Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's coming......what Chicago has been waiting for..

It's coming......
what Chicago has been waiting for...so wrapped in secrecy..
until now.........


Saturday, November 18, 2006

MACY'S. Still the most beautiful store in Chicago!

Facts for this year's great tree:
The 99th annual Great Tree is the centerpiece of the holidays at Macy's on State Street, with this year's tree designed by Vera Wang for Waterford. The Great Tree,features an exclusive snowflake tree topper designed by Vera Wang, 2,000 Wedgwood ornaments, and 15,000 lights.

The telephone number for Macy's State Street store is the same number that it was for Marshall Field's: 312-781-1000.

Happy Holidays, Happy shopping!

Mayc's photos(3) Current 2006 of the great tree and the outdoor decorations and clock. copyright © Linda Matlow/PIXINTL. All rights reserved. Photo may not be copied or distributed.

Martha Stewart Booksigning at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue

Crowds came early and braved the cold for a chance to have Martha Stewart sign a copy of her new book.
" Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook." A real nice touch were the freshly baked giant chocolate chip cookies she had on
a table as a courtesy to her fans. They were from the Borders Cafe. No,she did not arrive early and bake them!
The event was at Borders Michigan Avenue store.

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Sullivan & Adler historic home at 600 w. Stratford in Lake View burns down.

The historic home designed by architect Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler in 1888 at 600 w. Stratford Street in Chicago Illinois USA burned down at appx 2am today. About 8 hours later,a policeman on the scene noticed more smoke and the fire department had to be called in again.

1&2 Today the house was again a news story. A Channel 9 videographer grabs footage for the news.

The house in a similar view to when it was photographed over the summer.
3-Above,The house photographed in June 2006 after it was announced:
The house may be razed for new condos this year.
This noted frame house was built in 1888 for Canadian born insurance magnate George M.Harvey.Poised on a nice size lot at 600 w.Stratford Place in Lake View the owner has applied for a demolition permit and plans are in the works for the home to be replaced by 8 to 10 condos. (see our post here from June 25 2006)

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Harry Shearer Reading and Booksigning for Not Enough Indians at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue store

Harry Shearer Reading and Booksigning for Not Enough Indians
With Not Enough Indians, actor, writer, producer, and former Saturday Night Live cast member Harry Shearer joins the ranks of such comedian/authors as Steve Martin and Michael Palin, with a brilliantly funny, whip-smart satire of greed, collusion, distrust and betrayal in the halls of Washington and the casinos of Native America.
The event was at Borders Books Michigan Avenue store.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Nina Hartley Booksigning for Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex. Border's Books State Street store

Nina Hartley Booksigning for Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex. Nina Hartley, sexual entertainer, activist, educator and registered nurse, shares for the very first time all of her experiences in an easy-to-use guide that will excite both the novice, the sexually experienced, and everyone in between. The event was at Borders Books in Chicago.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ellen Burstyn Booksigning for Lessons in Becoming Myself at Borders Books on State Street

Actress Ellen Burstyn
Booksigning for Lessons in Becoming Myself
Considered by many to be one of our greatest living actors, Burstyn now chronicles her extraordinary journey in both acting and life. In her revealing, eloquent, and inspirational memoir, one of our most gifted and admired actresses passes on the fruitful lessons she has learned from a lifetime of rich experience in her personal life, her career, and her spiritual quest.
Fans lined up during their lunch hour to meet the actress and have their book signed.

Autographed and personalized books make excellent holiday gifts!

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness-stars attend special screening

Actor Will Smith arrived at the AMC 21 River East Theater for a special screening of, Columbia Pictures "The Pursuit of Happyness."
Fans greeted Smith with flowers and autograph books in hand.
Christopher Gardner and son Chris Gardner Jr arrived soon after. Media crews interviewed them on the red carpet.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Andy Summers Discussion and Booksigning for "One Train Later" at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue

Andy Summers‚Discussion and Booksigning for One Train Later.‚In this intimate, revealing and often acidly funny work, Andy Summers writes fluidly about his first guitar, his struggles with earlier bands, his relationships and encounters with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Belushi and The Police, and more. The event was at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Macy's Glamorama 2006 ! The *BEST* event of 2006 !

Macy's Glamorama 2006 happened Friday night. They raised close to a million dollars on the event.Proceeds go to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Macy's Glamorama 2006 Glamosphere – creatively combined every sound, style and composition imaginable at the Chicago Theatre. Celebrities walked the Red Carpet as the media grew restless for this years star,Beyonce Knowles to arrive. She arrived with her mother Tina and sister Solange.

