Monday, December 15, 2008

US president-elect Barack Obama announces key members of his energy and environment team


US president-elect Barack Obama at a press conference announcing key members of his energy and environment team, including Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy; Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator; Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change; and Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Daddy Yankee appearance at Macy's on State Street


Latin superstar Daddy Yankee unveiled his new signature scent, DY at Macy's State Street store in Chicago,Illinois.


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Anuna performance and signing at Borders Books


Ireland's ANÚNA is a groundbreaking Celtic-crossover ensemble. The ensemble performed and signed copies of their new DVD "Christmas Memories" on December 11,2008 at Borders in Chicago,Illinois.



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Monday, December 08, 2008

Clinton Kelly appearance at Borders Books in Chicago


Clinton Kelly formerly of TLC’s What Not to Wear, Discussion and Signing for “Freakin’ Fabulous at Border Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago,Illinois



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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Dr. Michael Roizen Signing for “YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty” at Border's Books in Chicago Illinois


Dr. Michael Roizen Signing for “YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty” at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr.Roizen is also in town for his 'Complimentary, Preventive,Disease Reversal,Staying Young,and Wellness Therapies Conference at the Hyatt Regency on Wacker.

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Jessica Simpson introduces her new fragrance 'Fancy' at Macy's on State Street in Chicago


Jessica Simpson introduced her new fragrance 'Fancy' at Macy's on State Street in Chicago,Illinois. The store was nicely crowded with shoppers for their "one day sale" and
Jessica Simpson's appearance.
Jessica's music played in the background,Jessica's new perfume,"Fancy" filled the air, then Jessica arrives in her cuter than cute outfit which was most likely from her line of clothing!
What an entrepreneur!
Fans that purchased "Fancy" during her appearance got an in-person signed photo and a big Texas smile.



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Friday, December 05, 2008

Denis Leary booksigning for "Why We Suck" at Borders Books in Chicago Illinois


Comedian actor Denis Leary booksigning for "Why We Suck" at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago Illinois.
He preferred his photo op to have his book practically glued to the side of his face. What can you expect from a guy who titled his book, "Why We Suck!"



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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Randy Jackson Talks Health and Diet at Borders Books in Chicago


Randy Jackson, music producer and “American Idol” judge, signed copies of Randy Jackson’s "Body with Soul: Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on Your Best Health Ever" at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago,Illinois.



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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Hey That's Keri Russell lighting our Christmas Tree!





Actress Keri Russell participated in Chicago's 95th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza in Chicago,Illinois. Russell has teamed up with UL(Underwriters Laboratories) to spread the word about home safety this holiday season.
Underwriters Laboratories, the trusted source for product compliance, has safety in mind this holiday season.  By seeing a UL Mark on any holiday product purchased, families can trust that those products have met UL’s Safety Standards.  Just look for the UL Mark and trust that those holiday lights, decorations and gifts can help you have a safe holiday season.
Pictured above are: President and CEO of Underwriters Laboratories, Keith Williams, Keri Russell, Santa Claus, Mayor Richard M.Daley.

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Nothing Like the Holidays Chicago premiere!


The Chicago-made ''Nothing Like the Holidays'' premiered at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago Illinois. Chicago native Freddy Rodriguez, Luis Guzman and Elizabeth Pena walked the red carpet .






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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

George Duran booksigning at Borders Books in Chicago Illiinois


George Duran, Food Network star of “Ham on the Street”, signing copies of "Take This Food and Twist It" at Borders Books in Chicago,Illinois.



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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gregory Maguire booksigning at Borders Books Chicago Illinois


Gregory Maguire discussion and signing for "A Lion Among Men" at Borders Books in Chicago Illinois.





