A Bunny's Tail: My Playboy memorabilia is on display at Elmhurst Art Museum and I'm fainting

Next to my Playboy Chicago Bunny of the Year costume at the Elmhurst Art Museum--the exhibit wasn't completed at this time.
Okay, let’s just stop and re-read that headline, my freakin’ Playboy stuff is in a MUSEUM! This is the only time that my husband Chuck has been happy I’ve been a hoarder! The Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 Cottage Hill Road, recently presented the U.S. debut of “Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979″, featuring an extensive collection of... Read more »

Rita Hayworth Gala raises over $1 million and honors "Still Alice" author, Dr. Lisa Genova

Honoree Dr. Lisa Genova, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Blaise Labriola.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s 29th Annual Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala returned this year on May 7th to the Hilton Chicago as one of the national organization’s biggest fundraisers. This annual spring black-tie event attracted more than 800 guests and included a cocktail reception with the high-energy CoverGirls violin show, a three-course dinner, program, auctions and live... Read more »

Chicago Bear Robbie Gould to receive Humanitarian Award

Chicago Bear Robbie Gould to receive Humanitarian Award
Chicago Bear place kicker, Robbie Gould, will be honored with the 2016 Humanitarian Award by the Israel Idonije Foundation on Thursday, July 14, at the Thompson Hotel, 21 E. Bellevue Place.  He is being recognized for his many contributions to Chicago and its youth. The Israel Idonije Foundation is a 501c3 charity committed to impacting... Read more »
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A Chicago philanthropist is queen for a day

Jan Melk surrounded by her "court" of admirers.
I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and devour any books by Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell and C.W. Gortner. There’s something about the 17th and 18th centuries that completely captivate me. I love the intrigue, the gowns and the balls and the delicious decadence of the royals. And on April 23, I felt like I’d... Read more »

Missing my mom on Mother's Day, as always

Missing my mom on Mother's Day, as always
I’m thinking of my mom, Elsa Mae Stott, on this Mother’s Day as I do on most days. She passed away suddenly on February 10, 2010. She died while polishing her nails before a return trip to Chicago where she lived with Chuck and me. I know I was lucky to have her for as... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »