Archive for June 2016

The Peninsula Chicago celebrates 15th anniversary with grand invite-only bash

Peninsula Chicago GM Maria Zec and husband Bob.
To say that the 15th anniversary party for the Peninsula Chicago was a fun party is like saying the Art Institute has a couple of nice paintings. I’m not sure I really have the words to describe it. This magical night, envisioned by the Pen’s Greg Hyder along with Kehoe Designs’ Phil Cooper and staff,... Read more »

Musings on Father's Day weekend about my "other" dad

With Mary and Jim Johnson in East Carondelet, Illinois.
Last year, I wrote about my dad, Richard John Collins, for Father’s Day but, this year, I’m going to write about a father figure who played a very important role in my life. James Vernon Johnson was born in 1904 and told me his family was descended from slaves. He used to tell me about... Read more »

Ferraris On Oak: Vroom, vroom!

On Sunday, July 10, it will be a good day to be a vintage car buff. Over 70 rare and prize-winning Ferraris will be on display during the annual “Ferraris on Oak” event that will take place along Oak Street between Rush and Michigan (entrance at Rush St.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This... Read more »

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!
Welcome to another Chicago Now Blogapalooza! This is a writing exercise from our community manager Jimmy Greenfield who chooses topics for us to write about from time to time to keep our skills honed. This week’s challenge is to publish a post in one hour about this topic: “Write about a period or moment in... Read more »

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 »

The best place to see America's Cup this weekend and so much more

Flew in this EC135 today, so exciting!
The BEST way to see America’s Cup is from a helicopter! How cool is this? Chicago Helicopter Experience is offering rides over the Cup and everyplace else along the skyline for only $148 per person this weekend. This was our second trip on a CHE Tour but it certainly won’t be our last! In 2015,... Read more »

Playboy Mansion sold but I'll always have my magical memories

In front of the Playboy Mansion
I just opened up the paper and read the sad news, the famed Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills has been sold. Fortunately Hugh Hefner is still living in it. How must he feel knowing his next door neighbor and new owner, Daren Metropoulos, can’t be wishing him good health since the sale stipulates that Hef... Read more »

Avon 39 Chicago Walk to End Breast Cancer raises over $4.1 million

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer held its 14th annual event  in Chicago this weekend raising $4.1 million to fund breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment and educate people about breast cancer.  AVON 39 Chicago, the third of seven events across the country united by the theme #Powerof39, drew... Read more »

Releve Soiree benefit promotes health and fitness through dance for Chicago's youth

Releve Soiree benefit promotes health and fitness through dance for Chicago's youth
The first ‪‎Relevé Soirée benefit will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m. at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph, to support Forward Momentum Chicago‘s inaugural Summer Dance Camp, a scholarship-based, full-day camp benefiting Chicago’s youth founded by former Joffrey outreach champion/advocate Pierre Lockett. This new initiative provides high-quality, affordable dance education programs in... Read more »

To hell in a handbasket

To hell in a handbasket
Yep, that’s were we’re headed if this madness doesn’t stop. I am sick of reading about schools that no longer acknowledge valedictorians in their graduating classes. What is the fear of healthy competition? Even some Little Leagues have gone the way of “no scoring” so the kids won’t be “upset” if they didn’t win. You’ve... Read more »