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Giving thanks, giving back

s the old adage says, giving is receiving. As we enter the holiday season, many of us will find joy in being generous with our time, money and kindness as we seek to make our communities better in some way. Here at Chicago Star, we are truly thankful to our cheer squad of readers and supporters who have generously given their time and talent to help us grow our reach and expand into the greater Chicago area. In the spirit of giving back, it is our pleasure to present you with our first nonprofit issue, dedicated to all the good work being done in our communities and the people who support it. Chicago is rich in nonprofits and charities, from one of the oldest, The Service Club of Chicago (founded in 1890) to newer, smaller charities. They all make a difference in the fabric of life in our city. We have also included lesser-known charities that make a big impact. Our hope is that this issue helps make you aware of all of the possibilities and ways you can support the ones that speak to your heart. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference. Nonprofits need help in many ways, through physical donations like winter coats, to volunteerism. “Candid” Candace Jordan’s feature on how nonprofits are faring these days

Special thanks to Steak 48 Chicago for hosting as we celebrated our first Fashion & Beauty issue. We are also grateful to Kehoe Designs for our great cover prop. Friends indeed. Photo by Erin Lyle

includes remarks from their leaders. They speak about how the pandemic has affected them, and how they had to pivot and convey their excitement about their future plans. December will continue our nonprofit news as well as bring you information about what our treasured cultural institu-

tions are up to. In every case, the march forward continues and so will we. Please continue to support our efforts by reading, subscribing and sharing our news. We are all in this together and, like our nonprofits, see a bright future ahead. Sincerely, The Team at Chicago Star

BOARD MEMBERS Manolis Alpogianis, America’s Dog & Burger Franchise Systems President Julie Barrish, Philanthropist Melissa Harris, CEO M.Harris & Co. Leslie Hindman, Founder Hindman Auctions Paul Iacono, Chicago Dowel Co. Israel Idonije, Founder iF Charities Tom Kehoe, Kehoe Designs Michael Kutza, Founder Chicago

International Film Festival Sherren Leigh, Founder Today’s Chicago Woman Sargent M. McCormick, International Harvester Alexander Pissios, President Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and Cinecares Foundation Amanda Puck, Director Strategic Brand Development, Mariano’s Maureen and Marc Schulman, President Eli’s Cheesecake Company

Chef Art Smith, Chef/Author/ Co-founder Common Threads Bonnie Spurlock, Founder Associated Publications Howard Tullman, G2T3V Phil Vettel, Former Chicago Tribune Food Critic Dionne Williams, Owner/Founder of D. Williams PR Group Robert Zentner, Philanthropist

Introducing Troy Mairs, Chicago Star videographer

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Troy Mairs

I became the self-proclaimed “most passionate cinematographer” in the country in an unusual way. My career of diving out of helicopters in the Army was derailed one day by a girl who helped me see the world through a new lens — pun intended.

My love for visual craftsmanship knows no bounds in a seemingly endless pursuit of the perfect image. I founded Kairos Film Co as an outlet for that passion and an excuse to keep pushing the boundaries of what I thought possible.

The greatest pieces tell a story, stories connect people, and people trust that which they feel connected to. Kairos exists to connect you to your audience. Follow/message me at @kairosfilmco to learn more about me and the work I do.


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Thank you, Chicago! Chicago Live Again is a picture of our city at its best. Navy Pier was proud to reunite artists and audiences to celebrate the reopening of the city’s stages at Chicago Live Again. For the first time ever, 50 of the brightest marquee companies performed in a single event, supporting each other with talent, know-how, and joy. Same time next year?

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A round up of Chicago's top stories Children 5-11 expected to receive vaccine this fall Vaccines for children in the 5-11 age group will likely become available in the first half of November, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the president. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children in this age category, which would make an additional 28 million Americans eligible to receive the vaccine.

City unveils renamed Lake Shore Drive Chicago officials celebrated the unveiling of the newly renamed Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive on Oct. 21. DuSable, a Black trader from Haiti with African heritage, is considered the founder of Chicago, and is known for establishing a trading post along the Chicago River in the late 1700s. The name change was approved by the Chicago City Council in June.

Botanic Garden Lightscapes. Photo by Candace Jordan

Chicago Botanic Garden Lightscape returns Starting Friday, Nov. 12, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s seasonal Lightscape exhibit will offer a variety of colorful light displays, including new installations. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3, and ticket prices vary according to membership status and the booking date. Lightscape is free for children under 3. Visitors are advised to book their tickets early this year to guarantee specific dates, as tickets sold out last year. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed back lions with the official opening of its new lion habitat, the Pepper Family Wildlife Center, in October. Photo by Christopher Bijalba/Lincoln Park Zoo

Renovated Lincoln Park Zoo lion habitat opens The Lincoln Park Zoo celebrated the official opening of its new lion habitat, the Pepper Family Wildlife Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 14. The habitat is home to the zoo’s pride of lions, along with red pandas, Canada lynx and snow leopards. Visit for additional details about the exhibit.

Chicago launches transportation study The Chicago Department of Transportation is asking residents to participate in a 5-minute study that will allow the city to better understand traffic problems and transportation usage in the Streeterville and North Grand Park area. To take part in the survey, visit NGPSCurbsideManagement.

Millennium Park to offer new food choices

The Museum of Ice Cream is set to open in the Tribune Tower in Chicago in the summer of 2022. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Ice Cream

Ice cream-themed museum coming to Chicago Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is bringing its experiential museum to the city in summer 2022. Located at The Shops at Tribune Tower at 435 N Michigan Ave, the one-of-its-kind space will span 13,544 square feet and encompass retail, entertainment, and a cafe and bar. The whimsical installations, imaginative tours, themed retail and more are designed under the premise that ice cream is a symbol of joy, a universal connector and a transportive vehicle for anyone’s imagination. Visit for more information.

Officials from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced that the city has selected Eleven North Hospitality to serve as the concessionaire for Millennium Park, bringing new food and beverage options such as a coffee bar and tearoom, a cafe specializing in Mexican food and a “grab-and-go” kiosk.

U.S. to open borders to Canada, Mexico to vaccinated travelers Starting in November, the Biden administration plans to lift travel U.S. border restrictions with Mexico and Canada for

travelers who are fully vaccinated. Eligible travelers must provide proof of vaccination to be allowed to enter the country.

Officials share update on city vaccine policy Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced in October that 79 percent of all city employees had confirmed their vaccination status, in accordance with the city’s vaccination policy. Eighty-four percent of city employees who reported their vaccination status have been fully vaccinated. The city has received more than 4,000 exemption requests for medical or religious reasons.

Blue Origin proposes private space station Blue Origin, an aerospace manufacturer owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced plans in late October to create a privately owned space station orbiting the Earth. The proposed project, called Orbital Reef, could be completed by the end of the 2020s, according to company executives. Blue Origin plans to partner with several companies and groups on the project, including Boeing and Arizona State University.


