Glamourcon is a convention celebrating the glamour arts and has every type and stripe of pinups from past and present as well as pinup art and photography. This year at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare, it was dominated by dozens of Playboy Playmates – especially a strong contingent from the 70's (Golden Age of Playboy). My fellow Playmates this year included Patti McGuire Connors (Playmate of the Year 1977), Sondra Theodore (Hef's former girlfriend and Playmate for July 1977), Sylvie Garant (November 1979), Laura Lyons (former Jet Bunny on Hef's plane, Chicago Bunny of the Year in 1975 and Playmate for February 1976), Janet Lupo (November 1975) and Monica Tidwell (November 1973 Playmate, who had an off-Broadway show called “Mind Game.”) Among other Playmates attending were this year's Playmate of the Year Ida Ljungvist, Julie Cialini (Playmate of the Year 1995), Summer Altice (August 2000), DeDe Lind (August 1967) and Cathy St. George (August 1982). There were also a mother/daughter set of Playmates: Gale Olson (August 1968) and her daughter Crystal McCahill (May 2009). One of the original playmates after Marilyn Monroe – Dolores Del Monte (March 1954) – was there too. Hef had purchased her photo from the same calendar company as Marilyn. This event had a lot of firsts and one of them was having the oldest attendee, Herbert Lakin, at 97 years of age. One fan even brought the back plate from Bally’s famous Playboy pinball machine for Patti and Sondra (whose likenesses appear there) to sign and another fan/friend, Larry Armstrong, had the original copper plate of DeDe Lind's centerfold that he had bought on Ebay! Wil Rivers, a long-time fan, has only missed one show out of 47 and it was great to see him there again this year. My friends from the 70's were all in a row and we had a blast. It was so much fun to see so many fans who love and know the wonderful history of Playboy. Thanks to Bob Schultz for keeping the dream alive via Glamourcon. The next event will be in November in L.A. so I hope to see you all there! Photos from top left: Patti McGuire Connors with her iconic Bally pinball machine; Sylvie Garant, Patti McGuire Connors, me, Laura Lyons, Monica Tidwell, Janet Lupo and DeDe Lind; Summer Altice; with Playmate of the Year Ida Ljunvist; Dolores Del Monte; Cathy St. George; Bridget; Larry Armstrong; Chuck with Playboy's Shanthi and Rob Wilson; Crystal McCahill and Gale Olson. For more photos from this event, click here!
Chicago Now’s official launch was Monday, August 10th, but the rooftop launch party was Wednesday for four of their top bloggers. It was my first time seeing a game from this unique vantage point. I was so honored to be among the four bloggers invited and the best part was our live interview on WGN TV! Fellow bloggers included Kevin O’Neil (CTA Tattler), Billy Dec (A Chicago Thing) and Julie DiCaro (A League of Her Own). Julie blogged live throughout the game and even had to shield her eyes from the sun to type with one hand….huge kudos to her! Wow! At first, it was thrilling and then as the seats started filling up and the crowd turned testy over the seat shortage, we left. And thank goodness we did—at least we didn’t see the Cubbies get slaughtered. Anyway, Chicago Now has 75 bloggers and is promoted as the “Huffington Post meets Facebook.” They have every manner of blogger and Chicago Tribune’s editor of digital media, Bill Adee, said, “We think of it as an online town square for the Chicago of right now.” I am thrilled to be a part of this August group and hope you all tune in early and often to www.ChicagoNow.com. Photos from top left: Chicago Now boss Jimmy Greenfield with bloggers Billy Dec, Juli DiCaro, me and Kevin O'Neil; view from the rooftop; scenes from three rooftop parties; Jimmy Greenfield and Kevin O'Neil.
Resale goes upscale when one of Bravo’s Real Housewives, Alex McCord, comes to Chicago on Wednesday, August 26th to celebrate the opening of Second Time Around from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 823 W. Armitage. Second Time Around is an upscale consignment store which started in Boston. Chicago will be their first location beyond the East Coast, where there are 19 stores. Alex is also reaching out to some of her celeb friends including "Project Runway" stars to help her open the store in style. Michigan Avenue Magazine is the sponsor of this event along with Moet Chandon, Berry Chill and Belvedere Black Raspberry and I am a co-host along with Celeb TV’s Kelli Zink and Ryan Preuett. There will be cocktails and fabulous hors d’oeuvres from The Entertaining Company as well as a lot of press so come camera-ready! Space is limited so RSVP ASAP to RSVP@secondtimearound.netor by calling 773-698-6260. (BTW, a unique aspect of Second Time Around is the fact that you can request the proceeds of your donations go to your favorite charity…I LOVE this!) Photos from top right: Alex McCord; Second Time Around on Newbury Street in Boston.
