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Good news, good stories, good people As the summer season winds down, it’s a great time to look back on where you’ve been, ahead at what’s to come and to take stock of all you have to be grateful for. And at the Star, we have a lot. Our team of staff writers and contributors at the Star is among the best. This month, three members of our growing team have personal successes to celebrate. Contributors, Joseph Luther and Andy Frye, and Michael Kutza, a Chicago Star Board member and Chicago International Film Festival founder, have all authored their first books. And it’s our pleasure to celebrate along with them. Luther, writing children’s titles as “J.P. Little,” recently published “Just a Minute More,” a tender story with gorgeous illustrations that celebrates all the little moments we wish could last “just a minute more.” Frye, best known for his sports writing, has published his first novel, “Ninety Days in the 90s,” a fascinating rock n’ roll time travel story for anyone who is a fan of pop culture and great writing. Kutza’s book, “Starstruck,” is a whirlwind trip through Movieland featuring unique photos and stories as well as an insider’s look at the cast of characters that make Chicago one-of-a-kind. Check Amazon or another favorite bookstore to learn more. At the Star, we continue to grow through the value our brand of news brings to the city and the way we connect with the network of newsmakers, businesses and organizations that make Chicago great. We’re thankful for that. But most of all, we’re thankful for you being a part of what we love. - The team at Chicago Star Media

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Candid Candace CITY SEEN

Lincoln Park Zoo Ball

Colette Holt and David Wood.

Lucky guest gets up close and personal with Zoo lion Zabari.

The Cause: The Women’s Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo presented its annual Zoo Ball, this year themed “Birds of Paradise.” This black-tie event, the zoo’s largest fundraiser, raised over $1.5 million to help support animal care, community outreach, and conservation initiatives. A Chicago institution since 1868, the zoo provides science-based animal care for the nearly 200 species in its care, while also contributing to conservation initiatives across the globe. The Setting: Nearly 700 guests enjoyed an evening inspired by one of the zoo’s inhabitants, the Puerto Rican parrot. Lincoln Park Zoo is the only place outside Puerto Rico that’s home to this unique parrot, an endangered bird brought back from the brink of extinction, thanks to zoo scientists and partners. The event featured lush, tropical decor as well as music provided by the Gentleman of Leisure.

Vanessa and Robert Petrak.

JaCee Burnes.

The Scene: Co-chaired by Brigid Najarian and Amy Olshansky, this year’s tropical-themed event was sponsored, in part, by Emily and John Alexander, Deborah and Bruce Crown, Abby Funk, Caroline Huebner, Charlotte Monhart, Mary Pearlman, Peggy White, Holly and Peter Geraci, Katie and Brent Gledhill, Roger Gettys Hill II and Eva Wassermann, Patrick and Shirley Welsh Ryan, John Ettelson and others. A historic Chicago landmark, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Photos by Kyle Flubacker

Ellie Milligan and Caroline Milligan.

John Mostofi (Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo) and Megan Ross (Lincoln Park Zoo President).

Jason Brett and Dr Lauren Streicher.

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Chef Giuseppe Tentori

By Candid Candace Jordan

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hef Giuseppe Tentori reimagined the American seafood restaurant when he opened GT Fish & Oyster (531 N. Wells) in March 2011. He received critical acclaim on local and national levels, including three stars from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times and four stars from Time Out Chicago. He was a twotime semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Great Lakes” competition, and was named “Chef of the Year” by CS Magazine in 2011. In 2016, Tentori expanded the GT family with the introduction of GT Prime Steakhouse (707 N. Wells), an avant-garde dining concept in Chicago’s River North district. At GT Prime, Tentori prioritizes sourcing from regional farmers and utilizing seasonal ingredients—a strategy that has become a trademark of his business and one of his favorite parts of being a chef. His early years as a chef began in Milan, then to the U.S. to Highland Park, Illinois and even Salt Lake City before he moved back to Chicago and joined the legendary Chef Charlie Trotter at his restaurant in Lincoln Park. There, he spent nine years perfecting his culinary skills, including two as Chef de Cuisine. His true calling came in 2007 when he joined forces with the Boka Restaurant Group as Executive Chef

Chef Giuseppe Tentori and his daughter Maddy at GT Prime Steakhouse.