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Monday, November 10, 2008

FYI: TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO NAMED ONE OF THE "WORLD'S 50 BEST NEW HOTELS" BY FORBES TRAVELER MAGAZINE


TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO

NAMED ONE OF THE "WORLD'S 50 BEST NEW HOTELS" BY

FORBES TRAVELER MAGAZINE



Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, which opened its doors to its first guests in January 2008, has received prestigious recognition from Forbes Traveler magazine, which names the property as one of the "World's 50 Best New Hotels" in the November 2008 issue. This exclusive list represents those hotels living up to the highest expectations of the world's most demanding luxury travelers, and heralds the new Chicago property as the "king of singular visions".



"We are honored by this recognition from Forbes Traveler," said T. Colm O'Callaghan, vice president, managing director of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. "We believe our staff's dedication to guest service is at the heart of our distinction as one of the world's best. Our Attaché program is just one example of the customized attention we believe every guest deserves. Combined with our property's location in the heart of downtown Chicago and its luxurious design-and the unique offerings in guest rooms, at Sixteen, Rebar and The Spa at Trump-these elements all add up to a personalized, unparalleled experience," he added.



Forbes Traveler's "World's 50 Best New Hotels" list is developed by a "team of globetrotting business leaders, celebrities, travel writers and luxury travel professionals." They evaluate hundreds of new hotels and resorts around the world.



About Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, located in the heart of the city at 401 N. Wabash Avenue, welcomed its first hotel guests in January 2008. The hotel, comprised of floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower in development by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites; Sixteen, a fine dining restaurant featuring the modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Frank Brunacci; The Spa at Trump; the Trump Health Club; Rebar, a chic cocktail lounge and more. Fifty-three spa guestrooms were also unveiled in September 2008. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is a stunning addition to Chicago's distinguished skyline. For room and event reservations at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, call

(312) 588-8000, (877) 458-TRUMP (7867) or visit http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com



For information on owning a Residential Condominium or Hotel Condominium in Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, please call (312) 644-0900 or visit:
http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com
Prices start from the upper $500,000s.


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FYI: Tickets for Mary Poppins go on sale this week at Cadillac Palace Theatre Chicago Illinois

Broadway In Chicago and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh are pleased to announce that tickets for the long-awaited production of MARY POPPINS will go on sale to the public Friday, November 14, 2008. A special public pre-sale, with gifts for the first 500 ticket buyers and complimentary refreshments provided by Argo Tea, will be held at the Cadillac Palace Theatre box office beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets will be available via phone, internet, and outlets beginning at 10 a.m.



The North American National Tour of MARY POPPINS begins performances at Chicago ’s Cadillac Palace Theatre March 11, 2009.


MARY POPPINS is a part of the 2009 Broadway In Chicago season series.



For more information please visit www.DisneyOnBroadway.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Samantha Ronson spins at the Auxiliary Board 35th Anniversary Celebration of The Art Institute of Chicago


Pictured above is Samantha Ronson hard at work dj'ing keeping the party goers dancing the night away at the Auxiliary Board 35th Anniversary Celebration of The Art Institute of Chicago this weekend. Notice those 4 cans of 'Red Bull' Yikes! I didn't stay long but wondered how you could make a quick bathroom run when the DJ booth is 12 feet in the air and no stairs ? Her Mac laptop is sporting an Obama HOPE sticker! Nice touch!


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Tommy Hilfiger unveils Macy's Great Tree. Let the shopping begin!





In celebration of the exclusive partnership between Tommy Hilfiger and Macy’s, Tommy Hilfiger lit the Great Tree in the Walnut Room of Macy's on State Street. This year’s Great Tree, inspired by Tommy Hilfiger’s new book, Iconic America, is a two-story holiday vision featuring a traditional red color scheme. Seven iconic ornaments from past Great Trees, including two whimsical designs along with a Santa Claus, jack-in-the-box, toy soldier and an elephant pull toy, have been recreated to celebrate the traditional theme. Traditional tree décor such as red bows and tinsel along with ball-shaped ornaments in red and silver also adorn the 45-foot glimmering tree. In addition, numerous toys from FAO Schwarz, such as bears, dolls, and fire trucks, among others, give the famed tree a traditional “Santa’s workshop” feel. The sheer number of trimmings is spectacular: nearly 15,000 lights and 4,000 ornaments in total. Chicago Mayor Richard M.Daley and Macy's Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren are also pictured.