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The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR

Monsignor Ken Velo, honoree Susan Griffiths Gohl and Jonathan Grabill.

Maria Vathis wearing Lauren Lein Ltd.

Mark Olley and Sandy Murillo in Macy’s My Stylist.

The Cause: The Chicago Lighthouse hosted its eighth annual FLAIR luncheon and fashion show, this year themed “Eye on Style.” The event honored philanthropist Susan Griffiths Gohl and supported the nonprofit’s children’s programming for the blind, visually impaired and disabled. Sheree Schimmer and Sherrill Bodine served as co-chairs. The Setting: Nearly 200 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the Palm Court followed by a luncheon in the elegant Gold Coast Room. The runway show, produced by ZZAZZ Productions, featured fashions from Anne Fontaine, Contessa Bottega, Frances Heffernan, Lauren Lein Ltd., Menotti Couture, Mira Couture, My Stylist at Macy’s, St. John and RedE.

Shauna Montgomery.

Singing sensation Nina Vargas.

Caroline Grossinger and Dr. Janet Szlyk, Chicago Lighthouse president-CEO.

Co-chairs Sheree Schimmer and Sherrill Bodine.

The Scene: Dr. Janet Szlyk, Lighthouse president and CEO, welcomed the crowd. Hood/Swift Woman with Flair honoree Susan Gohl accepted her award from event co-host Tracey Tarantino DiBuono before Monsignor Kenneth Velo offered an invocation. Nina Vargas, a young participant from the organization’s Youth Transition Program, sang “A Million Dreams” from the hit movie “The Greatest Showman.” The record-breaking event raised more than $135,000. Photos by Mila Samokhina

Kristina McGrath and Jay Kopp wearing Macy’s My Stylist.

Nikki Friar and Chilli Pepper.

Front, from left, Theresa Strnad and Vonita Reescer, top from left, Melinda Jakovich-Lagrange and event co-host Tracey Tarantino DiBuono.

Scott Bobek and Kalari Girtley Jackson in Mira Couture.


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Chicago companies

Macy’s surprised a local military veteran and entrepreneur from Bunker Labs on July 13 with a home office and living room makeover. Photo courtesy of Macy’s, Dear Floyd Photo

By Nuria Mathog From corporate relief funds to local fundraising events, Chicagoland businesses of all sizes have found ways to make a difference in their community. For Macy’s, giving back often involves offering special recognition and rewards to deserving members of the Chicago community. In July, the company surprised a local military veteran and entrepreneur with a living room makeover and a home office, and in August, Macy’s partnered with Dress for Success to provide a family in need $3,000 in gift cards for back-toschool shopping and a styling session with Macy’s personal stylists. This December, Macy’s will continue its tradition of inviting a Chicago-area MakeA-Wish family to light the 114th annual Great Tree in the historic Walnut Room. “Macy’s is committed to giving back, sharing joy and being there for the community in times of need,” company spokesperson Julianne Olivo said. “This

unprecedented time has brought challenges to many families in the communities [where] Macy’s colleagues live and work, and Macy’s is proud to support incredible organizations throughout the Chicagoland area whose impactful work plays a vital role in strengthening and enriching the local community and beyond.” Since the start of the pandemic, Grubhub, headquartered in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, has raised $18 million in financial assistance for restaurants and drivers through the Grubhub Community Relief Fund. Customers can contribute to the fund via the company’s Donate the Change initiative, which provides the option of rounding up change to the nearest dollar when placing a Grubhub order. Through the MEANS Database, a food rescue nonprofit organization that connects soup kitchens and food pantries with excess food, Grubhub has partnered with 13 Chicago-area restaurants to donate food to 18 local nonprofit organizations


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focus on the business of philanthropy and 93,000 meals to people in need. Other contributions from Grubhub include a $1.4 million donation to the Restaurant Stronger and Restaurant Strong Winterization grant programs (awarded to 200 restaurants in Chicago), a $100,000 donation to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and a $10,000 donation to Lakeview Pantry’s fall fundraiser. “Chicago is our hometown, and we are proud to have supported local businesses and organizations in our community since our founding in 2004,” a Grubhub spokesperson said. “We know the last 18 months have been challenging for our restaurant partners and drivers both locally and across the country, which is why we’ve remained committed to supporting these groups throughout the pandemic and beyond.” Small businesses in the area are making a difference as well. Teddie Kossof Salon Spa in Northfield has donated services to a number of local organizations throughout

Two guests enjoy a mani-pedi party at Teddie Kossof Salon Spa, an event the salon hosts for children battling serious illnesses. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Place

the years, from churches and synagogues to the Woman’s Board of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center fashion show. Giving back is a personal mission for salon owner Teddie Kossof, who spent 15 years on the Northbrook and Glenview Youth Services board and helped raise money to construct the organization’s building through connections with clientele and other groups. “During the pandemic, we did everything possible to help the community,”

Kossof said. “We put out thousands of dollars worth of donations in sanitizer. Glenbrook Hospital, North Shore hospitals, fire department, police department. You’d go into those hospitals and see a green bottle—that’s what we donated.” Jimmy Place, director of corporate relations at Teddie Kossof Salon Spa, said the business has contributed “hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars” in goods, services, events and money to charitable causes in the past few years. In addition to throwing special events such as mani-pedi parties for children with serious illnesses, the salon raises funds for organizations like the Tyler Robinson Foundation, which helps families of children battling pediatric cancer. “We’ve done a lot of different things over the last 47 years, and that’s our reputation,” Kossof said. Philanthropy is especially important for Pam Capitanini, who owns Italian Village Restaurants along with her husband Al. The

downtown Chicago business, which has been owned and run by the Capitanini family for 94 years, contributes to more than 350 charities a year, including donating meals every month to the Catholic Charities. “I don’t know that we’ve ever refused anybody who’s asked us for a gift certificate or meals ... We support almost any institution in the city that asks anything of us, and have for years,” Capitanini said. Among the causes nearest and dearest to Capitanini are women’s and children’s issues. Organizations that have benefited from her business’s charitable giving include the Inspiration Corporation, which assists families affected by homelessness and poverty, and A Silver Lining Foundation, which provides free breast cancer screenings to disadvantaged women. “We wouldn’t have businesses without communities,” Capitanini said. “To those to whom much is given, you should give back. We are very fortunate, and we believe we should give back.”





The Joffrey Ballet Ensemble in The Nutcracker. Photo by Cheryl Mann.

