics Committee), Reute Butler (whose family founded Oak Brook and introduced polo to the Midwest), Tim Huizenga (Rock Sake), Alex Webbe (chairman of the International Beach Polo Association) and players David Wigdahl, Tracy Rigg Regas, Ben Rosenfield and Miami's Amy Deupi.
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