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My Assignment: Write about Writing

My Assignment: Write about Writing
When Chicago Now Community Manager Jimmy Greenfield says “jump”, all of the 400+ CN bloggers ask “how high?”  So it is with our latest assignment (which is never mandatory, but merely a suggestion): to write about writing and share our processes.  Everyone has different methods for writing, getting in the mood to write and then... Read more »

From camel riding to Pacino, thanks for the memories

From camel riding to Pacino, thanks for the memories
As some of you may know, I’ve had an award-winning internet show, Candid Candace Chicago, on Watch312.com for a few years.  I’ve been very lucky to work with some heavy duty talent like Illinois Center for Broadcasting’s Bill Natale, whose past media history reads like a who’s who,  my uber-talented editor Kes Akalaonu, my camera... Read more »

Stars of the culinary world toast Chef Charlie Trotter at tribute (VIDEO!)

Chefs toast Charlie Trotter's legacy at Venue One.
More than a dozen celebrity chefs from across the country came together for one special night in Chicago to honor the life and legacy of renowned Chef Charlie Trotter.   “A Toast to Charlie Trotter” benefited the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation (CTCEF) founded by the late chef in 1999.  Chef Emeril Lagasse served as emcee... Read more »

Tennis legend Jimmy Connors opens up about his favorite match, his centerfold wife and what he's doing now (VIDEO!)

Jimmy and Patti McGuire Connors (Love them!)
For the 3rd annual Primo Classico, tennis legend Jimmy Connors was honored as the Man of Vision at Lake Forest Sportscars before a crowd of more than 300.  Hosted by Quintin and Diane Primo, the event benefited the Primo Center for Women & Children that has been offering support and transitional services to the area’s... Read more »

Go behind the scenes at Macy's Glamorama 2014 with Jason Derulo and Before You Exit (Video and Lotsa Pics!)

Before You Exit with Jason Derulo
For this year’s Glamorama presented by Macy’s, a sell-out crowd of nearly 1,500 enjoyed an hour long show at the Harris Theater that featured fall fashions from Calvin Klein, Ryan Seacrest Distinction (is there anything this guy isn’t involved in?), I.N.C., Tommy Hilfiger and more!  For the 5th year, this high profile event benefited Ronald... Read more »

Max Herrick's story: Love and hope for Ronald McDonald House Ambassadors (Video)

The Herrick Family
I met Max Herrick and his family in the summer of 2012.  At the time, Max was the Ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and a real pistol.  He loved wearing jaunty hats, anything Star Wars related, dancing and ice cream and he had one of the most inspiring families I’ve ever met. Max... Read more »

Launch party kicks off Macy's Glamorama in style

Nearly 300 fun-loving guests attended the 6th annual Glamorama Launch Party at the chic new venue, Chez, 247 E. Ontario, on June 19.  This party kicked off the main event, Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, which will be at the Harris Theater on Friday, August 8,  and feature cool recording artist Jason Derulo along with fabulous... Read more »

Q & A with Morgan Freeman: "I want to play Satan!" (Video!)

Q & A with Morgan Freeman: "I want to play Satan!" (Video!)
“Is that necklace real?  Because if it is, let’s get out of here!”  This was Morgan Freeman’s first comment to me at the annual Gene Siskel Film Center Gala at the Ritz-Carlton recently.  He was a sheer delight, not only to me, but to all of the reporters on the Red Carpet.  Sadly, this isn’t... Read more »

The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Chicago Fire's Jesse Spencer hold his Artistic Achievement Award
The Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago announced the winners for the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards before a crowd of more than 300 industry guests on April 10.  The Radisson Blu Aqua’s grand ballroom was decorated with the iconic Film Fest logos and two giant screens showed clips from the winning entries... Read more »

Chicago Sports Museum and Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch: A Place to Play for Chicago Sports Fans

Chicago Sports Museum and Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch:  A Place to Play for Chicago Sports Fans
I can’t wait to see the sports treasures (think Sammy Sosa’s corked bat) and experience the interactive fun at the newest venture from Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group (HCRG), Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum!  This cool concept will open to the public on Wednesday, April 2, with the Chicago Sports Museum... Read more »