Stanley Paul Scholarship Benefit honors philanthropic couple: Myra and John Reilly

Tom and Robin Segesta with honorees Myra and John Reilly.
For the first time in the event’s history, the Stanley Paul-Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Benefit honored a couple.  Well known and much loved philanthropists, Myra and John Reilly, were toasted and roasted at the Casino recently in front of a crowd of fans and friends. John Reilly, a popular society photographer, had shot many of the... Read more »

Bruce Jenner's Vanity Fair cover: Call me Caitlyn

Bruce Jenner's Vanity Fair cover: Call me Caitlyn
Transgender Olympian Bruce Jenner (now known at Caitlyn), reveals her true self in a photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz with an interview by Buzz Bissinger in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. In the video, Caitlyn states, “I was probably at the Games because I was running away from a lot of things…The last few... Read more »

Chicago Now Blogapalooza Topic: My Hope for Tomorrow

Chicago Now Blogapalooza Topic:  My Hope for Tomorrow
It’s Chicago Now Blogapalooza night and I’m already behind the 9 pm bell to begin writing about our community manager, Jimmy Greenfield’s, latest topic–“Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience tomorrow.” Well, this certainly covers a broad range of... Read more »

On birthdays and friendships

Celebrating with May birthday girlfriends at a party hosted by Kristina McGrath.
May 26 was my birthday, but I plan on celebrating all month long.  I can’t figure out why some people don’t enjoy these special days, like my husband.  As long as I can remember, I’ve loved, loved, loved celebrating birthdays–not just my own (although this is quite enjoyable), but anyone’s.  I’d even celebrate a birthday... Read more »

Service Club of Chicago Spring Luncheon "blooms" at the Ritz

Mary Lasky and Frances Renk.
The Service Club of Chicago hosted its annual Spring Luncheon with many ladies donning colorful and whimsical chapeaux for an afternoon at the Ritz on May 18. Nearly 300 guests turned out for this annual fundraiser for one of the oldest charitable organizations in Chicago, founded in 1890. Co-chaired by members Kristina McGrath and Susan... Read more »

James Beard Foundation Awards 2015: My hits and misses

DJ Megan Taylor rocked the beat at the gala.
I’m no foodie, but I do love a good party, so I was really excited to attend the James Beard Foundation Awards, dubbed the “Oscars of the culinary world.”   As we approached the venue (the Civic Opera House),  we knew it was a “happening” just judging by the enormity of the traffic on a Monday... Read more »

The Band Perry, Common, Magic, Marlee and more attend private We Day Illinois party

The Band Perry in a surprise performance at We Day kick-off party.
I knew this party would be a bit more than a networking get-together when I ran into Magic Johnson on the stairwell.  As it turned out, the event was a preview for what was to come on the following day, April 30, the official day We Day came to Illinois at the Allstate Arena. The... Read more »

Magic Johnson describes Michael Jordan's "shot" in the 1991 NBA Finals (THEN and NOW)

Magic Johnson describes Michael Jordan's "shot" in the 1991 NBA Finals (THEN and NOW)
We attended a remarkable event last night that I will share in another post, but had to share this hysterical video of Magic Johnson describing Michael Jordan’s memorable “shot” (better known as “the move”) in Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals before Jordan received his first MVP Award.   The video following shows the actual... Read more »

Above the Rails Gala to celebrate "The 606" opening

Above the Rails Gala to celebrate "The 606" opening
The Trust for Public Land will host Above the Rails, the inaugural gala celebrating the grand opening of The 606, Chicago’s next great park, trail and arts corridor, on Friday, June 5, at Western Trail Head (1821 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago). The party will bring together Chicago’s most influential civic and philanthropic leaders for a... Read more »

Playboy's Hugh Hefner turns 89: A Grateful Playmate Reminisces

With Hef at Playboy Mansion West for a party honoring Bunnies of the Year from all the Clubs. (Circa 1976)
Yesterday was the 89th birthday of someone who was one of the most important influences in my life.  Playboy founder Hugh Marston Hefner turned 89 years old on April 9.  We all know about the magazine he created,  but I want to tell you about the impact he had on my life and so many... Read more »