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A Devil of a Time

September 28, 2012–The Auditorium Theatre Junior Board hosted the second annual Devil’s Ball, the group’s annual fundraiser benefitting the Auditorium Theatre. More than 200 guests gathered in the Auditorium’s historic lobby for a cocktail party that featured dancing, hors d’oeuvres, theatre tours, wine, and silent auctions. The money raised will help benefit the programming, outreach opportunities, and restoration of the Auditorium, Chicago’s iconic and legendary National Historic Landmark building.

Fashion Group International Honors Chicago’s Rising Stars

September 12, 2012–Fashion Group International (FGI) of Chicago recognized this year’s top talent in the categories of apparel, accessories, beauty, interiors, retail, and e-commerce at its Eighth Annual Rising Star Awards event at Hotel SAX Chicago. This year’s Rising Star Awards were presented to: Nora Del Busto for apparel, Formé Millinery for accessories, Aaron’s Apothecary for beauty, Sean Michael Design for interiors, Sarca for retail, and Glossed and Found for the first-ever e-commerce category. The fashion-forward event was attended by more than 175 guests and raised nearly $10,000 for FGI-Chicago programs. Sponsors for FGI’s Rising Star Awards included media partner Chicago magazine, bebe, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Peroni, Moet & Chandon Champagne, Classic Color, and Ford Models. For more information about FGI-Chicago and its upcoming events, visit chicago.fgi.org

Design Harvest 2012: A Visual Feast of Design on Grand Avenue

September 29-30, 2012–Presented by the West Town Chamber of Commerce and Post 27, the third annual Design Harvest on Grand Avenue was the best yet with a huge crowd of more than 12,000 home and garden design enthusiasts! Festival-goers enjoyed perusing and shopping in the showcased Grand Avenue Design District stores and the large curated tent of more than 50 home and garden design vendors. The fest featured local West Town food vendors, Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale beer, hay rides to Christy Webber Landscapes Farm & Garden Center, and cozy hay bale seating to enjoy a great lineup of live country music by The Hideout. It was a beautiful fall weekend and a successful event sponsored by Chicago Home & Garden.

Common Threads’ Second Annual Cook-Off

September 27, 2012–Common Threads’ culinary fundraising event raised more than $34,000 to benefit health and nutritional education programs in Chicago to low-income youth and their families. Local chefs participated at Fulton’s on the River to create and serve their favorite cookout-themed dishes within four categories: In a Glass, On a Bun, In a Shell, or On a Stick. Guests sampled each dish and voted for the top in each category. The winning chefs of the night were: Michael Stewart of Roy’s Restaurant for In a Glass; Kevin Abshire of Due Lire Vino & Cucina for In a Shell; Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia for On a Stick; and Curtis Hawk of Zed 451 for On a Bun.

New M Missoni Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue

September 27, 2012–The Junior League of Chicago and Chicago magazine celebrated the launch of the new M Missoni shop at Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago. Attendees previewed the latest M Missoni collection and shopped the fall season’s most exclusive looks. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefitted the Junior League of Chicago. Attendees enjoyed refreshing Peroni and delectable hors d’oeuvres. Chicago magazine’s fashion editor, Heiji Choy Black, offered expert styling tips for the fall season.

Flea the Scene!

“It seems Jayson Home always has some great sale or event going on. Well, this weekend is the awesome-est of them all: the Fall Flea Market.”

Mi Caza, Su Caza

“I’m currently loving one of Milwaukee Avenue’s newest home décor destinations: Caza (1459 N. Milwaukee; 773-227-7774). It opened at the end of July and is sort of like a vintage department store with a boutique vibe.”

Carson Pirie Scott’s Fall Trendevous

September 15, 2012–Carson Pirie Scott in Yorktown showcased must have fashion trends for the fall season in their annual runway fashion show. Over 250 attendees viewed fashions from Vince Camuto, Michael Kors & more. Guests shopped while tasting delicious breakfast bites. Chicago magazine surprised one guest with a pair of new shoes and a handbag for fall.

Rent (or Own) Artwork

“Bored with the artwork in your home? Instead of buying all new pieces, rent some. HangItUp Chicago, leases artwork from local established and emerging artists, such as Mark Collins, Jamie Link, Fred Moss, and Elisa Boughner.”