The Terrace at Conrad Opening

May 31, 2007 – The Terrace at Conrad opened this season, celebrating the elements of the outdoors and embracing the Art Deco flavor of South Beach. The decor featured a backdrop of vibrant colors, candelabras dripping in crystal, lush palm trees, and exotic flowers. Guests enjoyed live Latin music, a fashion show by Luca Luca, and dynamic Latin-inspired cuisine.

Man and Woman of the Year Grand Finale Celebration

May 18, 2007 – More than 500 guests joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at The River East Art Center for the announcement of the 2007 Man & Woman of the Year. Man & Woman of the Year is a 10-week fundraising competition among Chicagoland professionals. Sixteen candidates raised $400,000 this year, breaking the previous Illinois record of $160,000.

Settling Versus Settling Down

Tuesday’s blog seemed to strike a chord with some readers. “Why do you hold so firmly to the belief that single 32-year-olds have a hang-up or two?” one poster queried. Another asked, “What’s so bad about ‘settling’ at this point in the game?” As cited in a previous post, 51 percent of American women are … Read more

New on the Market – St. Charles

List price: $2.195 millionThe Property: This rugged stone and cedar retreat hidden away on nine wooded acres is just minutes from downtown St. Charles. The place has a bulky exterior-a massive pyramidal wood shingle roof and deeply recessed window and door openings-but inside it lightens up, with an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, and an … Read more

Big Nights, Small City

Thursday night I attended De Lux, a clean, comfortable, no-frills corner bar owned by Gen Furla (I love women bar owners), who used to helm the now-shuttered Parkway Tavern on Fullerton. Chicago feels like such a small city sometimes: When we walked in, we bumped into The Husbands – the male half of The Marrieds … Read more

Sale of the Week – Clark Street Row House

List Price: $1.095 millionSale Price: $1.06 million The Property: One of seven charming brick-and-stone row houses on a busy block of Clark Street, this three-story, four-bedroom home dates to 1888-and is just 18 feet wide. The sellers, Andrew Wolfe and Yoon Hie Jung, gutted and completely rehabbed the interior after buying the place for $520,000 … Read more

Celebrity Beat

Marky Ramone, longtime drummer of The Ramones, was slated to play a set Wednesday night alongside DJ Skribble for a private party at Manor (343 W. Erie St.). "We rented the drum set for him," Manor co-owner Mike Bisbee told me, nodding toward the Yamaha kit resting near one of the lounge’s corner VIP booths, … Read more

New on the Market – Uptown (Sheridan Park), Chicago

List Price: $1.79 million The Property: The developers Tim Lambert and Peter Delp of the Sheridan Park Group are converting a picturesque two-flat in Uptown into a spacious single-family home. Built in 1916, the place will have five bedrooms and a 640-square-foot living room (fashioned from three smaller rooms) with an original Arts and Crafts–style … Read more