Posts in category "Entertainment"

The Voice winner Jordan Smith hosts Macy's 110th Great Tree Lighting

Macy's State Street VP/Manager Kim Groth, Jeff Gennette (Macy's CEO), The Voice winner Jordan Smith join Make-A-Wish ambassadors for Macy's 110th Great Tree Lighting Ceremony.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at Macy’s State Street, where on Friday, November 3, the Magic of Macy’s came to life in the Walnut Room. Excited guests arrived early to queue up for a beloved tradition that has been around for 110 years–experiencing the lighting of the Great Tree! (See tree... Read more »

"Saturday Night LIVE: The Experience" Opening Night Benefit

"Saturday Night LIVE: The Experience" Opening Night Benefit
If you’re a fan of SNL, then you’re really gonna love this! The Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State), in collaboration with “Saturday Night Live”, will host an opening night benefit for its latest exhibition, “Saturday Night LIVE: The Experience” on Friday, October 20. Over 500 artifacts, including costumes, original sets, props and scripts... Read more »

The night Princess Diana wowed Chicago and a certain local playboy

The night Princess Diana wowed Chicago and a certain local playboy
On the 20th anniversary of the death of the “People’s Princess,” Lady Diana, I wanted to share this earlier post with you about the night Diana danced with a Chicago playboy. It was a privilege to have been in the same room with someone who excuded such charisma and compassion, someone who was clearly searching... Read more »
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Benihana is back and I'm in hibachi heaven

Benihana is back and I'm in hibachi heaven
After 10 lonngggggg years, one of my favorite eateries has reopened, this time at the Hancock Building at 875 N. Michigan! BENIHANA is back and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve missed those chopping and dicing chefs and the delectable dishes they served up! At the grand opening party on Aug. 22, it seemed like everyone... Read more »

Fabulous fall fashion show funds Service Club's grant program

It was another exciting afternoon for the Service Club of Chicago’s annual “Day on the Terrace” fashion show and luncheon held, as always, at The Peninsula Chicago. Co-chaired by SC members Jean Antoniou, Yvette Cusack, Tracey DiBuono (who also produced the show through her ZZAZZ Productions) and Sharyl Mackey, the event raised a record-breaking $100,000!... Read more »

PAWS Chicago Beach Party: Tail wagging fun for one and all!

Heather Lang and Garrett Alton with Bear and Coco.
PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest No Kill humane organization, hosted its 15th Annual Beach Party on July 20 at Castaways on North Avenue Beach. This year’s sold-out event raised over $325,000 and had more than 500 people and 100 dogs in attendance. The summer gala raised awareness about the life-saving work PAWS Chicago is doing... Read more »
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THE LIST: Chicago Woman Magazine chooses its "Fierce 50"

THE LIST: Chicago Woman Magazine chooses its "Fierce 50"
Chicago Woman Magazine’s founder/publisher Kendra Chaplin is a woman’s woman. I knew that from the moment I met her and, with every issue of this relatively new magazine (the first print edition came out in September 2015), my initial instincts have been confirmed. With this latest issue, she along with Fierce 50 Revolution founder Catherine... Read more »

Taste of Chicago by the numbers but Eli's had us at cheesecake

Eli's Cheesecake Company celebrates 37 years at Taste of Chicago!
This year’s Taste of Chicago had the highest attendance rate since 2012 when the food fest moved to a five-day format. Over 1.6 million people enjoyed more than 200 menu items from 66 food restaurants and food trucks in Grant Park over the 5-day festival! By the numbers–Gold Coast Dogs sold over 90,000 hotdogs and... Read more »

Hugh Hefner had some doubts about this Playboy cover

The award-winning "eyes" cover. The rabbit logo appears on every cover and, in this case, can be found in my pupils.
I’ve posted about the recent Playboy cover remake shoot that I was lucky to participate in and that got me thinking about my other covers. I’m honored to have appeared on 8 Playboy covers, 2 U.S., 6 international, but the one that has a special place in my heart is what is now known as... Read more »
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What it's like to reshoot a Playboy Magazine cover, 38 years later!

A shot from my Dec. 1979 centerfold shoot that was taken at photographer Richard Fegley's house in Chicago. His wife served me lunch.
I was floored when I opened the email. It read (in part), “I’m a photo editor on Playboy’s digital team. I’m working on an exciting new project, alongside the Playboy team and Cooper Hefner, for Playboy.com— and we thought this was a wonderful way for you to be involved. Hugh Hefner created the Playmate with... Read more »