Posts tagged "Mike McGrath"

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 »

Wildlife expert Jack Hanna and his animal pals featured at Friends of Conservation Ball

Co-chair Vonitia Reescer and Reute Butler (FOC president) pose with endangered show leopard.
The Friends of Conservation Ball is always a “wild” affair and, this year, the event planners upped the ante with famed wildlife expert Jack Hanna onboard. A highlight of this annual event, besides raising funds for a desperate part of our world, is the meet-and-greet with exotic animals. This year over 200 guests got up... 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 »
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Susan G. Komen Chicago Honors 2013 Pink Tie Guys at Gala Fundraiser

The Tribune Media Group hosted its second annual Pink Tie Gala (themed “Mission Possible”) at Riverfront Theater on Friday, October 19, benefitting Susan G. Komen Chicago.  The event saluted the 2013 class of Komen Chicago Pink Tie Guys and I had the honor of co-hosting with WGN’s Dina Bair.  The night’s selection included eleven male... Read more »

Chicago Comes Out to Party at the Air & Water Show!

The "Penthouse Pals"
The Chicago Air & Water Show is one of my favorite events every summer.  Chuck and I always love seeing the rehearsals the day before when the planes fly right over our deck and terrify the Chihuahuas.  And although much is written about the show itself,  I love the viewing parties thrown across the city... Read more »

Comedian Jeff Garlin Hosts Allium's Opening Night Party at Four Seasons

Host Vincent Anzalone with Erica Bethe Levin, Jessica Zweig and friend.
The recent Grand Opening party for the new Allium restaurant attracted an overflow crowd of Chicago’s top 600 foodies and fashionistas to the 7th floor of the Four Seasons recently.  Host for the night was funnyman Jeff Garlin (see our interview coming soon on Watch312!).  This American restaurant with a farm-to-table menu is by Chef... Read more »
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The Hottest Party in Town: Watch312.com's Launch at the James Hotel

With fellow show hosts DC Crenshaw and Amanda Puck.
The James Hotel was packed for the Launch Party on Thursday, January 26th,  for Chicago’s only online network, Watch312.com!   Everyone who was anyone walked the Red Carpet where I was interviewing for the livestream camera as well as for my own show (Candid Candace Chicago).  All of the  hosts were in attendance and talking up... Read more »

PAWS Fur Ball: Growing by Leaps & Bounds!

Judy and Howard Tullman's "Little Mailman"  Yoodle Doodle
This year, the PAWS Fur Ball broke all records raising over $750,000 with 650 guests and 200 pets attending this pet friendly party at the Drake Hotel!  Board member, Judith Blazer donated $1 million the week before making this event the most successful in its ten year history. Outside the Gold Coast Room, costumed pets... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet's "Couture & Cocktails" Photo Highlights

The Joffrey Dancers were dressed to impress for the 6th annual "Couture & Cocktails"!
The Joffrey Ballet’s “Couture & Cocktails” was created six years ago as a way to honor the dancers and introduce them to their fans in a fun, party atmosphere.  Each year, a designer is featured and in year’s past have included Maria Pinto, Pamella Roland and Carmen Marc Valvo among others.  This year, American designer,... Read more »
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Two Thumbs up for Chaz and Roger Ebert's Red Carpet Party!

Two Thumbs up for Chaz and Roger Ebert's Red Carpet Party!
I felt like I was at an exotic film festival with Chaz and Roger Ebert when they celebrated their new show, “Ebert Presents at the Movies” recently with a grand, by-invite-only party at the Peninsula.   The Red Carpet Girls greeted you at the top of the stairs and then you descended into the magic of movies.  There... Read more »