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Heidi & Chris

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin made a detour to Chicago Saturday afternoon to visit 17-year-old Chicago teenager and Lou Malnati’s employee, Heidi Hernandez. Heidi has been battling a terminal illness called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis since age 3. The heartfelt story began earlier this week when Chance the Rapper, who is a regular Lou Malnati’s customer, heard of Heidi’s situation from the Lou Malnati’s management team. He went out of his way to ensure the teen has tickets to the Coldplay concert in Chicago Thursday night. From there, Martin was made aware of her situation and love for the band, and adjusted his travel fans to make time to visit with her. They spent time together at the Lou Malnati’s located Midway Airport, where Hernandez is employed.

“I met Chris Martin and it all feels like a dream. He was really encouraging me to not give up and told me I was awesome and to always remember that,” says Hernandez after their visit.

At the age of seven, she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and showing signs of liver failure. Heidi was put on the transplant list. At age 9, a donor was found and surgeons successfully completed the liver transplant. Unfortunately, it was discovered that the Heidi falls into the small number of patients where her disease recurs in the transplanted liver. In addition, she has been recently diagnosed with Hepatitis Autoimmune and is showing signs of liver failure again and continues to fall more ill while waiting for another liver.

She still plans to graduate high school despite needing to resort to home school due to her declining health. She also continues to work a few days per week as long as she can physically keep up. She credits listening to Coldplay as something that has helped her cope with the challenges of her illness. Her manager at Lou Malnati’s Tori Sanchez, has a mutual love for the band which has helped them bond.

“She has taught me more than I can even offer her. When she first started, what broke the ice and sparked endless conversation was the mutual obsession for Coldplay. Today I now consider her like a little sister. She is my family,” Says Sanchez.

Sanchez, along with Hernandez and her boyfriend were all extended an invitation to sit in the front row at the Coldplay concert in Seattle on September 23rd.

One of the employees at Lou Malnati’s sent this story to me and I had to share:

After meeting one of our employees at our Midway Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria who is terminally ill, Chance the Rapper has made one of her dying wishes come true. He got her tickets to attend the Coldplay Concert last night. She has been battling a disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis since age 3. A liver transplant is the only known cure, but the disease may recur in a small number of patients.

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After being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 7 and showing signs of liver failure, Heidi was put on the transplant list. At age 9, a donor was found and surgeons successfully completed the liver transplant. Unfortunately, it was discovered that the Heidi falls into the small number of patients where her disease recurs in the transplanted liver.

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Fast forward to 8 years later. In addition to the constant battle of what I’ve already described, Heidi has been recently diagnosed with Hepatitis Autoimmune. She is showing signs of liver failure again and continues to fall more ill while waiting for another liver.

She is without a doubt a fighter and withholds perseverance in every aspect of her life. She still plans to graduate high school despite needing to resort to home school due to her declining health. She also continues to work a few days per week as long as she can physically keep up.

Her manager at Lou Malnati’s Tori, says, “I’ve only known her as a “boss,” but even though I’m supposed to be a leader and teach her. She has taught me more than I can even offer her. When she first started, what broke the ice and sparked endless conversation was the mutual obsession for Coldplay. Today I now consider her like a little sister, my family.”

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The Lemon: Chicago Welcome Party was hosted at Spiaggia on 8/7. The Welcome Party included noted guests and chef community luminaries such as Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia, Tony Mantuano, Joe Flamm, and more. The party served as the exclusive kickoff event for the annual Lemon: Chicago Fundraising Event. Lemon: Chicago is a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that helps fund childhood cancer research. The event includes 30 chefs serving signature dishes and live and silent auctions for the guests to participate in, raising massive amounts of money and drawing the best and brightest chefs on the national culinary scene to support through cooking and donation.

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Summer is almost over but not quite. You still have time to come out and enjoy Create-n-Partake’s “Sip, Trap and Paint Night” in partnership with Sip & Savor to kick off your Labor Day weekend!
Enjoy a free glass of wine with your ticket purchase along with all painting materials and supplies.

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The Backstreet Boy’s were back Friday night in Chicago and started it with a Mexican dinner at city’s newest hotspot, Barrio. Three of the five members of the hit boy band, Howie D, A.J. McLean and Nick Carter were in town as they were performing for Florida Georgia Line’s Smooth Tour. The group of eight, which included wives and friends, dined on Chef Katsuji Tanabe’s Mexican fare including queso fundido and of course his tacos. As Chef Tanabe was on hand in the kitchen, he made a point to stop by and say, “Hi” to the band members before they made their way out for the night.