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Friday, October 31, 2008

VOTE! Tuesday is the BIG Day!



Tuesday is the BIG Day and your vote counts!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The 44th Annual Chicago International Film Festival ends on a 'Good' Note


Actor Jason Isaacs, Director Vicente Amorim,actor Viggo Mortensen and Chicago International Film Festival director and founder Michael Kutza red carpet photo op prior to the U.S. premiere of 'Good' and Viggo receiving a career achievement award.This marks the final night of the 44th Chicago International Film Festival.
The event was held at he Harris Theatre.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jada Pinkett Smith red carpet arrival for 'The Human Contract'


Jada Pinkett Smith presented to the world, the premiere of her directorial debut 'The Human Contract' as part of the 44th Chicago International Film Festival AMC River East Theatre. She's pictured here posing on the red carpet with Michael Kutza, founder and director of the festival and actor Jason Clarke.


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Chelsea Handler booksigning for, 'Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea' at Borders Books in Chicago Illinois



Chelsea Handler booksigning for, 'Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea' at Borders Books on Clark/Broadway and Diversey in Chicago,Illinois.


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Marley & Me author John Grogan at Borders Books in Chicago Illinois


Marley & Me best selling author John Grogan discussed and signed his new book,'The Longest Trip Home' He read a chapter from the new book that was well received by the audience.
The former newspaper editor turned author made mention that his Marley book is available in a childrens edition and is popular with schools.Actually it's three editions with one being an illustrated book. The Marley & Me movie will be out next year and stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.
The event was at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago Illinois.




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Colin Hanks and Sean McGinley arrive for movie screening for the Chicago International Film Festival


Actor Colin Hanks and director Sean McGinley at the photo op prior to the screening of 'The Great Buck Howard' as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. Colin sure resembles a young version of his talented father Tom Hanks.The screening was at the AMC Lowes Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.


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Judy Collins performance and signing at Borders Books in Chicago Illinois


Judy Collins Signing and Discussion for 'Sings Lennon and McCarthy 'and the forthcoming CD Born to Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
She still has an amazing voice and very few people have voices trained enough where they can just break out in song with no accompaniment and be completely on key and true to record.Back in the day, Judy was the inspiration for the Crosby, Stills and Nash song, "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" written by her then boyfriend Stephen Stills. According to Wikipedia, the song was also the start of the band as well! Judy has some very interesting stories about her life. Some tragic moments she still deals with as well as her famous friends and the early days of the popular folk music movement and time she spent in Chicago. I love how she refers to her first husband as her, 'Starter husband.'
The event was at Borders Books on State Street in Chicago Illinois.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Robert Davi in town for the Chicago International Film Festival


Actor/ Director Robert Davi presented his directorial debut 'The Dukes' as part of the Chicago International Film Festival AMC Theatre in Chicago,IL.
Robert walked in and had his hat in his hand. I took notice and asked if he'd put it on. I love hats.On everyone except me.



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Omarosa in town promoting her new book. I lived to tell about it!


Omarosa, once upon a time from the tv show, "The Apprentice" had a discussion and signing for her new book,'The Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn It on and Off' at Borders on Michigan Avenue. She was quite funny and she wasn't bitchy at all! Wish I could have stayed longer but I had another shoot at the same time.

The other day, one of my best friends and I were having a lengthy discussion on bitchy women in power and how we loathe them.I've known so many of them. Unfortunately...


Omarosa Stallworth wrote a book on the subject and I think some of the Bitches I've known and loved(oh I kid..) really should be putting this on their 'Borders Books' wish list so they will know when to turn it off!

Omarosa, I know you are going to log in and read this. I hope you got my message from 'Harold' at the store on us media creatures jumping into a cab and ending up at the wrong theatre for Robert Davi. ' Hope you got it in time!

