Here in Chicago, we like to enjoy our summers as much as possible. With September 22 marking the first official day of fall, what better way to bid adieu to summer than with a ditch day party at one of the city's most beautiful pool decks on the 8th floor of the Alta at K Station building? A little rain may have moved the celebrations inside, but we didn't let that dampen our fun. In the words of elite Yelper Nishan P: "Rain or shine, we party!"
Partygoers and their guests were welcomed to the amenities floor that features it's own screening room and half-size basketball court. After checking-in on their smartphones and entering the gift card raffle, guests were free to explore the space and all that the vendors had to offer.
Hungry Yelpers sampled ahi tuna bites from Bull & Bear, lumpia Shanghai and garlic fried rice from Isla Pilipina, a variety of popchips, and pulled pork sliders topped with brussel sprout slaw from Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ.
Speaking of moonshine, the folks at Dragon Ranch make their own, and brought along some rhubarb lemonade moonshine cocktails for the thirsty crowd... but that's not all they had to choose from! Segura Viudas brought bubbles to the party with generous pours of Spanish sparkling wine, and kept guests entertained throughout with contests to win iTunes gift cards and a treasure hunt for keys to open a magic chest - the winner, Sabrina M, walked away with 6 bottles of Segura Viudas! The ladies from Cutty Sark Scotch taught us about the history whiskey and gave samples in different forms - mixed and neat. Argus Brewery represented the booming Chicago craft beer scene with samples of their Argus California Steam, Argus Holsteiner Lager, and Argus Pegasus IPA, and even gave away some candles that are made from the used bottles. Local and green! For those that didn't want to imbibe, CityGrounds Coffee Bar quenched thirsts with their refreshing iced tea, and fresh ginger lemonade.
But it didn't just end there... DJ Corey of Music Masters Entertainment was on hand spinning a rad selection of tunes to keep the party going, even busting out #GangnamStyle! Fancy Flash Photo Booth brought along hilarious hats and sunglasses for some photobooth fun! (We heard one group managed to squeeze 6 people in for their photos!). This epic summer send-off was documented by photographer extraordinare, An Phan! Check out his pics here. Read what the ditchers had to say here.