My Christmas gratitude column for 2014

My Christmas gratitude column for 2014
What I wish for Christmas, I’ve already received.  Thank you so much Santa!  There’s nothing more important than the health of your loved ones.  2014 has been a tough year for my husband Chuck.  I consider it over now with his latest surgery, a triple hernia operation.  So, as I sit and stare at our... Read more »

Why I won't be seeing The Interview

Why I won't be seeing The Interview
“The Interview”, a Sony comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco is scheduled to open to wide release on Christmas Day, but a lot of theaters are choosing to pull the plug including Carmike Cinemas that operates 278 theaters with 2,917 screens in 41 states.  An unconfirmed threat from hackers threaten violence to those who... Read more »

Grinch Who Gave Back Christmas party benefits Brain Injury Association of Illinois

Keisha Keywest, Lora Michael and Nick Bravo.
On Friday, December 12, beloved Chicago altruist and entrepreneur, Marco Foster, held his 4th annual Grinch Who Gave Back Christmas charity event benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Illinois at one of Chicago’s hottest night spots, The Underground. The stylish and festive evening included live music, cocktails and an appearance from The Grinch herself, Lora... Read more »
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Consider Shopping Charities for Holiday Gift Ideas

PAWS 2015 pet calendar.
As you’re holiday gift shopping, don’t forget that a lot of top charities around town offer exciting items that benefit great causes.  Ronald McDonald House Charities has an entire selection of cool stuff.  My favorite was a knit winter cap for $30 and, the best part, for every hat sold a child/family at the House... Read more »

Chicago Now Blathering 2014 brings romantic surprise at Reverie

Chicago Now bloggers
Every year around this time, Chicago Now bloggers gather together to celebrate the holidays, friendship and blogging (not necessarily in this order).  It’s called a “blathering” and all of the CN bloggers are invited.  This year, our fun-filled group of writers met up at Reverie, 414 N. Orleans, a hotspot owned by beloved sportscasters Lou... Read more »

Aces UP Poker Tourney benefits Urban Prep Academies

Urban Prep Academies founder/CEO Tim King.
Aces UP! 2014, Urban Prep’s Eighth Annual Charity Poker Tournament was held at The Chicago Sports Museum with hundreds of players and spectators coming out to enjoy fast-paced poker and support Urban Prep Academies!  The fun-filled event raised $100,000 for the schools in the process!!!  It was a special night for Aces UP! as volunteers... Read more »
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Service Club plays Santa for local charities at festive holiday party

The Service Club of Chicago held its annual Holiday Luncheon, themed “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at The University Club of Chicago on December 4.  As is always the tradition, guests brought unwrapped gifts for children and families served by its charity partners.  This year’s recipient, social agency Hephzibah, supports at-risk youth throughout our communities.... Read more »

PAWS Chicago: Fur Ball 2014 a record-breaker for homeless pets

PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas and Billy Corgan.
PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest No Kill animal shelter, hosted its 13th Annual Fur Ball at The Drake Hotel on November 14.  This event is one of my favorites, not only because it supports this great organization, but because it’s the largest event in town that welcomes pets!  So, not only do you see elegantly... Read more »

Vanessa Williams and Jessye Norman shine at Chicago Urban League Dinner

Andrea Zopp, UL president, Vanessa Williams and Jessye Norman.
The Chicago Urban League (CUL) hosted its 53rd Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner themed, Opportunity, Community, Impact: A Movement that Matters at the Hilton Chicago recently.  Andrea L. Zopp, CUL President/CEO, highlighted some of the organization’s success stories over the past year but challenged the crowd of more than 1,700 guests to do more to improve... Read more »
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Auditorium Theatre celebrates 125th with star-studded performance and gala

Auditorium Theatre celebrates 125th with star-studded performance and gala
Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, built in 1889, is celebrating a BIG birthday!  This national historic landmark, located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will toast 125 years at its Anniversary Gala,, “Living the History – 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre,” on December 9 at the Theatre and the Palmer House Hilton.  The glamorous... Read more »