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Yelp Summerfest Hits Chicago!



Yelp toasted the beautiful Chicago summer by inviting yelpers near and far from Chicagoland to join in the biggest celebration of the season: Yelp Summerfest!

Over 3,000 yelpers and guests congregated on a beautiful night at the expansive Irish American Heritage Center (NW side of Chicago) for an evening under the summery stars. Irish eyes were surely smiling as party-goers chipped in to raise funds for the IAHC, which fell victim to an unfortunate robbery a few weeks prior. (Over $2k was raised!)

The Yelp Beer Garden boasted ice cold pours of local brews: Half Acre, Goose Island, Metropolitan Brewing and Two Brothers Brewing in addition to Guinness 250 (anniversary brew), Crispin Cider, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Fat Tire (and Skinny Dip!), Magic Hat #9, Sam Adams, Shiner Bock, and Trumer Pils. Goose Island Sodas were also on tap (grown up root beer floats with Navana liqueur and Dark & Stormy with Ten Cane Rum, yes please!), and  Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka (introducing the new peach flavor!) kept guests buzzin' in addition to organic Rain Vodka cocktails. Whoa! Hangover cures Vitamin Water, Monster Energy, AMP energy drinks, and Gold Peak Iced Tea helped to wash it all down…

Feeding the yelping masses were hometown favs: La Gondola, HomeMade Pizza Co., Ranalli's Andersonville, Domino's Pizza (click for video!), Chicago's Dog House, Cevapcici Chicago, Batter Blaster, Pastries Not Potatoes, Suvan's Bakery & Cafe, Il Giardino Del Dolce, Nice Cream, Baking For The Taking, and fresh popped "yelp-corn!"

Actionbooth shots made yelpers "1-2-3, jump!, and 312Photobooth had 'em get all snuggly for some straight up hilarious strips. Resident Yelp photogs Dan Gin and Matt Ginger also captured some candid madness, and Toast & Jam DJs spun some mad beats all night long (props to the Flash Mob, too!). 
RockStar Live Band Karaoke rocked some screechin' live band karaoke under the tent, ComedySportz "reffed" the party with trivia, games and improvalicious fun, City Bags Club Crew providing the cornhole craziness, Balloonbiker.com (yelp's own Jami K), produced some fantastic balloon creations, decor and "Yelp peeps" and Urban Lotus Yoga heated things up with a HOT fire flame dancing performance. 

Photos
Actionbooth
312Photobooth
Dan Gin Photography
Ginger by Design

Reviews are posted here, feel free to add your two cents if you were in the crowd! If it you weren't…well, where were you? Don't miss the next one!

Onwards and upwards, thanks to all that came out! 
The Yelp Chicago Team
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