Posts tagged "Helen Melchior"

Chicago International Film Festival's Spring Gala was a lovefest for Dame Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

Film director Taylor Hackford and actress Dame Helen Mirren hold their Gold Hugos  with Michael Kutza, founder of Chicago International Film Festival.
Hollywood and, in this case, royalty, came to Chicago for the annual Chicago International Film Festival‘s Spring Gala presented by Cinema/Chicago on May 24. Academy Award-winning actress (Dame) Helen Mirren and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford (her husband) celebrated their film careers with Festival founder Michael Kutza and nearly 400 adoring fans at the Loews... Read more »

Cavalia's Odysseo: Equine magic and more under the big top

Cavalia's Odysseo in Soldier Field under the big top now through April 23.
The world’s largest touring production, Cavalia’s Odysseo, premiered on April 4 and was a sell-out. The $30 million dollar extravaganza imagined by Normand Latourelle (a co-creator of Cirque du Soleil) was staged inside a 127 foot-tall big top in Soldier Field with 65 magnificent horses and 48 riders, dancers, aerialists, acrobats, stilt walkers, musicians and... Read more »

Fashion designer Maria Pinto unveils a 25 year retrospective at opening party

Fashion designer Maria Pinto unveiled a 25 year retrospective at opening party at City Gallery Water Tower Place.
Noted and beloved Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto celebrated the opening of her exhibition, “Maria Pinto 25 Years,” at City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower on September 10. In collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the exhibition celebrates Pinto’s first 25 years of working at the intersection of art... Read more »

Eversight Illinois Gala was "Love at First Sight"

Eversight Illinois' past and present honorees.
Eversight Illinois, a non-profit dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research, celebrated the 18th Annual Gift of Sight Gala at The Peninsula Chicago on June 23. The special evening honored Dr. Marian Macsai as the “Gift of Sight” honoree and yours truly as the 2016 “Woman... Read more »

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 »

On birthdays and friendships

Celebrating with May birthday girlfriends at a party hosted by Kristina McGrath.
May 26 was my birthday, but I plan on celebrating all month long.  I can’t figure out why some people don’t enjoy these special days, like my husband.  As long as I can remember, I’ve loved, loved, loved celebrating birthdays–not just my own (although this is quite enjoyable), but anyone’s.  I’d even celebrate a birthday... Read more »

New Year's Eve Plans of Chicago's Movers, Shakers & Just Plain Cool

New Year's Eve Plans of Chicago's Movers, Shakers & Just Plain Cool
New Year’s Eve parties have always seemed so special to me.  They herald in a brand new year and set your focus for a new beginning.  It’s a chance to grow in a new direction and make plans/ resolutions to help you get there.  My plans this year include co-hosting a party at Public Chicago... Read more »

Joffrey Blue Masquerade Ball

Joffrey Blue Masquerade Ball
The Joffrey Ballet’s Auxiliary Board  is hosting an unforgettable night filled with mystery and intrigue at the Joffrey Blue Masquerade Ball on Friday, June, 14.  The event will be located at the Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph, from 8pm until midnight. Partygoers are encouraged to wear their favorite masque and be treated to complimentary cocktails,... Read more »

The Stanley Paul Foundation Benefit: An Unforgettable Night with Friends (Video)

With Rhonda Sanderson, Helen Melchior, Joycelyn Winnecke, Leslie Hindman, Donna LaPietra and Bill Zwecker
I’ve never done this before so please forgive me, but I’m writing about the recent Stanley Paul- Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Benefit. Why you ask do I beg forgiveness? Because, this year, I was the evening’s honoree and it was such a wonderful night with so many friends who turned out that I would like to... Read more »

Jennifer Hudson Performs at Qatar Airways Gala to Celebrate its Inaugural Service to Chicago

Dr. Joaquin Brieva, Jennifer Sutton and Greg Hyder with friends.
The first direct route from Chicago to Doha, the capital city of the state of Qatar, opened for business on April 10th.  On April 11th Qatar Airways celebrated with a blow-out party for 580 guests at the Field Museum featuring Grammy and Academy Award winning artist Jennifer Hudson as the evening’s entertainment. The event began... Read more »