Linda :-)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Isaac Mizrahi had a really long booksigning at Borders Books in Chicago


Isaac Mizrahi discussed and signed his new book 'How To Have Style' at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago Illinois. Many people lined up, stepped up to the microphone and asked the charismatic designer questions.I usually don't end up staying long when designers speak because sometimes they ramble on letting their egos and aloofness take center stage.
Mizrahi is an engaging speaker and I stayed for the whole event. I think he should be doing stand up comedy on the side or at least a good slot on a sitcom.
As far as some of the women and the questions they asked, I kind of wondered if some thought they were in a psychotherapy session with the questions they asked!
One woman brought her 12 year old raincoat she purchased at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and coerced him into having his company replace the lining. Smart people don't say no in a room full of people with a video camera rolling. He graciously instructed her to give it to his assistant and they'd take care of it.

Fashion advice from Isaac:
Fashion is 70% confidence and 30% accessories.
Tonights event was filmed and will probably be posted on his website.
http://www.isaacmizrahiny.com/watch_isaac


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Monday, October 20, 2008

Burton team riders celebrate the Chicago stop of the Burton World Tour


Burton team riders including the “Flying Red Tomato” Shaun White celebrate the Chicago stop of the Burton World Tour. They met local riders and premiered the new Burton promo video "It's Always Snowing Somewhere" at at the Burton Flagship Store on Walton Street in Chicago, Illinois. Pictured left to right are: Natasza Zurek,Frederik Kalbermatten, Heikki Sorsa, Nicolas Muller,Shaun White.


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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ernie Banks booksigning at Walgreen's on Michigan Avenue in Chicago



Legendary baseball player Ernie Banks (a/k/a 'Mr. Cub') signed copies of 'Hoodoo: Unraveling the 100-Year Mystery of the Chicago Cubs' written by Mark Vancil , Elliott Harris and Grant DePorter who were also at the table signing at Walgreen's on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

For more info and to purchase the book
http://www.cubshoodoo.com



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Rocco DiSpirito leaves the dancing shoes at home to sign his new book at Borders!


Rocco DiSpirito signing for “Rocco Gets Real” at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue. Rocco was recently on 'Dancing With The Stars'




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Friday, October 17, 2008

Heidi Montag appearance at MANOR Nightclub in Chicago Illinois


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Heidi Montag star of MTV's smash hit "The Hills" hosted a very special night on October 17,2008 at MANOR in Chicago Illinois to benefit Breast Cancer Research. She arrived with her boyfriend Spencer Pratt.

To those that know me, I am the last person in the universe that will leave the house at 11pm for a midnight celebrity shoot. I haven't done that since I spent time overseas..But since the publicist did such an awesome job,I brewed a pot of coffee and made my way to the old neighborhood. By the looks of the crowds on the street from Michiigan Avenue to Erie and Clark you'd never know the economy took a beating. The clubs were packed and half the women waiting in line probably did not realize they had price tags hanging from the sleeves of their clothes.







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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Maureen McCormick--Marsha Marsha Marsha!


Actress Maureen McCormick formerly of the tv show The Brady Bunch signed copies of her new book, “Here’s The Story” at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue.



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The 44th Chicago International Film Festival opens


The Chicago International Film Festival opened with 'The Brothers Bloom.' Actress Rachel Weisz and director Rian Johnson walked the red carpet at The Harris Theatre for Music and Dance in Chicago Illinois.
The festival runs until 10/29/08.




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Friday, October 10, 2008

Robert and Luciana DuVall guests at the Friends of Conservation ball


Luciana DuVall and husband Robert DuVall were the celebrity guests at the Friends of Conservation Conservation Ball on at the Hotel Intercontinental in Chicago, Illinois.





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Ben Folds performance and meet and greet at Apple Computer in Chicago Illinois



Two things I learned today.
1-Ben Folds is a very popular performer.
2-How the Apple Computer store was able to get a grand piano to the second floor for Ben Folds performance. Many had guessed it was carried up the glass staircase but in reality the pianos legs were removed and it fit into the elevator.


