May 21, 2010 - The I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot Preview Luncheon was held at the Chicago History Museum and hosted by the Costume Council and Guild of the Chicago Historical Society. The luncheon was a preview to kick-off the I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot exhibition which opened in May 2010, and supported the FashioNext Finale competition, held at the Museum on June 24th, 2010. Read more
May 8, 2010 - Chicago magazine and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc. teamed up in support of the 2010 Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan held the first Rita Hayworth Gala in 1985 to honor her mother, actress Rita Hayworth, who died as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Since then, the annual gala has grown into a premier social event that has raised more than $18 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Read more

May 13 - May 30, 2010 – Greenspire Properties and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana came together to present the 2010 Home of Distinction. This luxury, LEED-registered, green home showcased the latest building products and design trends with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

The 5,200-square-foot Home of Distinction was constructed by Greenspire Properties and designed by Mandy Brown Architects PC.

Several events were held at the home, including a meet and greet with Chicago Bear’s tight end, Greg Olsen, a Ronald McDonald brunch, and several green seminars.

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NEW DIVISION: Strollers in Hipersterville! With new kids’ shops and a smattering of upscale clothing boutiques, Wicker Park’s Division Street looks different than it did a year ago. Here’s our guide to some favorite finds Read more

May 20, 2010 – PAWS Chicago’s 8th Annual Beach Party’s presenting sponsor, Associated Publications, hosted a fabulous launch party at the Ritz Carlton on Thursday, May 20th. Nearly 150 guests enjoyed beachy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and had the opportunity to meet two PAWS Chicago pups available for adoption – Porky and Jack. Other major event sponsors are North Community Bank and Mercedes-Benz of Chicago.

The 8th Annual Beach Party will take place on Thursday, July 22nd at Castaway’s at North Avenue Beach. Tickets for people and their pups are available online at

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List Price: $1.310 million
Sale Price: $1.150 million
The Property: Not Chicago’s highest-priced foreclosure, but its highest off the ground, this penthouse on the 59th and 60th floors of Millennium Centre (at 33 West Ontario Street) tops the previous high... Read more
A Friend of Dish tipped us off that something was afoot at the site of Sweet Honeybee Bakery near the Montrose stop on the Brown Line. A call revealed that as soon as the licenses go through, the space will house Sweet Sensations Pastry (1918 W. Montrose Ave.; 773-275-0697)... Read more

Our Classified Advertising Manager, Kelly Zech, wrote a guest blog for us today:
Dark walls can be intimidating things. But I keep bumping into some super amazing-looking rooms that have them, and now I sort of crave one of my own. My dining room is large—and would look totally classy with some dark charcoal gray. I plan on keeping the chair rail, baseboards, and ceiling crispy white. I also would love to use that color to incorporate a small bit of chalkboard wall into a yummy, herby green kitchen. If I put magnetic paint underneath that chalkboard paint, perhaps I can create a sweet cooking spice wall using magnetic spice tins?
These thoughts led me to create a new household color palette of charcoal, beach, and spice and inspired me to create a mood board to think it all though. I want to transition this space into cool, springy tones that bring to mind the first grill out on Lake Michigan in late May.

Photos from:
1. Apartment Therapy
2. Flickr: Rhapsody
3. Hotel San Jose, Austin, TX
4. Domino magazine (RIP), 11/08
5. Flickr: Littlemagpie (PAINT: Knight's Armor; Olympic Interior Laytex Eggshell)
6. Dick Blick - Color
7. above: herbs from my garden; below: my son on the beach of Lake Michigan
8. Strange Closets Open House: Tim and Megan’s River North apartment
9. Strange Closets
10. Flickr: Bimma


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List Price: $784,900
The Property: Six years ago, in a small cluster of homes set in a wooded, U-shaped bend of the Des Plaines River immediately south of Riverside, the carpenter and building contractor Alex Pejsz found the project of his dreams: a handsome 1899 house sorely in need of restoration. Read more