The Chicago Dancing Festival has begun! Tuesday night featured “New Voices” at the Harris Theater and features “Modern Masters” Thursday. “Modern Masters” is full but you can try to get seats via their stand-by process (just visit the Harris Theater Box Office at noon and they will provide you with a stand-by voucher while supplies last and voucher holders may be granted a seat should any reserved ticket holder not be present at the time of the seating). On Saturday, August 22nd, the culmination of the week’s festivities will be the “Celebration of American Dance” at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park. No tickets are required for any of the performances but it is suggested that you arrive early at the time of the seating. The after-party Thursday night begins at the Palmer House at 9:30 p.m. in Potter’s Lounge. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include an all-star lineup of dancers from some of the country’s most acclaimed dance companies. Hope to see you there!! Photos: scenes from past Chicago Dancing Festivals.
This summer has been a delightful mix of outdoor activities and one of the best parts of living in Chicago is having that beautiful lake to play on! We were fortunate to be invited out on Cary’d Away - Ann and Kevin Dwyer’s yacht - for an evening cruise and dinner at the Chicago Yacht Club. We were joined by long-time friends Terry (Whitey) Pearson, Kathy Peterson (who flew in from NY), Marissa Rudman, Diane Gottlieb and Mike Wilkie. It was the perfect summer night and the city never looked better. There is nothing better than spending time with old friends and I thank you Ann and Kevin for bringing us all together again! Love you! Photos from top left: Marissa Rudman, Whitey Pearson, me, Kathy Peterson and hostess Ann Dwyer; Mike Wilkie and Kevin Dwyer; Whitey Pearson, Kathy Peterson and Ann Dwyer; Diane Gottlieb and Marissa Rudman. For more photos from this fantastic evening, click here!
Another fun summer soiree was hosted by Diane and Sandy Whitely. They had a stellar guest list with over 40 friends and since Sandy worked at NBC for over 33 years, there were a lot of guests from the station there too such as Anna Davlantes, Paul Nagano, Kim Vatis, Susan Ellefson and her hubby Bryan Kurtz, Stanley Paul and Cynthia Olson, Candace Corr, BJ Jones (Artistic Director of Northlight Theater), Brenda Sexton, Todd Lizak, Lydia and Francois Alouf, Evie and Herb Glieberman, Audrey and Len Rubin, Daniele and Dan Roberts, Jack Frost and Fantashia Hauss and her handsome boyfriend Simone Ortolani. Their wonderful summer menu created by Finesse Cuisine offered peach Bellinis, mini Angus burgers, yellow split pea veggie burgers, rosemary marinated lamb loin, beef tartar on brown butter biscuits and frozen goat cheese mousse with crushed sunflowers and caramelized honey. The chef even picked herbs from Diane and Sandy’s garden to add to the selections! I know this party won’t soon be forgotten! Can’t wait for the next one, Diane and Sandy! Photos from top left: Candace Corr, hostess Diane Whitely and BJ Jones; Anna Davlantes; Paul Nagano, host Sandy Whitely and NBC anchor Kim Vatis; Fantashia Hauss and Simone Ortolani; Thomas Monahan with Lydia and Francis Alouf; Susan Ellefson and Bryan Kurtz; Brenda Sexton and Tom Lizak. For more photos from this great party, click here!
The American Craft Exposition is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a preview party on Thursday, August 27th. This event, which runs from August 28th through August 30th, will raise money for breast and ovarian cancer research and will showcase exhibitors in many different areas including basketry, ceramics, emerging artists, furniture, glass, leather, jewelry and furniture among others. The event will be held at the Henry Crown pavilion on the campus of Northwestern University. Tickets for the Collector’s Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. are $150 and includes admission to the three day expo. Tickets for the Benefit Preview party from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. are $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to www.americancraftexpo.org or call 847-570-5095. Over the past 10 years, they have raised over $4.5 million for ground breaking research but this year will be one of their most challenging with the deflated economy. I hope you can come out and support this worthy cause AND have some fun! Photos: creations for the American Craft Exposition.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition of CandidCandace. This video, if you’re anything like me, will make you rethink your dog training capabilities! Have a great week!
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