Posts tagged "Grant DePorter"

Kerry and Sarah Wood host Storybook Gala for at-risk kids

Sarah and Kerry Wood with honoree Graham Allen and his wife Brooke.
The 2nd annual Storybook Gala, benefiting the Wood Family Foundation‘s after-school mentoring program (Pitch-In) for at-risk kids, was themed after J.M Barrie’s famed Peter Pan and was an unprecedented success raising over $500,000 for the non-profit. Hosted by Sarah and Kerry Wood on September 23, the event honored Graham Allen (CEO Sloan Valve Co.) with the... Read more »

Windy City LIVE boss says goodbye in touching private tribute show

Windy City Live's Val Warner and Cindy Patrasso flank Marlaine Selip during her last show.
It was a day filled with laughter and tears on the set of Windy City LIVE on Thursday, April 2, when Marlaine Selip, 67,  said goodbye after four years as executive producer.  She was off to New York to spend more time with her family after 893 shows and a lifetime in the business!  The... Read more »

Chicago Sports Museum Opening Packs in Sports Stars and Celebs (Fab Photos!)

Holy Cow!  Grant DePorter and Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group threw a party and EVERYBODY came!  The grand opening of the Chicago Sports Museum and Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch also coincided with Harry’s 100th birthday celebration.  This star-studded VIP Grand Opening on April 1st included iconic sports figures, actors and musicians who all enjoyed the... Read more »
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Chicago Sports Museum and Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch: A Place to Play for Chicago Sports Fans

Chicago Sports Museum and Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch:  A Place to Play for Chicago Sports Fans
I can’t wait to see the sports treasures (think Sammy Sosa’s corked bat) and experience the interactive fun at the newest venture from Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group (HCRG), Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum!  This cool concept will open to the public on Wednesday, April 2, with the Chicago Sports Museum... Read more »

Green Tie Ball features Willy Wonka theme for 22nd annual bash (Video!)

Green Tie Ball features Willy Wonka theme for 22nd annual bash (Video!)
One of Chicago’s most celebrated charity events, the Green Tie Ball, returns this year with a whimsical ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ theme. Hosted by nonprofit organization Chicago Gateway Green, which is dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities, Green Tie Ball presented by A. Finkl & Sons will be... Read more »

Rocker Pete Wentz Deejays Green Tie Ball on Watch312.com!

Rocker Pete Wentz Deejays Green Tie Ball on Watch312.com!
The recent Green Tie Ball was themed “Alice in Wonderland” and featured amazing visuals from Red Moon Theater Company with rocker Pete Wentz deejaying!  This exciting night raised more than $450,000 for Chicago Gateway Green.  Check out this Watch312.com video and see all of the magic!
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Stella Foster's BIG Retirement Party Leaves Fans With Hope (PICS!)

Stella Foster always signed off on her column with “yeah, I said it” and at her BIG retirement party August 28th, she did indeed say it to NBC president and general manager, Larry Wert, when he asked her point blank if she was really retiring.  Her hesitation and half-hearted “yeah” gave everyone in the room... Read more »

Inside Windy City Live's First Year Anniversary Party!

It’s one of my favorite shows in town and I’m so glad they are doing SO well!  Windy City Live hosted its one year anniversary Wednesday night, June 11th, at Epic on Hubbard.  I was expecting this by-invite-only party to be jam packed but it was the perfect amount of people, not too many and... Read more »

TCW Magazine Reveals 70 Chicago Personal Brands--Find Out Who Made the Cut!

TCW Magazine Reveals 70 Chicago Personal Brands--Find Out Who Made the Cut!
TCW Magazine has THE list!  In this month’s issue, they name 70 Chicago Personal Brands.  Here’s what they had to say:  “They’re known by name.  Many of them are known simply by first or last name.  These women and men are true personal brands:  individuals who are recognized and have built their brand far beyond... Read more »
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Windy City West's 25th Anniversary Party: Celebrities Celebrate Chicago and Honor Tom Ricketts

Michael Mann, Richard Kind, Dennis Farina and Jeff Garlin
M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica were the places to be for the 25th anniversary of Windy City West!   This popular culinary event attracted more than 500 talented Chicagoans from film, television and music for a celebration of food, fun and friendship.  This party began as a way to... Read more »