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New multi-use residential buildings offer ‘something for everybody’ Bidek said the initial pre-leasing period By Nuria Mathog was “very successful,” with more than 100 Associate Editor residents moving in during the first few 2021 has been a year of tremendous opening weeks. Condo sales are well ahead change for the landscape of downtown of schedule, she added. Chicago, with new development projects “There has been tremendous interest in welcoming residents for the first time and One Chicago and this neighborhood that we new parks reshaping the face of the city. are only seeing grow as comIn River North, the One pletion draws near,” she said. Chicago skyscraper is One Chicago tenants can nearing completion, with enjoy amenities such as construction expected to membership at Life Time wrap up in 2022. Two ChicaAthletic Resort and Spa, go-based firms, Hartshorne a putting green, rooftop Plunkard Architecture and lounge and grocery delivGoettsch Partners, collaboery from Whole Foods and rated on the project, which is more. To accommodate reslocated just across the street idents’ canine companions, from Holy Name Cathedral the building also offers a and built upon a block that number of dog-friendly feaformerly contained a parktures, including a dog run, ing lot for the cathedral. Sophie Bidek, a partner at dog washes and grooming When finished, this Hartshorne Plunkard Archiand boarding services. mixed-use building, contecture, at One Chicago. While some of One Chicasisting of two towers and a go’s 1,100 off-street parking spaces are below 10-story podium, will include more than ground, the building’s podium conceals ad800 residential units, along with a Whole ditional parking spots from the street view. Foods, Life Time Athletic Resort and Spa, “What we wanted to do was cover all of the restaurant, event venue and office space. There will also be a landscaped park locat- parking,” Bidek explained. “We put it underground, but the parking that’s above grade, we ed along the east side of the building. have it tucked in the middle, like a doughnut. “The idea, the dream, the vision, is that The whole of the doughnut is parking and you can get married at Holy Name, walk then everything around it is active leases.” across and have your reception at the For Bidek, who describes mixed-use projevent space,” said Sophie Bidek, a partner ects as her specialty, bringing One Chicago at Hartshorne Plunkard. to life has been an exciting opportunity. One Chicago is home to four different “The piece I love about architecture unit types, each with its own signature the most is the puzzle-solving,” she said. style. The west tower at 23 W. Chicago Ave. “So, a mixed-use project where you’ve got contains 391 apartments, while the east all these different end users and all these tower at 14 W. Superior St. is divided into 276 apartments and 77 condominiums. The different stakeholders that want to be in the building ... solving that puzzle, to do it podium houses an additional 68 lofts. successfully and see people in it working, According to Bidek, the starting price is really what I’m most proud of.” for the condos ranges from approximately In Streeterville, the Tribune Tower $1.68 million to $28 million.

Construction on One Chicago, a new multi-use development in River North, is expected to finish in 2022. Photos by Elaine Hyde

Residences began offering walkthroughs in October. Developers CIM Group and Golub & Company acquired the Michigan Avenue property— formerly home to the Chicago Tribune offices—in 2016 and began a redevelopment project that included the creation of 162 luxury condominiums. As of mid-October, around 50% of the building’s units had been sold, said Shannon Gibson-Giampa, a Tribune Tower Residences sales consultant. “It’s so special, and the location that we have here is incredible,” Gibson-Giampa said. “You’re right in the heart of everything, and with a restaurant and retail at the base, and everything that we have within the building you never have to leave, really.” According to Gibson-Giampa, the building’s amenities offer “a little something for everybody,” including a fitness facility divided into a cardio side and a strength training side, space for socializing and working, a golf simulator, putting green and a park in the center of the building. “This has been huge, being a part of it from the whole beginning and watching it come to life like that,” Gibson-Giampa said. “Very exciting.”

The New Eastside community also reached a major milestone this year—Cascade Park, the last phase of the Lakeshore East development, celebrated its grand opening in early October. Created through a partnership between Lendlease and Magellan Development Group, the new park was developed along with the nearby Cascade and Cirrus towers. Claude Cormier + Associés handled the design, with contributions from architectural firm Confluence. Among the park’s features are an ADA-accessible path that connects Lower Lake Shore Drive with North Harbor Drive, passive wellness sculptures, an outdoor dog run called “Cascade Bark” and an improved bike and walking path linking Lakeshore East Park to DuSable Harbor. “If you can create areas that are exciting to people, that people will want to go to, that’s where you win, and you make this a winwin,” said Ted Weldon, executive general manager of development for Lendlease’s Chicago office. “And to us, looking at this development, the open space and how we’ve actually created this wonderful connection to the lakefront is what I’m most proud of.”


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Benjamin Marshall was a renowned architect with a pioneering vision for Chicago. His legacy extends from the historic and presidential Blackstone Hotel on South Michigan Avenue all the way up to the city’s most luxurious resort, the lost Edgewater Beach Hotel. Marshall was the genius behind the city’s most fashionable addresses, including those along East Lake Shore Drive and the Drake Hotel currently celebrating its 101st year. Marshall’s lavish parties at his Wilmette studio/ home overlooking Lake Michigan were legendary. Guests included silent film star, Rudolph Valentino, the Ziegfeld Folly Girls, Ethel Barrymore, Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Fred and Adele Astaire, President Hoover, even the future King of England, Edward, Prince of Wales.

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Private visits to his glamorous residences, diverse webinars, lectures, tours, concerts. Did you know that Ben designed his own clothes, helped create hotel menus, put a dirigible landing on the roof of the Blackstone Hotel, radio stations on top of the Drake and Edgewater Beach Hotels? JOIN US ONLINE! Call (314) 517-0842 Individual Membership: $50 Dual Membership: $80 Student Membership: $35 The Benjamin Marshall Society is a 501(c)3. Donations are tax-deductible.

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Chicago-based charitable organizations you might not know about By Jon Cohn Community Contributor


Uses music as therapy and provides musical and singing opportunities to individuals in Chicago facing homelessness, incarceration and addiction. Since 2003.


Provides vouchers to churches, organizations and folks on the streets that can be given out (instead of cash) and used to redeem for food and groceries at local stores.


Collects shoes from all over the world for distribution to those in need in impoverished countries. Started by Chicagoan Monica Purdy.

4) YMEN (Young Men’s Educational Network) 8) FRIENDS OF THE CHICAGO RIVER

Over two decades strong in the North Lawndale area. Educates, inspires and gives leadership and travel opportunities to youth in the North Lawndale community.





Stands for black, white, yellow, brown. New in Chicago. Designed to bridge the racial divide and bring people together regardless of race, culture or ethnicity.

Collects and distributes packages of children’s items for kids in low income


Provides school supplies and toiletries for foster and homeless children.

Improves the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants and animals.


Addresses teenage and youth homelessness. Provides youth (ages 18–24) experiencing homelessness with shelter and safety, medical and educational assistance.


Provides year-round educational programming and community outreach to cultivate new plant lovers.


Introduces girls in Chicago to science, technology, engineering and math.