at Boka restaurant (1729 N. Halsted). There, he attracted accolades for the restaurant and as its chef. The restaurant earned a Michelin star four years in a row and solidified its place in Chicago’s thriving culinary scene. Tentori received three James Beard Foundation nominations for “Best Chef: Great Lakes” during his time as Executive Chef and was named “Best New Chef ” by Food & Wine magazine in 2008. Considering his early years, it’s no surprise he is such a success today. Tentori developed his love of cooking from his mom and “nonna” who were “great Italian cooks.” His nonna specialized in polenta with a side of snails and mushrooms, while his

mom loved making rabbit stew. Today, he is inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud. “His dishes are extremely well-executed, and the staff is impeccable,” he said. His favorite meal is a simple Margherita pizza, preferably from Coalfire Pizza, and for his family, he loves to sear salmon with dill butter which he calls a “quick and easy meal for weeknights.” Chef Tentori is a multi-tasker. He is the Chef and owner of GT Fish & Oyster, GT Prime Steakhouse, and Boka Catering Group. Luckily for us though, he still had time to share one of his favorite recipes, Spaghetti Bolognese. See delicious recipe details at

Growing up in an Italian-American household, our family gatherings always included plates and bowls overflowing with Italian staples: saucy pastas, crisp bruschetta, charcuterie, fresh seafood, and a loving Nonna standing over the stove, stirring the risotto to perfection. These memories are so special to me, and now, I carry on the traditions in my own home when I host any kind of gathering, big or small. That’s why — next to the holidays — Grazie! is my favorite time of year. Taking place across Mariano’s locations from September 21 through October 4, our annual Italian festival celebrates the culinary traditions of Italy through products, samples, demos, specials and more. We love the way Grazie! brings our community together while showcasing new and new-to-you Italian products to our valued customers. The event is designed to offer culinary inspiration and excitement for everything from weekday dinners to holiday hosting, and just is one way we say grazie mille to our valued Mariano’s customers. In honor of the occasion, we suggest whipping up chef Tony Priolo’s Panna Cotta all Limone. It’s light enough for a warm, late-summer night, easy enough to make and a deliciously traditional Italian dish given chef Priolo’s culinary spin. Try your hand at the Panna Cotta and then come out to join us at Grazie! See you there! —Amanda Puck, Mariano’s


Tony Priolo, chef/owner, Piccolo Sogno (464 N. Halsted St., and Maillard Tavern (494 N. Milwaukee Ave.,

Makes 4 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 1 cup powdered sugar 1 vanilla bean, split (1 teaspoon vanilla extract will work as well) 6 grams gelatin sheets 1 lemon, zested Blackberry sauce (see below) 1 cup mixed berries 1 teaspoon candied lemon peel In a braising pot, combine the heavy cream and milk. Add powder sugar and vanilla bean to the mix-

ture. Bring to a boil. Remove the vanilla bean skin. Add gelatin sheets and stir until dissolved. Pour into desired molds and chill overnight. Before serving, top with blackberry sauce, mixed berries and candied lemon peel. For the blackberry sauce: 1 pint black berries ½ cup sugar

Tony Priolo

In a braising pot, add blackberries and sugar and cook over low heat, dissolving the sugar. Cook until the mixture turns marmalade-like. Remove from heat and let chill. Put the mixture in a blender, then strain before using.

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Best dressed at Service Club of Chicago’s ‘Day on the Terrace’ By Candid Candace Jordan Associate Publisher Over 300 guests—each and every one dressed to impress—gathered together for the annual Service Club of Chicago’s fashionable luncheon and fashion show fundraiser, “Day on the Terrace” at the Peninsula. Themed “Cinema Paradiso,” this first look at fall fashion featured looks from some of the best retailers on the Avenue: alice + olivia, Anne Fontaine, Contessa Bottega, Cram Fashion, Elda de la Rosa Couture, Lauren Lein, Ltd., Max Mara, Mira Couture, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, Peter Millar, St. John Boutique, Suit Supply, SYLWIA, and York Furrier. The event, co-chaired by Jean Antoniou (SC president), Tracey Tarantino DiBuono (ZZAZZ Productions produced the show) and Sharyl Mackey, raised over $215,000 to support local charities. Take a look at some of the standouts.

