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Nearly 4K People Dressed In White Crowded The Lakefront For Diner En Blanc 2017

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 25, 2017 3:32PM

For the last six years, Diner en Blanc, the international pop-up phenomenon that originated in Paris in 1988, has come to Chicago. Each year, thousands of people, dressed in white, are escorted to a secret location where they dine, dance, laugh and wave napkins and sparklers in the air.

This year's Diner en Blanc was held last night at the Theater on the Lake, with food by Chef Cleetus Friedman (who is in the process of developing a restaurant at that location). Nearly 4,000 people showed up, with an additional 15,000 on the waiting list for a spot. Each person brought their own table, chairs, china, masks, flowers, candles, and all sorts of creative things to make them stand out —the only rule was that you have to be dressed in white.

Here's a look at Diner en Blanc 2017.