Archive for February 2012

Watch Chicago's Oscar Fun at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Watch312.com!

Watch Chicago's Oscar Fun at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Watch312.com!
What a great night in Chicago for fashion and film!  The Gene Siskel Film Center was the place to be on Oscar night!  As the only officially sanctioned event in Chicago by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Oscar Night America-Chicago” was a sellout for the Center with more than 300 people in... Read more »

RPM Italian Restaurant's Opening Night With Giuliana and Bill Rancic and the Melman's!

The proud partners of RPM Italian, Bill Rancic, RJ Melman, Molly Melman, Jerrod Melman and Giuliana Rancic.....
RPM Italian Restaurant, 52 W. Illinois, was THE place to be for the opening night party on Saturday, February 18th.  More than 500 friends, celebs and VIP’s crowded into this new  River North hotspot to congratulate the partners who included celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, acclaimed Chef Doug Psaltis and restaurateurs RJ, Jerrod and... Read more »

2012 Chicago Auto Show Highlights: Cool Cars and Glamorous Guests

I love the Chicago Auto Show!  Chuck and I used to go every year when he owned his advertising agency so it was with great excitement that I looked forward to returning this year.  It did NOT disappoint!  The Chicago Auto Show began with its 21st “First Look for Charity” ten days ago and ends... Read more »
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ArtEdge Gala Raises More Than $1 Million for Museum of Contemporary Art

Co-chairs Liza and Marc Brooks
I’ve been to some pretty thrilling parties in my day, but I can’t remember many in recent memory that delivered as much excitement as this year’s Gala fundraiser for the MCA!   More than 460 guests paid $1000 a piece to enjoy this over-the-top party, artEdge, that included performances by renowned artist Nick Cave and... Read more »

Where Did the Love Go for 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair and Hef's Son Marston?

Where Did the Love Go for 2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair and Hef's Son Marston?
After an apparently tumultuous two year relationship, it looks like the end of the affair for 2011 Playmate of the Year, Clair Sinclair, and Marston Hefner, Playboy’s heir apparent.   Sinclair opened up to E! News today, beginning with her account of Sunday night’s altercation:  “We had just freshly moved into the apartment, and I... Read more »

Ladies in Red at the Ritz for Bunky's Valentine's Tea

It is a very coveted invite.  Some women wait for years just to be included….And yes, the ladies ALWAYS wear red.  This, of course, is Bunky Cushing’s yearly (usually, unless he’s redoing his kitchen or something) soiree/get-together/lovefest of some of our town’s most fashionable and philanthropic women.  It’s a celebration for Valentine’s Day that brought... Read more »
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The Elegant Lyric Opera Gala is a "Night Under the Czars"!

The Lyric’s 28th annual “Fantasy of the Opera” featured a “Night Under the Czars” with an elegant Russian themed night to remember.  More than 500 guests attended this fundraiser hosted by the Lyric’s Guild Board of Directors at the Civic Opera House on Friday, January 27th,  and chaired by Nancy Temple with her co-chair, Courtney... Read more »

Gene & Georgetti's Celebrates 70th Anniversary With VIP Party at Park West

Michelle surprised her parents with a cake for their 43rd wedding anniversary.
Steakhouse icon, Gene & Georgetti’s,  celebrated their 70th anniversary in grand style recently with a by-invite-only party at Park West.  More than 300 guests gathered together on Sunday night, January 29th, to honor this venerable institution with a bash produced by daughter and event planner, Michelle Durpetti.  Michelle spared no expense to make this party... Read more »

Candid Candace on Windy City Live!

I had the best time, as always,  on Windy City Live this week!  And being at the Chat Desk with Valerie Warner and Ryan Chiaverini is like a trial by fire!  You never really know what to expect so when we found out Don Cornelius had come to an untimely end, we were all as... Read more »
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The Joffrey Ballet's Junior Auxiliary Board Hosts "Pointe of Departure"

The second annual “Pointe of Departure” was presented by the Junior Auxiliary Board of The Joffrey Ballet on Thursday, January 26th.   A signature of this event is finding hot new venues and this year was no exception.  Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute offered a great atmosphere for this evening where stage and canvas collided. ... Read more »