The Chicago Lighthouse--A FLAIR for fashion with a touching twist

Co-chairs Sheree Valukas (center), Sherrill Bodine and Lighthouse president Dr. Janet Szlyk.
It was the most successful fundraiser yet, raising over $100,000, for The Chicago Lighthouse! FLAIR 2019 was held at the Drake Chicago on September 13 and honored Cheryl Coleman and Ron Katz. The afternoon fashion show, “Visions of Elegance“, was expertly co-chaired for the third year by Sheree Valukas and Sherrill Bodine. The record crowd,... Read more »

Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up--all the Halloween fun you need right in the heart of Chicago

Who needs to travel to the suburbs for a pumpkin patch when we have the fabulous Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up (1467 N. Elston) right here in the city (Goose Island)?! I was skeptical about the promised “two acres” of pumpkin patch fun but it was all there and more. A VERY difficult corn maze, delicious food... Read more »

The Happiness Club honors Hamilton's Miguel Cervantes at lively benefit

The Happiness Club's Artist of the Year honoree Miguel Cervantes sings with the kids. (Photo by Steve Green)
I’ve been a fan of The Happiness Club ever since I first became aware of them through its longtime supporters, Maureen and Marc Schulman. This organization does such good in our communities, providing a safe and happy place for kids. From Bronzeville to Englewood to Glenview and as far as Algonquin, The Happiness Club represents... Read more »

Diana Ross performs at THE hottest (private) party of the year

The hottest party of the year!
There are parties and then there are DRIEHAUS parties of which there is a world of difference. As a matter of fact, Richard Driehaus just may well be the Hugh Hefner of our age sans Bunnies! One of the most coveted invitations around is to Richard’s Summer Party in Lake Geneva which, this year, was a... Read more »

Peach Carr and fellow Project Runway Stars unite for JourneyCare

Project Runway All Stars Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie, Peach Carr, Christopher Palu, Korto Momolu and Joshua Christensen.
The love in the room was palpable for fashion designer and hometown hero Peach Carr, three of her fellow Project Runway All Stars and the nonprofit they came together to support, JourneyCare, the country’s largest non-profit organization providing hospice, home health, palliative and pediatric hospice care. The event at Theater on the Lake on Saturday,... Read more »

Chicago has lost a champion

Chicago has lost a champion
Dominic DiFrisco. His passing on April 28 at age 85 has left a hole in Chicago’s heart that will never be filled. A champion of the underdog, an ambassador for the Italian/American community, a mentor, a friend, husband, father and so much more, Dominic was a game changer. Everyone he touched was forever changed for... Read more »

The iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse turns 30 with a luncheon benefiting Misericordia

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse celebrated 30 in grand style!
Legendary Rush Street hotspot, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, celebrated its 30th anniversary in grand style on April 24 during a luncheon that benefited Misericordia. An overflow crowd turned out to celebrate with Gibson’s principals Steve Lombardo, Hugo Ralli, John Colletti, Kathy O’Malley Piccone, Greg Horan and a host of regulars, longtime employees and loyal fans.... Read more »

Final Throne Chicago: If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you won't wanna miss this

Hall of Faces at Final Throne Chicago, 809 W. Evergreen.
The authenticity is astounding! Final Throne Chicago, a Game of Thrones-inspired pop-up party bar at 809 W. Evergreen, opened last night, April 20, and it is a must see if you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones. I’m a total geek for this show so this experience was like visiting Disneyland for the first... Read more »

Retrospect 2019: An exciting new adventure for lovers of vintage fashion

Retrospect 2019: An exciting new adventure for lovers of vintage fashion
Exciting news coming for lovers of vintage fashion! Sally Schwartz, founder of Image Pilots and the much loved Randolph Street Market, will introduce a new venture, RETROSPECT | vintage modern fashion chicago, on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. This high-end fashion expo will be held at 2260 South Grove Street on the Chicago... Read more »

Barton G restaurant opens in Chicago: A culinary circus of food, fun and fantasy

I have to share the news of a wondrous new restaurant that just opened February 15, Barton G. The Restaurant Chicago. It is an experience where the food is as fabulous as the whimsy and you can expect the unexpected. It was such an amazing culinary experience, that I’m struggling for words to properly describe... Read more »