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2017 Jennifer Catherine Photography

2017 Jennifer Catherine Photography
LOLLAPALOOZA: DAY #1

Tuesday, August 1
Perry Farrell — frontman for Jane’s Addiction & founder of Lollapalooza — dined at Summer House Santa Monica Chicago, enjoying the Prime Ribeye
Wednesday, August 2
Actress Jessica Szohr (CSI: Miami, Twin Peaks, Gossip Girl) dined at RPM Italian, where she and friends dined on crab bruschetta, fritto misto, Tuscan kale salad and crowd favorite, Mama DePandi’s Bucatini
Thursday, August 3
Lolla headliner Lorde — whose show was cancelled due to weather — brought a large group of 20 friends into Three Dots and a Dash for dinner
Nico Segal (formerly known as stage name Donnie Trumpet) of the band The Social Experiment dined at RPM Italian with a friend where they had Lobster ravioli, Brussels salad and Tuscan kale salad, crispy roasted chicken, lobster fra diavolo, and 3 orders of cheesecake to go.

LOLLAPALOOZA DAY 2
Friday, August 4

Dancer / choreographer and member of The Young Lions dance crew, Ian Eastwood, dined with singer / songwriter Eryn Allen Kane and a group of friends last night at RPM Italian. The 24-year-old World of Dance star — who has acted as lead choreographer in music videos for artists like Chance the Rapper (who happens to be hosting the Official Lolla Afterparty tonight at Studio Paris Nightclub) and Justin Bieber, was there celebrating a friend’s birthday. The group enjoyed Peach & Prosciutto antipasti, Spicy King Crab pasta, halibut, filet mignon and several seasonal vegetables.
Hailie Mathers, daughter of Eminem, enjoyed DJ sets by Fred Matters and DJ Oreo last night at Studio Paris Nightclub.

LOLLAPALOOZA: DAY #3

Catching headliner Chance the Rapper at the Official Lolla Afterparty last night at Studio Paris were Grammy-nominated rapper Vic Mensa, Cubs player Addison Russell, basketball player (and former ‘Mr. Kardashian’) Kris Humphries, and former Bulls player (now with the Timberwolves) Jimmy Butler, who also had dinner prior to the show at Italian-American spot, il Porcellino.

Grandpa vs. Prowler, whose members include actors Danny Masterson and Michael Pena, had brunch at Bub City prior to band’s performance at the River North spot that night. The group noshed on a true Southern breakfast with waffles, bacon burgers, sausage and biscuits, mac and cheese, and smoked meats.

Big Sean, who performs Sunday night of Lolla, dined with a group of more than a dozen people at RPM Steak. The rapper had one of the steakhouse’s signature Cowboy steaks, crispy brussels sprouts and the RPM donuts for desserts.

Nico Segal (formerly known as stage name Donnie Trumpet) of the band The Social Experiment and part of the hip-hop collective SaveMoney wtih Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, dined at RPM Italian for a second time this week.

Run the Jewels, who played Friday night at Lolla, enjoyed lunch at RPM Steak following Saturday’s daytime Rolling Stone party at Studio Paris.

Michael Pena, whose band Grandpa vs. Prowler played Saturday night at Bub City, enjoyed an early dinner at Ramen-san.

Harriet Brown Band, who played Lolla on Friday, dined at RPM Italian for dinner.

Little Miss Ann Band, who played at Lolla’s “Kidzapalooza”, lunched at Beatrix

LOLLAPALOOZA DAY #4
Sunday, August 6

Celeb Sightings:
Studio Paris hosted its second Official Lolla Afterparty with Lil Yachty last night to close out the weekend. Catching his performance was:
Rae Sremmurd, who jumped on stage at one point with Lil Yachty. The rapper also performed earlier that evening at Lolla
Cubs player Addison Russell, who was back for the second night in a row. He also grabbed some dinner beforehand at nearby Ramen-san
Grandpa vs. Prowler member and actor Michael Pena
Several members of the cast from Hamilton
Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett
Actor and DJ Chris Masterson
The center for the Philly 76ers Jahlil Okafor
Chance the Rapper dined his way through the neighborhood Sunday, first enjoying brunch with more than a dozen friends at River North staple, Hub 51. He then had dinner at RPM Italian that evening while Chance’s parents enjoyed a cozy dinner at RPM Steak.
Also at RPM Steak was actor and member of Grandpa vs. Prowler, Danny Masterson
Trumpeter and solo artist Spencer Ludwig dropped by Three Dots and a Dash — where he performed the previous night — with some friends for dinner following his Lolla show earlier in the day.
Big Sean, who spent Saturday night dining with a large group at RPM Steak, went to nearby sister restaurant RPM Italian for dinner on Sunday following his Lolla show. There he enjoyed a more low-key evening in the restaurant’s private “Boardroom” space, where the rapper and group of friends ordered burrata, spicy king crab pasta, Mama DePandi’s Bucatini Pomodoro, ribeye, filet mignon and more.
Indie pop group, The Givers, enjoyed a quiet dinner together at RPM Italian where they enjoyed a pasta-laden meal of Maine lobster ravioli, aged parmesan risotto, spicy King crab spaghetti, carbonara, prosciutto tortelloni, short rib bolognese pappardelle and more.
Lard Dog & The Band of Shy, who performed at Thursday’s Kidzapalooza, had a quiet family dinner at RPM Italian, where they particularly loved the chocolate budino for dessert.
Pop artist Max Schneider had an intimate dinner with his wife at RPM Italian, which happens to also be where they got engaged in March 2016. The duo had burrata, short rib bolognese pappardelle, chicken parmesan and more.

