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An homage to the moms who raised me and the lessons I learned

With my mom, Elsa Mae Stott.
On this day, as always, I’m thinking of the two women in my life who made me who I am. My birth mom Elsa Mae Stott and the woman who helped her raise me, Mary Lee Johnson. Mary was in our home when I was born as she helped take care of my grandmother. My... Read more »

Chance the Rapper, Common and Taylor Bennett set to headline at NBA All-Star 2020

Chance the Rapper, Common and Taylor Bennett set to headline at NBA All-Star 2020
The National Basketball Association announced that three-time Grammy Award-winners and Chicago natives Chance The Rapper and Common will headline musical performances at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at United Center in Chicago. Chance’s brother and fellow rapper, Taylor Bennett, will perform at halftime of NBA’s Rising Stars on Feb. 14 at... Read more »

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade lights up State Street for first time

Ballet Chicago
LUMA8, producer of the annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, and partners Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District will host this year’s parade tomorrow, October 20 (from 6-8 pm). This magical nighttime Halloween procession will have a new route this year, marching down... Read more »
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"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", a must-see musical at the Oriental Theatre

For those of us who still believe in magic, put the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on your must-see list. Last night’s opening at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago was packed with kids and adults, like me who were anxious to escape reality for a while. During the 2 1/2 hour musical based on... Read more »

Two thumbs WAY up for "Pretty Woman The Musical"

Two thumbs WAY up for "Pretty Woman The Musical"
Hands clapping, heads nodding and a standing ovation greeted the pre-Broadway world premiere of “Pretty Woman The Musical” last night, March 28, at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Based on the Touchstone Pictures film “Pretty Woman,” written by J.F. Lawton and book by Lawton and the late Garry Marshall, the musical is a foot-stomping romp... Read more »

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Gala 2018 with Rainn Wilson and Chris Rock

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Gala 2018 with Rainn Wilson and Chris Rock
Steppenwolf Theatre Company celebrates 42 seasons of innovative ensemble theatre with an evening of celebration emceed by actor Rainn Wilson, who will be starring in The Doppelgänger (an international farce) at Steppenwolf this spring and is well-known for his role as “Dwight Schrute” on NBC’s award-winning comedy The Office. Comedian, actor, director and producer Chris... 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 »

The Joffrey Ballet's elegant Spring Gala raises $1.6 million

Co-chairs Sandy Deromedi, Jerrilyn Hoffman, Maria Smithburg and Shelley Farley.
The Joffrey Ballet’s Spring Gala welcomed over 700 supporters who gathered for a festive evening of world-class dance and fundraising hosted by its Women’s Board on April 21. The black-tie evening began at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University with an intimate performance by dancers from the Joffrey Company and the Joffrey Academy of Dance.... Read more »

Je ne regrette rien

Je ne regrette rien
When I saw this latest blog challenge (“Write about something in your life you’d like a second chance at”) suggested by beloved Chicago Now community manager Jimmy Greenfield, I had to stop and think…and think….and think. My lifelong motto has always been to never look back, only forward, so this one was easy for me.... Read more »
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The Peninsula Chicago celebrates 15th anniversary with grand invite-only bash

Peninsula Chicago GM Maria Zec and husband Bob.
To say that the 15th anniversary party for the Peninsula Chicago was a fun party is like saying the Art Institute has a couple of nice paintings. I’m not sure I really have the words to describe it. This magical night, envisioned by the Pen’s Greg Hyder along with Kehoe Designs’ Phil Cooper and staff,... Read more »