Downtown Seder - 3/20/13

Wednesday, March 20 2013 6:00 pm Doors / 7:00 pm Start
Wed Mar 20 2013

Downtown Seder - 3/20/13

at City Winery Chicago

6:00 pm
7:00 pm


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Exciting Update! David Broza has been confirmed for our Downtown Seder as well as the following artists:
Frank London
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird
Corky Siegel
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Trio
Silver Rose
Jon Spiegel
Listen Up! Jewish Vocal Band (a cappella)
Caryn Bark
Aaron Freeman
Old Jews Telling Jokes (video)
Norm Winer
Pastor Corey Brooks
Check back as we continue to add more artists.

An all-star line-up of performers and VIPs will lead Chicagoans in a wildly imaginative and interactive Passover Seder (SAY-der) dinner hosted by City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph, Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

The Downtown Seder was first produced here in April 2011 at the Cultural Center by Michael Dorf, as a preview of his City Winery concept, which opened to great acclaim this past August. Among the celebrity participants were then Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel, comedian Judy Gold and Israeli superstar David Broza.

The 2013 Downtown Seder will feature guests seated at elegant long family-style tables, each set with the traditional accoutrements, including Seder plate and Matzoh. Performers, who are seated with guests throughout the room, will creatively expound on various sections of the Passover Haggadah (Seder text), which has been specially developed for this night. In an approximately 90-minute program, all of the customary traditions will be followed, including drinking of four glasses of wine (produced by City Winery), discussing the four different children, reciting the four questions, and eating a delicious kosher-style or vegetarian meal prepared by City Winery Executive Chef Andres Barrera.

What makes the Downtown Seder different from all other Seders is the addition of artists - local and national TBA - each offering their unique interpretation of the important lessons from the timeless Exodus story - the universal message of going from slavery to freedom.

“The Downtown Seder is specifically being held five days prior to the start of Passover so that guests might bring the inspiration into their homes and make their own Seder dinner more relevant,” said Dorf.

Only 300 tickets for the City Winery Seder are available, priced at $70, $110 and $145 (based on location). Vegetarian and kosher-style meal is included, with a Kosher option available for an additional $25.00/person. Downtown Seder Kosher Add-on Ticket

To purchase a Seder ticket or for more information, please call (312) 733-WINE (9463) or visit