Grammy award-winning entertainer Beyoncé Knowles headlined this year and put on amazing but all too short performance.
She performed two songs from her new CD and closed the show for the evening.

Taking the stage prior to her performance was Ozomatli followed later by the unusual but energetic dancers Tommy the Clown group.

The high-energy fashion show was between and during the performances. Cutting-edge, cross-cultural fall fashion designs this year included Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Just Cavalli, Peter Som, Tuleh, D&G, Temperley London, House of Deréon and more. In addition, this will be the national runway début of Tina Knowles House of Deréon line.

The post party was held at Macy's State street store. Fans lined the street hoping to get a glimpse of the stars as they arrived from the theater.
The stars posed for a brief photo op and then mingled with guests and enjoyed the creative and lavish display of food on 2 floors.

This is one of my favorite events to cover every year.This year did not disappoint!

Photos from top:

Lauren Holly
Beyonce Knowles performing
Kat Foster(Steph Woodcock in FOX's "Till Death"
Tyler Florence-chef & author
Rockmond Dunbar of the tv show Prison Break

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Beyonce Knowles launches her fashion line,"House of Dereon" at Macy's State Street Store.

Beyonce Knowles along with her mother Tina Knowles launched their fashion line,"House of Dereon" at Macy's State Street Store.
Fans packed the first floor to get a glimpse of Beyonce and marvel at the fashions the models were sporting.

Bobbie Thomas of the Fashion Network did a Q&A with fashions latest entry into retail.

above: Beyonce and Tima Knowles interviewed by Bobbie Thomas.
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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Oprah Winfrey wows the crowd at Women's Business Development Anniversary Lunch

Oprah Winfrey was the keynote Speaker for the 20th Anniversary Womens' Conference Awards Luncheon Presented by the Women's Business Development Speaker. She wowed the crowd with a 35 minute speach on empowering yourself,listening to your intuition for success and living your life with integrity.
Governor Rod Blagojevich,Mayor Richard M.Daley and Judy barr Topinka also shared the stage.
The sold out event was held at Navy Pier.

WBDC-more info: www.wbdc.org

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Robin and Dr. Phil McGraw at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue

Robin McGraw signed copies of her first book, “Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live With Passion and Purpose” at Borders on Michigan Avenue. She arrived with her famous husband Dr.Phil McGraw who chatted to the crowd before announcing her.
Fans braved the first ever city tornado warning to get a signed copy. The McGraw's seem as charming and happy as they are on tv. The book hits the New York Times best seller list at number next week.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rockit Bar & Grill-Fun Events coming up!

Friends of Blagojevich Fundriaser at Rockit Bar & Grill-22 W. Hubbard St.
Thurs, Sept 21,2006
Upstairs 6pm-8pm
$30 Ticket at door includes:Complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
For more information, please contact Katierose@rockitranch.com or 312.943.7600 ext. 20.

Rockit Bar & Grill's Hollywood Halloween Rock in Peace Party
Sat, Oct. 28, 2006
Upstairs 8pm-10pm
$20 Ticket at door includes: Complimentary Trick or Treats prepared by Chef Gottwald and Belvedere Cocktails.
All proceeds will benefit Make A Wish Foundation
For more information, please contact Kristen @ 312.943.7600 ext.14.


Friday, September 08, 2006

Marshall Field's name to change to Macy's September 9,2006

Tomorrow (9/9/06) is the big day. Marshall Field's becomes Macy's.It's still the same beautiful store! Dig out your brand new red Macy's Charge card and make it a great day!

** The best of memories come from the heart**

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Surviving Eden premiere at Pipers Alley Cinema

Last night was the The Chicago premiere of Surviving Eden an Pipers Alley Cinema.

Jayne Lynch, Greg Pritikin (writer,director), Cheri Oteri, Michael Panes showed up.
Bill Zwecker had the honors of doing a Q&A session onstage after the movie.

SURVIVING EDEN, an independent film written and directed by Chicagoan, Greg Pritikin. is a sardonic send-up of reality television and the culture that devours it.  In the tradition of Waiting for Guffman and Take the Money and Run, a documentary film crew captures the pitfalls and pratfalls of fame as reality show winner Dennis Flotchky (Michael Panes) is thrust into the whirlwind world of instant celebrity.  Chicagoan Jayne Lynch and Cheri Oteri head the cast which also includes Peter Dinklage, Sam Robards and John Landis.


