March 10, 2012–Carson’s fashion and shopping event of the season showcased must have trends for spring in their annual runway show. The event took place at the Yorktown location and was emceed by Heiji Choy Black, the new fashion director of Chicago magazine.
The latest casualty of cutting-edge modern architecture in the service of post-apocalyptic movies is Frank Gehry, whose familiar rippling stainless steel makes a (very watered-down) appearance in this year’s blockbuster hit.
March 11, 2012–On Sunday, March 11th, Gail Simmons, a 2012 Top Chef, hosted Common Threads Chefs’ Charity Dinner at The James hotel. Chicago’s best chefs created a family style dream meal for 150 guests. The event raised over $70,000 for the program.
It’s accepted folk wisdom that lottery winners end up miserable and/or bankrupt. Two Northwestern psychologists found that winning the lottery actually makes you happy and less stressed—but less able to enjoy what you did before, for no net effect on your happiness. One piece of advice: if you win, keep the news to yourself.
A bill working its way through the Illinois legislature would ban employers from asking for your social media passwords. Your public likes and tweets are still fair game—unless they’re “concerted.”
The mayor rolls out a comprehensive, $7-billion infrastructure scheme, elements of which you’ll recognize. Meanwhile, federal transportation funding of all kinds nearly came to a halt this week, as the political reckoning got pushed back a mere 90 days. Washington’s ideological divide is putting immense pressure on cities and states to deal with overdue infrastructure issues.
Born underweight on Valentine’s Day, the six-week-old black-footed cat has been nursed back to (reasonable) health. When it grows up, this member of a very old domestic cat species will be a tiny but fearsome hunter.
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