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Feeling crafty? The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem’s (NorthShore) 38th Annual American Craft Exposition (ACE) will return to the Chicago Botanic Garden September 30 - October 2. ACE is one of the country’s longest running premier fine craft shows and features 100 exceptional…

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Hayley Jordan Lipp has only been a doorperson at 600 N. Lake Shore Drive for about a year, but she has already made a big impression on the building’s tenants.

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Waiting for the corn stands to open, anticipating friend-filled picnics in the American Legion Park and visiting with former classmates at my No-Class Reunion are just a few of the many activities I look forward to every summer in my little hometown of Dupo, Illinois, nestled near the banks …

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Ask a second-grader to tell you their favorite things about school and chances are they’ll say their friends, of course. When students go back to school this fall, they’ll crave a classroom reminiscent of pre-pandemic times. Most of all, they will want to see friends, sit next to friends and…

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Chef Erick Williams won Chicago’s only James Beard Award this year, taking home the honor as Best Chef: Great Lakes. He is a man who appreciates his history and never forgets it.

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Willie Gault has a lot of great memories of being part of the 1985 Chicago Bears, who—in terms of single seasons—was arguably the best NFL team of all time. (Author’s note: OK, so, yes, perhaps we’re a little biased. Yet still correct.)

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After School Matters’ culinary teens will compete against one another creating unique recipes with Kellogg products. Chefs Gail Gand, former host of the Food Network’s “Sweet Dreams” and 2001 James Beard Award winner, and Martial Noguier, Executive Chef and Owner of Bistronomoic and two-time…

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At Trump International Hotel and Tower, Malcolm Keith Harrison—known to the building’s residents as “MK”—has been a tenant favorite since he began his tenure 14 years ago. He was one of the first people hired prior to the building’s completion in 2009.

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Local architect Steven Hubbard, an associate principal at SCB, was recognized for his work designing the Tribune Tower Residences on Thursday, June 23, at the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) Blueprints 2022 Gala, where he received the organization's Vision into Reality award.

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Steak 48 hosted the 4th annual Pretty Powerful event in River North recently. Over 60 of the city's most philanthropic women who promote various important Chicago charities and nonprofits came together to raise a glass and toast the important work they do each year. It was a wonderful night …

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The Cause: A Silver Lining Foundation (ASLF) hosted its “Glitz & Glamour” fashion show fundraiser at The Peninsula Chicago with over 200 guests in attendance. Co-founded in 2002 by Dr. Sandy Goldberg and her husband Greg Hines, ASLF has evolved from a single outreach program connecting t…

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We have Sonora Smart Dodd to thank for Father's Day being a national holiday. She had been raised, along with 5 siblings, by a single dad and felt fathers should be honored in the same way as mothers had been (since the 1860s). She initiated a quest and, on June 19, 1910, her efforts came to…

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We all know Chef Tony Priolo is an award-winning and much loved Chicago chef. However, what rounds him out as a true celebrity chef is his strong commitment to giving back. Recently, he helped spear-head the Chicago Chefs Cook for Ukraine event at Navy Pier, an event that attracted over 70 l…

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The Cause: A Silver Lining Foundation (ASLF) hosted its “Glitz & Glamour” fashion show fundraiser at The Peninsula Chicago with over 200 guests in attendance. Co-founded in 2002 by Dr. Sandy Goldberg and her husband Greg Hines, ASLF has evolved from a single outreach program connecting t…

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ULTA Beauty’s Chief Artist Director, Nick Stenson, shares his favorite warm-weather styles

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Chef Art Smith is known around the world, but we here in Chicago claim him as our own. For years, we saw him on TV cooking with Oprah (where he got his start) or building Common Threads, a nonprofit conceived in a South Side basement, into a national healthy eating model for children in unde…

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The public is invited to join in for The 24th Annual Worldwide Toast To Harry Caray (and Toast for Ukranian Relief) on May 12. The Toast will start at 2pm CST at Harry Caray's Tavern Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Toastmasters Ryne Sandberg and Ryan Dempster will lead fans in raising a Budweis…