The after party was held at Spoon on Wells Street. I wish I could have made it but I had other obligations. :-(

Pictured above:
Jayne Lynch, Greg Pritikin (writer,director), Cheri Oteri, Michael Panes

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Dwayne "The Rock Johnson attends Chicago Screening of Columbia Pictures' "Gridiron Gang"

GRIDIRON GANG star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attended the Chicago A.S.A.S. Screening of Columbia Pictures’ feature film "Gridiron Gang ."
Still recovering from an achilles heel rupture that happened in June,he delighted waiting fans at the AMC River East 21 Theter on east illinois.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Jeremy Piven's first Emmy!

Chicago's own Jeremy Piven walked away with his first Emmy Award last night!

Jeremy Piven, long recognized as the soul of “Entourage” according to MSNBC.com
won for Best Comedy Supporting Actor!

Here are a few photos of Jeremy with his family and celebrity friends taken thru the years at the worthy cause of the "Piven Workshop"annual gala which is usually held at one of Billy Dec's fun spots like Rockit Ranch or LePassage.


If you see him around town,Please ask him this...Doesn't the TITLE of "Emmy Award Winning Actor"
before his name sound sooooooooo much cooler than

Jeremy Piven,PhD. :-) with those silly letters after a name ???
I know I sure would take the former!!!

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above: FIle photo-Jeremy and his mother Joyce Piven,2006 at the Piven Workshop Gala at Rockit! Ranch.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

McCormick & Schmick's summer soiree for media

McCormick & Schmick's held a summer soiree for media to experience their new outdoor patio and a variety of very tasty food items.Though the opening of the new loop location on Wacker Drive opened in July,the front patio was closed.
So now it's open and it's wonderful! Not only will you experience an incredible menu prepared by top rate chefs but this has to be one of the best people watching spots in the city.Not to mention the stellar views of Marina City,Wrigley Building,Michigan Avenue and the construction of Trump Tower. I happened in at the tail end of the event and was offered a " Lobster Martini. "
It's not on the menu *yet* but I have hope it will be. It's not a real cocktail but fresh lobster meat in a martini glass with mango salsa. Absolutely delicious as was the seared tuna and the beef tenderloin the manager acquired for me. :-)

Pictured above:
*Seared yellow fin tuna with ginger wasabi and cucmber salad "sushi salad"
*a single portion of carrot cake ..(Their real serving of carrot cake is a 6 layer cake,cream cheese frosting,dusted in coconut, drizzled in caramel sauce)
*Tuna sushi
*The Lobster Martini!

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Monday, August 21, 2006

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlined the Chicago Air and Water Show along the lakefront

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlined the Chicago Air and Water Show along the lakefront.

Spectators watch the grand finale in the lakeview area of Chicago.


Fast! Loud!

One thing I've learned about air shows. It's far better to be outside watching the show than being inside and jumping to the ceiling in a lakefront highrise every time a plane sneaks up next to your building.Another thing I've learned: When there is a bad weather day for an air show,don't listen to the afternoon news when they interview the pilots! I heard that one pilot said they were not use to flying around highrises and with the bad fog could not see them very well! Ok,that's real comforting..

Till next year!

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

E! News co-anchor Giuliana DePandi discussion and signing for her new book,Think Like A Guy

E! News co-anchor discussed and signed copies of Think Like A Guy at Borders Books & Music Michigan Avenue store.
Ever wonder why some women get the guy and others end up in therapy wondering what went wrong ?

This book might have the answers on the rules of dating from a woman's perspective on how a man views women's words and actions and how to avoid the trap,keep your sanity and be that bird of perfect mystery he can't wait to be with. You could always read the long as infinity daily or weekly musings of Christian Carter's "Catch Him And Keep Him" on men and relationships.However that will probably keep you too busy reading for a year to even date anyone.Or, you can pick up this nice size softcover at your local Borders and get some good sage advice at a user friendly price.

I never thought I'd agree with a relationship book but this one does have some witty reminders on life and love that after awhile you just forget.

When men show up at a booksigning and nod their head in "amen style" agreement during a book discussion like this; rest assured the author is onto something.

Happy reading.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tommy Chong discussion and signing for "The I CHONG" at Borders Books on Michigan Ave.

Tommy Chong delighted fans with stories from his past and his new book The I CHONG at Borders Books and Music on Michigan Avenue.In the 1960s he was very popular as the other half of the Cheech and Chong comedy duo.

Their innovative second album even included a giant "rolling paper" that made them popular with their "smokin' fans."

His book is in stores now and will make a nice stocking stuffer.No rolling paper included!

