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 »
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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 »

Windy City LIVE boss says goodbye in touching private tribute show

Windy City Live's Val Warner and Cindy Patrasso flank Marlaine Selip during her last show.
It was a day filled with laughter and tears on the set of Windy City LIVE on Thursday, April 2, when Marlaine Selip, 67,  said goodbye after four years as executive producer.  She was off to New York to spend more time with her family after 893 shows and a lifetime in the business!  The... Read more »

N'Digo Gala 2015 will feature Grammy Award winning jazz artists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter

N'Digo Gala 2015 will feature Grammy Award winning jazz artists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter
Looking for something fun to do for Father’s Day?  Look no further than the always fabulous N’Digo Gala! Hermene Hartman’s N’Digo Foundation will host N’DIGO GALA 2015 themed “Jazz Enchantment” on Sunday, June 21, at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave, beginning at 5 pm.  The black-tie evening will begin with a Grande Buffet before... Read more »
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Grammy Award winners Common and John Legend come together for one "GLORY-us" night in Chicago

Common and John Legend after performing their Academy Award winning song, "Glory" at a private party on the Gold Coast.
Academy Award winners Common and John Legend came together for one “GLORY-us” night in the Windy City at a private reception hosted by Common’s Common Ground Foundation.  Nearly 200 guests were treated to a reception and an intimate performance of the Academy Award winning “Best Song”, “Glory,” at the Perillo Rolls-Royce Bentley dealership in Chicago’s... Read more »

Mark Ruffalo to receive Renaissance Award from Gene Siskel Film Center

Mark Ruffalo to receive Renaissance Award from Gene Siskel Film Center
The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will once again salute a leader from the world of cinema when it honors two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, on Saturday, June 6, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson Street.) The evening will celebrate Ruffalo’s accomplishments as... Read more »

Chanel, Biedermeier, Cartier, Baccarat and a violin: Oprah's stuff at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Chanel, Biedermeier, Cartier, Baccarat and a violin: Oprah's stuff at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
Oprah is selling her “stuff” at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on Saturday, April 25.  It’s bittersweet to know she’s severing all ties to the Windy City but, on a bright note, the proceeds of this sale will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.  Oprah, always philanthropic even when she’s selling her... Read more »
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Gala 2015 honors Martha Lavey and features Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Gala 2015 honors Martha Lavey and features Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band
Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s world-renowned ensemble will join more than 600 members of Chicago’s corporate, civic and cultural communities for Gala 2015 on Saturday, May 9, at Steppenwolf, 1650 N Halsted St.  The Gala will offer guests a unique opportunity to connect with Steppenwolf ensemble members in their artistic home while enjoying a preview of upcoming... Read more »