Ben Folds performance at the Apple Computer store on north Michigan Avenue was standing room only and he was probably late for his sound check at The Congress Theatre following the Apple store event. After all, he had to sign hundreds of autographs and pose for just as many photos !

Pictured above is Ben in silhouette performing with the Apple logo on the screen and Ben posing with one of his many fans.

You can listen and purchase Ben's music online at Apple itunes:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/

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http://www.benfolds.com


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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sarah Palin slept here...


Sarah Palin slept here....in her own bed....for $60 bucks a night.
Some people would pay twice that to sleep at Sarah's. I hear there's a good view of Russia from the backyard.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Elizabeth Hurley appearance at Saks 5th Avenue in Chicago Illinois


Elizabeth Hurley, Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon Ambassador, and Jay Strongwater, in celebration of his limited edition Saks exclusive company made an appearance to benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation Saks 5th Avenue on Michigan Avenue in Chicago Illinois.
Pictured is Elizabeth looking at her legions of fans all dressed in black as they were ushered to the table for her to sign their new Estee Lauder goodies.









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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Justin Nozuka performance and signing at F.Y.E. Music in Chicago Illinois


Musician Justin Nozuka accompanied by Mark Pellizzer (left)performance and signing at F.Y.E. Music in Chicago Illinois. They were in town to perform that night at Martyr's.




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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bob Schieffer signing at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago Illinois


Bob Schieffer Discussion and Signing for 'Bob Schieffer’s America ' on September 30, 2008 at Borders Books on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois





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Chicago Cubs Post Season rally at Daley Plaza


I had three photo shoots at the same time and could not be everywhere at once but as I ran by Daley Plaza I shot a few frames of the Picasso with the Cubs hat at the Chicago Cubs Post Season rally. This makes a nice set for the White Sox hat I photographed the Picasso with years ago.




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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Berghoff OKTOBERFEST September 17-19,2008 Adams and Dearborn Street



I'm thinking I should just change my name to 'RESERVED.'
Seriously. having been in the media for all of my adult life, I'm used to being shuffled to the media section,VIP room, or at least a better place in a long line.
So,it comes as no surprise when I see an area cordoned off with ropes,a red carpet or people that are wearing far dressier clothes than I,I know I've arrived HOME!

After photographing the 'Redball project' at Union Station and walking around downtown I happened upon an event going on in front of the Post Office on Adams and Dearborn. I didn't realize OKTOBERFEST put on by the Berghoff's was in full swing.

I gravitated to a table that said,RESERVED and the media person in me took over and I just plopped my stuff down. I noticed an interesting array of cheesecake balls on a stick in a bowl of shaved chocolate. I asked the woman at the table if I could photograph it and she said go ahead. She introduced herself as Carolyn Berghoff.
Carolyn has the Berghoff catering which led me to assume I have just crashed her private RESERVED table. Sorry but Thank-you for being such a gracious host!

I was then asked if I was hungry and what would I like ? Chicken ? Bratwurst ?
I opted for the barbecue chicken sandwich and a Berghoff brand Diet Root Beer.

The sandwich was huge and the chicken was grilled to perfection. The barbecue sauce had the best flavor I've ever tasted. I must have the secret recipe. This was heaven.
My photo does not do this sandwich justice!
If your schedule permits,check out OKTOBERFEST Septmber 17-19,2008 from 11am to 9pm on Adams at Dearborn. Live music,food,German beer.

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Red Ball sighting at Union Station today!


Artist Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project was on display on the river side of Union Station in Chicago Illinois on September 17, 2008.
He's pictured here discussing his project with art students from Naperville.

Go to their website to see where the redballproject will be next!
http://redballproject.com/chicago/index.php

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Brad Meltzer discussion and signing for 'The Book of Lies' at Borders on State Street





Best selling author Brad Meltzer discussion and signing for, ' The Book of Lies' at Borders Books in Chicago, Illinois. He is pictured with Illinois author Shane Gericke on the left.Gerikes new mystery thriller comes out in 2010.