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CHICAGO’S NONPROFITS Striving, thriving and poised for rebirth


he backbone of any city is its nonprofit community. Nonprofit organizations prop up those in need, give hope to the hopeless and are often the only voices of the people they serve. Chicago is rich in nonprofits and, fortunately, in the number of people who support them too. I spoke to leaders of several Candid Candace of the area’s top charity organizations Jordan to learn how they fared during the CONTRIBUTING EDITOR pandemic. Almost all of those I spoke to had found silver linings. They discovered new abilities that most plan on carrying forward; virtual capabilities opened up whole new worlds and introduced these charities to a much wider audience, in many cases a global audience and, because their top donors knew the nonprofits were being stretched due to lessening resources, they stepped up and, in many cases, made their favorite charities’ fundraising efforts record-breaking. As you read along, please keep in mind that you don’t have to be Bill Gates to make a difference. Volunteering is equally important. The SERVICE CLUB OF CHICAGO is one of the oldest charitable organizations in the city, founded in 1890. SC president Sherrill Bodine said, “We survived because we never gave up. Through the dedication and hard work of the SC ladies, we reached an all time high in our 131-year history for funds raised (over $600,000) to provide grants through our philanthropic grant program.” ( THE JOFFREY BALLET returned to live performances on Oct. 13 in their new home at the Lyric Opera. Ashley Wheater, the Mary B. Galvin artistic director, said, “The Joffrey survived the disruption of the pandemic in large part because of the support of the people of Chicago. Overnight, our earned revenue disappeared. But our Board and community of supporters generously contributed to keep our doors open.” ( Chef Art Smith, artist Jesus Salgueiro and Linda Novick O’Keefe founded COMMON THREADS in Chicago in

2003. This national nonprofit provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits. O’Keefe, said, “At the start of the pandemic, we began offering virtual programming, which helped keep our mission alive. Families were facing food insecurity at an unprecedented rate, so we supported a number of food distribution programs that helped generate business for chefs and restaurateurs who were also impacted.” ( PAWS CHICAGO founder Paula Fasseas is proud that the Midwest’s largest No-Kill animal shelter has never had to close its doors to pets in need. “We launched a virtual adoption process, performed 4,100 adoptions, received 50,000 virtual adoption inquiries since March 2020, created a Crisis Care Foster Initiative, established a mobile Pet Food Pantry, provided Telehealth appointments and opened a state-of-the-art medical center.” ( Heather Owen, president and co-founder of ONE TAIL AT A TIME, an animal rescue in Bucktown, shared, “When the pandemic hit, we immediately went virtual and sent all of our dogs to foster homes so people didn’t have to be in our facilities. We saw a big influx of willing fosters and adopters so it allowed us to connect with new shelters and help animals we previously couldn’t.” ( The CHICAGO LIGHTHOUSE president/CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk had this to say about the nonprofit, which since 1906, has provided programs and support for the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities. “When the lockdown started, our I.T. department, which includes several employees who are blind or visually impaired, went into overdrive, setting up a work-from-home model for our staff and creating remote capabilities. Moving forward, we will continue to develop our hybrid services, as they have enabled us to reach even more people who need our critical and life-changing services.” ( Lois Gates, assistant executive director of MISERICORDIA, said the past 18 months have been “extremely challenging.” Gates helps oversee the support, programs and

A child in Maryville Academy’s Children’s Healthcare Center.

housing of the over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental difficulties who call Misericordia home. She said, “Earlier this year, we thought it might have been possible to finally have our fall events in person. However, with the rise of the Delta variant, we decided it was too much of a risk and that pivoting back to a virtual platform was safest for everyone.” ( MARYVILLE ACADEMY, a child care organization rooted in Catholic social teaching, continued to serve children and families throughout the pandemic. “Our faculty took up the challenge of going from in-person to remote learning and our I.T. department provided additional Chromebooks to our youth whose school buildings were closed, said Nelia Bernabe, Maryville’s communications manager. “We purchased PPEs, enforced deep cleaning and improved air filtration in our group homes and admin offices at all campuses.” Maryville offers 17 life-changing programs at 4 locations and counting. ( Holly Buckendahl, CEO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF CHICAGOLAND AND NORTHWEST INDIANA, spoke about how the pandemic affected the nonprofit that provides a “home away from home” for kids dealing with a critical illness and their families. “From the onset of the pandemic through September 2021, we lost over 60,000 hours representing more than $1.7 million worth of volunteer time lost,” she said. “In 2020, the organization provided over 20,000 nights of care through 5 Ronald McDonald Houses and 3 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, medical care for nearly 2,000 children via 2 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, and thousands of meals for families.” (


Small Threads in Common Threads’ healthy eating program.

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PAWS Chicago dog at an adoption event.

and connection during what were isolating and uncertain times. That’s what our work is all about, bringing youth together to transform their lives through music.” ( For Nancy Wright, CEO of the GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER CHICAGO AND NORTHWEST INDIANA, the pandemic illuminated how important the Girl Scouts’ role is as a champion and advocate for girls. She said, “We are in a state of real crisis among young girls’ emotional well-being and we know it’s going to take time to heal. The pandemic fueled girls’ commitments to serve and be a positive change in the world and that’s what being a Girl Scout is really all about.” (

Chicago Children’s Choir members perform at a past benefit.

NAVY PIER’S executive director of communications, media and engagement, Nick Pullia said, “Navy Pier faced an existential crisis in the wake of the pandemic shutdown. No visitors. No income. If not for our volunteer board of directors stepping up in amazing ways, we wouldn’t be here now to tell the tale.” Was there a silver lining? “Something extraordinary did happen. At the end of September, Navy Pier hosted ‘Chicago Live Again,’ what president/CEO Marilynn Gardner called a FIRST-in-a-lifetime event. The two-day festival celebrated the reopening of Chicago’s stages by bringing together 50 of the city’s most celebrated institutions in back-to-back performances. The event created hundreds of jobs.” ( Established in 2015, the HIPPOCRATIC CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, a relatively new nonprofit, funds cutting-edge research to fight cancer. Eleni Bousis, founder and chair of HCRF, shared, “As with many medical organizations, we were quite distressed in the number of cancers that may have gone undiagnosed due to the pandemic, fear of going to a hospital and the need to obey lockdown orders.” She and the organization are looking forward to their first in-person gala on Nov. 6 and a record-breaking year. ( Sheila Brown is the executive director of CINECARES FOUNDATION, a nonprofit that provides adults in underserved communities opportunities to work in TV and film production. During the pandemic, the Foundation hosted Zoom conversations between job trainees and leaders in the film industry. “I think we all realized that the things we take for granted each day

