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Last Girl Standing

8 years
ago

 

Celebrity Beat: Fergie, Kristin Cavallari, Jim Belushi, and more

Jim Belushi, the Chicago native and star of ABC’s “According to Jim,” hosted a pre-opening party and Imerman Angels fundraiser Thursday night at Martini Park, the newest addition to the River North scene. I congratulated Belushi on his show being picked up for a seventh season. “How cool is that?” he responded. And when I asked about his reaction to the news: “What about my wife’s reaction?” he cracked. “She said, ‘I’m gonna get a new car.’”

8 years
ago

 

Breaking Nightlife News

Relax: It’s just a bar, not a sign of the neighborhood going down the drain. That’s the underlying sentiment behind the little lounge that could, once called Pharmacy, now called Relax Lounge (1450 W. Chicago Ave.). After seven months of waiting for its liquor license, the rock ’n’ roll-inspired West Town lounge will open to the public next Tuesday, July 17th.

The delay, owners say, was due in part to neighborhood residents petitioning against the bar, fearing the addition of a dingy dive to the ’hood. But Relax is in keeping with the burgeoning area’s other cleaned-up hipster hangs, Five Star and Sonotheque, both of which draw a slick, grown-up crowd and help drive business into the area. After inviting residents to a series of open houses and generally making nice (not to mention sitting through two hearings with the liquor commission), co-owners David Lehtman and Brian Eldridge received word on July 3rd that their license had come through. “I had a sense of relief, excitement, and victory,” Lehtman says…

8 years
ago

 

The Singles Table

I just got back from a whirlwind wedding tour that took me to San Diego and Traverse City, Michigan—two out-of-town weddings back to back, although both couples reside here in Chicago. That’s the thing about thirtysomething weddings: The betrothed often eschew holding the ceremony in one of their own hometowns in favor of some fancy resort in an exotic (or at least out of town) locale. While it can place a bit of a burden on the guests, the getaway wedding weekend almost always ends up being more fun than the traditional in-town, one-night occasion at a local hotel, and it allows for more bonding time with the couple’s family and friends. Since I’m one of those sentimental types who loves getting to know the parents and cries at speeches, I’m a total sucker for that stuff.

8 years
ago

 

Celebrity Beat: Heather Graham at the Gen Art Chicago Film Festival

Film festivals usually mean open bars and swag bags—and true to form, this inaugural fest had both. Tuesday was the opening night of the first-ever Gen Art Chicago Film Festival. “Five premieres. Five parties,” the invite read. New York has been hosting the fest for 12 years now, but Chicago scored a stop this year as well. “We are the first Gen Art office to carry on the festival,” says Amanda Nosal, director of Gen Art Chicago. “We’re proud that we were chosen over L.A., San Fran, and Miami [where Gen Art also has offices]. It makes sense, though; Chicago is really making its mark in the film world, and, well, we also love a great party.”

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8 years
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Team of Two

’Tis the season for weddings. On Friday night, I attended yet another bachelorette party, this time for S. R., a founding member of Team Lush, who’s getting married at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego this coming weekend. About 10 girls got together to shower the bride-to-be with lingerie and advice before sending her off into matrimonial bliss. Of the 10, two are single; one is in a serious relationship; another has been married for a year; two are pregnant with their second children; and three have at least one kid each already. Conversation throughout the night hovered around husbands, pregnancy, children, grocery shopping, and sex. Only one of those topics I could personally relate to—OK, two, if you count grocery shopping for one.

8 years
ago

 

The Goodbye Girl

A friend of mine is moving to L.A. in a couple of weeks, so a group of us girls got together last night at Piazza Bella in Roscoe Village to send her off. She picked the restaurant: “This is my new Settimana,” she said on the ride over, referencing the shuttered Wicker Park café. “I still can’t believe that place closed.” Soon, though, she’ll have to find a new, new Settimana.

8 years
ago

 

Celebrity Beat

Summer in the city really means celebrities in the city. Seen on the scene, in the last week alone:

Thursday, June 7
Perhaps the most celeb-studded party Chicago has seen in recent years, the official Ocean’s Thirteen opening bash took place at Jerry Kleiner’s Room 21 last Thursday, following the movie’s premiere at AMC River East 21. Hosted by Vanity Fair, the party doubled as a charity event for Darfur; the cheapest ticket went for a cool $2,000. “Everything was draped in red, and it looked like the VIP-VIP-VIP room of Las Vegas’s best casino,” says guest Jonathan Landan, president of the marketing company A-Life Group. “George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle,…

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