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Palmer House celebrates 150th anniversary and BROWNIES!

The historic Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, celebrated its 150th anniversary today, December 8. A ceremony and celebration took place in the hotel’s grand lobby before a crowd of fans, friends and media. The event honored both the milestone anniversary and National Brownie Day (paying homage to the original brownie recipe that was invented at the hotel).... Read more »

Fleurotica, a unique floral fashion show, returns to Garfield Park Conservatory

Fleurotica returned to Garfield Park Conservatory November 5. Fleurotica, Chicago’s only floral fashion show, returned to the Garfield Park Conservatory in grand style on November 4. The show featured 15 local floral designers who created runway looks made entirely from plants, flowers and natural materials. Over $150,000 was raised to support the programs of the... Read more »

Chicago International Film Festival hosts sneak peek of "The Lost Leonardo" film

“The Lost Leonardo,” a Sony Pictures Classics film about the long and twisted mystery behind the world’s most expensive painting. The Chicago International Film Festival hosted an advance screening last night (August 17) of “The Lost Leonardo” at the AMC River East 21. Attendees got a chance to hear from executive producer Mark Mitten about... Read more »
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'Field of Dreams' game wasn't just for baseball fans

The Dupo Tigers softball team (circa 2017) with their regional trophy. The historic Field of Dreams game was not just for baseball fans. This epic event was a delightful and much needed throwback to a kinder, gentler time and I, for one, could relate completely and didn’t realize how much I needed to see it. ... Read more »

The International Playboy Bunny Reunion, 60th anniversary of The Playboy Club and me

I go back in the “hutch” for Playboy’s long anticipated International Playboy Bunny Reunion here in Chicago. This weekend-long event is also a celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Playboy Club. Read story below: This party has been a long time in coming and, many times, none of us were even sure it was... Read more »

Remembering Hugh Hefner on his birthday by a Bunny who loved him

By “Candid” Candace (Collins) Jordan, first published in Chicago Star Media. April 9, 1926, Hugh Marston Hefner was born. Today, he would’ve been 95 years old. I still miss him and always will. Playboy has played the biggest role in my life, bringing me from St. Louis to Chicago, honoring me with a centerfold and... Read more »
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I've missed you Chicago, welcome back (kinda)

I've missed you Chicago, welcome back (kinda)
Can’t you feel it? Along with Spring, comes a rebirth for Chicago too. It’s been over a year now since the horrors of the pandemic began and we are all ready to begin anew without the P word hanging over our heads. I’m thrilled to hear laughter pouring out of our beleaguered restaurants and bars... Read more »

An homage to the moms who raised me and the lessons I learned

With my mom, Elsa Mae Stott.
On this day, as always, I’m thinking of the two women in my life who made me who I am. My birth mom Elsa Mae Stott and the woman who helped her raise me, Mary Lee Johnson. Mary was in our home when I was born as she helped take care of my grandmother. My... Read more »

Chance the Rapper, Common and Taylor Bennett set to headline at NBA All-Star 2020

Chance the Rapper, Common and Taylor Bennett set to headline at NBA All-Star 2020
The National Basketball Association announced that three-time Grammy Award-winners and Chicago natives Chance The Rapper and Common will headline musical performances at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at United Center in Chicago. Chance’s brother and fellow rapper, Taylor Bennett, will perform at halftime of NBA’s Rising Stars on Feb. 14 at... Read more »
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Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade lights up State Street for first time

Ballet Chicago
LUMA8, producer of the annual Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, and partners Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District will host this year’s parade tomorrow, October 20 (from 6-8 pm). This magical nighttime Halloween procession will have a new route this year, marching down... Read more »