The Windy City turned 178 last week, and the Chicago History Museum threw a party to celebrate. Guests listened to music from the Latin School of Chicago concert band and had dessert from Eli’s Cheesecake. The party celebrated the city’s rich history by focusing on what makes Chicago unique.

“One of the reasons our history is so important to each of us is because our shared history is so accessible,” said Russell Lewis, chief historian of the Chicago History Museum.

All Illinois residents and children received free access to the museum as part of the celebration.