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Yelp Chicago Goes Back… Way Back



Ahh, Chicago in autumn. Football. Crisp temps. New TV shows. If only there was a way to combine all these wonderful things.  Forsooth! The Yelp Elite Squad and Potter’s Lounge has found a way! Mixing the best parts of the leaf season and the current TV trend of ‘60s nostalgia, 150 invited guests found a way to Fall Into Yelp.

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For food to match up with the feel of the season and the mood of the venue, it needed to be hearty and decadent. Yep, covered.  In the ‘hearty’ category, lucky attendees dined on seasonal flatbreads with citrus and prosciutto and beef satay with a spicy mango glaze. Filling and delicious. On the decadent side, folks supped on mini ahi tuna burgers, wagyu sliders and oysters served on the halfshell. The fellas at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce would be impressed.

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The retro-vaganza didn’t end with the edibles. The best flavors of the season had their chance to soar like the ladies of Pan Am. The apple from the orchard transformed into a hot apple toddy. The pumpkin from the patch shone as a pumpkin martini. And, the pear from the tree teamed up with ginger to star as a pear ginger joy. Not knowing which drink best suited the season or theme, Elites had the hard task of tasting all three — repeatedly.

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Even with all the merriment from food and drink, Elites could not forget where (or, when) they were. The history of the venue was evident in the pictures on the walls, the strains of Sinatra over head and slideshows of a bygone era of kool kats and hot dames that played all night long. No rats. All pack. If you’re having a hard time imaging the oohs and ahhs, mack daddy photog Matt Ginger snapped the shots here and guests told the tale here.

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Tossing back a martini with Don & Dean,

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Johnny T

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