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Protesters Crash Chicago's 175th Birthday

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    During part of Sunday's ceremony honoring Chicago, a small group shouted about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close six mental health clinics in the city. The mayor ignored the protesters, moving to the next room for cake.

    Chicago celebrated its 175th birthday Sunday to the tune of protest rants.
     
    A small group shouted during part of the ceremony about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close six mental health clinics in the city.

    As the mayor stood beside a colorful birthday cake and the Chicago Children's Choir, protesters yelled that the closings make it harder for people to get help and ultimately cost lives.

    Emanuel quickly left the room looking mildly insulted and without responding to anyone in the group. A voice directed partygoers to the next room. "Please join us in the next room for birthday cake," the voice said.

    Chicagoans and local notables celebrated the city's milestone at the Chicago History Museum with actors dressed as historical residents, a special cake from Bleeding Heart Bakery and a panel discussion of Chicago's identity over the years.

    Chicago became a city on March 4, 1837, with a population of 4,170. Whether protesters interrupted the charter's enactment into law is unknown.