Posts tagged "Nina Mariano"

Illuminate 900: A new, magical holiday party at The 900 North Michigan Shops

900 North Michigan Shops' Alicia Skruba, Santa and kids from Make-A-Wish.
For the first annual tree lighting ceremony, Illuminate 900, the 900 North Michigan Shops planned an arts-forward, community-wide kick-off to the holiday season and delivered a magical celebration for all 1000 guests in attendance. On Thursday, November 17, a robust line-up of holiday performances thrilled the crowd throughout the evening. The highlight being Santa’s arrival... Read more »

900 North Michigan Shops to host HUGE, magical tree lighting ceremony

Santa will be waiting!
Grab your jingle bells and join me for what will surely be THE holiday party of the year! 900 North Michigan Shops will transform its atrium into a winter wonderland on Thursday, November 17, and they’re inviting the Chicago community to join in! A chorus of school choirs will welcome the arrival of Santa Claus... Read more »

July 4th: Small town parades, lakefront fireworks and a Tuscan vineyard

Director Robert Zemeckis, his beautiful wife Leslie and family at their vineyard in Tuscany.
I just loved this patriotic weekend and all that it entails. Of course, I appreciate what it stands for (celebrating our independence) but I’m also moved by the charming, hometown feeling it evokes bringing to mind apple pie, red, white and blue decorations, veterans standing a little taller with medals pinned to their lapels, small... Read more »
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Ikram's 15th anniversary celebration: Fashion, royalty and fantasy

Josh and Ikram Goldman with Kenwood Academy Band in the background.
IKRAM, the name alone evokes images of high couture, fantasy fashions and all things chic. So it was no surprise that for her 15th anniversary in Chicago, guests came from across the globe to play in her world of fun and fashion for an over-the-top-in-a-good-way three day celebration. The weekend-long party brought out over 200... Read more »

Vista Tower premier party: A-listers and killer views

Architect Jeanne Gang and Robin Loewenberg Tebbe, Chief Marketing Officer Magellan Development Group (and party host)
It was one heckuva premier party celebrating the extraordinary architecture of Vista Tower by design wunderkind Jeanne Gang at 345 E. Wacker Drive on March 31. The grand opening of Magellan Development Group’s Vista Sales Gallery attracted over 300 A-listers who enjoyed a first look into the luxurious lifestyle of Vista Residences, a 95 story... Read more »

Legendary designer Bob Mackie to be honored by Costume Council of Chicago History Museum

Legendary designer Bob Mackie to be honored by Costume Council of Chicago History Museum
Toast legendary fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie as the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presents him with their Designer of Excellence Award on Tuesday, April 19 at the Chicago History Museum. Join co-chairs Linda Johnson Rice, Nina Mariano and Robin Loewenberg Tebbe for an elegant evening worthy of Mackie’s style from 6... Read more »
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Mariano's NewCity opening, girls in cocktail glasses and an After School Matters donation

Nina Mariano and ZZAZZ Production's Tracey Tarantino with opening night showgirls.
We attended a kick-ass opening party for Mariano’s NewCity at 1500 N. Clybourn hosted by Nina and Bob (Mariano) and Roundy’s Supermarkets! With dramatic decor by Tom Kehoe Designs and showgirls in martini glasses provided by ZZAZZ Productions, this by-invite-only party was a happening! The store is now open and features a patisserie, specialty cheese... 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 »

James Beard Foundation Awards 2015: My hits and misses

DJ Megan Taylor rocked the beat at the gala.
I’m no foodie, but I do love a good party, so I was really excited to attend the James Beard Foundation Awards, dubbed the “Oscars of the culinary world.”   As we approached the venue (the Civic Opera House),  we knew it was a “happening” just judging by the enormity of the traffic on a Monday... Read more »
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Bear Tie Ball raises more than $760,000 to fight pediatric cancer (PHOTO GALLERY)

Emcee Anthony Adams with Bear Tie Ball Ambassadors.
The event was so elegant, you expected to see Cinderella slipping out of her golden carriage for Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Bear Tie Ball held in historic Union Station on February 28.  More than 650 supporters turned out, many wearing bear motifs in honor of the Foundation’s namesake, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, for this annual... Read more »