Tag: Ken Norgan

Fun, fashion and philanthropy: The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR

Fun, fashion and philanthropy: The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR
My Candid Candace Blog will now be shared here on Chicago Now as well as online. Since 2008, this award-winning blog has shined a light on Chicago and all the people who make it great. Hope you can subscribe here to enjoy news from around town that includes arts and culture, the dining scene, nonprofits,... Read more »

Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16

Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16
Monday, March 16 will be quite the night at the Zhou B Art Center (1029 W. 35th) in Bridgeport when Common Threads’ founders Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro bring Chef Takeover to Chicago! The big event will celebrate the 15th anniversary of this amazing nonprofit that provides nutrition education and programming in Chicago Public... Read more »

Cavalia's Odysseo: Equine magic and more under the big top

Cavalia's Odysseo in Soldier Field under the big top now through April 23.
The world’s largest touring production, Cavalia’s Odysseo, premiered on April 4 and was a sell-out. The $30 million dollar extravaganza imagined by Normand Latourelle (a co-creator of Cirque du Soleil) was staged inside a 127 foot-tall big top in Soldier Field with 65 magnificent horses and 48 riders, dancers, aerialists, acrobats, stilt walkers, musicians and... Read more »
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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 »

A Chicago philanthropist is queen for a day

Jan Melk surrounded by her "court" of admirers.
I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and devour any books by Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell and C.W. Gortner. There’s something about the 17th and 18th centuries that completely captivate me. I love the intrigue, the gowns and the balls and the delicious decadence of the royals. And on April 23, I felt like I’d... Read more »

Mimi Marks, the world's most glamorous female impersonator, exits Baton but not her fans' hearts

Mimi Marks
Mimi Marks has been performing at the Baton for the last 25 years and on Sunday she took her final bows. The place was standing room only for this legendary showgirl whose titles include Miss International Queen, The World’s Most Beautiful Transsexual, Miss Continental and her very first pageant title from her hometown of Waterloo,... Read more »
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"Big Mac Under Glass" Honors Ken Norgan and Raises Big Money for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Co-chair/honoree Ken Norgan with Ronald
The annual “Big Mac Under Glass” event is always a special night in Chicago.  Not only is it a fun-filled fundraiser but it also benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which recently built the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House on Grand Avenue.  On March 8th, the charity celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its largest fundraiser,... Read more »

A Story of Love and Hope: Building the World's Largest Ronald McDonald House (A Watch312.com Production)

A Story of Love and Hope: Building the World's Largest Ronald McDonald House (A Watch312.com Production)
From humble desires to complete fruition, the story of the building of the World’s Largest Ronald McDonald House is an inspiring one. This love-filled documentary will make you laugh, make you cry and make you believe that goodness and hope can overcome all obstacles. The new Ronald McDonald house near Lurie Children’s opened June 26th... Read more »

Lincoln Park Zoo Ball 2012: A $1 Million Record Breaker Featuring the Village People

The Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo hosted its 35th annual Zoo Ball in one of my favorite venues in Chicago.  As 1,000 black-tie clad guests entered the zoo grounds through the East Gate, they were greeted by more than 30,000’ feet of dramatic sweeping tents.  Earlier in the day, due to heavy rains, one... Read more »
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World's Largest Ronald McDonald House is Open and Filled with Love

Ronald McDonald House Ambassador Max Herrick cuts the ribbon!
It’s finally HERE!  After  much planning, hoping, wishing and fundraising, the World Largest Ronald McDonald House is OPEN!  I was honored to be there for this special celebration on a parking garage rooftop which was directly across from the House.   Throughout the impressive program, more than 600 attendees could plainly see the purpose for this... Read more »