Category: Entertainment

Bandleader Stanley Paul's chic penthouse in Chicago, hosted society royalty, for sale

One of the chicest penthouses in the city is for sale now! If you know bandleader Stanley Paul, then you would not be one bit surprised at how very chic, elegant and charming his Old Town penthouse is. He is the penultimate in style and, of course, his 2,000 square-foot home reflects this in every... Read more »

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)
When Playboy recently decided to change its Playmate of the Year policy, I was dead set against it. I’m basically a traditionalist and I loved all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the selection of the Playmate chosen for this high honor, the one woman selected to represent all others for that particular year. But, after... Read more »

"What will your essential service be?" Oprah's powerful message for the Class of 2020

"What will your essential service be?" Oprah's powerful message for the Class of 2020
During the 90 minute live-streamed commencement ceremony (I saw it on Facebook Watch but know it appeared on other channels too), co-hosted by Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak, a variety of stars gave advice to the graduating seniors including Jennifer Garner, Awkwafina,  Amy Schumer, Matthew McConaughey, Gloria Estefan, Selena Gomez, Ashley Graham, Gordon Ramsey, Marlee... Read more »
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Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16

Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16
Monday, March 16 will be quite the night at the Zhou B Art Center (1029 W. 35th) in Bridgeport when Common Threads’ founders Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro bring Chef Takeover to Chicago! The big event will celebrate the 15th anniversary of this amazing nonprofit that provides nutrition education and programming in Chicago Public... Read more »

Jurassic Quest will be DINO-mite at Navy Pier!

Jurassic Quest will be DINO-mite at Navy Pier!
This will be DINO-mite! Dive deep into the Ancient Oceans with Jurassic Quest, the largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibition in North America is coming and is BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! With Ancient Oceans, Jurassic Quest guests will be transported back in time and under the sea into an immersive and interactive environment. This... Read more »

'Once a Playmate, Always a Playmate,' 40 years after my centerfold, I posed for another Playboy feature

The Equality Issue, a first for Playboy!
It was always Hugh Hefner’s (Hef’s) mantra, ‘Once a Playmate, always a Playmate,’ and I felt the full force of this after I was asked to fly to L.A. for another shoot for Playboy magazine a full 40 years after appearing as its December 1979 centerfold. The request, obviously, caught me completely off guard since... Read more »
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Celebs and beloved Chicago notables share best Christmas gifts to give and get

Celebs and beloved Chicago notables share best Christmas gifts to give and get
I absolutely adore the holidays! I would leave my decor up year round if I could and, as a matter of fact, I do have a cabinet filled with antique Christmas stuff that stays up all year. I’m always curious what other people think about the holidays so I asked a few of my favorite... Read more »

'Twas the Night Before...: Cirque du Soleil's acrobatic twist on a beloved Christmas classic

'Twas the Night Before...Cirque du Soleil's first ever Christmas show now playing at the Chicago Theatre through December 8.
Cirque du Soleil has always been known for its creativity and, for its first-ever Christmas production, the stage comes alive with the spirit of the holidays in a brand new, exciting way, taking the audience along for a thrill ride like none other. The production opened November 29 at the Chicago Theatre, a perfect venue... Read more »

The Chicago Lighthouse--A FLAIR for fashion with a touching twist

Co-chairs Sheree Valukas (center), Sherrill Bodine and Lighthouse president Dr. Janet Szlyk.
It was the most successful fundraiser yet, raising over $100,000, for The Chicago Lighthouse! FLAIR 2019 was held at the Drake Chicago on September 13 and honored Cheryl Coleman and Ron Katz. The afternoon fashion show, “Visions of Elegance“, was expertly co-chaired for the third year by Sheree Valukas and Sherrill Bodine. The record crowd,... Read more »
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Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up--all the Halloween fun you need right in the heart of Chicago

Who needs to travel to the suburbs for a pumpkin patch when we have the fabulous Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up (1467 N. Elston) right here in the city (Goose Island)?! I was skeptical about the promised “two acres” of pumpkin patch fun but it was all there and more. A VERY difficult corn maze, delicious food... Read more »