Archive for July 2016

This is what happened at Woody Allen's premiere of "Cafe Society" in Chicago

"Cafe Society" executive producer Ron Chez, writer/director Woody Allen and Soon-Yi.
Director/writer/actor Woody Allen made a rare Chicago appearance at the premiere of his latest film, “Cafe Society,” hosted by Metropolitan Capital at the Chicago History Museum on July 21. It was the second time I had the honor of interviewing Woody and he was even nicer than the first time when he was here on... Read more »

A dual celebration for Chef Art Smith's new Blue Door Kitchen & Garden and Common Threads

Chef Art Smith and Linda Novick O'Keefe, Common Threads founding CEO, at celebration luncheon at Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
It was a celebration, both for Chef Art Smith’s new Blue Door Kitchen & Garden and for Common Threads, his 13 year-old non-profit that educates kids on making better food choices. The private luncheon was held in the beautifully appointed upstairs dining room for longtime supporters of the organization as a way to introduce them... Read more »

Legendary Gene & Georgetti's restaurant celebrates 75th anniversary giving back

Legendary Gene & Georgetti's restaurant celebrates 75th anniversary giving back
Legendary restaurant, Gene & Georgetti’s,  is celebrating a milestone this month, its 75th anniversary! Picture this, the year is 1941: The Chicago Bears are the pro-football champs, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak begins, the Chicago Cubs are the first baseball team to play organ music during a game and gasoline costs 12 cents a gallon.... Read more »

Eversight Illinois Gala was "Love at First Sight"

Eversight Illinois' past and present honorees.
Eversight Illinois, a non-profit dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research, celebrated the 18th Annual Gift of Sight Gala at The Peninsula Chicago on June 23. The special evening honored Dr. Marian Macsai as the “Gift of Sight” honoree and yours truly as the 2016 “Woman... Read more »

Kristin Chenoweth wows crowd at Chicago Symphony Orchestra benefit

Kristin Chenoweth performs at Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Corporate Night benefit.
The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) presented its 27th annual Corporate Night Benefit on June 20, this year featuring special guest artist, small but mighty vocal powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth. This Tony and Emmy Award-winning artist performed with members of the CSO, led by conductor Mary-Mitchell Campbell before a crowd of 2,000, including... Read more »

July 4th: Small town parades, lakefront fireworks and a Tuscan vineyard

Director Robert Zemeckis, his beautiful wife Leslie and family at their vineyard in Tuscany.
I just loved this patriotic weekend and all that it entails. Of course, I appreciate what it stands for (celebrating our independence) but I’m also moved by the charming, hometown feeling it evokes bringing to mind apple pie, red, white and blue decorations, veterans standing a little taller with medals pinned to their lapels, small... Read more »

Scarlett Johansson reveals her favorite film role, what she loves about Chicago and working with Woody Allen

Interviewing ScarJo...omg. (Photo by Mila Samokhina)
I’ve been very fortunate to interview quite a few impressive celebs in the course of my career, people like Al Pacino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Walken, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Arkin, Woody Allen, Morgan Freeman, Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg, Aretha, Colin Farrel, Kristin Chenoweth, Robert Downey, Jr., and so many more.... Read more »