Jennifer Hudson Sparkles at Michigan Avenue Magazine's Cover Party

Jennifer Hudson on the Red Carpet
Christmas came early for anyone who witnessed a stunning, slender and excited Jennifer Hudson made her way down the red carpet last night at the House of Blues. Michigan Avenue Magazine celebrated Hudson’s second appearance on its cover with an invitation-only affair: “A Hudson Holiday.” The event featured the Chicago native who wow’ed the crowd in a... Read more »

Christmas Around the Corner...

It seems like Christmas is around the corner: just three weeks after Halloween, stores try to outdo each other in a race to grab our attention (and dollars) for the biggest shopping holiday of the year; as if to “skip over” over Thanksgiving and go straight to Dec. 25th …. Before we knew it, we... Read more »

Hollywood Visits Chicago

Chicago International Film Festival founder Michael Kutza and producer Tom Rosenburg had a lot to be proud of as the 48th annual Chicago International Fest kicked off last Thursday with Al Pacino in the spotlight (on the red carpet) outside the Harris Theatre to promote the new film “Stand Up Guys.” Thrilling, exciting, and glamorous are... Read more »

Success Breeds Success Schrager / Binn

Winning Hotel
Public Chicago was transformed into a virtual 1970’s disco last night, complete with everything (a party – goer could ask for) except John Travolta in a white leisure suit… The fabulous occasion was the one year anniversary of Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel (formerly the Ambassador East). The hotel innovator operated the famed Studio 54 from... Read more »

Autumn in the Air

Beautiful Autumn Days
As I look out over the spacious, enjoyable acres of Olive Park, I am gently reminded by Mother Nature that autumn is in the air; with a variety of reminders, visual and otherwise: Falling leaves, chirping birds, early sunsets, pumpkins, apple cider, etc. and city people migrating to Lake Geneva like geese or birds flying south... Read more »

Chicago Equestrians for a Cause

On a clear, crisp, Sunday morning I ventured out into Lake County with its tree – lined country roads and picturesque horse farms …. The special occasion was the $50,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at Annali Farm (in Antioch, IL), a recognized event of the USHJA Hunter Derby series. The sophisticated horseback riding community gathered for the... Read more »

World Class Astor Street Celebration

The sights and sounds of the Gold Coast lit up the evening at the “30th Annual Evening on Astor,” which took place on Wed., September 5th on Astor St. (between Goethe and Banks) and it proved to be as the invitation described “…the most elegant and fabulous block party in the country.” Started in 1982 by the... Read more »

Driehaus - Another Sensational Summer Soiree

Richard Driehaus
Once again all eyes in Lake Geneva were focused on the magnificent country estate of Richard Driehaus. This year’s theme was the 1940’s era, (my favorite) and guests arrived appropriately in 1940’s suits, hats, dresses, hairstyles, etc. Even Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall would’ve been envious of a 1940’s celebration of this significance and stature... Read more »

Birthday Bash for the President Obama

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Well, it was pretty interesting attending the President’s birthday party at the home of Marty Nesbitt and Anita Blanchard. It was quite intriguing listening to all the conversations about politics going on at the same time. I visited with friends and met some new people; one of the loveliest was Juanita Jordan and her children... Read more »

Regatta Revelry at Navy Pier

Regatta Revelry at Navy Pier
On late Sunday morning I made my way over to Navy Pier for the final day of the Chicago Match Cup, the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.  A dozen of the world’s best sailing teams were competing for a share of $100,000 prize money and earn points towards the racing... Read more »