Archive for September 2014

After School Matters celebrates Gala 2014 and Chicago Bull Derrick Rose's $1 million donation

Tim Maloney (ASM board member), Mellody Hobson, George Lucas, Mary Ellen Caron (CEO After School Matters) with ASM teens.
After School Matters is $1 million richer!  Chicago Bulls point guard and three-time NBA All-Star, Derrick Rose donated this gift, his largest ever, to the non-profit that offers Chicago high school teens out-of-school activities.  E. Robbie Robinson, vice chairman of After School Matters, announced the surprise donation at the charity’s annual gala Tuesday, September 23.... Read more »

Jarrett Payton's sparkly bash helps support Chicago's youth

Jarrett Payton and Charles "Peanut" Tillman show off the JP Collection.
Jarrett Payton, son of the late Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton, is a radio host, businessman, philanthropist, motivational speaker, former NFL and CFL running back and devoted husband and father, but did you know he’s also a jewelry designer?!  In collaboration with Cy Fredrics, a Chicago destination for fine jewelry and watches, Jarrett’s... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet's Women's Board hosts luncheon to celebrate premiere of Swan Lake

The Joffrey Ballet's Women's Board hosts luncheon to celebrate premiere of Swan Lake
The Joffrey Ballet’s Women’s Board will host a Swan Lake Luncheon on Wednesday, October 1, at RPM Steak (66 W. Kinzie).  This new event, co-chaired by WB members Ellie Forman and Kathleen Henson, will support the launch of the Company’s upcoming Swan Lake production premiering on October 15. The afternoon will include a reception and... Read more »
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A Muggle visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Muggles in Harry Potter's Wizarding World--Universal Studios Orlando
I will just lay it out right now.  I am a complete and total freak for anything related to Harry Potter even though I’m a mere muggle (“non-magical folk” as Hagrid says).  I have all the books signed (American and British first editions).  I have the first two scripts signed by cast members.  I even... Read more »

Chicago Cub Kerry Wood goes country with star Chris Young for Woody's Western Roundup

Chicago Cub Kerry Wood goes country with star Chris Young for Woody's Western Roundup
Chicago Cub legend Kerry Wood and wife Sarah have “gone country” for their upcoming fundraiser titled “Woody’s Western Roundup” on Wednesday, October 22, at Joe’s Bar (940 W. Weed St.).  In addition to live music, the event will feature cocktails and food stations from some of the country’s top restaurants.  Proceeds will benefit the Wood... Read more »

Chicago International Film Festival's 50th anniversary surprise

Noah Warren and Braden Crothers appear in the Chicago International Film Festival's 50th anniversary poster by Victor Skrebneski..
In an innovative move honoring the Chicago International Film Festival’s 50th anniversary, legendary photographer Victor Skrebneski, in collaboration with Festival founder Michael Kutza, created an entirely new look for the Fest’s iconic poster.  An unveiling at Expo 72 on September 10 featured a reimagining of the iconic 1974 Festival “t-shirt” poster.  Titled “The Next Generation”,... Read more »
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The day we glimpsed hell: 9/11--A Remembrance

The day we glimpsed hell:  9/11--A Remembrance
Everyone knows where and what they were doing when this nightmare called 9/11 happened.  Chuck was getting ready for work and I was on the computer watching FOX when those horrible images appeared.  I had the TV on mute so all I saw were flames coming out of one of the Towers in NY.  I... Read more »