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Service Club "Day on the Terrace" co-chairs Jean Antoniou (SC pres), Tracey DiBuono (show producer) and Sharyl Mackey.

The Service Club of Chicago, one of our city’s oldest charitable organizations, hosted its annual “Day on the Terrace” fashion show and luncheon at the Peninsula Chicago on August 7. This year's theme featured a

Tina Gravel makes her runway debut wearing Lauren Lein.

butterfly, symbolizing 133 years of change. The event, that welcomed over 300 guests along with returning veteran co-chairs Jean Antoniou, Tracey Tarantino DiBuono and Sharyl Mackey, offered a ‘first look’ at fall fashion. Participating stores this year included: alice + Olivia, Anne Fontaine, Contessa

Ryan Baker and Micah Materre.

Bottega, Elda de la Rosa Couture, Lauren Lein Ltd., MaxMara, Mira Couture, Peter Millar, St. John Boutique, SYLWIA, and York Furriers. A dazzling finale presentation featured models wearing designs from Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, escorted by dashing members of the

Kathy Piccone, Nikki Friar and designer Sylwia.

U.S Marines Corps. The crowd stood and applauded in a patriotic salute when they mounted the stage as the “Marines Hymn” played them on. The runway show was produced by ZZAZZ Productions with Tracey Tarantino DiBuono. DJ Akib supplied the background music for both the fashion show and after-party. Media personalities included Micah Materre, D.C. Crenshaw (with wife Alayna), Ryan Baker (with wife Jessa), Lou Canellis, Leah Chavie, Michael

Adiat Baker and Iya Bakare (the "B Sisters")

Kutza, Laura Schwartz, and Whitney Reynolds. Ashlea Hearn, Chicago Star Associate Editor, made her debut on

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Tina Weller at after-party.

the runway as well, wearing St. John. Luncheon guests left with loaded goodie bags that included makeup and colognes donated by return supporter Claudio Riaz, a gift certificate for services from the Paul Rehder Salon, Divine Biscotti (donated by Debi Catenacci), and so much more! The after-party included light bites, cocktails, and music

Myra Reilly with family and friends.

by DJ Akib on the Shanghai Terrace. Event sponsors included Diamond Sponsors: 2X2 Health Private Nursing, Sherry Abrahams, Paula Borg and Kristine Kinder, Lauren Brynjelsen and Darby Hills, Cheryl Coleman and Susan Gohl, Marilyn

Dawn Hasbrouck (Fox-32 anchor) with Marine escort in DOT finale.

Hayden, Sharyl Mackey and Patty Marx, and Sherrill Bodine. Gold Sponsors: Melissa Babcock, Kathy Cook and Leslie Logsdon; Mary Lasky and Kate Prange; and Lodge Management Group (Lyn McKeaney). Silver

Jennifer Clarke and Andrea Antoniou.

Sponsors: Jean and Andy Antoniou; Tracey DiBuono; Gene & Georgetti, Weller Dental and Nina Mariano. The Service Club of Chicago’s mission is to assist, improve and expand on nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area. Its grant recipients are in social service, cultural, educational, and civic fields. (Check the website for more Service Club events and info here. Photos by John Reilly Photography and moi)


After-party fun on the Shanghai Terrace.


Maria Pinto and friends at opening of her new boutique.

Maria Pinto, the esteemed Chicago-based fashion designer who has dressed luminaries like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and countless other women of note over nearly three decades, has announced the move of her West Loop boutique to a new, larger (3,000-sq-ft) retail

Maria Pinto at 710 N. Wabash.

space in Chicago’s Gold Coast at 710 N. Wabash Ave. The move also ushers a meaningful name change of her label, M2057 by Maria Pinto, to the simple and iconic Maria Pinto. Her work first skyrocketed with her luxury collection in the early 1990’s, which was found in esteemed boutiques like Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Ultimo and Saks. Even Mick Jagger became a fan, wearing one of her scarves during a performance at Soldier Field. In the

D.C. Crenshaw and friend.
Michel Desjardins, Emmanuel Nony and friend.

early 2000’s, she stepped further into the international limelight, as First Lady Obama and Oprah sought and confidently wore her custom pieces. She has since earned countless accolades and honors over the course of her career. In 2013, and with a desire to create accessible, effortless fashion that empowers women to feel chic and

Justine Fedak (R) and friends.

confident, Maria launched M2057 by Maria Pinto and began selling timeless, ready-to-wear collections at her West Loop Chicago boutique, as well as online, where they remain available today. Her new boutique features carefully chosen fixtures and furnishings: An ethereal

David Zivan (center), D.C. Crenshaw and friend.