Greg Hyder wearing CRAM.

Deb Catenacci wearing Lauren Lein.

Co-chairs Tracey Tarantino DiBuono, Sharyl Mackey and Jean Antoniou, SC president (wearing their own designs).

Dawn Hasbrouck (Fox-32) wearing her Versace.

Nina Mariano wearing Alexander McQueen.

DC Crenshaw (in Peter Millar) and Kristine Kinder in Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue.

Jatnna Idonije in Max Mara.

Julia Jacobs in fashions from Contessa Boutique.

Monika Dixon wearing Mira Couture.


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Fall in Love with Manistee


18 years too long to wait for commitment Dear Candid Candace: Looking for some “Candid” advice here. My significant other and I (18 years together and still not married, but that is a whole other story) seem to be in a rut with our “things-to-do.” We always go to the same couple restaurants, walk the same park and visit the same beach. The routine is kind of nice, but I’m looking for some interesting new things to do. You seem to know Chicago backwards and forwards, so… any suggestions? — In a Rut and Digging Out Dear In a Rut and Digging Out: Forgive me but I don’t think finding new things to do is the problem here. If I’m reading this right then I think you are “looking for new things to do” with the wrong person. If, after 18 years, he/she doesn’t want to commit, it is definitely time to move on—IF you want to be married, that is! For new things to do, I’ve been covering Chicago’s events scene for 48 years and, if you can’t find things to do here, you aren’t trying. Look in our paper, online and in print, to find all the coolest events in town. My blog,, offers even more insider info. Good luck with your relationship goals, too. I hope you achieve them with a like-minded person. Dear Candid Candace: Kind of a morbid question, but I am getting older, and I have been thinking, where do I want to be when I am no longer here? The old casket in the ground thing just isn’t doing it for me and I have been debating cremation, “green” options or even donating my body to science. I know it’s a personal

decision, but any thoughts on some of these new options? — Don’t Bury Me Yet Dear Don’t Bury Me Yet: You are right to be thinking about this. You don’t want to leave such a huge responsibility for your family, so good for you. David Sloane, a USC Price School of Public Policy professor, has written a book on the subject titled, “Is the Cemetery Dead?” One trend, partly driven by cost, is cremation over burial. Many people opt for having their ashes scattered or kept in the family home, cutting out the cemetery. “Going green,” as you mentioned, is also a trend. Cemeteries are running out of room making this option a good alternative. As for my husband and me, we’d like our ashes scattered on a bar we love in the South of France, so the party can continue! Send questions to: CandidCandace@ Follow Candid Candace (Candace Jordan) on Facebook, Insta, LinkedIn and Twitter.

ften dubbed Michigan’s Victorian Port City, Manistee is perfect for your next fall road trip. Take the scenic four-hour drive north of Chicago (or hop a 90-minCatie Keogh COMMUNITY ute, daily direct CONTRIBUTOR flight from O’Hare (, and you will fall in love with all Manistee and the surrounding county have to offer. Manistee National Forest that blankets the area immediately sets the tone when you arrive, and the warm fall colors and sounds of nature are at your beck and call. Spend your days exploring the area’s topnotch trails. Grab your hiking boots and check out Orchard Beach State Park (dnr., Old Baldy Trail at Arcadia Dunes ( or Arcadia Overlook on the iconic M-22 scenic highway for a stunning view of Lake Michigan ( And you can find endless options within Manistee National Forest as well, including the Big M Trail that also is a mountain biking mecca. Manistee is a town rich in history and the arts, so keep your eyes peeled for the art deco Vogue Theatre for first-run movies (, historic Ramsdell Theatre for live performances and art exhibits (, as well as the world’s oldest continually manned fire station as you stroll the town. These are among