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Weekend update:Fleet Feet Elvis is Alive 5K Run in Lincoln Park in Chicago Illinois

Fleet Feet Elvis is Alive 5K Run in Lincoln Park in Chicago Illinois

The event held in Lincoln Park started with participants that were dressed as "Elvis" posed at the starting line.Thousands of small banana and peanut butter sandwiches were on hand
for the post run as was the Gatorade and bottled water.
Sean Conroy,24 a student from Dublin Ireland came in at first place in the run.He was the first person to win the race that was wearing an Elvis costume.
Chicago's nationally acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Mark "Elvis" Hussman headlined the post run concert and Chicago's own Alice Peacock dressed "Elvis-ish" for fun complete with black wig.
WCKG's Buzz Kilman joined in on vocals and harp.
Miss Teen illinois Courtney King and Miss Illinois Tonya Tibbs were celebrity guests.
The proceeds from the Elvis Is Alive 5K benefitted Rock for Reading to help fight the rising trend of illiteracy and renew interest in reading. Rock for Reading was founded by nationally recognized singer, songwriter Alice Peacock.Peacock hammed it up for the photographer after her performance.

above photos : *Sean Conroy reaches the finish line.
*Miss Teen Illinois Courtney King
* Miss Illinois Tonya Tibbs
* Singer Alice Peacock dressed "Elvis-ish" for her performance which was way too brief!
* Elvis impersonator, Mark "Elvis" Hussman

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Actress Jasmine Guy Hosts the Launch of Turks & Caicos International Film Festival at China Grill in Chicago

Chicago’s China Grill restaurant hosted the third official launch party for the Turks & Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF) last night. The event was a celebration for the upcoming 2006 TCIFF which will take place October 17-21 on the island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos. Travelers from around the globe have discovered Turks & Caicos as a great vacation destination and the TCIFF is proud to enable others to discover it as a destination for great films.

Hosting the party was the Honorable Michael Misick, Chief Minister of Turks & Caicos, and his wife, Chicago native and First Lady of Turks & Caicos, LisaRaye Misick – from UPN’s hit comedy All of Us, along with TCIFF executive directors Terrence Duckette and Jasmine Guy -- from A Different World and Broadway shows Chicago and Grease. Sponsors included American Express, Grey Goose and Stella Artois.

The Honorable Michael Misick, Chief Minister of Turks & Caicos, serves as the Festival’s Executive Producer, and recently said in announcing the festival, “We are extremely pleased to welcome the world’s filmmakers to Turks & Caicos this October for what will become an annual gathering which celebrates great filmmaking in a setting like no other on Earth.”

About China Grill
China Grill’s pan-cultural menu features more than 40 artistically prepared dishes, large enough to share, allowing everyone at the table to partake in new taste sensations and exotic flavors, pairing global ingredients with an Asian sensibility. China Grill’s trademark oversized portions, combined with an inviting ambiance and superbly trained, friendly and knowledgeable staff, offers the Windy City an entertaining and fulfilling restaurant unlike any other.

Jasmine Guy arrives at the China Grill Restaurant at the Hard Rock Cafe..Photo © 2006 Linda Matlow/PixIntl.com ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Thursday 7/20:Mark your calendar:Billy Dec of Rockit Ranch and NBC 5 New Anchor, Don Lemon hosting Hurricane Katrina Benefit at Rockit Bar & Grill

July 20-Mark your calendar:Billy Dec of Rockit Ranch and NBC 5 New Anchor, Don Lemon hosting Hurricane Katrina Benefit at Rockit Bar & Grill
Billy Dec of Rockit Ranch and NBC 5 New Anchor, Don Lemon hosting Hurricane Katrina Benefit at Rockit Bar & Grill
Rockit Bar & Grill-22 W. Hubbard-312.645.6000
Thursday, July 20th
Complimetary New Orleans Style hors d'oeuvres, Hurricanes cocktails and Beer
$20 Tix at door
All proceeds go to Common Grounds Relief
Silent Auction


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Steven Spielberg honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Chicago Intl Film Festival

Steven Spielberg was honored with the gold Hugo award by the Chicago International Film Festival.
Cuba Gooding Jr,Roy Scheider and Paul Sereno and Bill Curtis also participated at the grand gala held at the Sheraton Chicago.

Above: Chicago Intl Film Festival Michael Kutza presents the gold Hugo to Spielberg.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Paul Serano
Roy Scheider ("Jaws")
Bill Curtis and his significent other Donna LaPietra who is wearing a really cool dress by Valencia.She said the fabric
like scuba diving suit material.

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