5 Overhyped Nightlife Trends of 2008

Group punch bowls for sharing, as seen at Rebar (401 N. Wabash Ave.). Sexy or suspect? Germaphobes, discuss.   The persistence of bottle service, as seen at Crescendo (222 W. Ontario St.)—despite a tanking economy and nose-diving 401(k)s   Handcrafted cocktails, as seen at The Violet Hour (1520 N. Damen Ave.). Do tipsy nightlifers really … Read more

In These Times


It seems like everyone is discounting these days—even those who rarely do. On the Thos. Moser Web site it says, “Our long-time customers know that we don’t have “sales”. However, during these unprecedented times….” Now the company is offering 10 percent off its most popular sellers (such as the New Gloucester rocker, now $1,595, and the Lolling chair, $2,600, and ottoman, $855, both shown above). Also look for up to 20 percent off on showroom samples and customer returns.

Sweet Dreams


I can’t wait to get over to Arelle Fine Linens to manhandle their new ultra-luxe sheets. Arelle says that Sferra Bros created the super-soft sheets and duvet covers after two years of research and development. Giza Egyptian cotton is said to be the finest in the world, previously only available for fine men’s shirts. The cotton is grown in the valley of the River Nile; it’s woven in Italy. Yum.

Housing Bulletin: And now, the rest of the story

Every Thursday except holidays, I post a short tour of a home that is for sale, including the sellers’ asking price. But the asking price is only half of the story, as the past year’s market drop has clarified for all of us; the other half is the final selling price.
So, as Paul Harvey would say, now here’s the rest of the story on several properties I posted on Thursdays in 2008…

Tile, Topped

This new collection of tile-topped tables comes from Fran Brady, a furniture maker who is the force behind Madeline Fairchild Designs. The tables are handmade here in the U.S. from wood or iron bases—the tile comes from around the world.

From Russia, With Love

Perhaps it’s my family roots in Mother Russia tugging, but when I got an email from Gallery KH announcing an upcoming exhibit of the fantastical paintings of Soviet-born, France-based Roman Zaslonov, I was immediately compelled. Can you imagine having such a dramatic painting in your home? I guess I’m not alone in feeling this way: enthusiasts wait for years to acquire pieces of his work—which will be on display for the first time in the U.S. at KH from January 16 to March 7. By the way, the painting above, La Robe d’Architecte en Rouge, is priced at $97,000

Midnight Spoils

Tough Talk

In the wake of all of the warm fuzzies and holiday cheer, what better way to return to the cynicism of the real world than a night with Neil LaBute? To cap off its season dedicated to the darkly comedic playwright, Profiles Theatre (4147 N. Broadway; profilestheatre.org) hosts an evening with LaBute on Saturday, January 3rd. A preshow reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by readings and an audience Q&A. Admission is $50 and includes a ticket to the theatre’s next…