Mooon rug by Moooi Carpets; sleek Hahns Boodt Mannequins; an otherworldly Melt Chandelier by Tom Dixon; a modern Alwa One Table in Smokey Grey and Black by Sebastian Herkner; easy

Sanjay Sharma and Maria Pinto.

Custom Color Wendelbo Lobby Chairs; architecturally significant chairs by Toogood Spade and more. Immersive, larger-than-life photography of the designer’s current and archival collections adorns the walls, along with art pieces created by Ms. Pinto herself—whose passion for art led her to study both fine art and fashion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). (Photos by Barry Brecheisen)

With more than 100 unique performances each summer between June and September, Ravinia Festival exerts an irresistible

Heather Headley performs at Ravinia Festival Gala.

allure for lovers of live music. For its latest Ravinia Festival Gala, that joy was elevated ten-fold by Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Heather Headley. Accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Chief Conductor Marin Alsop, her performance was

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Rick and Gala Co-Chair Andrea Bechtel; Troy and Ravinia Festival Women's Board Chair Michele Ihlanfeldt; Gala Co-Chair Kelly and Jim Epstein.

nothing short of breathtaking. Headley is best known for originating the role of Nala in the smash hit Broadway musical, Lion King, and the title role of Aida for which she received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her Grammy win came for her 2010 gospel album, Audience of One. She is

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BMO Commercial Bank Vice Chair Eric Smith and Ravinia Festival President and CEO Jeff Haydon.

also an Olivier Award Nominee for her role in The Bodyguard on London’s West End. The afternoon's festivities commenced on the North Lawn with a cocktail reception (sponsored by BMO) set amidst Ravinia Festival’s renowned sculpture garden. As guests

Ellie Forman (L) and friend.

mingled among masterpieces by Fernando Botero and Richard Hunt, the delightful melodies of the Ravinia Jazz Scholars & Mentors ensemble created a wonderful ambiance. Inside the Pavilion, over 600 guests and other music lovers alike gathered to enjoy the concert,

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Elise and Ravinia Festival Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher J. Klein.

sponsored by The Dancing Skies Foundation. On the lawn, adorned with picnic tables and champagne, even more attendees relished the perfect weather and the performance.

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Ramsey Prince (of Maison du Prince), event designer with friend.

Adding to the magic were the talented musicians from the Ravinia Lawndale Music School and the Voices of Trinity Mass Choir, who accompanied her performance. Headley's program was full of her favorite Broadway and other hit songs by Elton John, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Arlen, Tim Minchin, Kurt Weill, and others. She surprised the audience with the introduction of tenor Rodrick Dixon, who joined her

Pre-performance cocktail reception on the lawn.

for a spirited and inspiring finale. Within a beautifully adorned tent on the Ravinia grounds, the crowd enjoyed a dinner sponsored by Allstate and created

Garden-inspired decor by Maison du Prince.

by Jewell Events Catering. Décor by Maison Du Prince featured an elegant garden party theme. The "ceiling" twinkled with thousands of enchanting white lights while each table featured unique décor, with some guests dining under quaint iron cupolas placed above elaborate floral displays, while others enjoyed the evening's splendor surrounded by crystal candelabra and flickering candlelight. The "dinner in a garden" theme was completed with an array of mismatched crystal glasses and colorful, floral-patterned tablecloths. Hosted by the Women’s Board and co-chaired by Andrea Bechtel and Kelly Epstein, this 57th gala concert raised over $800,000 and is the only performance fundraiser benefiting Ravinia and its Reach Teach Play educational programs which engage more than 75,000 students and community members in interactive, free musical opportunities throughout Cook and Lake Counties. (Photos by Patrick Gipson, complete Ravinia Festival summer schedule here. 

Ravinia Festival Gala decor by Maison du Prince.


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Fashion Social Hour at Kashmir.

