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I had a blast the other night as the red carpet host for the brand new luxury magazine that has come to Chicago: ChicagoMod. The event was super glamorous and loaded with stars including Monica Raymond and Miranda Rae Mayo from Chicago Fire, several stars from Hamilton and more. It took place at Morgan Manufacturing in the Loop. Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney donned the inaugural cover and I had the opportunity to interview him on the red carpet. Check out my interview below!

Hopefully we’ll be grabbing that beef sandwich soon. In the meantime, check out all the pics from the ChicagoMod party!










































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Wish Upon A Wedding, a 501(c)(3) granting weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering health circumstances, is holding its first designer wedding dress sale open to the public April 29 and 30 at The Lakewood at Paramount Events in Chicago.

Approximately 1,000 wedding dresses including 200 new dresses from BHLDN, Anthropologies’ designer wedding dress line, are for sale. All dresses have been donated to Wish Upon a Wedding from former brides and bridal boutiques across the country. Wedding dresses range in price from $150 to $1500 in sizes 0-24.

Previously worn wedding dresses have been professionally cleaned and properly stored, and many have never been worn. Some designers represented in the sale are BHLDN, Vera Wang, Pnina Tornai, Maggie Sottero, Hayley Paige, and Eve of Milady, among many others.

“This is the first time we’re holding a wedding dress dash where brides from near and far have the opportunity to choose from hundreds of designer dresses for an extreme discount,” said Wish Upon A Wedding National Board President, Alison Phillips. “This organization survives on donations and volunteers. Approximately 75 percent of earnings from the dress dash will go toward future wedding wishes.”

For anyone not able to attend the dress dash, donations can be made by visiting,

Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Lakewood, 1758 W. Lake St., Chicago, Ill. 60612
*Venue parking and street parking available

Two-day public wedding dress sale featuring nearly 1,000 designer dresses
New, sample and donated designer wedding dresses available
Approximately 30 volunteers to assist brides
Cash or credit accepted

Wish Upon a Wedding National Board President, Alison Phillips
Lakewood/Paramount Events Owner, Jodi Fyfe
Local area brides-to-be

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit organization granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or a life-altering circumstance. With support of volunteers, donations, and wedding and event industry professionals nationwide, Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings for couples seeking to celebrate their love and commitment with their closest family and friends. To learn more, visit

The Lakewood is a distinct private venue by Paramount Events. Open and modern with polished concrete floors and lofted ceilings, it provides an inviting, versatile backdrop and can be completely customized to bring any vision to life. From hosting corporate events and non-profit functions to weddings and trade shows, the Lakewood boasts space for a 500 guest reception-style event or 225 guest seated dinner. The venue also features an on-site kitchen operated by executive chef Devon Quinn, offering a seasonal and elevated culinary program.

Brought to you exclusively by Anthropologie, BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”) focuses specifically on weddings. Our carefully edited collection of heirloom-quality wedding gowns, mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses, artisanal accessories, reception decorations and more caters to the bride in search of unusually beautiful things. Through collaborations with top designers such as Anna Sui, Catherine Deane, Marchesa Notte, and Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN is proud to carry many exclusive styles. Two standalone boutiques in Chicago and Houston, as well as thirteen shops inside Anthropologie stores across the country, offer bridal and bridesmaids consultations with a dedicated stylist. One-on-one styling advice is also available to online customers who wish to create an event representative of their own unique style. Shop the full collection and learn more at

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Giant Steps, a Lisle school that works exclusively with children and young adults on the spectrum, is hosting a charity fundraising gala. The annual charity auction serves as a pillar fundraising event for Giant Steps, generating much-needed proceeds which directly support the school’s mission of providing exceptional therapeutic services for individuals with autism and their families.

This year’s theme is “Giant Steps Derby: Race to the Future.” The Kentucky Derby-themed auction will be held Friday, April 21st at Bobak’s Signature Room in Woodridge, IL. To go along with the Kentucky Derby theme, one of the headlining auction items this year will be a Kentucky Derby experience, including tickets on ‘millionaire’s row’ and premium hotel accommodations. Tickets will be available for purchase through our website,

About Giant Steps: Since 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High and High School students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families and the community. Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the State of Illinois licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism.

The school’s goal is to improve a child’s ability to interact, communicate, and develop academic and daily living skills through a one-on-one integrated approach. To learn more about Giant Steps visit

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TV Guide Magazine held its first ever Chicago-based cover party at RockIt Bar & Grill last night in Chicago. The event is part of a long-standing series held in New York and Los Angeles, paying homage to the magazine’s cover stars, their cast mates, producers, and creators. 
Last evening’s event celebrated Chicago Fire’s Jesse Spencer & Taylor Kinney, along with their cast mates, and extended cast mates from other branches of Dick Wolf’s renowned franchise. 
Guests included fellow Chicago Fire co-stars Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Miranda Rae Mayo, Yuri Sardarov, DuShon Brown, Randy Flagler, and Robyn Coffin as well as fellow Chicago series stars such as Chicago Med’s Yaya DaCosta, Brian Tee, Lorena Diaz and Jurgen Hooper, and Chicago Justice’s Philip Winchester. 
Guests enjoyed drinks by CH Vodka, Jack Daniels, Heineken, and Segura Viudas Brut. The close-knit cast mates all hung out, took photos with fans and joked around while enjoying menu items from Chef Mike Sheerin’s new menu for Rockit Bar & Grill. 

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Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your incredible mother? The Legends Series is happy to announce a special Mother’s Day celebration with the icon, Smokey Robinson. Treat your mother to an experience and evening to remember with the gift to see a legend live!

