Tag: Chuck Jordan

The iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse turns 30 with a luncheon benefiting Misericordia

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse celebrated 30 in grand style!
Legendary Rush Street hotspot, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, celebrated its 30th anniversary in grand style on April 24 during a luncheon that benefited Misericordia. An overflow crowd turned out to celebrate with Gibson’s principals Steve Lombardo, Hugo Ralli, John Colletti, Kathy O’Malley Piccone, Greg Horan and a host of regulars, longtime employees and loyal fans.... Read more »

Barton G restaurant opens in Chicago: A culinary circus of food, fun and fantasy

I have to share the news of a wondrous new restaurant that just opened February 15, Barton G. The Restaurant Chicago. It is an experience where the food is as fabulous as the whimsy and you can expect the unexpected. It was such an amazing culinary experience, that I’m struggling for words to properly describe... Read more »

The final New Year's Eve at the much loved Baton Show Lounge

The Baton Show Lounge line-up for the final NYE show. (Photo by Rick Aguilar)
The Baton Show Lounge was all dressed up to say goodbye at its final NYE show on December 31. Balloons were everywhere and every table was topped with the requisite party hats, horns and golden beads. We reserved far in advance as I knew this night would be a sellout and it was. Chuck and... Read more »
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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 »

Inside Playboy's first New Year's Eve party post Hef

NYE host Cooper Hefner surrounded by Playboy Bunnies.
Hugh¬†Hefner’s parties were legendary and I’ve been lucky enough to have attended my fair share but, in my mind, all bets were off for this year’s annual New Year’s Eve party considering Hef’s recent passing. So, when I received a text from his son Cooper, the magazine’s chief creative officer, asking if my email address... Read more »

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day
In this time of such uncertainty, upheavals, terrorism, taxes and crime, I’m excited to write a happy column about gratitude. And even though giving thanks seems particularly topical on Thanksgiving, duh, I give thanks every single day for the following: 1) First and foremost, I’m grateful for Chuck, without him, nothing else really matters. 2)... Read more »
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Reflections on 28 years of marriage

Reflections on 28 years of marriage
Today, July 21, Chuck and I are celebrating 28 years of wedded bliss. And I know this seems like a cliche, but I can truly only remember one argument we’ve ever had and that was very early in our marriage. I threw Chuck a surprise birthday party not knowing how much this sort of thing... Read more »

InDELible memories: Gary Sinise, Baja wine country and the Hotel del Coronado

The legendary Hotel del Coronado.
We finally ticked off something on our bucket list when we enjoyed a stay at the legendary Hotel del Coronado near San Diego recently. I’d read so much about this grand dame, built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, that the thrill of actually staying there fulfilled a longtime dream. Hotel... Read more »

Rolling with the Stones at private opening night party for Exhibitionism

Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier president and CEO, with Michelle Boone, Navy Pier's Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, at VIP party on opening night of Exhibitionism.
Even though the Rolling Stones were only there in spirit, the opening night party held at Navy Pier for Exhibitionism, a tribute to all things Stones related, was a total immersion into the well-lived life of this iconic rock group on April 19. Nine galleries (over 18,000 square-feet) are filled with 550 artifacts from the... 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 »