The Curio Experience in partnership with Bonhomme Hospitality hosted its second Fashion Social Hour at Kashmir, on the edge of the West Loop, where guests

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Chic and sexy at Kashmir!

were treated to cocktails, a live performance, and a great venue for mixing and mingling. The mission of the group is to bring together the Chicago fashion community for networking and possible collaborations. At these monthly meetups, fashion designers, stylists, photographers, models, retailers, content creators and other creatives that need to work

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Ian Gerard (co-founder of The Curio, 2nd from L), Meiling Jin, Rey Rodriguez, and friend.

together to be successful, are able to connect with one another in stylish locations around Chicago. The crowd of 250 included a bevy of beautiful models and content creators including Meiling Jin, Alisha Hoath, Edwin Medina, Jessica Milagros and Amy Kashmir curio-038Anderson, designers including Jamie Hayes of Production Mode, Tania Mackey of NICZKA, AV Grannan, Jen Mason of Urban Sewing Society, and Viviana Langhoff, America Next Top Winner Jaslene Gonzalez, FGI Chicago heads Bhavana Jain and Hila Geller, Marquan Jones and leadership team of Chicago Fashion Coalition, Anna Kashmir curio-025Hovet Dias of Chicago Fashion Incubator, Christine Griffith of Blk + Brwn Market, Ambar Campos of AIBI, Arabel Alva Rosales of Runway LatinX, Model Agency leads Jesse Abudayyeh (Select) and David Sanchez (10 MGMT), and Dani Alonso and his team from Bonhomme Hospitality. And of course lots of stylists, fashion photographers, retailers, and other industry members. I think this is such a great idea! Congrats to all, including Ian Gerard (The Curio co-founder) for this wonderful concept!


Domanique Woods and Peanut
Domanique Woods and Peanut.

PAWS Chicago hosted its 20th annual Beach Party at Offshore at Navy Pier recently. Over 400 animal-loving humans with 100 four-legged companions converged on this gorgeous venue, reported to be the world’s largest

Beach Party 2023 Meliss and Michael Canning
Melissa and Michael Canning.

rooftop bar, to raise funds for this beloved nonprofit. Co-chaired by Vasoula Rehkson and Anna Simon, the event netted over $400,000. It was a gorgeous night that offered spectacular views of the skyline and Lake Michigan. Outstanding silent auction

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Alison Fogarty, Sean Fogarty, Teresa Bernue, Bill Jacobs.

prizes included tickets for four to see soccer legend Lionel Messi in his first game at Soldier Field; a package of rare bourbons curated by Binny’s Beverage Depot; and tickets to performances by John Legend and Carrie Underwood. Returning emcees,

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Co-emcee Jake Hamilton with his rescue dog Daenerys.

Lisa Dent (of WGN radio) and Jake Hamilton (of Fox-32) helped PAWS co-founder Paula Fasseas present an adoptable dogs showcase. Two of the cuties found their forever homes that night. Paula shared, “We’re all here

Kristina and Emilia Augustyniak.

because we love animals. Most of these dogs come from Animal Care and Control. For years we kept getting better and better with our spay/neuter program and the euthanasia rate has just plummeted over the years. However, over this year and last year, the rate is starting to go up, which is very sad and alarming. This is happening because, since COVID, there has

Renata and Bob Block with their rescue dog.

been just so much disarray in people’s lives. Many people are having to give up their pets and our Animal Care and Control is inundated every day. We are working very hard to grow our foster programs and to ramp up our adoption programs. We really need to continue doing more and more spay/neuter. Most clinics closed, it’s hard to get vet

Howard Tullman and Chuck Jordan.

appointments, a lot of the small rescues have closed too. It’s very, very sad. So, we’re focusing our energy on Animal Care and Control. We’re doing less transport from Oklahoma and all those wonderful places


that have relied on us, but we must focus on Chicago. It’s  number one. The economy and inflation have really had an impact on the lives of these sweet, voiceless animals.” During the event, guests enjoyed illustrations by artist Kristine Steiner, a dinner buffet and dancing. Canine counterparts enjoyed their own dinner buffets from Merrick Pet Care and a doggie spa. Brook Jay won an exciting package to a private benefit with actor Will Ferrell and his celebrity friends. Congrats to PAWS, that to date, has facilitated over 90,000 adoptions!!!

The backbone of PAWS Chicago, its volunteers.


