Scarlett Johansson to receive Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award

Scarlett Johansson to receive Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award
The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will celebrate one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses when it honors Tony and BAFTA winner and four-time Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson, Thursday, June 30, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson St.). “Celebrate Scarlett” will pay tribute... Read more »

Rashied Davis hosts Chef Bowl 2016 to benefit Saturday Place

Rashied Davis hosts Chef Bowl 2016 to benefit Saturday Place
Kings Bowl Lincoln Park will become a hub for Chicago culinary enthusiasts and sports fans Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. when former Chicago Bear Rashied Davis hosts “Chef Bowl 2016.” The event will bring together Chicago’s hottest chefs for a day of bowling, delicious food and festivities to support Saturday Place, an academic enrichment... Read more »

Chicago International Television Awards will honor local media stars and HBO

Chicago International Television Awards will honor local media stars and HBO
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival will honor the best in television programming and commercials at the 52nd Chicago International Television Awards April 20. Capping off a newly programmed three-day event of special screenings and panel discussions celebrating the importance and excellence in work being created for television, the annual awards ceremony will also... Read more »
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A sad 90th birthday for Hugh Hefner

Love this guy, always.
Yesterday, Hugh Hefner, lost his “best friend”, brother Keith, who passed away at age 87 in Beverly Hills. And now today, April 9, it’s his 90th birthday but there’s certainly nothing to celebrate. First we keep reading about and witnessing the sad demise of the magazine that he lovingly created in 1953 and built up... Read more »

Vista Tower premier party: A-listers and killer views

Architect Jeanne Gang and Robin Loewenberg Tebbe, Chief Marketing Officer Magellan Development Group (and party host)
It was one heckuva premier party celebrating the extraordinary architecture of Vista Tower by design wunderkind Jeanne Gang at 345 E. Wacker Drive on March 31. The grand opening of Magellan Development Group’s Vista Sales Gallery attracted over 300 A-listers who enjoyed a first look into the luxurious lifestyle of Vista Residences, a 95 story... Read more »

Why I love old stuff

Antique vignette with Mickey passing through.
Every once in a while, Chicago Now community manager and all-around nice guy (suck-up points here) Jimmy Greenfield, gives his 300+ bloggers a writing exercise. The topic this time around was “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand.” Well, this is an easy one for me because I collect... Read more »
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Is there a conscious effort to ruin Playboy Magazine?

Is there a conscious effort to ruin Playboy Magazine?
And I thought the first non-nude issue of Playboy Magazine was bad! OMG, I just saw the April 2016 cover and I just can’t believe it. I now think there is a conscious effort afoot to completely ruin the magazine, particularly in the image Hugh Hefner visualized. I can’t imagine how he feels, sitting at... Read more »

Chicago Tribune photographer, Yvette Dostatni, featured in TIME Magazine

Chicago Tribune photographer, Yvette Dostatni, featured in TIME Magazine
It’s not every day that a friend gets profiled by TIME Magazine, but that is exactly what happened to local photographer Yvette Dostatni! She was chosen as one of only 28 photographers to be featured in its recent article, “Discover the Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century“! Yvette is a Chicago native who... Read more »

Legendary designer Bob Mackie to be honored by Costume Council of Chicago History Museum

Legendary designer Bob Mackie to be honored by Costume Council of Chicago History Museum
Toast legendary fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie as the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presents him with their Designer of Excellence Award on Tuesday, April 19 at the Chicago History Museum. Join co-chairs Linda Johnson Rice, Nina Mariano and Robin Loewenberg Tebbe for an elegant evening worthy of Mackie’s style from 6... Read more »
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Art Institute's Van Gogh Gala: Sunflowers and a bedroom in Arles

Decor conceived by Laurie Bay in collaboration with John Hensel of HMR Designs.
The Old Masters Society hosted an opening night gala to celebrate the Art Institute of Chicago’s latest exhibition, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms. Curated by Gloria Groom (Chairman of the Dept. of European Paintings & Sculpture), the exhibition is the first ever dedicated to Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom paintings, considered the most famous bedroom depicted in art.... Read more »