Arcadia Dunes - Visit Manistee County

more than a hundred historic sites you can discover throughout Manistee County on one of eight self-guided Manistee Historic Sites Tours ( that also make beautiful fall color drives. Grab a bite to eat at a local eatery on your way to buy fall produce at a farm stand or roam one of ten Lake Michigan beaches nearby. At the Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar (, enjoy fine dining featuring fresh local ingredients. Or take it easy at North Channel Brewing ( for craft beer and a signature burger. Choose from Victorian-era lodging in town like the Ramsdell Inn (ramsdellinn. net) or Dempsey Manor (, or head out to the lakeside town of Onekama for a stay at Portage Point Resort ( or Canfield House B&B ( No trip to Manistee is complete without checking out local events in the area. In mid-September, check out Hops and Props on the River ( featuring classic wooden boats paired with a variety of craft beer tastings. Visit in October and find yourself navigating the Manistee Ghost Ship (, a frightening experience set inside the five decks of the historic S.S. City of Milwaukee car ferry. We hope you liked our “Let’s Go Tour’’ of Manistee. Check out Visit Manistee County ( for more information on the tour, lodging or dining options and follow us at “Let’s Go with Catie Keogh.”


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So much to love with city’s autumn art scene By Joseph Luther Contributor Peanut butter and jelly; salt and pepper; ice cream cones and sidewalks, well, you get the point. Some things just go together. Like Chicago and the arts. Everywhere you look, from museums and galleries to public streets and sidewalks to the buildings and people that make up the city itself, Chicago is bubbling with artistic beauty. Here’s a run-down of what to watch for this fall. BROADWAY IN CHICAGO Broadway In Chicago (BIC) is a theatrical production company created in 2000 that produces a wide range of musicals and plays across five of the most celebrated theaters in Chicago’s Loop including the CIBC Theatre, James M. Nederlander Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. BIC shows to catch before they’re gone Luminaire, presented by Cabaret ZaZou, opens Sept. 7. The immersive variety dinner show makes its worldwide debut with an international cast presenting stunning cirque acts, interactive comedy and captivating vocalists. WICKED runs Sept. 28 through Dec. 4 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. The Broadway sensation is a tantalizing look at what happened in “Dorothy’s Land of Oz” from a different angle. It will make you think twice about which classic characters are “good” or “wicked.” The Lion King runs Nov. 17 to Jan. 14, 2023, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The BIC new season lineup Broadway in Chicago just announced the lineup for its new season. You can purchase a subscription to experience all five of the coming season’s shows for $26 each. A subscription also gives you access to perks and invitations to special events throughout the season. We’re highlight-

Artists create a mural for the 2022 CityArts Program. Photo courtesy of Chicago DCASE

ing our top picks. For the new season’s full line-up, visit Broadway in Chicago online. MJ the Musical will run Aug. 1 through Sept. 2, 2023, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. The national tour premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical gives a glimpse into the creative spirit and obsessive mind that created one of the world’s biggest pop superstars. 1776 will run Feb. 28 through March 12, 2023 at the CIBC Theatre. The new production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical will come to Chicago with the celebrated Broadway cast to deliver a reexamination of a pivotal moment in American history. A Soldier’s Play will run April 4-16, 2023 at the CIBC Theatre. The 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller by Charles Fuller has rocketed back into the spotlight thanks to this 2020 Tony Award-winning Best Revival from Roundabout Theatre Company. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will run March 14 through April 2, 2023 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Experience the uplifting comeback story journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history. The Jagged Little Pill will run April 11-23, 2023, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus with a Tony-winning book by Diablo Cody and Grammy-winning score, this production is an exhilarating new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s fearless music and performances. CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Chicago’s stunning landmark building is the spot to hit for an amazing assortment of free music, dance and

theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events, some of which appear under one of the center’s two magnificent stained-glass domes. The newly renovated Claudia Cassidy Theater, on the second floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, is hosting a free international film series. September screenings include Chen Uen on Sept. 7, Ear for Eye on Sept. 14 and My Father Marianne/Min pappa Marianne on Sept 21. Check out the Autumn Moon Festival and opening day of Asian Pop-up Cinema Film Festival, Sept. 10, to experience the diversity of Asian cultures through award-winning films and commentaries. Be amazed as you Louis Comfort Tiffany dome at take in Music Under the the Chicago Cutlural Center. Dome, Oct. 27, as musicians perform under the Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass dome—the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world. Witness the wonder of the visual arts exhibition, Nelly Agassi: No Limestone, No Marble, Sept. 24, in which Agassi will “sculpt” her performance site to create a unique project born from her surroundings. And a bonus attraction, according to the Atlas Obscura, a “comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods,” the Wabash Arts Corridor is an “outdoor urban gallery of large-scale artworks by the world’s most influential street artists.” Started in 2013 and found in Chicago’s South Loop, the corridor is splashed with the creations of some of the world’s most famous and influential street artists.

