Archive for June 2015

Chef Art Smith, Jesus Salgueiro and family make history in Chicago

A historic day in Chicago for Chef Art Smith, Jesus Salgueiro and their family at Holy Name Cathedral.
On Tuesday, June 30, history was made when the first baptism with same sex parents was blessed by Pope Francis and performed at Holy Name Cathedral!  Beloved Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro’s four beautiful children were baptized into the Catholic faith by Monsignor Dan Mayall. The love-filled ceremony included The Chicago Children’s Choir Alum... Read more »

Eddie Vedder to headline Hot Stove Cool Music Concert on July 9

Eddie Vedder to headline Hot Stove Cool Music Concert on July 9
Rocker Eddie Vedder will be the headliner at this year’s Hot Stove Cool Music Concert Chicago, which celebrates music, baseball and giving back on Thursday, July 9 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark Street!  Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper will join... Read more »

Private Peninsula Chicago bash thrills 950 loyal friends and some cool celebs

First look behind the velvet ropes at The Peninsula Chicago bash!
Under the category of “I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it”, the private blow-out bash at The Peninsula Chicago on June 24 had 950 guests in shock and awe! Upon entering the roped off lobby between red velvet drapes, the first thing you saw was sky-high performers swaying back and forth swathed... Read more »
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WOOFSTOCK: Road to Puppy Bowl attempts to break Guinness World Record with PAWS Chicago

WOOFSTOCK: Road to Puppy Bowl attempts to break Guinness World Record with PAWS Chicago
No city loves their pets more than the Windy City, so on Saturday, June 27, Animal Planet is hosting a free festival celebrating pet adoption with dozens of dogs, kittens and puppies available for adoption from PAWS Chicago. WOOFSTOCK: ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL is a free festival at the Stadium Green at Soldier Field from... Read more »

An ode to my Dad, Richard John Collins, on Father's Day

An ode to my Dad, Richard John Collins, on Father's Day
My mom and dad divorced when I was 2.  I don’t remember this, but do remember that, for my formative years, I felt like I was split in two. I shouldn’t complain, I know how lucky I was to have two parents who loved me, but sometimes I wished I had them both together to... Read more »

Mark Ruffalo honored with Renaissance Award at Gene Siskel Film Center Gala

Mark Ruffalo charms gala crowd.
The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) once again saluted a leader in cinematic artistry when it honored two-time Academy Award nominee and all-around cutie Mark Ruffalo with the Renaissance Award at The Ritz-Carlton on June 6.  More than 350 guests attended the festive evening that... Read more »
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Vive Kutza! Chicago International Film Fest founder Michael Kutza awarded French Legion d'Honneur

Vive Kutza! Chicago International Film Fest founder Michael Kutza awarded French Legion d'Honneur
The President of the French Republic has named Chicago’s own, Michael Kutza, a Knight of the Legion of Honour!  This distinction acknowledges his outstanding professional achievements, “as an internationally recognized graphic designer, filmmaker and the Founder of the Chicago International Film Festival,” said Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in Chicago. Mr. Kutza is the recipient of many... Read more »

Chef Charlie Trotter exhibit displays rare culinary artifacts at City Gallery

Chef Charlie Trotter was one of a kind.  His accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but a new exhibit at City Gallery (806 N. Michigan Ave.) will share some insights into his greatness. Culinary fans will feast in delight at the exhibition Charlie Trotter: Chef, Artist, Thinker presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs... Read more »

Stanley Paul Scholarship Benefit honors philanthropic couple: Myra and John Reilly

Tom and Robin Segesta with honorees Myra and John Reilly.
For the first time in the event’s history, the Stanley Paul-Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Benefit honored a couple.  Well known and much loved philanthropists, Myra and John Reilly, were toasted and roasted at the Casino recently in front of a crowd of fans and friends. John Reilly, a popular society photographer, had shot many of the... Read more »
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Bruce Jenner's Vanity Fair cover: Call me Caitlyn

Bruce Jenner's Vanity Fair cover: Call me Caitlyn
Transgender Olympian Bruce Jenner (now known at Caitlyn), reveals her true self in a photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz with an interview by Buzz Bissinger in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. In the video, Caitlyn states, “I was probably at the Games because I was running away from a lot of things…The last few... Read more »