The event will take place at The Venue inside the Horseshoe Casino. It will be on May 14th, 2017 at 7pm sharp. Tickets sales are to begin on March 17th and you can grab them at the Horseshoe Casino Gift Shop,,, or by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Come and enjoy this perfect Mother’s Day gift!


The Legends Series is being brought to you by Al Kennedy and Concert Management Inc., which has promoted sold-out shows for artists and entertainers such as Chance The Rapper, Floetry, and Martin Lawrence, to name a few. Earlier this month, the company launched the inaugural “The Legends Series” tour with famed R&B groups, The Whispers, and The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. “The Legends Series” will continue throughout the year with more iconic R&B acts including from the Motown sound to the funky disco eras. “Bringing celebrated acts like Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osbourne, Kool & the Gang, and so many more to Chicago has always been a pleasure of mine,” says Al Kennedy, president of Concert Management Inc. “Chicago has always been the pulse of live music and many artists know, when you come to Chicago to perform, you better bring you’re A-game, because Chicago audiences demand and expect a great show”. To stay up-to- date on upcoming “The Legends Series” concert dates as well as other Concert Management’s shows, please visit

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The Naked Magicians in Chicago

CHICAGO (Mar. 6, 2017) – Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce THE NAKED MAGICIANS, the world’s naughtiest and funniest magic show that strips away top hats and capes to promise full-frontal illusions, opens Tuesday, March 14 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut). Starring the clever and seductive Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, two of Australia’s most famous magicians, THE NAKED MAGICIANS combines magic and muscles with riotous laughs that take magic to a whole new level. THE NAKED MAGICIANS plays Chicago for a limited one-week engagement through March 19, 2017.

“Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants,” says Tyler.

“Deliciously naughty” and “my cheeks still hurt from laughing so much” are among the most common online posts from audience members of sold-out shows in Australia, Great Britain and Asia. The Sunday Herald declares THE NAKED MAGICIANS as “definitely one of the most visually stimulating magic shows in the world,” and Fringe Review UK says “we were left with laugh-induced aching jaws.”

The 31-year-old buff bros went from best friends to partners in prestidigitation in 2014 following several boisterous audience members asking them to make their clothes disappear.

“It’s kind of crazy because magic is the second-oldest profession ever and we couldn’t believe that no one had combined the two things that everyone loves — magic and nudity,” says Wayne.

The Aussie duo has been performing magic for nearly 20 years. The broad-shouldered Wayne, a proud owner of a freakishly long tongue, is the first Australian magician in TV history to have his own TV series. More Than Magic aired in Australia, New Zealand, England, as well as the United States. The sporty tan

lines and incredible physique seen on stage hint at Tyler’s Speedo-wearing days. He swam competitively at the Australian National Championships and Pan Pacific Games before becoming a professional magician for corporate events around the world.

“Being on stage doing magic without relying on pockets or sleeves does add that extra challenge and ups our game,” Wayne says. “When we say ‘abracadabra,’ the audience isn’t always looking at our hands,” Tyler jokes.


Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Thursday at 7:30 PM
Friday at 7:30 PM
Saturday at 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM Sunday at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM


Individual tickets for THE NAKED MAGICIANS at the Broadway Playhouse range from $25-$50 plus a special premium ticket that includes a post-show meet and greet. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at


Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 17 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including The PrivateBank Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

For more information, visit

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On Saturday (March 4) and Sunday (March 5), the most-decorated US gymnast and inspirational author, Simone Biles, visited Willow Creek Community Church (67 Algonquin Road) as part of the church’s Inspire Everyone, Always message.
Simone Bile’s entrance into the world of gymnastics started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but it was her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance that made her a three-time All-Around World Champion and Olympic gold medalist —and one of the top gymnasts in the world. With nineteen medals under her belt – fourteen of them gold – Simone has been dubbed “the most talented gymnast of all time” by peers and sports legends alike.
During services, she spoke about the challenges and trials of her journey – and the faith and family that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team, as depicted in her recent book Courage to Soar. A special meeting that took place during the service was when Simone went out of her way to meet church attendee, 14-year-old Jessica Gianopolus (IMG 4121), who brought her 20 Special Olympics medals to church, one of which was a Gold she won last year at State in the All-Around for gymnastics.

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Willow Creek hosts guests with incredible faith stories to inspire people everywhere. They recently hosted Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame coach, Tony Dungy, and their next guest speaker will be New York Times bestselling author, Anne Lamott, on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. All are invited to attend services, and those who are unable can tune in to For additional information, visit

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before i fall, advanced screening

BEFORE I FALL opens in theaters on March 3rd, but you can see a special advanced screening this weekend before anyone else! The screening takes place: Saturday, February 18

Time: 2:00pm
Venue: ShowPlace ICON

To get your passes, simply click on this link!

And to get more info on the film, read the synopsis below and watch the trailer…

What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her–before she runs out of time for good.

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, with Diego Boneta and Jennifer Beals

@BeforeIFallFilm (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

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Join the Scenemakers Board for A Date with Destiny, a fateful fundraising event that supports New Play Development at Goodman Theatre. Mingle with young professionals from around Chicago and experience the kind of exciting new plays the Scenemakers Board works to support.

First, enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz music at Catch 35. Then, head over to the Goodman to see Destiny of Desire—a new comedy from Karen Zacarías that brings the seductive power of Latin American telenovelas to the stage. The Los Angeles Times raved Destiny of Desire is a “terrifically entertaining theatrical rollercoaster.”

Tickets are just $65, and a portion of each ticket supports new play development at the Goodman!

The Scenemakers Board is an auxiliary group comprised of diverse, young professionals who support the mission of the theater through fundraising, audience development and advocacy.


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Jason Beghe of Chicago PD stopped by Celeste last weekend (Friday night) for a bottle of Moët on the Rooftop Garden and took some...