Signed photoThanks to the Navy Seal Foundation for the opportunity to interview Captain Chris Cassidy, a Navy Seal and NASA astronaut. He’s the first Seal/Astronaut after Captain Will Shepherd, who was part of the first

Captain Chris Cassidy.

crew on the International Space Station. Cassidy was honored with two Bronze Stars and went into space three times, also serving on the Space Station. During a lighthearted moment, he became the first astronaut to take a selfie in space. The photo went viral in 2017. Today, he is a spokesperson and advocate for many nonprofits, including the Navy Seal Foundation. Below is an excerpt from our Q&A: What's was one of your most awe-inspiring moments in space? I think opening the hatch on my first spacewalk and seeing Earth below, you know,

Captain Cassidy was a big hit with everyone at the event.

just outside, holding on with one hand, seeing Earth go by at five miles a second. And, yeah, that was what probably took my breath away; What was your scariest moment? “We had a spacewalk where my buddy and I were out IMG_5939there, and his spacesuit malfunctioned and there was water leaking inside his helmet and we had to hurry up and get back in. That was probably the scariest moment.”; With your unique perspective of the cosmos, do you think there's life on other planets? “I think that the universe is so giant, somewhere out there, there's life. We just don't know. I don't believe it's in our solar system, but in my opinion, it’s naive to think that it couldn't exist anywhere in the universe.”; What do you think about the civilians in space program and what advice would you give to those

Beautiful setting, beautiful day to hear from Captain Cassidy.

planning to go? “So, it's more complicated than just

Captain Cassidy's viral space selfie.

buying a ticket and sitting in row 15, seat C. You know there's risk to it, but I think it's the success of the commercial companies right now that are driving that risk down somewhat. But there's always a possibility that some piece of equipment won't work the way it's supposed to on that given day and so, understanding those risks, understanding what you're getting into, and why we

A patriotic welcome on the North Shore.

train so intently, it’s not for the good day when everything goes by the plan, but it's for when things start breaking that you can save yourself, save the equipment, keep the thing alive, and your crew mates alive. So just have an appreciation for that and take the training seriously, because it's more than just an enjoyable ride. There's a lot to it.”; How did your training as a Navy SEAL help you as an astronaut? “The military does an amazing job, SEAL teams specifically, of preparing IMG_5934somebody to, in simple terms, walk, chew gum, talk on the radio, and make decisions all at the same time. You're dealing with a dynamic environment. Stuff in front of you is changing. You've got to talk on the radio, communicate that to somebody else, so that you have coordinated effort in that mission. All of that translates exactly to being an effective astronaut. So, I definitely

We hope to see you at the Navy Seal Foundation's "Evening of Tribute" on Sept. 13.

had some advantage with that training under my belt when I got there, but the NASA training is really good, and everybody gets up to that speed eventually.” The afternoon soiree included a Q&A with about 25 guests at the home of Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel Satter. Invitees enjoyed mingling with Cassidy, taking photos, and a lavish lunch buffet before Cassidy answered further questions and shared his history in a delightful pavilion on the grounds that was situated in front of an infinity pool with a spectacular lake view in the background.  (Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 13, when the Navy Seal Foundation hosts its 12th signature fundraiser, “Midwest Evening of Tribute,” at Navy Pier’s AON Grand Ballroom. All details here.) ______________________________________________________________________

E. Frank Family Vineyards representative Julie Larsen
Frank Family Vineyards representative Julie Larsen.

The 26th Annual Union League Boys & Girls Clubs hosted its annual Wine Dinner fundraiser at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event, co-chaired by Stacy Fleming and David Torres, featured vintage wine tastings and pairings hosted by Calistoga, California

D. Wine Dinner Co-Chairs David Torres and Stacy Fleming
Wine Dinner Co-Chairs David Torres and Stacy Fleming.

winery Frank Family Vineyards and a multi-course meal. Julie Larsen from Frank Family Vineyards, was the keynote speaker. For 104 years, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs have been serving youth in neighborhoods with the highest hardship

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David Torres, Julie Larsen, Stacy Fleming, Mary Ann Mahon Huels, Alexandra Nicholson, Thomas E. Payne.

index in Chicago; providing quality programming centered on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Today, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs serve over 15,000 youth

K. ULBGC President & CEO Mary Ann Mahon Huels
ULBGC President & CEO Mary Ann Mahon Huels

  members at 21 well-equipped and professionally staffed inner-city Clubs, that bring effective after-school programming to youth in communities including Humboldt Park, Pilsen, West Town, Bucktown, South Lawndale and Englewood as well as to youth in the Juvenile Detention Center and at an overnight camp in Kenosha County Wisconsin. Note: The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs is a distinct non-profit separate from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, although both are charters of the national Boys & Girls Clubs organization. For more information, please click here.


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Mis' Lois Gates and Anne Mills with Elite Presenting Sponsors The Grateful Family of Tricia McGee.