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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters CD signing at F.Y.E. in Chicago Illinois


Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters signed copies of their debut 2CD set, 'The Boxmasters'at F.Y.E. on east Randolph Street. The store was formerly known as 'Coconuts.'
Same entertainment chain new name!

Billy Bob arrived with his bandmembers Mike Butler and Jay D. Andrew.

As they made their way from the backstage area to the signing area a wheelchair bound man and his wife caught Bobs attention and briefly bonded over their love of tattoos.

Billy Bob turned around and lifted up the back of his tee shirt showing him his tattoos of a hawk and his childrens name.

The Boxmasters have been generating quite a buzz with appearances on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson (which will be rebroadcast on August 27th), VH1 Rock Honors salute to The Who, guest hosting Jonesy's Jukebox on Los Angeles' Indie 103 and a special in-studio session with legendary DJ Jim Ladd at KLOS. Beginning September 5th, The Boxmasters will be hosting GAC's weekly show Edge of Country for four consecutive weeks, the first time an artist has had that honor.

The Boxmasters continue to remain at Top 20 on the Americana radio chart and recently reached the #2 spot on the AIMS retail chart! Their current video "The Poor House" continues to receive airplay at GAC and CMT.com.


After the signing the band headed off to their performance at Joe's on Weed Street.


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Friday, August 29, 2008

Curtis Peoples, Keaton Simons and Todd Carey performances at Borders Books on State Street Chicago Illinois


I think downtown Chicago businesses got an early start on the Labor day holiday. The streets were pretty empty at lunchtime. Had people been at work and stepped out for lunch,they might have caught these awesome musicians performing at Borders on State and Randolph. Curtis Peoples, Keaton Simons and Todd Carey played individual sets and sounded great! Later that night they performed at The Beat Kitchen. Where was I later that night ? At an in-store for Billy Bob Thornton and then a quick portrait for a client.

Curtis Peoples, Keaton Simons and Todd Carey pose for photos after their individual performances. They are currently on the, 'SWEEP THE LEG TOUR!' together.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

This Just In: TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO





TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO
UNVEILS 53 LUXURIOUS SPA GUEST ROOMS AT THE SPA AT TRUMP

The ultimate urban wellness escape for visitors and Chicagoans alike
CHICAGO (August 27, 2008)-On September 1, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will forge a new path to luxury and wellness as the property unveils 53 signature spa guest rooms at The Spa at Trump. These specially-designed rooms, ranging from 600 to 900- square feet, will echo the five Trump Intentions for which The Spa at Trump has become known-Calm, Balance, Purify, Heal and Revitalize-allowing guests to truly customize their experience and enjoy a transformational getaway in the heart of downtown Chicago.

"We are among few properties in the world offering such uniquely appointed guest rooms devoted to the spa experience," said T. Colm O'Callaghan, vice president, managing director of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. "We believe they will attract the visitor seeking both relaxation and access to the best of the city from our prime location in the heart of Chicago. We anticipate locals will relish a calming escape in their own backyard. They provide a truly unique experience for the mid-week business traveler, and finally, local residents and weekend visitors have a resort-like venue in downtown Chicago."

The spa guest rooms located on the 14th Floor will be connected to The Spa at Trump (located on Floor 14M) via an impressive grand staircase, ensuring comfort for those who prefer privacy while walking from their guest room to The Spa at Trump. As guests are led to the spa guest room by their Spa Attaché, who will customize the guest experience from start to finish, they will be enveloped by a custom spa scent in the corridor and soft music playing overhead. Upon entering their room, they will find inspiring city and riverfront views, gentle earth tones, light oak woods, fresh orchids, ambient candles and a music library corresponding to the five Trump Intentions.

Ultimate, In-Room Pampering
Luxurious, in-room pampering will be a given at The Spa at Trump. For guests wanting a deluxe retreat, several treatments-including signature gemstone massages, manicures, pedicures and more-will be available in-room. Guests will also discover a variety of special touches that distinguish the spa guest room experience from any other. The Trump Essentials Gift Collection will await their arrival, including a custom blend of essential oils mirroring the individual's personal intention, unscented body butter and bath salts and a hydrating facial mask. A warming caddy will reveal herbal-scented neck and eye pillows that can be used at any time, and especially comforting at turndown.

