A Union Sushi Celebration: IOnTheScene's Launch Party

A terrific feeling came over me as I watched from the upper level of Union Sushi as friends old and new, acquaintances, sponsors, and an assortment of others flowed into this inviting establishment on a sunny, warm Sunday evening in celebration of IOnTheScene’s Launch Party.  The atmosphere was lively and amiable as these visitors mingled, took photos,... Read more »

Revelations Among the Mountains - Skiing in Aspen

As the plane began our descent, I peaked out the window and caught a glimpse of what I encountered for the first time a year ago: captivating snow capped mountains surrounding a very charming town which was founded in the year 1880. Just steps away from the airplane, I slowly started to recognize that friendly... Read more »

From Chocolate Hearts to Shamrocks

As we drift from icicles and scarfs towards an early spring with the promise of longer daylight hours, warmer temperatures, and an upcoming baseball season, a surprise snowfall on a Friday morning is quite a delightful surprise – a blanket of white, (Mother Nature’s surprise) giving school kids a day off play with snowmen, snow... Read more »

Steve Maloney, Artist Extraordinaire

Combining fashion, artwork, and symbolism and developing it into a career is a very unlikely achievement, yet Steve Maloney has accomplished this quite convincingly as demonstrated by his newest artwork exhibit “Bronze Tie Collection.” Transcending decades of time (from the 1960’s to today’s era,) Steve has evolved from working in his family’s department store as... Read more »

The Palace Grill in Chicago

“The puck drops ….” “The Golden Jet” “Cold steel on ice” “He shoots, he scores!!” These are all phrases that conjure up exciting images or memories of hockey seasons long gone by… Recapturing the glory of hockey legends of the past and blending it (with the present) into a terrific restaurant experience is no easy... Read more »

Winter Solace

Weeks after the holidays have concluded and the hectic atmosphere of Christmas and New Year’s has passed, I find myself searching for some sort of winter solace; a type of place or state of mind (real or imaginary) where the environment calms down, either in the external environment or internally. But what initiates this soul... Read more »

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Capturing the spirit of the Yule Tide season was a marvelous family festival which ran from Nov. 30th to Jan. 6th (at Navy Pier) known as “Winter Wonderfest.” Kris Kringle himself would’ve been proud of this 12th annual, 170,000 square foot winter wonderland which seemed like a fantasy come to life… Upholding centuries-old traditions and... Read more »

"Christmas at the Cathedral"

Magnificent Cathedral Room at the University Club
The University Club (at 76 E. Monroe) holds many surprises for both the occasional visitor and every day members.  Upon entering the lobby of this historical building, we were greeted by friendly hostesses at the front desk, an entertaining Christmas choir, and tables of exquisite desserts, including coffee and hot chocolate.  At the top of... Read more »

Castles in the Sky

Annual Joint Meet takes place in front of the Castle
On a surprisingly warm, Sunday (Dec.) afternoon under a sunny, azure blue sky I leisurely sauntered over the grounds of the Dunham Woods Riding Club, across the street to the rolling green acres surrounding historic Dunham Castle …. This is quite a sight to behold (I thought to myself): a real life castle, looking like something... Read more »

Celebrating Christmas in Beautiful Style - Factor Women/Chosen Models Holiday Gala

A “beautiful people party” as described by one of the models, Factor Women/Chosen Models hosted its holiday gala December 5th at the Art Institute downtown. The venue was fitting as the models and guests looked like artwork. It was a “creative black tie” event creating a sight for any sore eye as a sea of... Read more »