August 13th -- Designs for Dignity held their first Kick Off event for the 2009 Kitchen Walk hosted by Artemide. More than 350 attendees sipped on cocktails from Grey Goose and Martini & Rossi. Catering was provided by Piccolo Sogno and great raffle prizes were coveted by the party goers. Celebrity raffle puller Jan Parr was on hand to dole out fabulous prizes to the winners. The event raised nearly $6,000 for Designs for Dignity. The Kitchen Walk event will be held on Saturday, October 17th in Michigan's beautiful Harbor Country. Visit www.designsfordignity.org for more info or to purchase tickets! Read more
Wrigleyville's The Central has been, well, decentralized. Which is not to say the neighborhood is suddenly lacking for bars: In its place, the Eat Well, Drink Better team (LaSalle Power Co., English, Angels & Mariachis) has introduced Rockwood Place, a neo-dive of the sort increasingly seen around town, where cheap beer takes precedence over... Read more
August 20, 2009—Chicago magazine and Jose Cuervo hosted “Live Notoriously Well” to celebrate its premium silver tequila Platino on The Terrace at the Conrad Chicago. Guests enjoyed signature Jose Cuervo Platino cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Read more
The American Craft Expo has come and gone, but you can still check out the work of some of the local artisans who participated, including Andrew Stansell, who makes metal adaptations of traditional wooden furniture (such as this cabinet). Jordan Goodman’s X chair is a feat of engineering in ash with hand-tanned, cut, and stitched leather.
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By Dennis Rodkin
The other day I blogged about the black sink and toilet in the bathroom at Nightwood. Shortly after, I got an email about the latest collection from Alessi: Il Bagno Dot in black (it came out in this color in May). This look is a bit more severe than that of Nightwood , but I gotta say, there’s something interesting about going noir in the loo. Il Bagno Alessi is available at Waterware.
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By Dennis Rodkin
Oak Park will soon have a new consignment shop for upscale home furnishings and accessories. Kellie Scott, the owner, is accepting consignments at 111 N. Oak Park Ave. She says she’s already got a ton of great finds, from a 1920s vintage art deco dining set to ultra modern tables and couches. Of particular interest: some 80 pieces from a modern furniture store that closed in Wisconsin recently. These brand-new pieces are at least 50 percent off their original price. She’s also got a $7,000 sectional that a North Shore interior designer is looking to unload because it’s the wrong color—it’s just $1,999. Divine Consign is open from noon–5 p.m. through the end of this week to accept consignments. It will be open to shoppers beginning Friday or Saturday, Scott says.
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