Last Girl Standing

7 years
ago

 

Scene and Overheard: Thanksgiving Weekend

The Most Creative and Simultaneously Self-Deprecating Birthday Bash Award Goes to … Rockit Ranch’s Arturo Gomez. Upon entering his party last Wednesday at The Underground, every guest was handed a pair of thick, black-plastic eyeglass frames and instructed to wear them throughout the evening, so that everyone resembled the guest of honor, whose ubiquitous Prada specs never leave his face. A roomful of pretty people sporting nerdy glasses? Priceless…. PLUS: quotes & notes, most interesting press release, things to do tonight, more…

7 years
ago

 

Gobble, Gargle

Last Girl Standing is recovering from Thanksgiving weekend; check back Thursday for a nightlife update.

7 years
ago

 

Stiff Competition, Stiff Drinks

There are worse things than judging a cocktail-making contest—say, waiting 30 minutes to get a drink last night at Bella Lounge before said contest began. I’ll excuse the mishap since the bartenders—not the ones competing, thank goodness—were only allowed to serve specialty cocktails and thus had to read recipes while slinging drinks for 300 or so invited guests. Talk. About. Slow. Service…

7 years
ago

 

Coming Tuesday: Mixmaster Revealed

Last Girl Standing will help judge the fourth annual Finlandia Vodka Cup, a mixology competition featuring some of the city’s best bartenders, tonight at Bella Lounge. Check back tomorrow for a full report. The winning drink slinger goes on to compete in the finals in Lapland, Finland.

7 years
ago

 

Black Wednesday

To the nightlife set, Black Wednesday has nothing to do with the British pound being forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism back in September 1992. Instead, Black Wednesday—a.k.a. The Night Before Thanksgiving—means one thing: the biggest party of the year. Whether you’re looking to unwind before stuffing yourself with turkey or need an evening off before stomaching those holiday-induced family spats, we’ve rounded up the best ways to spend November 21st…

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7 years
ago

 

Celebrity Beat: Kanye West, Kid Rock, John Legend, More

Condolences to Kanye West for the untimely passing of his mom, the intelligent and outspoken Dr. Donda West, 58, whom I had the distinct pleasure of meeting this past summer. Dr. West, a former Chicago State English professor whose book, Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar, came out last May, died of complications relating to a cosmetic surgery procedure Saturday in Los Angeles, according to people.com

7 years
ago

 

Le Passage Lives! Plus, a New York Invasion

Thursday night marked the reopening of Le Passage, which changed hands a few months ago when it parted from the Billy Dec brood and joined Three Headed Productions, a.k.a. the masterminds behind Cans, Salud, Junior’s Sports Lounge, and EvilOlive. Under Dec and Brad Young, Le Passage served as River North’s go-to late-night spot for the last seven years, but the business partners sold their share earlier this year to focus on their other haunts, including Rockit, The Underground, and an Asian-influenced restaurant slated to open next year…

7 years
ago

 

Scene and Overheard

Who knew Last Girl Standing was kind of like confession? Here, the most notable quotes from the last week:

“There I was, standing in a room with 700 women and three gay guys.”
–The Boyfriend, in reference to me dragging him to Thursday’s opening party for the new ultra-feminine Nanette Lepore store in Bucktown

“Oh, my god. Do you want to die? I think I lost my virginity to an R. Kelly CD. I think we put the music up really loud.”
–Kim Kardashian, in an interview I conducted…

7 years
ago

 

Plan Your NYE Now

I received this e-mail the other week from an LGS reader:

Sarah,
Can you give us your thoughts on a good New Year’s Eve party this year? We are all single, professional women, different ethnicities, and in our 30s. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

That’s a question I’m plagued by every year—along with just about everyone I know. “I’ve never had an amazing New Year’s Eve here,” one friend said to me recently. “How sad is that?"…

7 years
ago

 

Halloween for Grownups

Forget long road trips stuck in the car with squabbling siblings (although we had some of that, too): My 10-day trip to Italy completely redefined “family vacation.” We spent a chunk of the trip holed up in a Tuscan villa, but we were officially there for my uncle’s wedding, which took place in Rome at the magnificent Borghese Castle . Who knows? The next wedding I attend could be my own…

PLUS: A few spots to get your own trick-or-treat on

7 years
ago

 

LGS off to Italy

Last Girl Standing is off to Italy to cap off her international wedding tour; she’ll be attending her uncle’s nuptials in Rome before retreating to a villa in Tuscany for a week with her family.

7 years
ago

 

Where’s the Food?

“What do you think the biggest difference is between Fashion Week in Chicago and places like Paris or New York?” Lakeview Broadcasting Company’s Stephen Westman whispered in my ear during Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion runway show Tuesday night. “The biggest difference is, instead of Anna Wintour sitting in the front row, we are,” I responded.

Although I’ve never attended Fashion Week anywhere else, I can only imagine what it’s like…

7 years
ago

 

It Ain’t Easy Being Pink and Green

“I’m trying to prolong the summer,” Jerry Kleiner said, only half-joking, when I asked him why he chose pink and green as this year’s theme for his annual color-coded bash for beautiful people, held last Friday. “And look: It’s working,” he added, referring to the record-breaking 85-degree weather.

Anyone who knows Kleiner—probably one of the city’s most recognizable restaurateurs, whose holdings include…

7 years
ago

 

15 Minutes with … Kelli Zink

Who: Kelli Zink, 27, Chicago by way of Detroit
Job: Host and reporter, CelebTV.com
Status: Super single—"typical young professional girl who doesn’t have time for a guy, blah, blah, blah.”
Neighborhood: Gold Coast

After attending Michigan State University, where she was a Spartan cheerleader for two years, Kelli Zink started anchoring in South Bend, Indiana, covering local and national sports. In 2003 she moved to L.A. to help launch the NFL Network as a producer. “It was the kind of job that people automatically assume you’re cool and you’re into sports…

7 years
ago

 

Celebrity Beat: Keeping up with Kim Kardashian

L.A. socialite and one-time Paris Hilton sidekick Kim Kardashian came to town this past weekend to host Poparazzi Friday at Crobar. The event meant Kim got a night off from filming her reality-TV show, Keeping up with the Kardashians, which premieres October 14th on E! The show follows the lives of Kim and her nine siblings: Kim’s dad was the late O. J. defense attorney Robert Kardashian; her mom, Kris, is now married to Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner; between them, Kris and Bruce ride herd over a Brady Bunch-style brood (including MTV’s The Hills heartthrob Brody Jenner)…