The guest room mini-bar will uniquely address important areas of The Spa at Trump experience: healthy eating and healthy living. Nourishing food and beverage mini-bar options will abound, ranging from Scharffenberger dark chocolate, parmesan-baked pita chips, dried fruit and antioxidant gummy pandas to ITOEN lemongrass green tea, BORBA Skin Balance water, chocolate almond milk and an organic selection of wine, Champagne, tea and wine.

Additionally, the guest rooms will showcase popular spa products that will evolve with the seasons: for example, hydrating lotions and masks during the cold winter months and UVA/UVB sunscreen during Chicago's sun-drenched summers. Should guests require a last-minute hostess gift while calling on friends in the city, items such as MOR Italian Blood Orange Soap and Vie Luxe Candles will also be available for purchase. An extensive, in-room spa retail menu will consist of larger items, including leading aesthetician Kate Somerville's product line, Shiffa Gemstone Oil, The Spa at Trump Body Butter and The Spa at Trump Sugar Scrub.

Ultimate relaxation will ensue as guests elect to take advantage of the luxurious Signature Bath Menu, whose base ingredients will carry out the five personal intentions: Lavender for Calm; Sandalwood for Balance; Citrus for Purify; Rosemary for Heal and Lemongrass for Revitalize. Guests can enhance their bath experience with additional indulgences such as Champagne, strawberries and caviar. All signature baths are drawn with fresh gardenia and are expertly presented with a body loofah, aloe hydrating mask, loose leaf pressed tea and moisturizing body cream.

As sunset falls, The Spa at Trump will invite guests to immerse themselves in a stress-reducing ritual certain to romance deep, restorative sleep.

Fitness and Nutrition
Spa guest rooms at The Spa at Trump will come equipped with a yoga kit (including mat, block, strap and Yoga DVD) and a Technogym® Wellness Rack. Specially added television channels will feature yoga and Pilates sessions. In-room personal training and nutrition sessions will also be offered, featuring experts from the Trump Health Club. Guests will have access to the Trump Health Club for the duration of their stay, and can take advantage of the impressive cardio and weight rooms (featuring equipment by Technogym®), as well as the 75'x24' heated indoor swimming pool.

Couples Getaway
One of the most sought after spa guest rooms will be that which connects to the Couples Spa Suite at The Spa at Trump. This one-of-a-kind spa guest room includes direct access to a spacious treatment suite that includes two massage treatment tables and two deep soaking infinity tubs. Couples can indulge in treatments-for-two such as the Soul to Soul Massage or the decadent Andalusian Milk Bath. The ultimate Romance and Relaxation Couples Package features a side-by-side couple's manicure and pedicure, infinity tub bath with oysters and Champagne, massages and Sunrise Breakfast for two delivered in-room or poolside, all with their spa guest room just steps away.

Customized Packages
With a full range of services, including signature treatments featuring products and techniques from the leader in male grooming, HOMMAGE, as well as those of celebrity aesthetician Kate Somerville, spa guest rooms at The Spa at Trump will provide an ideal escape for both men and women. In conjunction with the launch of the spa guest rooms, The Spa at Trump will introduce several packages tailored to guests' wishes. Comprehensive packages include one-night stays geared towards the individual, couple and guy/girlfriend getaways, as well as two-, three- or five-day "Intentional Journey" packages taking guests on a voyage through each of the five Trump Intentions. All packages will include customized itineraries for each guest, a list of suggested activities to enhance the guest's chosen intention, use of relaxation lounges, "yours to keep" spa robe and slippers and much more.

The spa guest room experience at The Spa at Trump is rooted in customization. Enhancements such as a wake-up call from a personal trainer, a guided walk or run along Lake Michigan or a healthy cooking class with Executive Chef Frank Brunacci are just a few ways in which the Spa Attaché can work with guests to make the journey uniquely theirs.

