The 2016 Chicago Football Classic celebrated a weekend of festivities including the kick-off reception of the President’s Reception on Thursday at the South Shore Cultural Center leading to the game on Saturday, September 10 at Soldiers Field.

Clark Atlanta University vs. Central State University premiered on the green field as various dignitaries, community leaders, sponsors and fans enjoyed the game on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.

Here’s some key photo highlights to enjoy from live entertainment, scholarship presentations, the pre-game high school bands, football play and the traditional suite hopping.

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City of Chicago Director of Veteran Affairs, Victor LaGroom

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Chef Cliff Rome and Tenille Jackson

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Durell James

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Carter Russell, Durell James and Ruben Trejo

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Illinois Black Legislative Caucus members

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Attorney Jeffrey Leving, Jennifer and Patricia Edwards (Crawford Broadcasting)

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Bonnie DeShong (DuSable Museum) and Patricia Edwards (Crawford Broadcasting)

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Nate Gilbert and Friends

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Chicago Defender Sales Manager Dyanna Lewis

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Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger and Chicago Defender Publisher/President Cheryl Mainor

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel greets football players.

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CFC Co-Founder Larry Huggins presents award to ComEd CEO/President Anne Pramaggiore

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Chicago Football Classic President’s Reception: South Shore Cultural Center

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CFC Co-Founder, Larry Huggins

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BMO Harris Bank Corliss V. Garner

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Everett Rand and R&B Singer, Terisa Griffin

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Chicago Football Classic President’s Reception

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Chicago Football Classic President’s Reception: Sponsors and public officials

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Cheryl Mainor and Cree Riveria with the Hennessy Girls

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Durell James and Tone Kapone (WGCI)

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