Archive for January 2016

Mimi Marks, the world's most glamorous female impersonator, exits Baton but not her fans' hearts

Mimi Marks
Mimi Marks has been performing at the Baton for the last 25 years and on Sunday she took her final bows. The place was standing room only for this legendary showgirl whose titles include Miss International Queen, The World’s Most Beautiful Transsexual, Miss Continental and her very first pageant title from her hometown of Waterloo,... Read more »

Chicago is foodie fabulous: Jean Banchet Award winners for Culinary Excellence 2016

Chicago is foodie fabulous: Jean Banchet Award winners for Culinary Excellence 2016
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted 400 of Chicago’s top chefs, peers and fans for the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence Sunday night at Venue SIX10. The Banchet Awards are the only Chicago-based awards presentation that recognizes and rewards culinary originality and talent in the Chicagoland area. And the winners are…..drum roll please! RESTAURANT OF... Read more »

Need sunshine? My tips and picks for a great trip to South Florida

Royal Palm Way in Palm Beach.
I’ve realized the only way to survive winter in Chicago is to get out of it, even if it’s only for a little while. I’ve been spending time in South Beach for over 40 years. Through all of this city’s changes, it still remains the best spot in the country as an antidote to winter... Read more »
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A Harry Potter fan says goodbye to Professor Severus Snape aka Alan Rickman

A Harry Potter fan says goodbye to Professor Severus Snape aka Alan Rickman
I was so saddened to hear of the passing of beloved actor Alan Rickman, dead at the age of only 69 from cancer. This is the second death in a week after David Bowie (also 69), another icon gone too soon. As a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series, this is especially hard to... Read more »

Making memories for the New Year: An aging friend, walks in the park and a Griswold road trip

Making memories for the New Year: An aging friend, walks in the park and a Griswold road trip
On this New Year’s Day, Chuck is in the living room receiving football transfusions while I’m happily typing away in the den, dogs at my feet, dreaming about the future while looking back at the past. There are certain things I most definitely will miss about 2015, but also things I hope to find moving... Read more »