Spa guest room rates at The Spa at Trump start at $495. Package prices vary based on preferences and enhancements. For reservations and more information, please call
(312) 588-8000 or visit:


http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com

The Spa at Trump is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (312) 588-8020.

About Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, located in the heart of the city at 401 N. Wabash Avenue, welcomed its first hotel guests in January 2008. The hotel, comprising floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower in development by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and 53 specially appointment spa guestroom suites; Sixteen, a fine dining restaurant featuring the modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Frank Brunacci; The Spa at Trump; the Trump Health Club; Rebar, a chic cocktail lounge and more. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago promises to be a stunning addition to Chicago's distinguished skyline. For room and event reservations at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, call (312) 588-8000, (877) 458-TRUMP (7867) or visit:


http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com

For information on owning a Residential Condominium or Hotel Condominium in Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, please call (312) 644-0900 or visit www.trumpchicago.com. Prices start from the upper $500,000s.

About Trump Hotel Collection
Launched in October 2007, Trump Hotel Collection is the next generation of luxury hospitality - one that is raising the bar on the top-tier travel experience with a level of customized service unrivaled on the market today. Within its prestigious portfolio are the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, and the newly opened Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas. Additional hotel projects are under development around the globe, including: Trump International Hotel & Tower Ft. Lauderdale, Trump SoHo New York and Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki in 2009; Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto and Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama in 2010; Trump International Hotel & Tower Palm Jumeirah, Trump at Cap Cana, Trump Ocean Resort Baja, Trump Scotland and Trump International Hotel & Tower New Orleans in 2011. Trump Hotel Collection, a division of The Trump Organization, is headquartered at Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022.









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This Just In: Cruise with the cast of Wicked in September!


I took this cruise a few months ago with the Jersey Boys on board and it's the best tour in town! This time you get the cast of Wicked!
Photo above is one I took on the cruise as it headed back toward Michigan Avenue.

Here is the official press release:

CRUISE INTO THE FALL WITH CHICAGO ’S OWN ‘WICKED’ AND THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION

For a Limited Time Only, Ride With Cast Members from Chicago ’s WICKED Tuesdays In September



CHICAGO (August 27, 2008) – Sail into the fall this September with another reason to enjoy Chicago’s acclaimed Chicago Architectural Foundation river cruise one last time on Tuesday evenings in September. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is teaming up the Chicago ’s record-breaking company of WICKED to offer a chance to ride with cast members on its official cruise line, Chicago ’s First Lady Cruises. WICKED cast members will be on board for the last cruise of the day at 3:00 p.m. every Tuesday in September, beginning September 2, 2008.



For a limited time, cast members from Chicago’s WICKED will be on board with the CAF docents as they provide their legendary entertaining and fact-filled commentary on Chicago’s architecture from the unique vantage point of the river. Back on land, guests can make their way to the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre for the complete WICKED experience with a specially priced ticket for select performances in September.



All CAF cruises depart from the lower level and southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive . The staircase to the ticket window and dock is marked by a blue awning. Tickets are $28 for weekday cruises and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and do not include tickets to WICKED, the musical.



Winner of 15 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.



Declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety, WICKED currently has productions in New York , Chicago , Los Angeles , London , Tokyo , Stuttgart , Melbourne and on a North American tour. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif



The Chicago company of WICKED performs through January 25, 2009, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph St ).



For tickets and more information, visit: www.wickedthemusical.com/chicago



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The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and youth and adult education programs. Home to a new permanent exhibition: CHICAGO YOU ARE HERE, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue , Chicago , Illinois 60604 . For further information visit www.architecture.org or call 312.922.3432.



Chicago's First Lady Cruises is the official cruise line for the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) River Cruise. The official fleet includes Chicago 's First Lady, Chicago 's Fair Lady and Chicago 's Little Lady, each featuring open-air upper decks and air-conditioned salons with comfortable seating for viewing through large panoramic windows. The Riverside Gardens dock is located on Chicago 's Magnificent Mile, at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive .


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