Archive for March 2016

Why I love old stuff

Antique vignette with Mickey passing through.
Every once in a while, Chicago Now community manager and all-around nice guy (suck-up points here) Jimmy Greenfield, gives his 300+ bloggers a writing exercise. The topic this time around was “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand.” Well, this is an easy one for me because I collect... Read more »

Is there a conscious effort to ruin Playboy Magazine?

Is there a conscious effort to ruin Playboy Magazine?
And I thought the first non-nude issue of Playboy Magazine was bad! OMG, I just saw the April 2016 cover and I just can’t believe it. I now think there is a conscious effort afoot to completely ruin the magazine, particularly in the image Hugh Hefner visualized. I can’t imagine how he feels, sitting at... Read more »

Chicago Tribune photographer, Yvette Dostatni, featured in TIME Magazine

Chicago Tribune photographer, Yvette Dostatni, featured in TIME Magazine
It’s not every day that a friend gets profiled by TIME Magazine, but that is exactly what happened to local photographer Yvette Dostatni! She was chosen as one of only 28 photographers to be featured in its recent article, “Discover the Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century“! Yvette is a Chicago native who... Read more »
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Legendary designer Bob Mackie to be honored by Costume Council of Chicago History Museum

Legendary designer Bob Mackie to be honored by Costume Council of Chicago History Museum
Toast legendary fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie as the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presents him with their Designer of Excellence Award on Tuesday, April 19 at the Chicago History Museum. Join co-chairs Linda Johnson Rice, Nina Mariano and Robin Loewenberg Tebbe for an elegant evening worthy of Mackie’s style from 6... Read more »

Art Institute's Van Gogh Gala: Sunflowers and a bedroom in Arles

Decor conceived by Laurie Bay in collaboration with John Hensel of HMR Designs.
The Old Masters Society hosted an opening night gala to celebrate the Art Institute of Chicago’s latest exhibition, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms. Curated by Gloria Groom (Chairman of the Dept. of European Paintings & Sculpture), the exhibition is the first ever dedicated to Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom paintings, considered the most famous bedroom depicted in art.... Read more »

A naked book reading of Leslie Zemeckis' "Goddess of Love Incarnate" in Chicago

A naked book reading of Leslie Zemeckis' "Goddess of Love Incarnate" in Chicago
Leslie Zemeckis, author/actress/director/producer/award-winning documentarian and wife of famed filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, will host a reading of her latest book, Goddess of Love Incarnate in Chicago on Friday, April 1, 7:30 at 4001 Ravenswood. This book  showcases the life and times of the “highest paid stripteaser in America”, Lili St. Cyr, and is the definitive biography... Read more »
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SPiN's grand opening: Ping pong with pros and celebs for charity

Brian Geraghty, Marina Squerciati, Sophia Bush, Josh "The Fat Jewish" Ostrovsky and Jesse Lee Soffer.
SPiN, the ping pong social club co-founded by Susan Sarandon, made its official debut on March 10,  at 344 N. State St. with a private VIP celebration in partnership with Esquire and White Girl Rosé. Chuck and I attended and the crowd scene was insane! Who knew ping pong was so popular? A red carpet... Read more »

United Way's Young Leaders Society hosts "Ignite" bash to support local charities

Emily Brannon, Elise Ablin, and Maria Canzoneri.
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s (UWMC) Young Leaders Society (YLS) hosted its 2nd annual Ignite fundraiser at Nellcôte in Chicago’s West Loop on February 19. Event co-chairs Will Darley and Emily Steckel welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 400 young professionals and supporters to the bistro where they enjoyed cocktails and Nellcôte’s European-inspired menu.... Read more »

The Chicago Pet Project Book: A tail wagging good read to benefit puppy mill dogs

Millie, a breeding mill mother who spent 8 years in a mill, the inspiration for Millie's Mission.
The Chicago Pet Project: Portraits and Letters from the Heart is a beautiful coffee table book filled with hundreds of pages of notable Chicagoans (64) and their pets photographed exquisitely by Karen Morgan. The book was created by Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project, along with Kim Williamson and Morgan to raise funds for... Read more »
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