Misericordia Heart of Mercy hosted its 26th Artist in All event at the Art Institute’s Modern Wing July 19. Over 1000 supporters came out in force to bid on 240+ pieces of artwork created by talented Misericordia resident artists

David and Susan Axelrod with daughter Lauren.
David and Susan Axelrod with daughter Lauren.

with the assistance of dedicated staff and volunteers. Even the invite’s artwork graphics were created by residents in the Art Program where participants use paint and other media to experience the joy that self-expression brings. It was a great night for this amazing nonprofit that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Congrats to Sister Rosemary, Lois Gates and their amazing team. Love this organization so much. (For more info, click here!)

The Artist in All 2023 Committee
Misericordia's "The Artist in All" 2023 Committee


"The Who's Tommy," the most successful production in Goodman Theatre history!

Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Director Susan V. Booth and Executive Director/CEO Roche Schulfer announced that the Goodman’s must-see musical The Who’s Tommy smashed box office records, officially becoming the highest-grossing production in the 98-year history of TOMMY_1Chicago’s largest not-for-profit theater company. Tony Award-winning original creators Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff joined the company on stage for a bow as the “amazing journey” concluded following a matinee in Chicago on Sunday, Aug 6. The unanimously acclaimed, twice-extended production “went clean” in the 856-seat Albert Theatre selling a record number of single tickets and selling out 36 performances. Audiences attending hailed from all 50 United States, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as 21 other countries as far away as New Zealand, with many patrons attending multiple performances.

The Who's Tommy's original creators Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, join the company on closing night to celebrate the Goodman Theatre's most successful production in history. (Photo by Liz Lauren)


Chance the Rapper at the WNDR Museum. (Photo by Meiling Jin)

Celebrated global hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper hosted the launch of The Chance Store, a special retail pop-up at WNDR Museum Chicago (1130 W. Monroe), in celebration of his sold-out Acid Rap Ten

Mr. & Mrs.- Jobba Maxey and Val Warner.

Year Anniversary Show at the United Center with a VIP Party on Aug. 16, at the Museum. The place was packed outside and inside with Chance fans who, with the proper wristband, could make their way upstairs to a VIP party. There, a specialty drink was being served along with Harold's (fried) Chicken wings, fries

Ryan Chiaverini and friend Zack.

and ice cream. The room was split into two sides....one was the VVIP party where Chance hung out. He played Bucket Ball with friends, enjoyed a great DJ and mingled. Eventually, he made his way to the VIP section where he smiled for selfies and danced the night away with fans. Guests could also shop in the brand new The Chance Store (that only ran through 8/20) and featured a

limited supply of exclusive merchandise, apparel and

Amy Maniscalho, Chance and Meiling Jin.

accessories including the 10th anniversary edition of the Acid Rap album on vinyl and CD, a collaboration can with Lyrical Lemonade and Chance’s iconic “3” hats in Acid Rap colorways. Besides his hometown of Chicago, Chance brought his Anniversary Show to New York’s

Nick Harkin and Jerry Nunn.

Barclays Center.  On Sept. 21, it will go to the Los Angeles’ Kia Forum. Limited tickets remain at chanceraps.com. To give fans a glimpse into the upcoming tour, Chance dropped the “Acid Rap Tour Rehearsal: That’s Love” video. Soundtracked to Acid Rap single “That’s Love,” the video features nostalgic footage of Chance performing back in the day interwoven with Acid Rap 10 Year Anniversary tour rehearsal scenes. Watch the video here.

Chance and friends at WNDR Museum (photo by Meiling Jin).


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Co-chairs Sophie Goodwillie and Maribeth McElveen, Founders' Board President Maureen Seaman, Dinner on the Bluff Co-chairs Alex Murphy and Annie Barlow.

The Founders' Board of Lurie Children’s hosted its 63rd Annual Dinner on the Bluff and Pro-Am Golf Championship, presented by Wintrust, on June 25 and June 26,

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Devin and Jacinta Staples.

chaired by Sophie Goodwillie and Maribeth McElveen. Over 500 guests gathered at Shoreacres in Lake Bluff to enjoy cocktails, such as “The Birdie” provided by Blue Ash Farm, and dinner overlooking Lake Michigan. The evening highlighted Mental Health Access FORE Every Child and featured patient speaker Leo sharing his personal story about the

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Maureen Seaman, Founders' Board President.

positive impact of access to mental health care, alongside his doctor, Dr. John Parkhurst. The evening was chaired Annie Barlow and Alex Murphy and included a dynamic group of supporters. The following day, the Pro Am Golf Championship brought together 275 golfers and pros for a day of competitive play and crowned the 63rd Annual Pro Am’s newest winners of the June Seaman Trophy: Kevin Stineman, Dan Barlow, Dan Waters and Steve Moffat – joined by pro Gideon Traub. Together the events raised over $1.8M in support of the Founders’ Board $5.5M commitment to Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities. (Robin Subar Photography)


Conor Gee, being installed as the youngest District Governor for Rotary International.

