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A Magical Evening

| September 12, 2014 | Parties National

The Party
It was the first time in his long career that Woody Allen made Chicago the site of a film premiere—and for that, we can all thank Ron Chez. The notable Chicago philanthropist, in partnership with Metropolitan Capital, served as executive producer on Allen’s new film, Magic in the Moonlight.

The Scene
Moviegoers filled the upper level of the Bellwether for an exclusive reception. Guests mingled with the ever-jovial Chez and enjoyed delicious libations and bites (we made several trips to the filet mignon slider station) before flocking to AMC River East.

The Highlights
Following the VIP-laden red carpet—Chez and Allen were joined by Metropolitan Capital CEO and chairman Michael Rose and Gov. Pat Quinn—guests filled the theater in eager anticipation. The audience roared as Chez’s name flitted across the opening credits. We don’t think this is the last time he’ll be scrolling in the credits; we heard the financier is in line to produce the next four of the director’s projects. Does this mean our city will soon be a star? Allen says although there’s nothing in the works quite yet, he’s partial to our town in the 1920s—racketeers, bootleggers and all. In his hands, that sounds like it might be magic. –Photos by Amy Boyle Photography



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