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Last Call

Just as I was getting comfortable on my stool, the bar closed: This is my last post as The Chaser. I’m moving down South this weekend—following Mr. Chaser to graduate school—and will be, with a mixture of sadness and excitement, trading the Matchbox’s Manhattans (ah, bourbon-soaked cherries!) for something likely involving sweet-tea vodka. I leave you with a list of the bars I’ll be pining for and…

Summer Lovin’ 2009 Photo Booth Pictures

June 19, 2009—Partygoers at the 9th annual Summer Lovin’ event, co-hosted by Chicago magazine and the Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, struck a pose inside the photo booth provided by Spex.

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Summer Lovin' 2009

June 19, 2009—Chicago magazine and the Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital celebrated Chicago magazine’s 20 most eligible singles in Chicago with the 9th annual Summer Lovin’ event. Over 1,000 guests gathered to enjoy an evening full of fun and flirting complete with tasty hors d’oeuvres from 13 of the city’s hottest restaurants, an array of signature cocktails, a silent auction, a raffle, a photo booth, dancing, and much more. All proceeds from the 2009 event benefited the research and treatment of brain tumors at the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute.
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The 900 Shops Adds Purse Boutique

It’s in the Bag
A few years ago, Debbie Jagel looked around at the bags and purses women were carrying and sensed opportunity—a need for purses that more deftly complemented women’s styles. And so she set about designing a line of purses and bags made of unique materials and equipped with interchangeable straps that could be swapped out to match different outfits. Last month she opened the boutique Ootra

Great Granite!

 

I was in Michigan recently speaking at Susan Fredman’s At Home with Nature and I got a tour of Susie’s home, where I was one of the first to see her new table. Roger Boike, a designer for Fredman, had this giant granite boulder cut in half and shipped from Southeast Asia. The top was “flamed” to give it a pebbly finish without being uneven. It’s a more rustic alternative to a honed or polished finish, Roger says. All we know is, this table rocks!

Weekend Photos: Queer Prom @ Subterranean

On Saturday our photographer headed to Wicker Park for the second annual Queer Prom, Subterranean’s contribution to a jam-packed Pride Weekend lineup. This year’s theme, Under the Sea, was straight out of the high-school yearbook but came with a musical headliner—the bluesy art rocker Miss Derringer—way cooler than anything we slow danced to as gawky teens.

Design Forecast: Cloudy

 

If you’ve walked by Ligne Roset recently you may have noticed the amazing three-dimensional fabric sculpture hanging in the window. Called “Clouds” and designed by the French duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, this DIY art installation is also on display at the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute. Want to try this at home? The fabric tiles come flatpacked in boxes of eight (starting at $440) and 24 (starting at $1,105) in 14 different colors. The package also includes mounting materials; all you need is a bit of your own artistic vision and you can create museum-quality art for your house. Only at Ligne Roset.