It's that magical time of year when a flurry of fresh reviews roll in and those shiny, new Elite badges are bestowed upon Yelp's best and brightest as we look forward to future fun times, fests and feasts with all our Yelpy friends, new and old. This year, Chicagoland Elites (Facebook, Twitter) and their guests got the party started in Oakbrook with Yelp's 2013 Elite Kick Off at Pinstripes!
300 Attendees were welcomed to Oakbrook's expansive entertainment facility, Pinstripes (Official, Facebook, Twitter), and swiftly whisked away to the second level for an Elite evening of state-of-the-art bowling, bocce and bistro fare starring Pinstripes' famous avocado-hummus, bruschetta bites, savory sliders and the most notable Yelper favorite, Italian beef flatbread. While Pinstripes Oakbrook's mighty selection of locally crafted beer, house wines and the array of event-exclusive cocktails like the 'Bocce Breeze' using Bombora Organic Vodka (Facebook, Twitter), pink lemonade, raspberry liqueur and lemon wedge, the 'Pinstripes Punch' using Great Lakes Distillery's (Facebook, Twitter) Rehorst Citrus & Honey Vodka, cranberry and orange juice, a dash of vanilla and a lemon or the 'Spiked Strike Spritzer' with Roaring Dan's Maple-Flavored Rum (also from our friends over at Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, WI), root beer and a dash of bitters, ensured no one left thirsty.
Yelp's Official Photographer, Andrés DeLeón (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr), was on hand to capture all the nights candids (check 'em out here) while the ActionBooth (Official, Facebook, Twitter) crew had Yelpers literally jumping for joy as AB's high-speed camera snapped shots of everyone at their Yelpiest (viewable right here). And CK mobile DJ's (Official) Karl M and Nikki C kept the beats bumpin' and party runnin' out on the dance floor where Christian K confesses, nothing could stop him from getting down 'Oppa Yelpy Style.'
In addition to bowling, bocce, dancing, jumping, eating, posing and drinking, Yelpstar Dana G was on hand to ink individuals at Yelp's festive tattoo station, while other Yelper's chose to show their Yelp spirit at the DIY Yelp schwag buffet or chose to redeem the event's exclusive check-in offer (a high-five from Yelp Chicagoland Community Manager, Candice G), as well as enter the event's Yelp Mobile Photo Contest, with exclusive prizes going to the funniest, most useful and coolest pics uploaded to the event listing here via our Yelp mobile app.
A BIG thanks goes out to Pinstripes of Oakbrook and Laura Mulay Krohmer (Pinstripe's Senior Event Manager), who raffled off $125 gift certificates to several lucky Yelpers and provided all party-goers and their guests with a VIP Pinstripes 'golden ticket' wristband, good for one free glass of wine or root beer float on every return Pinstripes visit for life! You can read all the 5-Star event reviews here and peep all the yelper-uploaded pics here.
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