George Nahra

30, Bucktown Real-life role: Management consultant Starring in: When Harry Met Sally George Nahra, Abercrombie poster boy? Nahra’s family has roots in Syria, Lebanon, and Haiti, and growing up in Barrington Hills, he learned to speak Arabic, French, and English. “I’d slip in and out of all three languages,” he says. “Some kids thought I … Read more

Lilly’s Summer Sangria

Fill pitcher with 2 cups chopped fruit (from 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 plum)Fill pitcher halfway with Sparkling ShirazFill rest of pitcher with pomegranate juiceSqueeze fresh lime juice into pitcher, from juice of 2 limesGarnish glass with sliced starfruit

Week 13: Fetuses Gone Wild!

Some interesting developments inside my wife this week. According to pregnancyguideonline.com, her poor elastic uterus is shifting up and forward, so it won’t be harassing her bladder as much. This means her daily trips to the toilet should dwindle considerably. (For now.) And nearly all of Babu’s organs have formed. The webbing between its fingers and toes has diappeared; its hair and nails are growing. And more good news! Around this time, our fetus has begun peeing freely in its amniotic fluid. We’re so proud…


Fancy Free Famous brands are taking the city by storm, the splashiest of which include Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and Nanette Lepore, all planning to open boutiques in October. Free People (1464 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-227-4871), a brand of affordable, boho comfort clothing, joins the trend with a new Wicker Park shop. The brand splits … Read more

Seeing Red

Hotel bars really haven’t taken off as drinking destinations in this city—which I’ve never quite understood—but my hunch is that Crimson Lounge may start to change that. The new bar in the luxurious Hotel Sax Chicago is not your typical lobby lounge; it doesn’t even resemble the Kaz Bar that held court back when this was the House of Blues Hotel—you know, before the $17 million renovation.

Crimson Lounge is total opulence. Red-tinted mirrors line the back bar; red-hued furniture contrasts with the walnut floors; and a spicy scent, created especially for the place, wafts throughout…

Week 12: Periodic Table

Truth is, I’m too caught up in my own life. Today we had our first OB/GYN appointment at the U of C Hospital. I didn’t sleep last night, obsessing over all the questions I had for the doctor, and all the things that could possibly go wrong, the least of which was, what if we … Read more

Deal of the Week-Penthouse With its own Pool

List Price: $4.25 million Sale Price: $6 million The Property: A River North penthouse with huge windows and decks on every side that maximize dramatic all-directions views of the city, this 18th-floor spread also has its own indoor lap pool, very likely the city’s highest pool for an individual residence. The 6,700-square-foot loft-style space has … Read more

Drumroll, Please . . .

Spoiler alert: we’re about to tell you which local indie designers got the nod from Macy’s.

So, let me just get this out of the way. I could never do the whole fashion design thing. I can’t sew together a paper bag. I don’t have the patience to dry my hair in the morning, much less affix tiny little buttons or adjust hemlines. My favorite article of clothing is a T-shirt from high school that says Planned Parenthood of Alabama. It has a picture of a rabbit popping out of a hat. My mother always tries to throw it away when I visit.

All Paws on Deck Party

July 11, 2007- Marking its fifth year, Chicago pet lovers and their-four legged friends will once again storm Castaways at the North Avenue Beach House on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. This popular, pet-friendly summer event will feature cocktails, buffet, dancing and a silent auction. For more information go to www.pawschicago.org or call 773-843-4884.

Last year’s event was hosted by PAWS Chicago Development Board and co-chaired by Richard Doermer, Kimberly Gleeson, and John Vaile. It was attended by more than 500 people and raised over $130,000.

The Fest and the Furious

Street Sweep Maybe it’s August’s approach, signaling the beginning of the end of summer, or maybe we’re just overdue for our share of turkey legs alfresco. Whatever the reason, street-fest season seems to reach fever pitch this weekend, with enough options to suit any summer-loving Chicagoan. Here, three of our top picks: For Music Junkies: … Read more