What makes Thanksgiving so darn special?

What makes Thanksgiving so darn special?
In this world, now filled with so much chaos and danger, the thought of gathering around the table with family and friends seems like a damned good idea. Never before have I so looked forward to this holiday. Chuck and I have lost so many loved ones recently, including his mom and one of our... Read more »

Service Club celebrates 125th anniversary at "Versailles" inspired gala

Jeff and Tina Weller, Jim and Mary Lasky and Shauna and Barry
The Service Club of Chicago celebrated its 125th anniversary in grand style at a gala at the Four Seasons on November 6 that was inspired by its historic past. The “Anniversary Ball” began with a reception where guests shopped an extensive silent auction before dinner in the ballroom. There, decor by Kehoe Designs set the... Read more »

Chinese American Service League hosts "Winter Night Chic"

Chinese American Service League hosts "Winter Night Chic"
Rustic glamour and sweeping skyline views, supercharged celebrity tweets and chic VIP lounges—Join the Chinese American Service League (CASL) at Winter Night Chic on Friday, December 4!  With DJ Aileen Tie setting the mood up in the Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th St.), network with your guests, corporate leaders, and... Read more »

Wildlife expert Jack Hanna and his animal pals featured at Friends of Conservation Ball

Co-chair Vonitia Reescer and Reute Butler (FOC president) pose with endangered show leopard.
The Friends of Conservation Ball is always a “wild” affair and, this year, the event planners upped the ante with famed wildlife expert Jack Hanna onboard. A highlight of this annual event, besides raising funds for a desperate part of our world, is the meet-and-greet with exotic animals. This year over 200 guests got up... Read more »

Mariano's NewCity opening, girls in cocktail glasses and an After School Matters donation

Nina Mariano and ZZAZZ Production's Tracey Tarantino with opening night showgirls.
We attended a kick-ass opening party for Mariano’s NewCity at 1500 N. Clybourn hosted by Nina and Bob (Mariano) and Roundy’s Supermarkets! With dramatic decor by Tom Kehoe Designs and showgirls in martini glasses provided by ZZAZZ Productions, this by-invite-only party was a happening! The store is now open and features a patisserie, specialty cheese... Read more »

MCA benefit art auction largest in Museum's 48 year history

A view of the striped dining tent created by HMR Designs.
Can you imagine walking into the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art’s galleries and seeing breathtaking artwork hanging on the walls that you can TAKE HOME?! Well, that was exactly what happened for the MCA’s annual benefit art auction for those lucky guests with extra coins in their pockets. More than 500 attended this event that... Read more »

On going home and losing loved ones

A pumpkin train!
Chuck and I returned to my hometown of Dupo, Illinois last weekend to say goodbye to my beloved Uncle Marvin Stott. It was bittersweet since I was so happy to be back home and yet not, certainly, for this reason. Marvin was the town’s historian. He knew every piece of history worth knowing and then... Read more »

STK Chicago: A new steakhouse opens in River North

Jaslene Gonzalez and DJ Lani Love.
Chicago’s newest steakhouse, STK Chicago (9 W. Kinzie), held it’s (private) Grand Opening event on October 7, inviting local neighbors, celebrities, politicos and VIPs to the tenth opening for this popular eatery. Described as a “unique concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the... Read more »

Primo Classico 2015: High flying fundraising for Primo Center for Women and Children

Norma Rixter, Sylvia Perez, Kathleen Casey, Lori Allen, Jennifer Brieva and Cynthia Au.
Planes, exotic cars, helicopter rides, delicious food, fun fashions and more all created an atmosphere of the total luxe life for the 4th annual Primo Classico 2015, held this year in Hawthorne Global Aviation Services’ brand new 30,000′ ft. hangar in Wheeling, IL. Nearly 400 guests attended this year’s event hosted by Diane and Quintin... Read more »

Playboy's decision to drop nudity: Say it ain't so Hef

Playboy's decision to drop nudity: Say it ain't so Hef
When I was a Playboy centerfold in December 1979, the circulation was around 5.6 million. Today, that number has dropped to 800,000. Clearly, something wasn’t working. But I think Hef’s decision to “drop nudity” or rather make it “PG-13 and less produced–more like the racier sections of Instagram”, according to Cory Jones, a top editor... Read more »