Archive for October 2015

MCA benefit art auction largest in Museum's 48 year history

A view of the striped dining tent created by HMR Designs.
Can you imagine walking into the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art’s galleries and seeing breathtaking artwork hanging on the walls that you can TAKE HOME?! Well, that was exactly what happened for the MCA’s annual benefit art auction for those lucky guests with extra coins in their pockets. More than 500 attended this event that... Read more »

On going home and losing loved ones

A pumpkin train!
Chuck and I returned to my hometown of Dupo, Illinois last weekend to say goodbye to my beloved Uncle Marvin Stott. It was bittersweet since I was so happy to be back home and yet not, certainly, for this reason. Marvin was the town’s historian. He knew every piece of history worth knowing and then... Read more »

STK Chicago: A new steakhouse opens in River North

Jaslene Gonzalez and DJ Lani Love.
Chicago’s newest steakhouse, STK Chicago (9 W. Kinzie), held it’s (private) Grand Opening event on October 7, inviting local neighbors, celebrities, politicos and VIPs to the tenth opening for this popular eatery. Described as a “unique concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the... Read more »
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Primo Classico 2015: High flying fundraising for Primo Center for Women and Children

Norma Rixter, Sylvia Perez, Kathleen Casey, Lori Allen, Jennifer Brieva and Cynthia Au.
Planes, exotic cars, helicopter rides, delicious food, fun fashions and more all created an atmosphere of the total luxe life for the 4th annual Primo Classico 2015, held this year in Hawthorne Global Aviation Services’ brand new 30,000′ ft. hangar in Wheeling, IL. Nearly 400 guests attended this year’s event hosted by Diane and Quintin... Read more »

Playboy's decision to drop nudity: Say it ain't so Hef

Playboy's decision to drop nudity: Say it ain't so Hef
When I was a Playboy centerfold in December 1979, the circulation was around 5.6 million. Today, that number has dropped to 800,000. Clearly, something wasn’t working. But I think Hef’s decision to “drop nudity” or rather make it “PG-13 and less produced–more like the racier sections of Instagram”, according to Cory Jones, a top editor... Read more »

Chilli Pepper: Beloved Baton Show Lounge performer celebrates birthday in style

Baton Show Lounge's Chilli Pepper celebrates her birthday at Ciao Amore Ristorante with friends and chef/owner Cesar Pineda.
Chilli Pepper has been performing as a female impersonator at the Baton Show Lounge for more years than I can remember. When I was single, it was my favorite spot to take family and friends. I even took my husband Chuck there on our first date! The location at 436 N. Clark remains a hot... Read more »
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MCA's Vernissage: EXPO Chicago's opening night bash

Tony Karman, Michelle Boone, Madeleine Grysntjen and Mac MacLellan.
EXPO CHICAGO and The MCA’s Vernissage welcomed more than 7,000 guests on opening night of this world renowned art fair, now in its 4th year. EXPO CHICAGO presented artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, and included EXPOSURE—a section that afforded younger galleries the opportunity to participate... Read more »

Build/Rebuild Benefit: A letter from the president; music by Frankie Knuckles and a who's who from Chicago and beyond

Rebuild Foundation founder Theaster Gates, Jr. (R) and CEO Ken Stewart.
More than 150 art world influencers, artists, community leaders, philanthropists, and cultural leaders gathered on Chicago’s South Side in celebration of the Rebuild Foundation’s inaugural, by-invite-only, BUILD/REBUILD Benefit. Established by Theaster Gates Jr. in 2010 and overseen by CEO Ken Stewart, the Rebuild Foundation welcomed guests to a private viewing of the newly restored Stony... Read more »

What's my Playboy Bunny tail, ears and costume worth? Check it out on Antiques Roadshow

What's my Playboy Bunny tail, ears and costume worth? Check it out on Antiques Roadshow
A few months ago, I wrote about my Antiques Roadshow experience here on Chicago Now.  On July 26, 2014, I took some of my Playboy memorabilia to the show, the first time it had come to Chicago in ten years. The tickets sold out within the hour and I compared the experience to winning a... Read more »
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Lyric Opera's Opening Night Gala: Always an elegant affair

Renee Fleming and Tim Jessell
The Women’s Board of the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, led by event co-chairs Mrs. Nancy Crown and Mrs. Caryn Harris, hosted the 61st annual Opening Night Gala on September 26. This always-elegant evening began with red carpet arrivals outside the Civic Opera House before more than 3000 guests entered the theatre to enjoy Mozart’s... Read more »