Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party

Signature Event


Monday, December 03, 2018


United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, Chicago, Illinois


6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


On December 3, 2018, we will celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday with a gala party at the United Center in Chicago.

For 200 years Illinoisans have made exceptional contributions to their communities, to the State, to the country and to society.  Throughout 2018, municipalities across the state, communities, colleges, museums, organizations and many others will share those names and stories. The Bicentennial Birthday Gala will be the culmination of a yearlong engagement to commemorate and archive the Illinois Bicentennial Hall of Fame.

Via video and live presentation, we will introduce and celebrate the Bicentennial Hall of Famers, interspersed with musical entertainment (Illinois artists of different genres; jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, etc.).  Celebrity hosts will present the honorees in a variety of segments.

Additionally, the organizations and communities will be able to invite their nominees to the United Center and their names will be registered as part of the Bicentennial Honor Roll.

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