Archive for July 2009

Couture & Cocktails Kick-Off Party Overflows at Neiman Marcus

Pamella DeVos of Pamella Roland designs. Last night’s Kick-Off Party for the Joffrey’s Couture & Cocktails at Neiman Marcus was a blow-out!  250+ people turned out to meet our star designer for the September event, Pamella DeVos, of Pamella Roland designs.  Her pieces were exquisite and had the many Joffrey Women’s Board members in attendance oohing... Read more »

Summer Pool Party Makes a Big Splash!

Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater being feted on his 50th birthday. There is nothing quite like summer in our great city!  And one of the joys is the traditional backyard BBQ!  But the “backyard” party at Sandy and Roger Deromedi’s last night was anything but traditional!  They hosted close to 100 Joffrey friends, family and... Read more »

Congrats and GOOD LUCK Chef Art Smith!

Chef Art Smith moves into the final round….. Our own Chef Art Smith competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters’ Challenge last night!  He won the first round beating out Chefs Roy Yamaguchi, Michael Cimarusti and Jonathan Waxman. They had to create a dish using a mystery box of ingredients.  Art’s dish of fried and Southern... Read more »

Jerry Kleiner's "33 Club" Opens in Old Town!

33 Club’s main dining area. Last night was the grand opening of Jerry Kleiner’s latest restaurant, 33 Club, at 1419 N. Wells St.  It was particularly cool for us because this building used to house my hubby’s advertising agency!  Jerry walked us through the place and every detail was perfection as only Jerry does.  There... Read more »

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Helps Urban Prep

“Potter People” at film premier. “Harry Potter and the Half -Blood Prince” is a must-see!  I went to a premier on Wednesday that also benefitted the Urban Prep Academy.  If you’re not familiar with Urban Prep, you should be.  Their mission is a noble one.  They provide urban youth, mostly young African-American boys, with a learning environment with... Read more »

Cavalia Gallops into Chicago!

Founder and artistic director Normand Latourelle Cavalia is a show unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  There are more than 100 two and four-legged artists that appear in this visually stunning and magical production that showcases the timeless bond between horses and humans.  The Big Top tents are themselves stars of this show with the stage... Read more »

"Blackbird" Opens at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

Co-stars William Petersen and Mattie Hawkinson. “Blackbird” opened last night at the Victory Gardens Theatre starring William Petersen and Mattie Hawkinson.  This is British playwright David Harrower’s raw and provocative two person drama about the destructive cycle of desire and illicit love.  Victory Gardens Artistic Director and all-around good guy, Dennis Zacek, directs “Blackbird” which won... Read more »

Hinckley Yachts are Tops!

Marisa Bryce, Laura Wallace, Christine Ott, me, Cindy Burns, Kimberly Gleeson and Maralyn Owen aboard a Hinckley. Saturday night Hinckley Yachts and Marsh co-hosted a party at the Chicago Yacht Club.  The weather was perfect and the 100+ crowd was dressed in their finest boating attire.  Kate Gaynor, VP of Marsh Private Client Services, gave... Read more »

Bethenny Frankel and Jason do Gibson's!

Real Housewife of NY, Bethenny Frankel, and me at Gibson’s. There I was minding my own business, kind of, having fun with friends at Gibson’s on a rainy Friday when who do I spy?  “Real Housewife of NY”, Bethenny Frankel, was lunching there with her fiance, Jason Hoppy….!  As a Housewife wannabe, I introduced myself and... Read more »


Christie Hefner with author Barbara Bonfigli. Christie Hefner hosted a book signing party at her fabulous apartment high atop Lake Shore Drive for her friend Barbara Bonfigli.  Barbara is quite an accomplished lady who besides writing “Cafe Tempest” (her first book), she is also a lyricist and theatrical producer.  According to her bio, “she wore... Read more »