Academy Award winner Kevin Kline honored at Chicago International Film Festival bash

Chicago International Film Fest founder Michael Kutza presents Kevin Kline with a Career Achievement Award at the 50th anniversary of the Festival's Summer Gala.
Academy Award-winning star of stage and screen, Kevin Kline, was called a “national treasure” by both Robert Downey, Jr., and Siguorney Weaver at the 50th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival‘s Summer Gala where he was honored with a Career Achievement Award.  Kline, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “A Fish Called... Read more »

Gary Sinise to honor nation's heroes at Inspiration to Action luncheon

Gary Sinise to honor nation's heroes at Inspiration to Action luncheon
Gary Sinise will honor our nation’s veterans,  defenders, first responders and their families with a special benefit luncheon, Inspiration to Action, at Arlington International Racecourse on Sunday, August 3. Proceeds from this day at the races will benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation which provides unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities... Read more »

Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse voted Best Steakhouse in Eater Chicago poll

Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse voted Best Steakhouse in Eater Chicago poll
The Chicago restaurant, bar and nightlife online guide,, offered its readers a chance to vote for the Windy City’s Best Steakhouse.  The poll narrowed 16 of Chicago’s top spots down to a final four on Friday and now, more than 7,000 votes later, Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse is the runaway winner! According to Eater... Read more »

Fig & Olive: A new hotspot opens in the Gold Coast

Janet Mandell, Jacob Neminarz and Monika and Geoff Dixon.
What?!  An entire menu prepared with NO butter, just olive oil?  They had me at hello for the grand opening of Chicago’s newest hotspot, Fig & Olive, located at 104 E. Oak Street.  This stunning “olive oil oasis” brings a delicious taste of the French Riviera, Italy and Spain to the Gold Coast in grand... Read more »

Idonije, Toews and Marshall: A party with sports royalty for charity

Idonije, Toews and Marshall:  A party with sports royalty for charity
Who doesn’t love Israel Idonije?!  It will be a sports lover’s dream on Thursday, July 17, when Izzy and his friends host an evening benefiting the Israel Idonije Foundation at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago in the Grand Ballroom.  The evening will be emceed by Windy City Live’s Val Warner with honorary chair... Read more »

PAWS Chicago shares the love at Pride Parade 2014

PAWS founder Paula Fasseas, entertainer Miss Lucy Foozie, and longtime board member/event co-chair Bonnie Krueger Spurlock.
PAWS Chicago, for the fourth year in a row, came out strong this past Sunday at Chicago’s annual Pride Parade. Over one hundred volunteers, employees, Development Board members (including Founder Paula Fasseas and  President Alexis Fasseas) joined hands to say thank you to Chicago’s LGBTQ community. The weather couldn’t have been nicer and the crowd... Read more »

Party in paradise: July 4th celebration on the French Riviera (Photo Gallery)

Tania and Craig Drake show their colors at La Voile Rouge
Our most exciting July 4th celebrations occur in one of our favorite vacation spots, St. Tropez on the French Riviera.  Believe it or not, the French celebrate our holiday as exuberantly as we do at home!  And, since we all know that the best place to be is always where your friends are, for over... Read more »

Shedd Aquarium's Goldfish Ball: stingrays, a Broadway star and Ty the sea lion entertain

Broadway star Susan Egan performs with Ty the sea lion.
The Shedd Aquariam’s  annual learning themed gala, The Goldfish Ball, was coined in recognition of a child’s first introduction to aquatic life and attracted more than 800 guests on June 7.  Gala Chairman Sandi Simon and her committee of more than sixty volunteers planned an evening that was educational and entertaining, as well as a... Read more »

Max Herrick's story: Love and hope for Ronald McDonald House Ambassadors (Video)

The Herrick Family
I met Max Herrick and his family in the summer of 2012.  At the time, Max was the Ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and a real pistol.  He loved wearing jaunty hats, anything Star Wars related, dancing and ice cream and he had one of the most inspiring families I’ve ever met. Max... Read more »

Launch party kicks off Macy's Glamorama in style

Nearly 300 fun-loving guests attended the 6th annual Glamorama Launch Party at the chic new venue, Chez, 247 E. Ontario, on June 19.  This party kicked off the main event, Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, which will be at the Harris Theater on Friday, August 8,  and feature cool recording artist Jason Derulo along with fabulous... Read more »