Inside Playboy's first New Year's Eve party post Hef

NYE host Cooper Hefner surrounded by Playboy Bunnies.
Hugh Hefner’s parties were legendary and I’ve been lucky enough to have attended my fair share but, in my mind, all bets were off for this year’s annual New Year’s Eve party considering Hef’s recent passing. So, when I received a text from his son Cooper, the magazine’s chief creative officer, asking if my email address... Read more »

At Last: Chicago's greatest love story

Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis make it legal with Justice Anne Burke.
They finally did it! Legendary media darlings Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis made it legal on Wednesday, December 13 (Donna’s birthday), at exactly 4 pm. They were married in the Supreme Court Chamber by longtime friend Justice Anne Burke. To all the friends, and they are legion, who know and love them, this was... Read more »

What I love most about Christmas

Christmas with the Jordans.
When I was younger, it was all about the gifts–the latest handbag, a piece of jewelry or a rare book would make me scream with joy. However, now that I have all of these things, my desires have become a lot more simple and, I think, much more in keeping with the true spirit of... Read more »
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Fly with Santa on a Chicago Helicopter Experience Holiday Lights Tour

Fly with Santa on a Chicago Helicopter Experience Holiday Lights Tour
Ho! Ho! Ho! The Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE) is about to make your holidays a lot brighter! Consider this, soaring above the city, perhaps with Santa, checking out the festive lights all across town! Get a “reindeer’s eye-view of such iconic sites as Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Park Zoo, to name a few,... Read more »

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day
In this time of such uncertainty, upheavals, terrorism, taxes and crime, I’m excited to write a happy column about gratitude. And even though giving thanks seems particularly topical on Thanksgiving, duh, I give thanks every single day for the following: 1) First and foremost, I’m grateful for Chuck, without him, nothing else really matters. 2)... Read more »

Playmates, friends and family pay loving tribute to Hugh Hefner in LA and Chicago

Touching invite image for Hef's Celebration of Life tributes in LA and Chicago.
“In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life.” This is Hugh Marston Hefner‘s quote that appeared on the covers of the two invitations to his Celebration of Life tributes, one held at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in California on Sunday, November 12, and the second in Chicago at the... Read more »
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The Voice winner Jordan Smith hosts Macy's 110th Great Tree Lighting

Macy's State Street VP/Manager Kim Groth, Jeff Gennette (Macy's CEO), The Voice winner Jordan Smith join Make-A-Wish ambassadors for Macy's 110th Great Tree Lighting Ceremony.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at Macy’s State Street, where on Friday, November 3, the Magic of Macy’s came to life in the Walnut Room. Excited guests arrived early to queue up for a beloved tradition that has been around for 110 years–experiencing the lighting of the Great Tree! (See tree... Read more »

Something for everyone at new Gibsons Italia and those views!

My first thought when I walked into the shiny, sparkling new structure at 233 N. Canal was Gibsons Restaurant Group has done it again! It’s latest restaurant venture, Gibsons Italia, is so fabulous on so many levels–four to be exact, with each one more elegant and chic than the next! (To see video, click here!)... Read more »

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds set to headline Chicago Urban League Golden Fellowship Dinner

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds set to headline Chicago Urban League Golden Fellowship Dinner
The Chicago Urban League will present its 56th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner at the Hilton Chicago on Saturday, November 4. The dinner will be hosted by comedian Damon Williams and will be headlined by 11-time Grammy winner, Songwriter Hall Of Fame inductee artist/producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The 2017 Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Awards... Read more »
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"Saturday Night LIVE: The Experience" Opening Night Benefit

"Saturday Night LIVE: The Experience" Opening Night Benefit
If you’re a fan of SNL, then you’re really gonna love this! The Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State), in collaboration with “Saturday Night Live”, will host an opening night benefit for its latest exhibition, “Saturday Night LIVE: The Experience” on Friday, October 20. Over 500 artifacts, including costumes, original sets, props and scripts... Read more »