6:51 PM: T-minus 9 minutes until the shindig begins - two folks from list are already in the house, cause they work here! Jerrod and Molly Melman are helping oversee the setup - and both are looking as dapper as the space.
7:02 PM: The Paris Club has a swanky black-and-white theme going on, and a signature design element is black and white photos of party people lining the wall. We sure hope this guy shows up to the party, if only because we want to steal his hat.
7:12 PM: Also in the house is Chuy Valencia, from Chilam Balam and Top Chef Texas - and he knows how to keep things classy. We tried to stop him from pulling his wallet out (open bar, natch) but he takes care of his peeps: "You still gotta tip the bartender..."
7:23 PM: Those of you following at home can scope out a live Hangout RIGHT NOW on our Google Plus page! See how cool it looks in the picture?
8:06 PM: The room is starting to fill up, and this live blogger just had his first drink. Holla. Be kind and forgive the spllng mestakes from now on.
1 .A baby's shin.
2. A creeepy old woman's long, witch-like fingers.
2. Shrimp from other, lamer cities - Chicago rocks!!!
8:23 PM: And ladies and gentlemen, here they are, our Chicago 30 Under 30! Oh, and once everyone started screaming "smush in closer! smush in closer!" for the photo, even we started having prom flashbacks. Presentation is done - 32 more minutes to drink. Go go go!!
8:37 PM: Next year's crop of nominees is in the house - at least when we come back to town to do Chicago's 30 Under 30 people with totally bitchin' hair. Dude, we salute you.