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hile we are still enjoying the beautiful Chicago summer, we all know that gorgeous autumn days and nights are just around Bonnie Kruegerthe corner—and Spurlock it’s time for a COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR change of hair and makeup. What will be the hottest hair and beauty trends? To find out I went to one of Chicago’s leading national beauty experts—Marcus Geeter who has been featured in leading publications, on television programming and works behind the scenes on some of our city’s beautiful women. He shared his top eight makeup beauty moves.

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BROWS: The natural full brow is back! Your gorgeous natural brow with a slight arch will be one of the hottest trends. Forget the high-arched stencil looks… they’re over—for now. LASHES: Instead of using lash extensions, try using two coats of mascara on your top lashes to give your eyes a youthful, open look and a bright appearance.

SKIN PLAY: For skin—dewy, clear and radiant are buzzwords. Heavy foundations and powders will take a back seat this season while we just let the cooler Chicago air create a natural hue that is simply radiant. OVERALL COLOR USAGE: Color emphasis is important this season, but the key is not to go overboard. Either do a nude eye and bold lip color or a bold eye and nude lip—but not both at the same time. Let the naturally stunning fall outdoor colors capture some of the spotlight.

MORE COOL LOOKS SCENE STEALING: Keep your makeup tones earthy and wand your hair for stunning texture. For evening, smoke it up and use your eyeliner and mascara for drama… hair should be sleek to emphasize your beautiful makeup palette. GETTING ARTSY: For makeup, brighten your face by using a luminous foundation or BB cream. Add the lightest textured powder to set your base. Go with earth tones for makeup. Wave your tresses using a hair wand and sweep it away from your face for a beautiful, open autumn look.

LIP COLORS: Pull out your lightly-pigmented lipsticks and glosses. The hottest colors (drum roll please!) will be pink, rose, bronze, nude, cocoa and nude coral. For your evening look you can still use your classic red, ladies, so don’t toss! EYESHADOWS: Try using earthy tones like brown, gray, bronze, nude, nude peach, nude rose and nude coral during the day. As for your evening soiree, you’ll want to go smokey with soft black and metallics that definitely will make a dramatic statement. GETTING CHEEKY: With grayer days ahead you’ll want to lighten up your cheekbones with a light, earthy gold, bronze or peach-toned luminizer—so perfect.

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NAILING IT!: Always wondering about your nails? Autumn calls for off-white or pastel pink. Perfect for your new

Lined eyes and a nude lip give the look of luxury. Photo by Daniel Duverney

ROOFTOP SOPHISTICATE: Pull out that favorite black sweater and let your makeup and hair do the talking. Create a sensuous eye for evening by lining your eyes close to the lash line on the top and bottom. For hair, keep it sleek and part in the center. Use a flat iron for a smooth look.


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Doorperson of the Month Patrick Higgins, Metropolitan Tower, 310 S. Michigan Ave.

By Susan Berkes Freelance Reporter “Hello, Jeff, how’s it going?” I hear him say as I approach. Patrick Higgins is a 38-year veteran doorman at Metropolitan Tower. Certainly, this is one reason he knows his tenants by name. But the bigger reason is that he genuinely enjoys his job and interacting with residents. It’s his favorite part of being the longest-term employee at Metropolitan Tower. In 1924 Metropolitan TowPatrick Higgins, doorman at Metropolitan Tower, is Doorer was built as the Strauss person of the Month. Photos by Susan Berkes Bank Building and became the home base for Encyclopedia Britannica. Thirteen years ago, the building was converted to condominiums with retail shops on the ground level. It boasts a bustling neighborhood, located down the street from The Chicago Art Institute, near the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the center of DePaul University’s downtown campus. Upon entering the lobby, one can sense the rich history of the building. The lobby is adorned with gold and marble and you Metropolitan Tower, 310 S. Michigan Ave. can smell chocolate—as a Kilwin’s shop dominates the retail space. I ask Patrick in sick. The COVID-19 pandemic caused how he works there without indulging in many residents to leave the building fudge on a daily basis. temporarily for other parts of the country. “Well at first, I couldn’t afford it,” he said. “Things are normalizing now, but we face Times were lean for Patrick and his the challenge of filling up available retail young family back in the day. space,” he said. “My wife and I had six children in five Patrick grew up in Englewood and now years,” he said—which included triplets. lives in Chicago. He started part-time on Maybe all that responsibility is one of the weekends, moved to full-time and the things that makes Patrick so good at now chooses to stay at the Metropolitan multitasking and handling the myriad of Tower instead of retirement. responsibilities presented to him every day. To nominate your favorite doorperson, “Up until about three months ago, I was handling about 100 packages per day. email with Now we have Amazon lockers, but they’re their name and why they should be the doorperson of the month. Winners will a little small so we must deal with them.” receive a $25 gift card to Mariano’s. Patrick went 20 years without calling

