Archive for December 2016

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws
I remember most Christmases past like they happened yesterday. As an only child of divorced parents, I was used to splitting my time between different households, each very different. My dad’s humble little house was located in East St. Louis, Ill. (when the now beleaguered city was actually chic and a popular entertainment hub). I... Read more »

The Service Club of Chicago's Holiday Luncheon continues tradition of giving

Service Club president Kathy Cook with event co-chairs Millicent Holmes and Diane Freeman.
From the moment the 200 guests arrived at the annual Service Club Holiday Luncheon, held in historic Cathedral Hall of the University Club of Chicago, they were transported to a glittering celebration from a bygone era. Around the 40 foot Christmas tree and under the three-story ceiling, guests sipped champagne and enjoyed holiday shopping from... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet's new Nutcracker is a love letter to Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet's new Nutcracker is a love letter to Chicago
I’m no Chris Jones or Hedy Weiss but I sure know a hit when I see one and The Joffrey Ballet’s new Nutcracker, choreographed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, is a blockbuster. When I first heard that the Joffrey was reworking its traditional Nutcracker, I was very concerned as I was a great fan of... Read more »
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Finding the spirit of Christmas is a little harder this year

Christmas 2015
I am the poster child for Christmas, period. I know there’s a lot of holiday geeks out there, but I feel like I’m right at the top of the tree. I’ve even been known to dress like a Christmas tree for holiday gatherings so you can see there’s no limit to my enthusiasm. I have... Read more »

My interview with Elsa Hosk, a Victoria Secret Angel and supermodel

My interview with Elsa Hosk, a Victoria Secret Angel and supermodel
In November of 2014, I set out to interview a beautiful model who was hosting a viewing party in Chicago for that year’s Victoria Secret Fashion Show, arguably the hottest ticket on the planet. Elsa Hosk was hosting the party for her Pink Nation fans at the Water Tower. Little did I know she would... Read more »

Illuminate 900: A new, magical holiday party at The 900 North Michigan Shops

900 North Michigan Shops' Alicia Skruba, Santa and kids from Make-A-Wish.
For the first annual tree lighting ceremony, Illuminate 900, the 900 North Michigan Shops planned an arts-forward, community-wide kick-off to the holiday season and delivered a magical celebration for all 1000 guests in attendance. On Thursday, November 17, a robust line-up of holiday performances thrilled the crowd throughout the evening. The highlight being Santa’s arrival... Read more »
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