So much love and congrats to friend Conor Gee! He just became the youngest District Governor for Rotary International in the Chicagoland area! His installation was held aboard a boat cruise at Navy Pier. He also threw out the first pitch at the White Sox game recently! He has a long history of doing good in the community and this is yet another step in the right direction. Congrats dear Conor!

And, on another wonderful note of success, the beloved

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Congrats Tanner Branson!

Tanner Branson has just been elevated to Head of Sale of the Luxury Handbag & Couture Department at Hindman. In his new role, he will oversee the department’s four-yearly auctions, liaise with clients nationwide in evaluating their couture, and assist with appraisals, He will support

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Leah Chavie, skincare expert and a "Dynamic Woman."

Hindman Chicago’s headquarters and regional offices around the country. Congrats dear Tanner!

Leah Chavie, fabulous aesthetician and owner of Leah Chavie Skincare, has been included in this year’s CS Magazine’sDynamic Women” feature. Her skills and winning personality have made her a much loved figure in Chicago. Her new Barbie Facials are something you shouldn’t miss either! (leahchavie.com)

As many of you know, Chuck and I lost our two rescue Chihuahuas a few years ago. Mickey and Rooney were the lights of our lives, and we miss them still. After our loss, I

Penny "The Pencil Neck" Jordan.

was sure we would get another pupper in time. I just didn’t realize it would take so long or the intricacies that would be involved. After being pup-less for so long, I guess we became a little bit spoiled. No more worrying if we were out too long or if the water bowls weren’t

Penny has found her forever home.

filled or if the pee pads needed changing. No walks in the park (which now takes courage in the Gold Coast) nor concerns about shots and nail trims either. BUT, this also meant no bundles of energy racing around the house making you smile. No lap cuddles or fetches or loving eyes staring back at you 24 hours of the day. In other words, we were lonely. All the cons did not compare to the multitude of pros so we began a search. Luckily, Susanna Wickham (PAWS Chicago CEO) came to the rescue, introducing us to little Amaya, now “Penny the Pencil Neck.” (To read the full story, click here).


Greek Fest 2023There are so many events I'm looking forward to and I hope you didn't miss my latest coverage of "Dance for Life" in my new Crain's Chicago Business column! (Read/subscribe here!) Here are some other events to put Diana Ross--Sept. 9 on your calendar: Gold Coast Greek Fest (Sept. 15-17); Adler Planetarium's "Celestial Ball" (Sept. 9); Navy Seal Foundation "Midwest Evening of Tribute" on Sept. 13; Ingalls Foundation Diana Ross concert/dinner on Sept. 9; Navy Pier ExPIERience Gala on Sept. 14; Costume Council Men's Fashion Awards, Sept. 14; Music of the Baroque season opener/concerts begins Sept. 17; Gold Coast Fashion Show, Sept. 21/22; Chicago Gourmet begins Sept. 21; National Multiple Sclerosis Society "Dinner of Champions" Sept. 21; FLAIR Chicago Lighthouse is on Sept. 22; Symphony Ball on Sept. 23; Lyric Opera Gala with Audra McDonald on Oct. 6; Eversight 25th anniversary Gala on Oct. 13; Love Purse "Bootleggers" Gala on Oct. 5; Service Club of Chicago gala, "An Evening of A Million Dreams" on Nov. 3; Chicago Police Foundation, "True Blue Event," on Nov. 4; and The Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation's "The Wings to Cure" gala on Nov. 11.  ______________________________________________________________________

Terrace 16- spectacular views from Trump Hotel Chicago.

With Labor Day on the horizon, have you planned your activities? If not, consider summer’s farewell on the spectacular rooftop patio at Terrace 16 on Sunday, Sept.

Terrace 16 patio- perfect for Labor Day and any day.

