Posts tagged "Jan Melk"

What Chicago wore to the Mainbocher opening gala at Chicago History Museum

What Chicago wore to the Mainbocher opening gala at Chicago History Museum
The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum hosted a most elegant gala to celebrate the life and work of a little known Chicago designer, Main Rousseau Bocher (Mainbocher). The exhibit featured 30 garments, photography, videos and more but what I loved the most was seeing Chicago dressed in all its finery. Costume Council events... 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 »

My favorite July 4th celebrations

Our most exciting July 4th celebrations occured in one of our favorite vacation spots in the world, St. Tropez on the French Riviera.  Believe it or not, the French celebrate our holiday as exuberantly as we do at home!  And, since we all know that the best place to be is always where your friends... Read more »
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Miami memories for Valentine's Day

Fontainebleau hotel with ongoing Miami Boat show in the background.
Twice a year Chuck went fishing with his friends, on Valentine’s Day and my birthday in May.  If I were a more sensitive type, I would be slightly offended but, the truth of the matter is, he had been taking these trips for years with childhood friends before we even met.  Happily, during his absences,... Read more »

A Night of Firsts for the Joffrey Ballet's (Fun-Filled) 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala (PICS!)

It was a thrilling night in Chicago for The Joffrey Ballet’s grand 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala honoring its Women’s Board!  I was so excited to chair this event with Helen Hall Melchior (our 5th Joffrey event together!) along with our dynamic co-chairs Kate Bensen, Pamella Roland DeVos, Liz Sharp, Joan Colmar, Mary Pat Burns, Victoria... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet's Celebration Gala to Honor 10th Anniversary of Women's Board

The Joffrey Ballet's Celebration Gala to Honor 10th Anniversary of  Women's Board
I am so excited to share the news about this year’s Joffrey Ballet Celebration Gala on Sunday, May 6th at the historic Palmer House Hilton, located at17 E. Monroe. This year’s event will be a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Joffrey’s dynamic Women’s Board who have raised a staggering $16 million, making them... Read more »
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My Favorite Photo Memories of 2010

My Chicago Magazine feature was definitely a year’s highlight! The City of Big Shoulders had busy feet visiting the many fundraisers, cocktail parties, soirees, get-togethers, galas, launches, previews, openings, meet-and-greets, luncheons, dinners, events, fests and weddings that took place this year.  There were so many moments that will never be forgotten with friends that I... Read more »

TONI MORRISON, OPRAH AND MAYOR DALEY COME TOGETHER AT CARL SANDBURG LITERARY AWARDS GALA

Oprah, Carl Sandburg Literary Award recipient Toni Morrison and Mayor Daley. We attended the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner as guests of Chicago Public Library Board member, Leslie Hindman.  Our table was filled with luminaries such as Martha Lavey (Steppenwolf Artistic Director), Jan Melk (noted Chicago philanthropist), Temple Smith, Helen Melchior (Joffrey honcho) and Dia and... Read more »

Chicagoans at Play in the Mountains of Santa Fe

Chicagoans fly fishing at Corkin’s Lodge in Northern New Mexico. Corkin’s Lodge is nestled at the foot of the Brazos Cliffs in the San Juan Mountains of Northern New Mexico.  It covers 700 acres of paradise loaded with scenic vistas, unusual birds, moose,chipmunks, wild turkeys and deer so tame they eat right out of your... Read more »
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Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama Chicago 2010 (Plus All-Access PICS!)

This year’s Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama show was all about fashion, fantasy, music and magic and was so over-the-top fabulous that it left guests breathless!  I was fortunate to attend the rehearsal earlier that day and I left the theatre with goosebumps.  This show began in Minneapolis and will go on from here to L.A.... Read more »