With a twirl of napkins, the festivities begin at Le Dîner en Blanc.
Federal Plaza Square
The winding down of summer marks the end of outdoor feasting and architectural sightseeing. But there can be one last hurrah if you know where to look—and what to wear. In late August, the nonprofit Le Dîner en Blanc hosted its annual pop-up picnic in Federal Plaza Square, watched over by the iconic Alexander Calder sculpture. The catch? Guests (picnic baskets in hand) had to meet up with a “leader” who would take them to a secret location for a unique dining experience. “I wanted to capture the iconic environment this dinner was hosted in, as well as the energy and excitement of the guests as they geared up for an evening organized for the sole purpose of bringing people together,” says photographer Elaine Suzanne Miller. “I also wanted to make sure this moment was a wide shot to capture the unexpected.” Without a doubt, the element of surprise was front and center as onlookers saw one of Chicago’s favorite plazas overtaken by foodies and friends. “The location of the event is different every year, and this event also takes place in cities around the world,” Miller says. “It was wonderful to be able to the capture this moment.”