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Chicago native Lorenzo Anaya first arrived at 500 N. Lakeshore Drive a little more than two years ago, eager to begin his new position assisting residents and securing the building, among other responsibilities.

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The Cause: Chicago Star hosted a lively kick-off party in collaboration with Mariano’s Lakeshore East for its second annual Streeterville Week, a celebration of Chicago businesses that was created during the pandemic to lift spirits and encourage visitors and residents to shop local.

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Marc Sievers is a nationally recognized cookbook author and entertaining expert who has spent the past decade sharing his expertise for earthy and elegant vegetarian cooking, easy entertaining and thoughtful but uncomplicated style. He is a sought-after food and entertaining expert who has p…

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As a Survivor of the Holocaust and the President of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Fritzie Fritzshall devoted her life to combating hatred and prejudice, inspiring people to become Upstanders instead of bystanders, and speaking out to make our world a better place.  Everyw…

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Carmen Dell' Orefice had gone to 13 public schools by the time she was 12 years old. Her mother told her she had ears like sedan doors and feet like coffins. How could someone with "support" like this become the most enduring supermodel of all time? The answer is, spectacularly! Today, June …

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The Cause: The Joffrey Ballet and Neiman Marcus celebrated a 12-year partnership during their FIRST in-person event since the pandemic began with “Fashion for a Passion,” a luncheon and fashion show.

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After a career that spanned 25 years in government administration, management and staff support, James Edward Patterson found an open door to an opportunity that changed his career path.

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Amanda Puck is quite simply, a whirlwind. She was the first host of the popular “Check, Please” show on WTTW-Channel 11, where she won two Emmys during the two seasons she steered the panel as they discussed their favorite Chicago restaurants.

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For nearly two years now, husband and wife Dana and Robert Garvey of Robert’s Pizza and Dough Co. have run the Streeterville restaurant on 465 N McClurg Court along the river, serving artisan thin crust pies to loyal locals and traveling tourists.

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A few years ago, I performed a horrible set at The Comedy Bar. My first joke didn’t land so I rushed through everything and forgot a punchline. Afterwards I began to question why I was doing stand-up. I was setting myself up for potential failure every time I got on stage. Yet, that night I …

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You may recognize Mark Olley's name as one of Chicago's Best Dressed. He's made just about every list in the Windy City as well as being one of our town's most philanthropic supporters. You can find him hobnobbing with friends at RL, walking his handsome rescue dog Grayson or cooking up a st…

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The Woman's Board of Rush University Medical Center will host its first virtual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 11, featuring keynote speaker Cindy McCain, a humanitarian, business leader and chairperson of The McCain Institute.  Co-chaired by Katie Frekko and Brooke Kuehnle, the luncheon wi…

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For more than eight years, Maicheal “Mike” Estepaniance has been lead doorman at The Chandler, 450 E. Waterside Drive, serving Lakeshore East residents with an easygoing attitude, and a sturdy and safe disposition.  

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With talks of a docu-series based on his life, Tom Dreesen has come a long way from a neighborhood kid in Harvey, Illinois. After reading his recent book, “Still Standing…: My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage, and Sinatra,” I was delighted to have the opportunity to sit down wit…

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Entrepreneur, author, "it" girl, podcast host and influencer. These are just a few of the words used to describe Jessica Zweig, the multi-talented author of the newly published "BE.- A No Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth By Simply Being Yourself," a how-to book (and…

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For 29 years, James Forrest has greeted the residents of Streeterville’s CityFront Place Court with nothing short of a warm smile and a genuine devotion to making sure everyone feels satisfied and welcomed.

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Willy Jones, or Will Jones on the job, is a man of many talents. From traveling around the country playing blues, rock and R&B with numerous bands to styling the hair of big-shot celebrities such as Ice-T and other rappers for 25 years, Jones is as charismatic as he is well-humored and n…

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“If you take care of the job, the job will take care of you,” are not only words but actions 38-year-old Antoine Lawrence lives by after 16 years of working at The Grand Ohio Condominiums, 211 E. Ohio St.

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I don't think there's ever been a better time to have an excuse to pamper ourselves. In the past, I've always felt guilty about even having a massage or a facial. I would lay there thinking of a 1,000 other things I should/could be doing that would be more productive. "Relaxation" has never …

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Frank Wilson completed many journeys before arriving at McClurg Court, where he has been a member of the door staff for more than four years. After gaining experience in a multitude of industries, he considers the apartment complex at 333 E. Ontario a great place to be.

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As the point of contact for tenants and visitors entering 233 N. Michigan Ave., Lynsay Lindsey handles a multitude of responsibilities.

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Thousands of teachers reunite with their Pre-K and special needs students today after being physically apart since March, as all public school buildings shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The remainder of students, K-8th graders whose parents have chosen to keep them home, will return in-…

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After what feels like an eternity of dining in the cold after indoor dining and drinking was shut down in November, Illinois can expect fewer restrictions this month, some of which may include allowing guests to dine inside again, at a limited capacity, of course. 

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In 2013, community activist Jahmal Cole launched My Block, My Hood, My City, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that connects teens from disadvantaged neighborhoods with the places, people and possibilities the city has to offer.

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I don’t know about you, but this has definitely been my annus horribilis. We lost family members, our dog died, my husband lost his two best friends and had a TIA (ministroke). Thank God Chuck is doing well, but the rest of these losses added to the already tough situation we’re all facing n…

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Aon Center doorperson Darryl Richardson began perfecting the skills of his trade in the mid-1980s, when he accepted a job providing security for a summer program at Chicago’s Tilden High School. “After that I got hired at Zayre’s Department Store as a security doorman,” he said. “That really…

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LeRoy Bronson adds a dynamic groove to the lobby at the Lakeshore Plaza. Besides serving as a member of the door staff, he is a professional drummer and a respected member of the city’s recording industry.

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Creating custom cookies for neighbors, a booming business

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Roger Gomez is pursuing an accounting degree while working as a doorperson at the Aqua Tower, but that does not mean he intends to move on after graduation.

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Social distancing has pushed people a lot further away from one another than the six-foot recommendation issued by the Center for Disease Control. In-person activities have gone online, but declining entertainment revenues suggest that fans are not buying into the virtual substitutions. So w…

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One thing CityView Condominium doorperson Maureen Chacon-Batts has learned by traveling the world is that there is no place on earth she would rather be than Chicago.

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Architect, real estate developer and Magellan Development Group Chairman Emeritus Jim Loewenberg passed away from cancer on October 14. A Chicago-born graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Loewenberg helped transform a former rail yard into what is now the city’s Lakeshore E…

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Renee Moore dedicated her career to helping others when she decided to leave nursing school and launch her own caregiving business nearly two decades ago. “I made it all the way to clinicals (the hands-on phase of the nursing program), but I would come home crying because there wasn’t enough…

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Sarah Spain has risen to the top of a male-dominated industry by wielding an abundance of knowledge, humor, and righteousness. Besides writing for espnW and co-hosting Spain and Fitz on national ESPN Radio, she hosts the podcast, That’s What She Said, and makes frequent appearances as a gues…