3 (from noon- 7pm) with grilling, cocktails and fireworks! This ultimate grilling experience will feature an interactive chef's experience, outdoor grill station, extensive craft cocktail program, and more! Enjoy the Navy Pier fireworks display from their iconic patio. Indulge in the Grilling Experience at just $50 per person, featuring a delectable array of dishes including a BBQ Brisket Sandwich, Cheddar Cheeseburger, Footlong Hotdog, Garden Pasta Salad, Balsamic Marinated Portobello Mushroom, and Grilled Asparagus. With the expertise of Executive Sous Chef Derek Feldmeier, your downtown Chicago dining experience at Trump Hotel Chicago will be as unforgettable as the views!  Book here!


The darling Dionne Miller.

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage celebrated its 22nd annual DuPage Gala to highlight the organization’s holistic approach to serving families and individuals. The event took place in Woodridge at Bobak’s Signature Events, with sports anchor Dionne Miller Mfs-dupage-gala-2023_-023_52881163127_o serving as emcee. The evening included impact speeches from families who have benefited from MFS’s Supporting Housing Initiative for Families in Transition program and also recognized its Roger K. Johnson Leadership Awardees -- Mary Ann and Paul Travers, Mike Skarr and Paul Pyrcik  -- for their commitment to Metropolitan and Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan DuPage. The gala was co-chaired by Metropolitan DuPage Board Members Dan McGowan and Emily Shupe. MFS is a nonprofit that provides support and family services to strengthen communities.


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Chef Art Smith- Chef/Humanitarian

I hope you enjoy this latest episode of “Candid Candace – The Podcast!” I interview award-winning Chef Art Smith. His cooking skills and down-to-earth personality have connected him with Lady Gaga, the Dalai Lama and five Artpresidents, to name a few. And, as impressive as his kitchen skills are, his life as a humanitarian is equally inspiring. He shares what’s next on his to-do list, what makes his fried chicken so damn special, and some valuable advice Johnny Carson’s pianist told him. My producer/co-host John St. Augustine and I also chat about a VERY big book launch, Chance the Rapper’s private party, some of my favorite events and so much more! So, grab a piece of Hummingbird Cake, find an easy chair, and enjoy the show! (LISTEN HERE) AND, I hope you will join us on Wednesday, Aug. 30 for Art's "Rainbow at Reunion" party! Details here!


I hope you're enjoying my "Ask Candid Candace" advice column in Chicago Star! I love fielding all your interesting questions and I hope you like my answers. (See latest edition here) I try to add a little humor along with some common sense and I hope it's working! Special thanks to Randolph Street Market for sponsoring this column too! Don't miss Sally's next big markets coming Sept. 23/24 and the Holiday Market Nov. 18/19. (All RSM details here)

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Julie Hightower (Daisie Foundation) and Kathleen Sarpy.

Pretty Powerful 5.0, an event co-founded by Kathleen Sarpy (founder and CEO of Agency H5, a boutique integrated marketing and PR firm) and moi, attracted nearly 100 powerful ladies who are responsible for lifting up our communities through their philanthropic work. IMG_5193Collectively, the women at the Tribune Tower Residences party have raised millions of dollars for Chicago’s nonprofit community. The Residences were the perfect venue for our 5th annual event. Following a toast from Kathleen, invitees enjoyed mingling on the magnificent Crown Terrace, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and taking guided tours of the spectacular residences and

Tribune Tower Residences- Spectacular!

amenities (thanks to the Tribune Tower Residences sales team- Jeanne Martini, Karen Randich Stone, Natalie LaFontaine and Shannon Gibson-Giampa.) Desirée Rogers gifted the attendees with fabulous lipsticks from her successful Fashion Fair cosmetic line sold at Sephora. It was a wonderful night of networking and conversation in a beautiful setting. This event is a thank-you to the fabulous and kind-hearted women who passionately work to promote the work of so many important and impact-driven nonprofits and philanthropic events each year – there certainly are so many worthy causes to highlight that are crucial to supporting the people of Chicago and beyond. A toast to all and thanks to those who participated and, until next year, please continue your wonderful work and we will see you at Pretty Powerful 6.0!


I hope this edition is better late than never! There's so much I want to share with you and I never want to miss anything of importance so sometimes it takes a while to collect all the fun news. I hope I've covered things here that make you smile. As always, please send any events/news my way! Until then, keep the energy positive and your calendars ready. Cheers to unforgettable moments ahead and thanks for sticking with me! :-)

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