Kate Stahl | March 14, 2011 8:02 amWhile Chicago's favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day, is officially this Thursday, March 17, many of you probably spent this past weekend celebrating early by swilling copious amounts of green beer while surrounded by drunk people wearing more green than any one person should be allowed. Most Chicago bars had their big parties (i.e. the one day of the year when drinking at 9 a.m.Read More
Kate Stahl | January 24, 2011 8:02 amIf a dose of intense romance is your goal for Valentine's Day, head to one of the five restaurants below, all of which are known for their sexy settings, sure to inspire some good lovin'.
Boka (1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070, shown above) features a dark, seductive setting and some truly inspirational food created by chef Giuseppe Tentori.Read More
Kate Stahl | December 23, 2010 8:04 amIt's two days 'til Christmas, and if you haven't started your holiday shopping, you're in trouble — unless you head to Space 519 (900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-751-1519). The incredible, constantly changing "refined general store" offers something for everyone, from home items and oddities to women's and men's accessories, beauty, and grooming products.Read More
Kate Stahl | December 22, 2010 8:01 amStill don't know where you're going to feast this Christmas? If you're without plans this late in the game, you deserve a little indulgence. Call now to book dinner at one of the three high-end restaurants below, all of which are open on Christmas day.Read More
Kate Stahl | December 20, 2010 8:03 amJulie Schwanbeck, the designer behind artisan jewelry line Jules (available online and at multiple Chicago stores), has quite the eye. Not only are her chic designs — fabricated from precious metals, gemstones and minerals, including black diamonds, sapphires, amethyst, rubies, kyanite, tourmaline, and druzies — covetable, so is her sense of style. Schwanbeck gave us a look into her world and provided some last-minute holiday shopping tips!Read More
Kate Stahl | December 17, 2010 8:02 amThis weekend, sing along to some Christmas classics, shop a local jeweler's chic wares, and check out a much-anticipated new sandwich shop.
Shop Here: Stop by p.45 (1643 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-4523) for a trunk show from local jeweler and metal smith Sarah McGuire.Read More
Kate Stahl | December 16, 2010 8:01 amJulie Selakovich, director of marketing for Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago (700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500), is a gal about town who is in the enviable position of having access to some of the world's most amazing designers on a daily basis. Since she's always up on the latest styles, we sat down with her to ask what trends we should be following this season, where we should shop for the holidays, and what Winter activities she's looking forward to.Read More
Kate Stahl | December 15, 2010 8:03 amIf you watched Top Chef: Just Desserts, you saw Chicago's own Malika Ameen, former pastry chef at LA's Chateau Marmont and Chicago's Aigre Doux, take herself out of the competition. While I saw bummed to see her go, she's redeemed herself in my eyes with her new business, By M Desserts.
The mail-order and pick-up sweet company offers five kinds of cookies — chocolate truffle, brown sugar shortbread with lemon lavender glaze, chewy fig bars, walnut cardamon, and (my favorite) oatmeal chunk — along with wildflower-honey granola, caramels, toffee, holiday tarts, and cakes.Read More
Kate Stahl | December 14, 2010 8:02 amElise Bergman (left), a Chicago fashion designer whose girly, modern styles are equally appropriate for a cocktail party and a day on the town, sat down to talk holiday style, shopping, and special activities with me.
PopSugar's FreshGuide: What's the one piece of clothing that's a must-have for the holiday season?
Elise Bergman: A Demylee cashmere sweater from Roslyn (2035 N.Read More
Kate Stahl | December 14, 2010 8:00 amIf you prefer your X-mas with a dash of the X-rated, head to the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph Dr., 312-334-7777) tonight to check out legendary filmmaker, actor, and writer John Waters. The brain behind Hairspray and Cry-Baby (one of my teenage favorites), Waters performs his new, critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas, targeting holiday traditions.Read More