Archive for June 2017

InDELible memories: Gary Sinise, Baja wine country and the Hotel del Coronado

The legendary Hotel del Coronado.
We finally ticked off something on our bucket list when we enjoyed a stay at the legendary Hotel del Coronado near San Diego recently. I’d read so much about this grand dame, built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, that the thrill of actually staying there fulfilled a longtime dream. Hotel... Read more »

Jack McHugh: A beloved Chicago fixture has left us too soon

Jack McHugh: A beloved Chicago fixture has left us too soon
Jack McHugh, a member of the McHugh Construction family, passed away last week at age 87 in Florida. A celebration of his life will be hosted at Gibson’s Restaurant (1028 N. Rush St.) on Tuesday, July 25, from 5 to 9 pm. Jack’s longtime pal, comedian Tom Dreesen, will speak at 7 pm. Peg Lombardo... Read more »

Actor Kevin Spacey honored with Gene Siskel Film Center's Renaissance Award

Actor Kevin Spacey was honored with the Renaissance Award by the Gene Siskel Film Center.
The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) honored one of Hollywood’s most versatile, engaging actors when they presented Kevin Spacey with the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award Saturday, May 13, at the Four Seasons Chicago. The evening celebrated the two-time Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG... Read more »

Striking spring fashions on display at Service Club of Chicago fundraiser

It was a glorious day in Chicago, the sun shone brightly and nearly 360 guests celebrated the perfect weather wearing a striking variety of millinery attire for The Service Club of Chicago’s annual Spring Luncheon. Also known as the “Hat Luncheon,” the event was held at The Saddle & Cycle Club on May 18 and... Read more »

Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago to host tribute to Jane Fonda

Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago to host tribute to Jane Fonda
Cinema/Chicago and the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will host a special tribute to two-time Academy Award-winner and three-time Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Fonda. A Tribute to Jane Fonda will take place on Saturday, July 29, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and will feature an on-stage conversation with Fonda, giving insight into her experience and approach to her... Read more »

DuSable Museum's Night of 100 Stars Gala to honor Chance the Rapper, among others

DuSable Museum's Night of 100 Stars Gala to honor Chance the Rapper, among others
The DuSable Museum of African American History will host it annual “Night of 100 Stars” Gala on Saturday, June 24, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. Martin Luther King Dr.) The black-tie event, hosted by Val Warner (Windy City Live) and Hosea Sanders (ABC-7), will begin at 6 pm and honor three outstanding... Read more »

Hugh Hefner had some doubts about this Playboy cover

The award-winning "eyes" cover. The rabbit logo appears on every cover and, in this case, can be found in my pupils.
I’ve posted about the recent Playboy cover remake shoot that I was lucky to participate in and that got me thinking about my other covers. I’m honored to have appeared on 8 Playboy covers, 2 U.S., 6 international, but the one that has a special place in my heart is what is now known as... Read more »

Chicago International Film Festival's Spring Gala was a lovefest for Dame Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

Film director Taylor Hackford and actress Dame Helen Mirren hold their Gold Hugos  with Michael Kutza, founder of Chicago International Film Festival.
Hollywood and, in this case, royalty, came to Chicago for the annual Chicago International Film Festival‘s Spring Gala presented by Cinema/Chicago on May 24. Academy Award-winning actress (Dame) Helen Mirren and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford (her husband) celebrated their film careers with Festival founder Michael Kutza and nearly 400 adoring fans at the Loews... Read more »

MCA celebrates 50th with Janelle Monae, a blockbuster exhibition and Chicago A-listers

Takashi Murakami
Some of the biggest names in Chicago’s social scene gathered at the MCA on Saturday, June 3, for Art Edge 50, a gala to kick-off the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 50th anniversary and to open the highly anticipated Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg exhibition. Guests enjoyed an exclusive first look at the... Read more »

What it's like to reshoot a Playboy Magazine cover, 38 years later!

A shot from my Dec. 1979 centerfold shoot that was taken at photographer Richard Fegley's house in Chicago. His wife served me lunch.
I was floored when I opened the email. It read (in part), “I’m a photo editor on Playboy’s digital team. I’m working on an exciting new project, alongside the Playboy team and Cooper Hefner, for— and we thought this was a wonderful way for you to be involved. Hugh Hefner created the Playmate with... Read more »