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Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Ian Bohen (Teen Wolf), beauty blogger Nicol Concilio, Serayah McNeill (Empire), Chris Salgardo (President, Kiehl’s USA) and more were spotted at the Kiehl’s at 520 N Michigan to celebrate Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR’s stop in Chicago. LifeRide is an eight-day, multi-state charitable motorcycle ride from Minneapolis to Nashville that raises funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Rallying with the public at nine store stops along the route, Kiehl’s will donate a total of $100,000 over the course of the ride. Guests at the Chicago event on August 3rd enjoyed seasonal light bites served up by Executive Chef Dan Snowden of West Loop hot spot, Bad Hunter and had a chance to mix and mingle with celebs for a good cause.

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Actor Danny Masterson [That 70s Show, The Ranch] and actress/model Bijou Phillips [Almost Famous, Raising Hope] enjoyed dinner at Cafe Spiaggia on August 1. The couple and their daughter decided to drop by the restaurant for dinner after an evening walk. Bijou ordered two vegan options – the Squash and the Linguini – while Danny had the Tagliatelle and Meatball. Their daughter enjoyed the Lumache prepared with Pomodoro.

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Last night (Wednesday, August 2, 2017), LA-based Innovative Dining Group (IDG) rolled out the red carpet for the star-studded grand opening celebration of their highly-lauded Robatayaki-style concept, Katana, in Chicago at 339 N Dearborn Street. More than 500 VIP guests welcomed the new Japanese restaurant in River North, and enjoyed authentic Robatayaki skewers, innovative sushi, specialty cocktails with Absolut Elyx and Tequila Avión. VIP hosts dressed by Tadashi Shoji graced the room while transportation was provided by Tesla.

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Noteworthy celebrities included Chris Lee of the American musical Hamilton (who gave a riveting performance of one of his songs for party-goers), professional basketball player Jimmy Butler, former NFL quarterback Tony Romo, rapper/actor Shad Gregory Moss (aka Bow Wow), actress Serayah McNeill of television show Empire, actor Andre Bellos of Empire and Spike Lee film Chi-Raq, and Chicago Fire (NBC) actors Christian Stolte and Eamonn Walker. Please see photos below.

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IDG is operated by hospitality partners Lee Maen, Philip Cummins and Craig Katz – the founders and creators of iconic restaurant brands with roots worldwide, including BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Roku, ROKU, and Robata Bar. Katana captures the essence of authentic Robatayaki, a cutting-edge form of traditional Japanese BBQ, offering the best of both worlds—exceptional raw and cooked cuisine. Guests can look forward to customary styles of Japanese comfort food, featuring robata-style dishes, alongside innovative sushi masterpieces.

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Yes, it’s already time to think about Christmas! The Goodman Theatre is hosting auditions for A Christmas Carol coming up on August 12th. Here’s what you need to know…

WHAT/WHEN: Goodman Theatre will host open auditions for young performers for the 40th annual production of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, August 12 from 9am – 2pm
Young performers (ages 5-17 only, no exceptions!) wishing to audition for this production should prepare the following materials:
· One minute or less poem or monologue, which should be memorized
· One verse of a song (preferably a traditional holiday song or Christmas carol) to be sung a cappella (no piano or accompaniment will be provided)
· A photo and resume or list of previous theatrical experience and training (theater experience is not required to audition)

Young performers should come to Goodman Theatre at 8:30am on Saturday, August 12 to register for an audition time on a first come, first served basis. Registration will end at 10:30 am sharp.
Auditions will begin at 9am and are estimated to end at 2pm. This is an open call with same day registration only; no audition appointments will be scheduled prior to this audition date.

Goodman Theatre welcomes young performers of all races, ethnicity, national origin, religion, mental and physical abilities, sexual/affectional orientation, gender and its expression.
Should your child have specific needs or you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give the casting office a call at 312-443-5583. Please note: our audition space is accessible.

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UPDATE: Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin made a detour to Chicago Saturday afternoon to visit 17-year-old Chicago teenager and Lou Malnati’s employee, Heidi Hernandez. ...