Posts tagged "Chuck Jordan"

A Chicago philanthropist is queen for a day

Jan Melk surrounded by her "court" of admirers.
I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and devour any books by Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell and C.W. Gortner. There’s something about the 17th and 18th centuries that completely captivate me. I love the intrigue, the gowns and the balls and the delicious decadence of the royals. And on April 23, I felt like I’d... Read more »

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 »

Valentine's Day tips from a diehard romantic

Valentine's Day tips from a diehard romantic
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays since I am a complete and total romantic. I’ve loved it since grammar school when we all had to craft little Valentine’s Day cards with crayons and drawing paper and then hope and pray that the little boy/girl you had a crush on would accept it. I... Read more »
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Mimi Marks, the world's most glamorous female impersonator, exits Baton but not her fans' hearts

Mimi Marks
Mimi Marks has been performing at the Baton for the last 25 years and on Sunday she took her final bows. The place was standing room only for this legendary showgirl whose titles include Miss International Queen, The World’s Most Beautiful Transsexual, Miss Continental and her very first pageant title from her hometown of Waterloo,... Read more »

Making memories for the New Year: An aging friend, walks in the park and a Griswold road trip

Making memories for the New Year: An aging friend, walks in the park and a Griswold road trip
On this New Year’s Day, Chuck is in the living room receiving football transfusions while I’m happily typing away in the den, dogs at my feet, dreaming about the future while looking back at the past. There are certain things I most definitely will miss about 2015, but also things I hope to find moving... Read more »

What makes Thanksgiving so darn special?

What makes Thanksgiving so darn special?
In this world, now filled with so much chaos and danger, the thought of gathering around the table with family and friends seems like a damned good idea. Never before have I so looked forward to this holiday. Chuck and I have lost so many loved ones recently, including his mom and one of our... Read more »
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Service Club celebrates 125th anniversary at "Versailles" inspired gala

Jeff and Tina Weller, Jim and Mary Lasky and Shauna and Barry
The Service Club of Chicago celebrated its 125th anniversary in grand style at a gala at the Four Seasons on November 6 that was inspired by its historic past. The “Anniversary Ball” began with a reception where guests shopped an extensive silent auction before dinner in the ballroom. There, decor by Kehoe Designs set the... Read more »

RH Chicago's star-filled opening party in the Gold Coast

Bella Hunter, Gary Friedman, Sophia Bush and Christina Hendricks.
More than 1000 influencers from the worlds of architecture, design, entertainment and art gathered to celebrate the grand (private) opening of RH Chicago, The Gallery at The Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn, on Wednesday September 30.  The line snaked around the block behind velvet ropes but moved quickly into the grand entrance of the Three... Read more »

Jennifer Hudson performs at private Art Van Furniture grand opening party

Jennifer Hudson performing at Art Van's largest store opening in Lombard.
Jennifer Hudson sang her little heart out at the recent Art Van Furniture store grand opening party (themed the “Art of Wow”) in Lombard (1021 Butterfield Road). Over 2000 guests attended this by-invite-only party that also included a meet-and-greet with Hilary Farr (HGTV host of “Love it or List It”) and handsome fashion photographer/author Nigel... Read more »
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The day I married my best friend

The day I married my best friend
Today my husband and I celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary and it seems like we were just married yesterday.  I remember every moment of that day vividly even though I usually can’t remember what I did yesterday. Things like that happen when you marry your best friend.  We met at the old Palm Restaurant on... Read more »