Prince In Chicago: The Purple One Plays Last-Minute Sold-Out Show At City Winery

Prince Thrills Audience With Last-Minute Show In Chicago

A few hundred Chicagoans who didn't make the A-list of invitees to director George Lucas' Saturday wedding reception at Promontory Point scored a slice of the evening's entertainment when Prince showed up at City Winery for a last-minute concert following the reception.

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, the West Loop venue dropped the surprise via Twitter:

The legendary performer, who played his three-night "Welcome 2 Chicago" residency in September, was spotted rocking an afro and shades during his 100-minute long performance, all backed by a 20-piece band that include an 11-member brass section.

Prince reportedly played two encores — including a cover of Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" — and took a turn behind the drums.

On City Winery's Facebook page, concert-goer Shellie Hall called the show "a gift from the Purple Gods."

Doors were advertised as opening at 11:30 p.m. for the midnight show, though Brooklyn Vegan Chicago reports "nobody really got into the venue until around 2 a.m."

An employee for City Winery did get one (presumably kosher) pre-concert photo of the star's gear that is, of course, purple:

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