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April 16, 2011 -– The Heartland Alliance held a preview party at the Lost Dunes Golf Club to announce the features for the 2011 Celebration of Home & Garden tour to be held on June 11th in Harbor Country, Michigan. The Celebration of Home & Garden benefits Heartland Alliance’s affordable housing initiatives for low income families in Chicago and the Midwest. The tour is a southwest Michigan and northern Indiana tradition for 850 attendees and features some of the most architecturally significant homes and breathtaking gardens in Harbor Country. For more information, visit www.homeandgardentour.com. Read more
April 13, 2011 -- The Merchandise Mart unveiled the 7th annual DreamHome at an exclusive preview gala, which benefited the UCCRF Women's Board. The gala raised funds to support basic cancer biology research at the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center. Attendees were the first to see this year’s DreamHome featuring nine elegant and sophisticated rooms by Chicago's top designers, such as Julia Buckingham Edelmann, Frank Ponterio, Michael Abrams, and more. The 2011 DreamHome is open to the public through December 9, 2011. Read more
April 16, 2011--The Women's Board of the Chicago Zoological Society hosted the 30th annual Whirl at Brookfield Zoo on April 16. The theme for the black-tie fundraiser was "Whirl on the Shimmering Seas” in celebration of 50 years of caring for dolphins at Brookfield Zoo as well as commemorating 40 years of dolphin research in Sarasota Bay, Florida. The $600-per-person gala was chaired by Mrs. James (Kay) M. Guyette of Chicago. The event, which was attended by more than 700 guests, began at the zoo’s Seven Seas exhibit, where, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amongst the zoo’s seven Atlantic bottlenose dolphins followed by dinner in the Grand Tent. Proceeds, which grossed approximately $1.3 million, will support the animals at Brookfield Zoo, as well as the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation and education programs. Read more
Apparently a lot of people believe that tornadoes can't strike big cities, or at least the downtown area. It's a little more than an old wives' tale, but a lot less than the truth. Read more
I'm not saying the royals will always be with us. But apparently we'll have them to kick around for awhile, if not as God's chosen rich people, then as a 21st century brand. At least it's not as unavoidable as it was in Chicago circa 1959. Read more
As royal wedding fanatics counted down the final hours before Prince William and Kate Middleton’s walk down the aisle, the happy couple was toasted in the Chicago home of British Consul General Robert Chatterton Dickson at a party that merged English pomp (ladies in hats; men in ties and tails) with Midwestern circumstance (coffee mugs immortalizing the... Read more