January 21, 2010 -- For the 16th consecutive year Chicago magazine honored its Chicagoans of the Year, six individuals who have changed life in the city for the better. The magazine celebrated their achievements at its annual Chicagoans of the Year Luncheon at the Four Seasons Chicago Hotel sponsored in part by Coldwell Banker. The Chicagoans of the Year honorees each received a donation to the charity of their choice, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune Foundation. Read more

This Sunday, January 31, at 2 p.m., Scout will be showing eight watercolors by the late Chicago architect and artist Robert Tague, courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery. At the same time, a sampling of wine will be served, courtesy of Andersonville Wine and Spirits. Soothing watercolors and wine in a cozy shop. What a pleasant way to spend a cold Sunday afternoon.

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After 152 years in business, Porter’s of Racine, a fine furniture store, is closing. North Shore-ites are among the customers who have made the trek over the border for furniture by Stickley, Henredon, Baker, Century, and other big names. Now everything must go, and price reductions are huge. It’s a big blow for downtown Racine, but an opportunity for anyone in the market for new furniture.

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Yesterday we checked out the new collections at Room & Board and let’s just say we were not disappointed. Every year the company introduces a new signature chair, and this year’s Louis is an elegant, well-priced one ($899) that’s stocked in a navy blue and houndstooth fabric (also available in leather for $1,699)—at once modern and classic. Another cool chair: the Tiffany, a lovely polycarbonate—it’s that Lucite look we love¬—number that’s durable enough for outdoor use and fabulous enough for your dining room ($199 for side chair, $249 for arm chair; available in solid colors as well). Moving on from the seating options, I really like felt rugs and I also like square-shaped rugs (so often area rugs only come in rectangular configurations—though you can get custom sizes through R&B), so I fell in love with the Fuller felted rug ($1,715 for 7 by 7 feet), shown above. I was also so impressed by the workmanship of the Munich storage/media cabinet. Available in solid walnut or cherry, the sliding veneered tambour door panels look completely smooth when closed (see photo above). With a stainless steel base and handles, it’s a true beauty ($2,799). I’m off to save my pennies.

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List Price: $2.97 million
The Property: Twelve years ago, Doug and Lucinda Hanover bought a little 1880s Barrington Hills farmhouse with a rhubarb patch out front. What they have now is a 6,000-square-foot home that incorporates the property’s old barn as a two-story... Read more
Setting Down Steaks
A branch of the New York–based BLT restaurant family is slated to open September 9th at 151 West Adams Street, along with the JW Marriott it will be housed in, says Alison Brockwell, a spokeswoman for JW Marriott Chicago. . Since the 2004 opening of the flagship BLT Steak in New York City, the chain has collected several constellations’ worth of stars from top reviewers and has sprouted... Read more
Christine Noelle, who owns the sweetly chic Lincoln Park flower and gift shop Dilly Lily with her sister, Melissa, is not one to rest on her florals. The pair opened Dilly Lily in 1996, and it’s blossomed into a popular go-to florist for creative weddings and events, as well as a source for unusual candles, tableware, and stationery. I’ve gotten several gifts and arrangements from DL over the years, and the packaging and presentation is amazing. Christine has just opened... Read more