Welcome to 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, Marine Corps Ball

The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines would like to invite you to celebrate the  242nd  Birthday of The United States Marine Corps at 

The CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL, Chicago Saturday 18 November 2017 at 1800 

The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps

The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps, on 10 November 1775, was when the Second Continental Congress decreed:
“ That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines. ” Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is regarded as the birthplace of the Corps as the location of the first Marines to enlist under Commandant Samuel Nicholas, though it is disputed if a recruiting drive may have occurred earlier at Nicholas's family tavern, the Conestoga Waggon.When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the Continental Navy was disestablished, and with it, the Continental Marines. The Corps was re-established on 11 July 1798, when the "act for establishing and organizing a Marine Corps" was signed by President John Adams.

Uniform of the Day

Evening Dress

Mess Dress

Dress Blues Alpha/ Bravo

Service Alpha

Service Equivalent

Formal Wear

Tuxedo/ Coat and Tie


Anticipated Attendees include:

Guest Of Honor


 Sound Attention
 March on the Colors
 General Lejeune’s Message
 Commanding Officer Remarks
 Guest of Honor Remarks
 Cutting of the Birthday Cake
 Retirement of the Colors


2300 End Of Celebration


2017 Guest of Honor Fire Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department José A. Santiago

On February 16, 2012, Mayor Emanuel appointed José A. Santiago as the Fire Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department. As Fire Commissioner, Santiago manages nearly 5,000 sworn members and an annual budget of over 560 million dollars. He has made the Chicago Fire Department a leader in the fire service by implementing several best practices, including sweeping changes to the incident command policies with the use of innovative technology. These and other safety reforms established the Chicago Fire Department as an innovator in high-rise life safety.

Previous to his position of Fire Commissioner, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Santiago as Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) on March 4, 2010. With an annual budget in excess of $91 million and approximately 1,400 City of Chicago and contract employees, Executive Director Santiago had the critical responsibility of overseeing the multiple disciplines that comprise the OEMC, which include the dispatch of all police, fire, EMS and the oversight, development, and execution of all City of Chicago disaster and homeland security planning and operations.

Santiago served in the United States Marine Corps for over 32 years, both in active duty and the reserves working his way through the ranks from Private to Commanding Officer. Deployments include Operations Frequent Wind (RVN), Desert Shield and Desert Storm (SWA).

Having joined the Chicago Fire Department in 1979, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University



Cocktails will be available during the following periods.



Beer and wine will be available at no charge. Mixed drinks will be available for purchase. 

1900-2000 The bar will be closed.


Dinner will consists of three courses, please review the details below for the entrée selections. When purchasing your tickets please make sure to select the correct entrée for each ticket. 

1st Course

Italian Wedding Soup

Mixed Greens Salad including tomatoes cucumbers and carrots, with raspberry vinaigrette. 

2nd Course (Chose one per ticket)


Chicken Marsala served with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


Tilapia served with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


NY Strip Steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


Portabella mushroom napoleon, portabella mushrooms layered with roasted red peppers, spinach and boursin cheese with roasted vegetable. 

3rd Course

Banana Cream Cake and Traditional Birthday cake. 


Discounted Rates are available at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel. Please follow the link below to make your reservation.  These rates are available until Wednesday October 18th.



All reservations require ONE NIGHT DEPOSIT.  Your credit card will be charge upon making your reservation.  
Cancellation policy is 24 hours prior arrival.   If you have problems reserving online,
please contact our reservations department at 312-427-3800 x 5025 or Toll Free at 1-800-635-1666.



We are excited to announce we have partnered with the Park 1 parking garage located adjutant to the Congress Plaza Hotel.  Discounted rates are available if you purchase them through this site prior to the day of the ball. Purchasing self parking or over night parking the day of ball or choosing to use valet parking is available at full price. Park 1 is located at 65 E Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60605.

Ticket Sales *please note no physical ticket will be issued*

Welcome, on November 18th the Marines of 2nd Battalion 24th Marines will celebrate the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday. We have many different options available to accommodate guests, corporate guests, current and former Marines plus an option to donate to sponsor a Marine. Don't forget to take advantage of our Marine Corps Ball program option to create a message of remembrance for those that came before us or a message of gratitude for those that make what we do possible.

Corporate Level Sponsorship 

With your corporate level sponsorship you will receive the following 

Ten tickets for you and your guests. 

One premium table. 

One full page message in the ball program.

A personalized announcement of gratitude for your support prior to the start ceremony.

Individual Marine Sponsorship.

Your Sponsorship will go to offsetting the cost of a Junior Enlisted Marines ball ticket. Donations of any amount are welcome.  Every $100 donated will cover the ticket cost of one Junior Enlisted Marine.

Marine Corps Ball Program messages. 

$100-Full page message, we will work with you to include images you supply. 

$50-Personalized Message / Maximum 400 Characters/ Please leave message in the Notes upon purchase.


Thank you to all Marines for 242 years of outstanding service, and may you continue to be the BEST for many, many more!

Sgt Ebi/ 1998-2003/ 2nd Battalion 7th Marines / OIF Veteran