After School Matters teens perform at a Navy Pier gala. Photo by Juan Martinez

are really treasures. When we were able to reconvene, there was more of an appreciation for each other and the great work that we get to do each day,” she said. ( BIG SHOULDERS FUND is a charity that provides support and assistance to elementary and high schools that primarily serve students from low-income backgrounds. Josh Hale is its president and CEO. “Big Shoulders Fund had planned to pilot virtual volunteer opportunities in years past and Covid-19 sped up the timing,” he said. “Moving forward, we anticipate having a hybrid of virtual and in-person volunteering occurring, with even more enhanced digital formats for volunteering, mentorship and other enrichment programs.” ( Josephine Lee is president and artistic director for the CHICAGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR, a nonprofit that inspires children through music. She said, “When the pandemic started, we didn’t miss a beat. We made an immediate turn towards virtual options for our students, providing a crucial sense of stability

Susan Abrams, ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER CEO, saw a 41% increase in engagement in 2020 (over 2019) on the Museum’s virtual platforms. “There were so many silver linings in the virtual format including more opportunities for building community,” she said. “Across all of our initiatives, a total of 92,000 people heard the testimony of our beloved Survivors and their family members.” ( The HAPPINESS CLUB is a free, year-round performing arts education program serving a diverse group of Chicago kids, largely from Chicago’s south and west sides. According to Maureen Schulman, THC board chair/president, “Because of the stress Covid had on kids, not attending school, missing meals, staying at home without socialization with the caliber of people found in the group, it was important for us to keep weekly rehearsals intact. We were able to do this with the help of a tech grant from Chicago Community Trust Young Leaders Fund, which supplied the kids with iPads.” The NORA PROJECT is a nonprofit that provides training and curriculum to teachers so they can build inclusive classrooms and teach their students about disability. “We helped support our teachers through the most challenging time in their careers and we connected with students in new and deeper ways that we thought possible,” executive director and co-founder Lauren Schrero said. (

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Celebrate the holidays in Rosemont Chicagoland residents are invited to make Rosemont a one-stop holiday destination this winter by participating in the community’s many attractions, whether enjoying a brand-new holiday light show or shopping for a special gift at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. The AMAZE Light Festival, which opens Friday, Nov. 19, and runs through Jan. 2, 2022, will feature family-friendly activities and more than a million holiday lights at Rosemont’s Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale starting noon Friday, Oct. 15, and can be purchased online at Among the features offered at the festival are timed light shows, a holiday market, seasonal food and beverages, theme-based illuminated worlds and tube rides on “Polar Peak.” Children’s activities include holiday craft making, Santa’s Workshop and train rides aboard the “Arctic Express.” General admission tickets will cost $23 per adult and $18 per child ages 2-12; reservations for Santa’s Workshop visits must be made in advance, at the time of purchase.

Another exciting opportunity for wintertime fun is Light Up the Park, scheduled for Nov. 26 at Parkway Bank Park. This annual event will feature more than 80,000 holiday lights and free family activities such as horse and carriage rides, caroling, ice sculpture viewing and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Chicago Wolves Ice Rink opens for the season at 11 a.m., and the tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Family activities will be available from 2-6 p.m. Shoppers seeking the ideal Christmas gift for a loved one need look no further than the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, which will offer a number of holiday shopping deals this season. A list of stores and available deals can be found online at Rosemont Theatre will feature live performances for all kinds of musical tastes this winter, including “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” on Dec. 10, “Johnny Mathis Christmas Show” on Dec. 11, “Dean Z Ultimate Elvis Christmas Show” on Dec. 17 and “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical”

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Contributing editor t all started on Grand and Ogden, where popular restaurateur Alex Dana grew up working in a restaurant with his father. As a child, he learned the ins and outs of running a restaurant. If the dishwasher broke, he knew how to fix it. If the butcher was late, Dana and his father could do it. In his late 20s, Dana purchased his first restaurant on Washington and Wacker. After operating the space as a one-man show, he began to create deep and powerful connections throughout the city. He soon opened up his very first Rosebud location on the iconic Taylor Street, the start of what would eventually become an empire: Alex Dana’s Rosebud Restaurant Group. He vividly recalls the first time he realized he was succeeding. He was walking out of the kitchen on a Saturday afternoon wearing his apron. He had spent the morning answering phones, preparing baked clams and taking down reservations, all at the same time. When the hostess came





in, he had phone numbers and names on scraps of paper, his arms and anywhere else he’d found a surface to write on. Today, Rosebud Restaurants operate nine restaurants including two steakhouses and seven “white tablecloth” Italian concepts. From Carmine’s to Rosebud on Rush, Rosebud Prime to the Rosebud Steakhouse, the Rosebud name has expanded to the suburbs and beyond with a new flagship location opening soon on Michigan Avenue and, later this year, on Randolph Street. “To me, building on Randolph is like building the Colosseum in Rome,” Dana said. With nearly 50 years in the industry, Dana’s Rosebud menu can be described as elevated classic dishes with a touch of Italian peasant flair. He calls it “getting back to the red sauce.” It’s a basic style of cooking using only the highest quality ingredients. His favorite menu item? Square noodles with red sauce. Enjoy his recipe at


Chicago’s holiday activities can help reader get ‘into the spirit’ Dear Candid Candace: It is shameful to admit, but in my later years, I’ve found I have a hard time getting “into the spirit” for another holiday season. As you get older, time seems to fly by and it just seems like the holiday season comes around so quickly that it is hard to get in the spirit every year. Plus, I dread shopping for gifts, never knowing what to get. Any suggestions for improving my holiday spirit? —Dreading December Dear Dreading December: There is nothing shameful about having a hard time “getting up” for the holidays. With the state of the world now and Covid still being a concern, many of us aren’t feeling the holiday love just yet either. My suggestion to you would be to visit some of the many wonderful holiday experiences this city has to offer—Macy’s State Street, where Santa will return this year in all his glory; the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Christmas Around the World” and “Holidays of Light” exhibits; the Christkindlmarket that returns on Nov. 19; “Twas the Night Before” at the Chicago Theatre, coming Nov. 26; the Botanic Garden’s “Lightscape,” which begins Nov. 12; the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Nov. 20, ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo and so many more. As far as shopping for gifts, perusing catalogs online makes it easy to get inspired and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your easy chair! Dear Candid Candace: It’s party season and I notice in Chicago Star that so

many great-looking women wear heels. I have a problem in that I’m older and just can’t do it anymore. Do you have some suggestions for those of us who feel more comfortable in flats? What type of fashion would work best with these lower heels? —High Heel Help Dear High Heel Help: I feel your pain, literally. Since a recent accident, I haven’t been able to wear (true) high heels either. But, the good news is that there are ways around this without giving up. Stacked heels are always an option, but so many are “old lady-like” that you really have to hunt and peck to find a suitable pair. I did find luck with certain Pradas, which have a lower heel but also a cool edge that takes them out of the retirement home category. At Nordstrom’s recently, I struck “shoe gold” when I found a pair of Vince Camuto “Thanley” heels. the heels are inspired by the super-pricey Amina Muaddi’s, which have a larger heel base but are still slender on top, thus ensuring better balance while still looking fabulous. As for what to wear with these lower heel shapes, I suggest ankle length pants since I fear full length will make you look like Charlie Chaplin. Send questions to: CandidCandace@ Follow Candid Candace (Candace Jordan) on Facebook, Insta, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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PICTURE PERFECT Cindy Crawford and David Yarrow collaborate for charity

