Tag: Val Warner

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 »

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 »

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 »
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Tickled Pink for Bright Pink celebrates 10th and raises awareness for breast and ovarian cancers

Paul Lee (top), Jon and Andrew Landan (L & R), Rachel Haley (2nd row L) and Brenda Arelano (2nd row R) (Pic by the Landan Twins)
Tickled Pink for Bright Pink celebrated its 10th anniversary at Morgan Manufacturing with more than 1200 partygoers, most wearing various shades of pink in honor of this organization’s mission to focus and raise awareness for the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.  The festive atmosphere could be felt from the street as... Read more »

Idonije, Toews and Marshall: A party with sports royalty for charity

Idonije, Toews and Marshall:  A party with sports royalty for charity
Who doesn’t love Israel Idonije?!  It will be a sports lover’s dream on Thursday, July 17, when Izzy and his friends host an evening benefiting the Israel Idonije Foundation at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago in the Grand Ballroom.  The evening will be emceed by Windy City Live’s Val Warner with honorary chair... 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 »
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"Betrayal's" Star-Filled Cast Party at Dana Hotel

Actor James Cromwell with Windy City Live's Ji Suk Yi, Cindy Patrasso, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini.
The stars aligned at the Dana Hotel in River North recently for a cast party for “Betrayal”, the hot new series that debuted September 29 on ABC-7 (at 10 p.m. ET).  Guests joined hosts from Windy City Live to mix and mingle with cast members who included James Cromwell, Henry Thomas, Stuart Townsend and Hannah... 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 »

Windy City Live celebrates 500th show with a private bash aboard the Odyssey

Windy City Live co-hosts and staff welcome guests.
To celebrate its 500th show, Windy City Live celebrated in grand style with a private party aboard the Odyssey for 350 friends and contributors of the show on July 25.  The invitation read “Cruising Through 500 Shows, Thanks for Jumping Aboard.”  The night was also a celebration of the show’s two year anniversary.  Darling and... Read more »
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Love in Bloom at Engagement Party for Windy City Live's Val Warner and Jeff Cartwright

The happy couple, Val Warner and Jeff Cartwright (Smile Booth photo)
The penthouse at Hotel 71 was packed with friends and family who turned out to wish Windy City Live’s Val Warner, and her longtime love, handsome Jeff Cartwright,  a life filled with happiness at their recent engagement party.    A Perfect Event’s Debi Lilly had created, well, a perfect event!  A charming cupcake bar,  ice cream,... Read more »