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Yelp and the City (of Chicago)



Cosmos. Strappy shoes. Perfect hair. Delicious food. The newest lounge spot in town. The hottest scene. No, we're not talking about the latest installation of Carrie & co. We're talking about an even more fabulous crew of scenesters: the Yelp Chicago Elite Squad. 200 invited Elites experienced how Yelp Rises To The Top at Phoenix Lounge and cibo matto.

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The beautifully re-done Phoenix Lounge was the starting point for this night of class. As Elites made their way up the glass staircase, they were serenaded by the soulful tunes of Chris & Lou. This acoustic duo created the perfect atmosphere for a night on the town. Once up the stairs and checked in, invitees were offered a glass of red or white wine or sangria as they marveled at the celebrity-studded bookcase and the larger-than-life Phoenix mural that looms above the crowd. Those who shied away from the vino enjoyed the Lounge's plush seating and craft cocktails such as the Phoenix Fizz and Murder By Numbers.

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That's only the beginning.

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Just as the crowd got a tad large and space got a wee bit tight, the doors to cibo matto opened and mouths dropped. James Beard-finalist super chef Todd Stein prepared a virtual cornucopia of delights for these lucky Elites. Upon entering into the chic eatery, guests were awed by a Chef's Table filled to the brim with cheeses and salumis. Chef Stein continued to dazzle the stunned crowd with lamb burgers, scallops, octopus, veal meatballs, tuna tartare, and even more culinary blessings.

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Dressed to the nines and styled to the high heavens, yelpers came ready to mingle, see and been seen. Thankfully, the expert photography of Adam Daniels was there to capture the clothes, the hair, the drink, the food, and the good lookin' crowd that makes Chicago second (city) to none. Did you miss it? Wanna re-live it? We've got you covered. Click here for reviews and click here for pictures.

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SYOY (or, xoxo)

Johnny T

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