By Candid Candace Jordan Supermodel Cindy Crawford was in town for opening night of “Changing Lanes,” an exciting new photo exhibition at the Hilton | Asmus Contemporary gallery in Bridgeport. The by-invite-only event featured photographs by David Yarrow—many of Cindy—with proceeds benefiting pediatric cancer research. The highlight of the exhibit was a photo by Yarrow recreating Cindy’s iconic Pepsi ad by Joe Pytka, simply titled “1992,” which was the year the original commercial aired during the Super Bowl. The event helped raise funds for the University of Wisconsin Kids Cancer Program, based at the same hospital that treated the model’s late brother Jeff. Cindy spoke about the legendary photographer, Victor Skrebneski, who discovered and mentored her. She said he taught her professionalism and to remember that the photos were about selling the product and not the model. She also spoke about her daughter Kaia, also a supermodel, and how proud she was of her and the decisions she’s made in the business.

The star, clad in a sparkly jumpsuit, and the photographer chatted with press on a red carpet before enjoying a sit-down dinner with nearly 200 invitees. Following dinner, the tireless supermodel posed for photos with every guest before a Q&A conducted by Jake Hamilton of Fox-32. Gallery owners Arica Hilton and Sven Asmus welcomed guests and Charles Miers, head of Rizzoli Publishing in NYC, introduced Cindy. Hilton shared the mission of her gallery, “We’re not just selling art. We choose who we represent for a reason. David, over the last couple of years, has raised over $5 million for various charities, from cancer research to animal protection and conservation to ocean conservation. That’s what we are about.” Both the star and the photographer signed copies of their photograph, three of which sold on this night for around $35,000 each. Also in attendance were stars of Showtime’s “The Chi,” Yolanda Ross and Tai Davis, as well as Dr. Paul Sondel, head of the pediatric cancer research program at the University of Wisconsin.

Cindy Crawford and photographer David Yarrow at Hilton Asmus Contemporary gallery opening. Photo by Justin Barbin

Dr. Sondel said, “Now in 2021, 85% of children with cancer are cured. That’s because of research, both in the lab and in the clinic. But, in many cases, because of the cure, they will have lasting medical problems because of the toxicity of the treatments. Our vision is to have kinder, gentler, more intelligent and more effective treatments to eliminate the cancer without harming normal tissue.”

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Navy Pier debuts Chicago LIVE Again!

By Candid Candace Jordan Navy Pier debuted a free outdoor festival, Chicago LIVE Again!, in September to celebrate the welcome return of the city’s arts and entertainment scene. The weekend-long event featured performances by over 40 of the city’s brightest cultural icons, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Children’s Choir, The Joffrey Academy, Giordano Dance Chicago, Black Ensemble Theatre and many others. Navy Pier president/CEO Marilynn Gardner kicked off the event with welcoming remarks and a spectacular fireworks display marked its end, until next year.

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Dennis Downes Celebrating his 20th Solo Art Show at The Grove in Glenview

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Doorperson of the Month Charles Clemson, Concierge and doorman at Gold Coast City Club Apartments

By Jacqueline Davis Freelance Reporter It was the neighborhood feel and the strong community presence that drew Charles Clemson to his job as concierge and doorman at Gold Coast City Club, 860 N. Dewitt Place, in downtown Chicago—a role he has been perfecting since August 2017. “The best part [about my job] is the family feel that the property possesses,” Clemson said. “I truly enjoy my job and look forward to providing superior service to the residents and guests of 860 N. Dewitt Place.” Clemson, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years, has a knack for serving others to the highest of standards and making sure they feel at ease—and most importantly, at home. Even in stressful times, Clemson is well-known to resolve issues from the getgo in a calm and collected manner. “My biggest responsibility here is providing attentive, efficient customer service to the residents and guests,” Clemson said, emphasizing that he enjoys the challenge of making sure everyone who enters the building has an overall positive experience. “Working here has been awesome,” Clemson said. “I enjoy the task of making sure residents and guests are more than satisfied

Charles Clemson, concierge and doorman at Gold Coast City Club Apartments, is the November Doorperson of the Month.

Gold Coast City Club Apartments, 860 N. Dewitt Place in Streeterville. Photos by Jacqueline Davis

with their time spent here.” Clemson, a Chicago native, resides on the South Shore, where he enjoys bowling, playing cards and relaxing with his family. Clemson can be found in the lobby of Gold Coast City Club, playing great music while ensuring the building’s residents

enjoy a safe and comfortable home. To nominate your favorite doorperson, email info@ with their name and why they should be the doorperson of the month. Winners will receive a $25 gift card to Mariano’s.


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| EVENTS | Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information. To submit events or advertise on this page, email

Nov. 3

Begins Nov. 20

Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour Don’t miss Bob Dylan’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” tour. 8 p.m., Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive.

City of Chicago’s Christmas Tree Don’t miss one of Chicago’s biggest and brightest holiday traditions—the City of Chicago’s official Christmas Tree—now in its 107th year. The tree in Millennium Park is adorned in twinkling lights and makes the perfect holiday photo op.

Nov. 6

The Dinner Detective – Marriott Chicago America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theatre engages audiences in a hilarious mystery while you feast on a fantastic dinner. The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it. 6-9 p.m. Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile. 165 E. Ontario St.

Nov. 10

Will Smith: An Evening Of Stories With Friends Will Smith sits down with pals and a host of other special guests to discuss his life’s journey in music and on the big screen—and finding inner happiness along the way. Tickets include a copy of Will Smith’s memoir, “WILL.” The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Mike Singletary at Mid-America Club Enjoy a live and unfiltered conversation with legendary Chicago Bears Linebacker Mike Singletary (Hall of Fame 1998) in an in-depth interview by moderator, Teddy Greenstein. 6-8 p.m., $45 RSVP to the membership director at (312) 856-9484 or email melissa.czyz@

Nov. 11

Wine Extravaganza at The Mid-America Club Get your wine glasses ready for the biggest wine event of the year. Sip & savor the finest selections of wines from a wide variety of premier vendors as you enjoy live music, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres andspectacular views. $60, 6-7:30 p.m. Contact the Club for more details at (312) 856-9484 or email:

Cirque du Soleil’s first ever Christmas production, "‘Twas the Night Before...," opens Nov. 26 at the Chicago Theatre. Photo by Candace Jordan

Nov. 26-Dec. 5

"’Twas The Night Before…" Cirque du Soleil and MSG Entertainment’s Christmas show is a flurry of Christmas cheer with lovable characters to delight all family members. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.

