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For four generations, Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap has been quietly tucked away on a charming street in Chicago’s Little Italy at 1073 W. Vernon Park Place. It has been owned and operated by the same family since Italian immigrants Joseph DiBuono and Teresa Tufano opened their barroom there in 1930.

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What would our debut Fashion & Beauty issue be without a nod to some of our town’s Best Dressed Chicago Stars? Mind you, the city is awash in chic fashionistas, but since we only have one page to devote to this new special section, we decided to highlight a few of our perpetually bestdre…

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The Cause: Eversight hosted its annual Gift of Sight Masquerade, this year themed “Fantasea,” at the Peninsula Chicago. The event honored Justine Fedak as its Woman of Vision and Dr. Parag Majmudar as its Gift of Sight honoree. The nonprofi t helps restore sight and prevent blindness through…

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Mary Nguyen Aregoni, founder and CEO of Saigon Sisters, has always been inspired by her past. She was a baby when her family moved to Laos to escape the dangers of the war in their homeland of Vietnam. They left everything behind in search of freedom, even living in a refugee camp in Thailan…

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Giuseppe Tentori. Every time I say or pen his name, I get visions of him on a Vespa racing down narrow Italian streets, passing streetside trattorie that are serving today’s handmade specials. But make no mistake ... Giuseppe might be a native Italian, but he is a true Chicagoan at heart!

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With 13 James Beard Awards under his belt, one could safely say that Steve Dolinsky is an expert when it comes to anything food-related. Fans probably first discovered him as the food reporter for ABC-7 Chicago where his popular “Hungry Hound” series ran for 17 years, covering a range of foo…

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The Cause: Ravinia Festival’s annual gala, presented by its Women’s Board, raised nearly $750,000 for the Festival’s Reach+Teach+Play educational programs on July 18. These programs serve more than 75,000 people annually throughout Chicagoland and help ensure that many area schools and commu…

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Losing weight can be a particularly challenging goal, but Dr. Ian Smith believes it’s an objective anyone can accomplish with the right plan and a supportive community.

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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…