The Women's Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosted the seventh annual Vernissage, the opening night preview party of Expo Chicago (International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art), on Sept. 27th at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. More than 8,000 art lovers, collectors and enthusiasts received a first look at artwork from 135 of the world's leading galleries. On display were 5,000 works of art from 27 countries and 63 cities.

The evening began with a patron's reception in the VIP Collector's Lounge, where guests enjoyed sweeping views of Festival Hall’s colorful exhibits on the floor below, as well as food stations from some of the city's top restaurants.

Following the reception, guests headed to the exhibits, which featured artwork from galleries around the world as well as large-scale sculptures, interactive installations and site-specific works curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

There was something for every taste in Festival Hall. At the CASE Art Fund booth, guests slipped inside a tent to view paintings related to humanitarian issues. Artist Oscar Murillo's exhibit featured a semicircle of human effigies in wheelchairs that represented the decaying of the global capitalist system. Prints from Dylan Miner and Oscar Tuazon addressed the Flint water crisis. Even Bertram the Pomeranian, an Instagram canine star with over 250,000 followers, was on hand to attract attention to the Hole Gallery booth.