Through Jan. 8

Wild Color at the Field Museum This colorful new exhibit displays a variety of photo-worthy moments and experiences. In the 7,000-square foot exhibition, visitors will discover brilliant gems and iridescent minerals, explore the startling hues of animals that glow under ultraviolet light, and learn about a “super black” bird of paradise. Find more info at

Through Jan. 24

Barbara Kruger exhibition Masterfully combining text in her imagery, Kruger’s exhibition showcases more than 40 years of her work. Critical and provoking, elements of our culture are exposed in her dynamic text and visual messages. The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.,

Nov. 20-Dec. 31

A Christmas Carol- Goodman Theatre Now in its 44th year, families will revel in the return to stage of this classic holiday experience. Bright cheerful performances from local Chicago talent dressed in glorious costumes will delight audiences and lift spirits. 170 N. Dearborn St.,

Nov. 6-Dec. 24

Macy’s Holiday Windows, Santa and the Great Tree Santa Claus returns for in-person visits at Macy’s State Street. Visit with Santa in the enchanted Santaland and marvel at the Macy’s Great Tree and animated windows. Reservations to see Santa will open five days in advance of the desired visit date. To reserve a visit with Santa, visit Santaland. Each day reservations will open at 5:30 a.m. Children can also meet Santa virtually through an interactive video and the creation of a special Santa selfie.

Nov. 18-Jan. 22

Disney’s Frozen the musical A favorite wintertime story comes to life onstage in the adaptation of the 2013 Disney film. Join Anna and Elsa in their quest to save Arendelle. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.,

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival returns on Saturday, Nov. 20 with a parade of fabulous floats and marching bands. Musical performances begin at 5:30 p.m. at the northern end of Michigan Avenue and proceed to the Chicago River.

Nov. 26-Jan. 2

Navy Pier’s “Light Up the Lake” Navy Pier will brighten the winter season with “Light Up the Lake,” an indoor, temperature-controlled experience, featuring large-scale light-sculpture displays comprising more than 600,000 twinkling lights, an Alpine ice rink, authentic holiday beer garden, kiddie train rides, Santa’s Village and gift market and other family-friendly events. “Light Up the Lake” will run from Nov. 26 through Jan. 2, in Festival Hall at Navy Pier. Special themed events, including date nights, are also planned.

Nov. 19-Dec. 24

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo ZooLights are back and brighter than ever. Head to Lincoln Park Zoo to stroll through awe-inspiring light displays and outdoor animal exhibits. Tickets $5 and can be purchased online in advance. ZooLights is not open Thanksgiving Day.

Christkindlmarket Chicago’s favorite holiday market returns to the Loop this year. Explore unique German style booths full of special holiday products and food. Pick up the traditional commemorative mug to remember your experience. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 and Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Until Dec. 24, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

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Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon Experience the one-of-a-kind Skating Ribbon that curves and swerves through the park. Admission is $5 with your own skates, rentals are available. maggiedaleypark

Thanksgiving Day Parade The spectacle of one of Chicago’s largest parades will delight young and old with floats, music, dancers and oversized balloons. 8 a.m.-11 a.m., State Street, from Ida B. Wells Drive to Randolph Street.


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NON-PROFIT FUNDRAISERS The Nutcracker at Ruth Page Young and old will enjoy this quintessential holiday classic, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts- The Nutcracker. Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Northeastern Illinois University, Steinberg Fine Arts Center, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr. The Chicago Lighthouse House & Garden Walk The Chicago Lighthouse’s 35th Annual House & Garden Walk will be virtual this year Nov. 5-7. (847) 510-2060 Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will host “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” through May 8. The exhibit explores the 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn as the flashpoint that ignited the modern gay rights movement. Since the Stonewall Riots, America’s LGBTQ population has struggled for equal rights. Rise Up shares those voices and tells the stories of this movement. HCRF’s Wings to Cure gala Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation will host its “Wings to Cure” gala on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Hilton Chicago. HCRF’s mission is to discover, develop and implement effective new cancer therapies by supporting groundbreaking research. PAWS Chicago Fur Ball PAWS Chicago’s Fur Ball will take place at the Drake Chicago Friday, Nov. 12. This black-tie, pets invited event will support PAWS, one of the largest no-kill shelters in the Midwest and it’s life-saving programs. Chicago Police Foundation’s True Blue event Chicago Police Foundation’s True Blue event will be held Saturday, Nov. 6. The nonprofit will honor philanthropist John

Robak, at the Four Seasons. Proceeds will support and fund programs that provide supplemental resources in the areas of safety equipment, advanced technology, enhanced training and officer wellness to the Chicago Police Dept. Porchlight Music Theatre’s Pump Boys & Dinettes The Porchlight Music Theatre’s Pump Boys & Dinettes is filled with toe-tapping music on guitar, piano, bass and a kitchen utensil or two, characters set in a North Carolina dinette, Prudie and Retta Cupp will take you on a celebration of friendship and life’s simple pleasures. Through Dec. 12., The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Service Club Gala—All That Jazz The Service Club of Chicago will host its annual black tie Gala, this year themed “Our Kind of Town Chicago... And All That Jazz”, on Friday, Nov. 5, with actor John O’Hurley (Seinfeld’s J. Peterman), as the event emcee. The event will be held at the Four Seasons to benefit the nonprofit’s Philanthropic Grant Program. Co-chaired by Melinda Jakovich-LaGrange, Heather Spyra and Lyn McKeaney. Music will be provided by the Gold Coast All Stars. There will be a raffle and silent and live auctions.

students and landscape artists as they create breathtaking garments made entirely from plants, flowers, and natural materials for a spectacular runway presentation. Benjamin Marshall Society to present film about the architect The Benjamin Marshall Society will present the film, "Benjamin H. Marshall, Architect," at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15. The 24-minute film will be shown on the nonprofit's website through Tuesday, Nov. 16, ending at midnight. The Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker luncheon The Women's Board of The Joffrey Ballet will host its popular Nutcracker Luncheon at 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12. The in-person event will be held inthe Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency,

World of Chocolate celebrates World Aids Day The World of Chocolate event, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at Revel Fulton Market. Tickets will be available at the door, Misericordia Heart of Mercy presents Artist in All Misericordia Heart of Mercy will present its "Artist in All" exhibition virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Resident artists will sell their artwork created in collaboration with the assistance of staff and volunteers. There will be no cost to participate, however, donations will be appreciated.



