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You have your dress picked out, hair and makeup artist on call, and your bridesmaids assembled. But when it comes to the reception, you need to make sure your guests rockin' out to the best tunes — keeping the party going all night long. And if you're a Chicago bride, chances are you want to pay homage to the Windy City. That's easy to do when it comes to your wedding playlist, as there are tons of Chicago-focused songs, perfect for any Chi-town bride. Behold, the ultimate Chicago song playlist.
1. "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" by Frank Sinatra
"New York, New York's" cousin, "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" was originally part of the musical score for the 1964 movieThe Rat Pack Robin and the 7 Hoods starring Frank Sinatra. It lost to Mary Poppins in both the Academy and Grammy Awards that year but now is the ultimate homage to the Windy City.
2. "Dancing in the Street" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Not only is it the perfect summer anthem, "Dancing in the Street" mentions Chicago in its lyrics, They're dancin' in Chicago, down in New Orleans, in New York City. Play this at your wedding, and you'll please everyone — from your grandparents to your teenage cousins.
3. "Chicago" by Michael Jackson
This song was released on Jackson's posthumous album Xscape. It's old-school MJ and perfect for dance floor dance-offs.
4. "Homecoming" by Kanye West
This song is a perfect pick for later in the evening after grandparents and other elderly family members head to their respective hotel rooms for the night. And since it's Mr. Kim Kardashian's tribute to Chicago, which happens to be his hometown, you know it'll be a Chicago-loving crowd-pleaser.
5. "All the Way" by Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder created this song as a tribute to the Chicago Cubs, and it's ideal for a sing-along once the champagne is flowing. Chances are if you've grown up in Chicago, your entire family knows every word.
6. "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace
Recorded in 1974, this song will bring some major nostalgia to your parents and their friends — while simultaneously getting everyone on the dance floor. Fun fact: it's not just cool to Chicagoans; it reached number one on the Billboard charts during the summer of '74.
7. "On the South Side of Chicago" by Freddy Cole
This song is an excellent dinner hour choice, as it is jazzy, relaxing, and perfect for getting everyone ready for the romantic and fun evening ahead. Fun fact: Freddy Cole is Nat King Cole's brother and the late Natalie Cole's uncle.
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