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Located on the Magnificent Mile, directly across the street from Water Tower Place and just a short walk from Oak St. Beach, the Park Hyatt Chicago is among the most desirable locations in Chicago. And the site is made even better by Lawanda Brown greeting residents and visitors as they walk…

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The Cause: GiGi’s Playhouse, the first ever Down syndrome achievement center, held its annual national “i have a voice” gala at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Founded by Nancy Gianni (Chief Belief Officer) in 2003, this nonprofit is dedicated to enhancing the lives of in…

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Everyone who visited Gene & Georgetti restaurant wanted to become a member of the Mahogany Club. This club was not open for membership, per se. You had to be a well-liked regular to earn this distinction from other club members, who gathered faithfully for lunches around the mahogany bar…

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The Cause: The Service Club (SC) of Chicago hosted its first Valentine’s Day Tea at the elegant Ritz-Carlton. Nearly 60 guests turned up wearing eye-popping shades of red in honor of this special day. The festive affair took place in the Ritz’s bright, airy Atrium where greenery was adorned …

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Love is in the air! There are so many happy couples tying the knot or getting engaged around town. It feels good to share this hopeful news and know that, even though COVID-19 might diminish the size of the celebration, love still WINS!

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The Cause: WINGS Chicago hosted its 18th annual “Sweet Home Chicago” fundraiser to support families who are overcoming domestic violence. The brunch attracted 250 people, and more than 100 children, who gathered together at the Four Seasons to celebrate the season. This year, the nonprofit’s…

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Even though his mantra is “you might as well be opulent,” Chef Markus Ford is just as comfortable in a tuxe­do as he is in ripped jeans. From coast to coast, Chef Markus is known for balancing a career as a culinary consultant for large-scale events with creat­ing smaller gatherings for spec…

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The Cause: 550 animal loving supporters along with 60 of their canine companions celebrated the 20th annual PAWS Chicago Fur Ball at the Drake Hotel. The event raised funds for the nonprofit's life-saving mission, to shelter and bring an end to the killing of homeless dogs and cats. As Chica…

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La Scarola is one of the most popular restaurants in town and it’s not just because of its delicious Italian food. Co-owners Joey Mondelli and Armando Vasquez are major people magnets. Everyone wants to visit them at their restaurant at 721 W. Grand Ave. From major celebrities to sports star…

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Chicago’s very own Chef Cedric Harden of River Roast will participate in the James Beard Foundation’s 2021-2022 Taste America culinary series, in collaboration with featured guest Chef Darnell Reed (Luella’s Southern Kitchen) on Wednesday, January 12th. Taste America presented by Capital One…

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Derrick Funches, lead doorman of the Avenue East Condominium Association, 160 E. Illinois St., takes his job very seriously. Although he is serious about the residents’ safety and the security of the building, he is anything but grave.

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The Cause: Nearly 300 guests came out to celebrate, honor and support our men and women in blue at the sixth annual True Blue gala hosted by the Chicago Police Foundation (CPF). The 7-year-old nonprofit, led by various Chicago business and community leaders, provides funding for supplemental…

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I became the self-proclaimed “most passionate cinematographer” in the country in an unusual way. My career of diving out of helicopters in the Army was derailed one day by a girl who helped me see the world through a new lens — pun intended.

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The Cause: The Chicago Lighthouse hosted its eighth annual FLAIR luncheon and fashion show, this year themed “Eye on Style.” The event honored philanthropist Susan Griffiths Gohl and supported the nonprofit’s children’s programming for the blind, visually impaired and disabled. Sheree Schimm…

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It all started on Grand and Ogden, where popular restaurateur Alex Dana grew up working in a restaurant with his father. As a child, he learned the ins and outs of running a restaurant. If the dishwasher broke, he knew how to fix it. If the butcher was late, Dana and his father could do it.

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It was the first and best red carpet experience to come back in Chicago since the pandemic so it was no wonder that the nearly 200 guests at the Hilton|Amus Contemporary art gallery opening didn't want to leave. The event, hosted by the gallery in its new Bridgeport location on October 9, ce…