Archive for September 2011

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 »

Chicago Gateway Green's 20th Green Tie Ball Highlights

The 20th Green Tie Ball returned to the Emerald City (at A. Finkl & Sons) with over 2000 supporters happily skipping along the yellow brick road to benefit Chicago Gateway Green’s expressway, gateway and neighborhood beautification programs.  Over sixty restaurants participated along with lots of recognizable faces in the crowd.  Windy City Live’s Valerie Warner... Read more »

Kendra Coming to Macy's for Book Signing!

Kendra Coming to Macy's for Book Signing!
One of my favorite “Girls Next Door”, Kendra Wilkinson, will be in town at Macy’s on State Street Tuesday, September 27th, beginning at noon (on the lower level) to sign copies of her latest book,  Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails and Getting My Sexy Back.   This book includes intimate experiences as a new mom, and divulges... Read more »

Chicago Gourmet Coming This Weekend!

Chicago Gourmet Coming This Weekend!
Chicago Gourmet is an interactive, epicurean affair showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.  Held in spectacular Millennium Park this weekend, Sept. 23-25,  guests will enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars, and... Read more »

Misericordia's 31st Family Fest Raises $1.2 Million

Laine Richart and Chloe Richart
Misericordia means “Heart of Mercy” in Latin and there was so much love spread out over this 31 acre campus that it was a joy to behold!  10,000 guests came out to support this organization that provides programs for more than 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities from diverse racial, religious... Read more »

Tyra Banks Hits Chicago to Promote Latest Book, "Modelland"!

Tyra Banks Hits Chicago to Promote Latest Book,  "Modelland"!
Tyra Banks first appeared on the cover of Chicago-based “Sophisticate’s Black Hair” Magazine when she was 18 years old.  And, coming full circle, visited the offices today on her book tour for her debut work of fiction, Modelland (first in a series of three). The cover, designed by Howard Tullman’s Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy... Read more »

The New Pump Room Honors the Past but Looks Toward the Future

Chuck in dining room.
With drinks named Mr. Grant, Mr. Martin, Mr. Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, you know this place will be a success!  I was prepared to be disappointed.  I’m an unabashed traditionalist so with all of the plans and rumors swirling about the changes and renovations being made to our/my Pump Room, I was more than a... Read more »

Chicago's First Fashion Night Out: Celebs, Style, Brian, Brad and More!

Handsome designer, Brian Atwood,  and his darling fiance, Dr. Jake Deutsch, celebrate Fashion Night Out at Saks Fifth Avenue!
Chicago’s first Fashion Night Out had the stylish set running to their closets for the finale on Sept.8th,  of a two week long celebration.  The Magnificent Mile debuted the first shopping festival of its kind in the country with “In-Fashion:  The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Presented by MasterCard.” During the course of two weeks over... Read more »

TOPSHOP/TOPMAN Opens in Chicago with Miley Cyrus!

Miley Cyrus officially opens TOPSHOP/TOPMAN in Chicago with founder Sir Philip Green and his daughter, Chloe!  (Photo courtesy of Topshop)
TOPSHOP/TOPMAN has come to town in a really BIG way!  Beginning with a private VIP store experience on Wednesday, Sept. 7th,  to the by-invite-only dinner at Paris Club to having Miley Cyrus open the store,  these guys know how to do it up right.   The store is 30,000′ ft. with three levels of the best... Read more »

Candid Candace and Time Out Chicago Talk Playboy on Windy City Live!

I had a great time on Windy City Live this week talking about Playboy with TimeOut Chicago’s Features Editor Laura Braginski and Val Warner.  Check out TimeOut Chicago magazine, on stands now,  for the low-down on Playboy’s plans.  In the meantime, enjoy our segment!  🙂 (For extended coverage, please visit or watch my internet... Read more »