ledresschicago.com) may not be able to cure the panic shop, but they do offer a boutique alternative, carrying more than 40 lines of dresses in every style, from day-appropriate to evening wear. Co-owners and sisters-in-law Eva and Robyn Anderson, who both have fashion degrees and have worked with...

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Dress It Up

Who among us hasn’t waited until the last minute to find a dress to wear to an event or wedding, only to run to a department store and opt for the first black frock that fits? New Wicker Park boutique le Dress (1741 W. Division St.; 773-697-9899, ledresschicago.com) may not be able to cure the panic shop, but they do offer a boutique alternative, carrying more than 40 lines of dresses in every style, from day-appropriate to evening wear. Co-owners and sisters-in-law Eva and Robyn Anderson, who both have fashion degrees and have worked with...

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If, on a map of Wisconsin, you drew one line north from Madison and another west from Green Bay, those lines would intersect, allowing for a degree of artistic license, in Amherst, Wisconsin, home to Central Waters Brewing Company.

Until Memorial Day weekend—the bulk of which I spent shivering at a lakeside campsite in chilly Wisconsin—I'd never heard of Central Waters. For me, the ulterior motive behind any Wisconsin trip is restocking my inventory of New Glarus, the beer that first piqued my curiosity in Midwestern microbrews...

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Sawbridge Studios, the River North showroom featuring artisan and handcrafted furniture and accessories, has gone soft. That is, it now carries a new line of upholstered furniture, including this Left Arm Chaise ($6,000 as shown). The line is handcrafted in North Carolina by The Pearson Company and is generally available only through designers. Read more

No surprise here: Thanks to females showing up en masse (see Estrogen Fest 2008), Carrie’s Manolos crushed Indy’s itty bitty crystal skull this weekend at the box office.

At AMC 600 North Michigan Avenue, former Illinois Film Office director Brenda Sexton, and her business partner, Suzie Glickman, hosted a private screening of Sex and the City on Friday night…with about 250 or so of their gal pals. (Take that, Dr. Jones.)...

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The Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg reveled in his role as a hard-drinking writer in the old mold. Then one awful night, his wife had to call the police Read more

At least two guests were appropriately dressed for the opening party of the Scottish Manor, a concept home in Bannockburn developed by Orren Pickell (our magazine is a marketing sponsor). That’s my dashing husband, Peter Turek, on the left, and Orren himself on the right. Our publisher, Randy Hano, dressed in civilian clothes and showhouse booties, is in the middle. Hundreds of guests packed the 9,000-square-foot home, which was decorated by Kiki Luthringshausen and her staff at K-Haus. There are a lot of wow-factor touches, such as the massive reclaimed barn beam in the kitchen (shown here), the bath with a view, the multiple fireplaces…

The Manor is located at 30 Aberdeen Ct, off Telegraph Rd, 3/10 of a mile south of Half Day Road (Route 22) and is open to the public through Sept. 21. Hours are: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, or by appointment. Like what you see? The home is yours for a cool $4.8 million (you’ll have to negotiate separately for the furniture and accessories).

Kitchen Photo by Linda Oyama Bryant

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List Price: $979,000
Sold Price: $949,000
The Property: This Riverwoods house sold on May 5th for 9.6 percent less than the sellers had paid for it just 14 months earlier. The sellers—Janice Ferri Esser, a writer for TV soap operas, and her husband, Robert Esser—were not able to sell their prior home, according to the listing sheet for this property, so they...

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In a down real-estate market, buyers may fantasize about transforming a starter house into the home of their dreams. But at what cost? We find out. Read more
On the eve of a major show at the MCA, the artist reflects on the Chicago encounter that set his career in motion. Read more