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PAWS Chicago’s Ninth Annual Fur Ball

November 12, 2010 — More than 700 attendees gathered at The Drake Hotel for an evening of elegance and compassion, raising more than $700,000 for Chicago’s homeless animals. The event catered to both people and pets with a dinner buffet and dancing. Sponsors included A. Marek Fine Jewelry, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The Drake Hotel. Co-chairs were Janice and Philip Beck and Ashley and Jeff Quicksilver. Honorary chairs were Amy and Julian Mack.

Weekend Staples

Our top five picks for things to do this week: We give thanks for Mavis Staples, Frankie Knuckles, and our favorite new Chicago band, Gold Motel … plus, a feeding frenzy at the Brookfield … Patti Smith, National Book Award winner … and what Broadway bigwig Gary Griffin is doing this weekend

Black Wednesday in Chicago: Out with the Old, In with the New

Yesterday I was tip-toeing along a three-foot-wide, ice-covered trail that clings to the south wall of the Grand Canyon—that’s right: It’s Thanksgiving, Southwestern-style, for The Chaser—about to inform The Creative Director that my terror barrier had been breached. To take my mind off the slip-sliding nature of that short-lived adventure (my Enough’s Enough barometer peaked when a pack of mules stalled in front of us on the trail; their refusal to budge seemed like a good time to cut our losses), I reflected on that nightlife invention and blatant marketing scheme known as Black Wednesday…