Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party

Signature Event


Monday, December 03, 2018


Aon Grand Ballroom - Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, Chicago, Illinois


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Don’t miss Illinois’ 200th Birthday Celebration on December 3, 2018 at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ recognition as the 21st state of the union. The Bicentennial Birthday Party will be a star-studded celebration. Illinois celebrities and contributors in all walks of life, including entertainment, sports, politics and more.
The theme of the year-long Bicentennial Celebration will showcase the people, places and things that have been Born, Built and Grown in Illinois over the last 200 years that have made us Illinois Proud.
A few tickets are left for purchase HERE.
The evening’s programming will mix historical video and live entertainment:

Act 1- Born Built and Grown

Hosted by Bill Kurtis

Joint appearance from Gov. Bruce Rauner & Gov- elect JB Pritzker

1,000 lb birthday cake from Eli’s Cheesecake

Act 2- Veterans

Veterans video voiced by Joe Mantegna and a performance by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Act 3- Illinois entertainment

Super Fans – Robert Smigel and George Wendt

Act 4- Sports

Hosted by Jackie Joyner-Kersee and tribute to Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Fire, Rockford Peaches & Illinois Olympians

Act 5- History/Culture

Performance by Miquel Cervantes – Hamilton in Chicago

Act 6- History of Chicago Blues

Special music performance by Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon

Buddy Guy & Friends and Special Musical Guests

The Bicentennial Birthday Party will be a celebration to remember for the next 200 years.

All Bicentennial events and programs are privately funded.
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A statewide multimedia campaign will celebrate Illinois' influence on the world through music, sports, agriculture, literature, commerce, history, technology and innovation, transportation, and art and architecture.

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