Archive for June 2014

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 »
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Q & A with Morgan Freeman: "I want to play Satan!" (Video!)

Q & A with Morgan Freeman: "I want to play Satan!" (Video!)
“Is that necklace real?  Because if it is, let’s get out of here!”  This was Morgan Freeman’s first comment to me at the annual Gene Siskel Film Center Gala at the Ritz-Carlton recently.  He was a sheer delight, not only to me, but to all of the reporters on the Red Carpet.  Sadly, this isn’t... Read more »

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014: May the force be with you!

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014:  May the force be with you!
If you’re a lover of fantasy and who isn’t nowadays, since reality can be pretty grim, then find your glowing sabers, Captain America t-shirts, Dr, Spock ears and get ready to attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (Thursday, August 21 thru Sunday, August 24) at Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center  (5555 N. River Road).... Read more »

5 cool reasons to attend Fleurotica (Video!)

5 cool reasons to attend Fleurotica (Video!)
What is Fleurotica?  This flowery fundraiser will be held on Thursday, June 12, at the Garfield Park Conservatory  and I think it’s one of the coolest events around for many reasons, but here are my top five: 1)  If you love fashion and flowers, this show will send you into ecstasy!  Every single “garment” is... Read more »
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My thoughts on turning 60

My thoughts on turning 60
Age is just a number.  50 is the new 30, 70 is the new 50, blah, blah, blah.….  I’ve always been a firm believer that age is only something you need on a driver’s license or passport, but that’s as far as it goes.  During my 50′s, I couldn’t even remember how old I was. ... Read more »