National Multiple Sclerosis Society Together for a Cure Luncheon May 10, 2022 / Union League Club

OTAT’s Houndstooth Ball One Tail at a Time, an animal rescue organization in Bucktown, will bring back its popular, signature fundraiser, the Houndstooth Ball, March 12, 2022. Garfield Park Conservatory’s Fleurotica Fleurotica, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance’s signature fundraiser, returns on Nov. 4 to support the nonprofit’s mission to change lives through the power of nature. The event spotlights the unique talents of Chicago’s leading floral designers, fashion designers,

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So you want to go back to work? By Angela Gagnon Community Contributor Once a teacher, always a teacher. Years ago, I landed my dream job in education, where I enjoyed a solid decade as an elementary school teacher before leaving the workforce to raise a family. During that time out of the classroom, I joined Chicago Star, back when it was a small, local publication serving the New Eastside neighborhood. Our mission was to provide hyperlocal news and connect residents with useful resources. As a staff writer, it often felt like I was teaching our readers about the extraordinary city of Chicago and its talented people through my writing. My lessons consisted of informative news articles and uplifting feature stories that served to enlighten the community and spread goodwill. I was part of a passionate editorial team that worked tirelessly to educate people through journalism. After the pandemic came barreling into our lives and the dust began to settle, I found myself embracing a strong desire to rekindle my teaching career. The process seemed daunting, but I didn’t let fear and uncertainty stand in my way. The skills I honed as a mother and writer—patience, flexibility, creativity and resourcefulness, to name a few— helped me channel confidence and bravery as I painstakingly updated my prehistoric re-

Second grade teacher Angela Gagnon is feeling right at home in the classroom. Photo submitted by Angela Gagnon

sume and applied for jobs. We are now two months into the school year, and I am happily back in education teaching second grade. In some ways, it has felt like building the boat while weathering the storm. But in other

ways, it has been like riding a bicycle. I’ve come full circle, embarking on my “Act Three” with a sense of gratitude and appreciation and writing another story to add to my life’s collection.

Thankful for all the bad dates


efore I started doing comedy, I’d get really upset after bad dates. I only had myself to blame. I’d project a lot on my dates from text conversations and social media stalking. If a guy didn’t follow up for another date, I’d analyze every text he and I exchanged. I’d ask anyone who would listen for advice on the situation: my Bridget McGuire friends, my family, my co-workers, my therapist, people in line at Starbucks. But, now I laugh. Bad COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR dates make for great comedic material. After a second date with “Rob,” I declined his invitation to go upstairs for a nightcap. After that night, Rob began to pull away. He texted less and he wasn’t as friendly. I could tell he was on the verge of disappearing, so I decided to ask him what happened. He said I made him feel gross and unwanted when I said no to going upstairs. I laughed. “Get in line, Rob, that’s called being 39.” I’m thankful for Rob. This winter on a dog-walking date, “Jake” yelled profanities at an older woman after she told him his dog should be on a leash. Her tone was snippy, but she wasn’t wrong. After his unexpected explosion of swears, she and I both nearly fell over. She asked me what was wrong with Jake. I said, “No idea, I just met him an hour ago.” She then said she’d pray for him that night. I said, “No, pray for me. I don’t know how I’m getting out of this date.” This bit has worked well. I’m thankful for Jake. A man I met on Bumble asked to make me dinner for a first date. “Ken” and I had mutual friends from college, but I felt weird going to his apartment. I texted him letting him know that my grandpa was a Chicago police officer who always told me never to go to a stranger’s or Bill Cosby’s house, so I had to decline. I suggested a happy hour instead. Ken agreed. On the afternoon of our date, Ken texted, “I’m three double palomas deep. How’s your afternoon spinning?” My head was spinning. It was a dreary February day and Ken had been drinking double palomas by himself? I’m thankful for Ken. I realize the majority of the world isn’t aspiring comedians who turn bad dates into jokes; however, my hope is that after all these ridiculous situations, one day, there’ll be a Rob who doesn’t get offended if I don’t go upstairs on a second date or a Jake who doesn’t swear at older women or a Ken who waits until happy hour for a double paloma. Until then, I’ll thank these men at my Thanksgiving dinner table. Bridget McGuire is a Chicago based storyteller, stand-up comedian and is a co-producer of “All That Good Stuff,” a traveling comedy show that started on the southside of Chicago. Follow her on Instagram at @bmcguire82.


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Sports bloopers for charity?

ith our theme this month of service and charity in the City of Chicago we turn to our favorite sports teams to dream up some money raising ideas. For instance, the Chicago Bears could donate $50 for every quarterback they have used in the Jon Cohn COMMUNITY last two decades. You might need CONTRIBUTOR a strong calculator to add them all up, but trust us, the donation amount would be quite significant. Possibly, the Chicago Cubs could donate $150 for every player no longer on their roster from the World Series winning team. That would be 22 times 150 because, amazingly, only three of the 25 are left: Kyle

Hendricks, Wilson Contreras and Jason Heyward. How about our Chicago Blackhawks hockey team donating $300 for every fan surveyed on the street who could NOT name a Blackhawk player besides Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews. The strong bet here is the charity pot could sweeten nicely. Better yet, the Chicago Bulls could donate $100 for every fan, teammate, opposing player or announcer that mispronounces the name of star player Nikola Vucevic over the course of the season. Bonus donation for any butchering of rookie Ayo Dosunmo’s name. Here’s a guaranteed fund producer—have our WNBA champion Chicago Sky donate $200 for every Allie Quigley three pointer. Now we’re talking! One of the best shooters in women’s hoop history could make some organization quite wealthy. What about we hit up Chicago Sky Champions Part 2

donation of $50 for every one of the people in the crowd at the sold out Wintrust Arena for the playoff finals that had never been to a Sky game before? Sad to say, but a big chunk of money could be raised here under the hashtag #bandwagonjumpers. Finally, Loyola University could pitch in on behalf of our Chicago area college sports teams and donate $50 for every Ramblers game our beloved No. 1 fan Sister Jean has attended over the years. The Centurion-plus could raise a lot of money, as she has been “in it, to win it,” with Loyola basketball for multiple decades. Have some ideas of your own? Send them to us at Jon Cohn is a New Eastside resident. Email ideas for Jon to

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A feeling of appreciation: Previous puzzle answer: An apparition or illusion: PHANTASM

Worst advice I ever got was “eat all of your food so you will be big and strong.” Now look at me


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Answer to previous Where am I? Lincoln Park across from Lincoln Park Conservatory entrance, near 2391 N. Stockton Drive.

The Chicago Theatre, a movie palace known as “The Wonder Theatre of the World,” celebrated its 100th birthday. It opened Oct. 26, 1921, and the first event held there was the silent film “The Sign on the Door,” alongside a 50-piece orchestra.

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