Is Presenting the New Documentary The History Of South Streeterville! Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm At the McCormick Theater 1601 N. Clark

Panel Discussion & Reception following the Film with Interviewees:

Charlie Gardner Lee Golub Dirk Lohan Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins

Streeterville then (left) and now (right)

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A few of Chicago’s TOP parties with a purpose


re-COVID, Chicago’s social scene was thriving, with nonprofits bringing in record fundraising numbers and packing venues. During COVID, events were hosted online, still bringing in good money but certainly lacking in excitement. Now, two years Candid Candace later, we are surprised to discover Jordan there was a silver lining for events, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER thanks to the pandemic. Now, more than ever, people are starved for social interaction. They want to see their friends again and rub shoulders with other like-minded people to support events and causes they believe in. Fundraisers sell out in record time, event planners have become more creative with attendees being the beneficiaries of brand-new party venues and exciting new ideas and, most importantly, fundraising goals are almost always exceeded. It seems we all have a newfound appreciation for what we had lost. With so many great events, past and present, picking favorites is like choosing a favorite child, with each serving a great cause, but there were certainly standouts along the way. Here are a few that I think did it right. The MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART always offers up big ideas for its fundraising events—cocktails in the service elevator served under sparkling chandeliers, previews of world-class art, artists and more. For its annual Art Edge Gala in 2019, one stood out above all the rest. This event, held inside a parking garage, celebrated the late fashion designer, Virgil Abloh, and attracted star power like Chance the Rapper. The SERVICE CLUB OF CHICAGO hosts more fundraising events than any other nonprofit I know. Its members are always trying to produce new ideas to generate funds for its Philanthropic Fund, which raises money to support other deserving charities. Recently, its Spring Hat Luncheon broke all records under co-chairs, Sherry Lea Fox, Pat Maxwell and Stacie McClane, with a magnificent sea of hats in the grand ballroom of the Ritz. It was the largest event of its kind. For the STEPPENWOLF THEATRE company gala on May 11, 2019, there was more star power than you could shake a stick at. The now disgraced actor, Armie Hammer, along with James Franco, headed a star-studded night celebrating 43 years of great storytelling. The gala, held at Rockwell on the River, attracted nearly 600 guests

Redmoon’s 2014 Boneshaker Ball. (Photo by Al Zayed)

Performer Gabriel Bowman at the Joffrey’s UNGala 2019.

Redfoo works the crowd into a frenzy at the Green Tie Ball 2018, performing his hit Party Rock.

and raised more than $1.28 million. The company’s star ensemble members were out in force and a live auction package generated even more excitement—a private screening of the film “Ford v. Ferrari,” held in the home of Sherry Lansing (former CEO of Paramount Pictures) and her husband, director/producer William Friedkin. It sold for $50,000. It was truly a night to remember. The JOFFREY BALLET WOMEN’S BOARD reimagined its signature spring gala in 2019, transforming this annual event into an UNGala, the first of its kind at the time. Held in the Lyric Opera House, the event instructed more than 800 guests to “expect the unexpected” and boy, did they ever bring it! Attendees enjoyed stilt-walkers, pop-up performances, dancing, drag queens, dramatic decor, magicians, carnival-themed fare, a whiskey bar and so much more. The event raised over $1.4 million and had everyone talking about it, even now.

Fashion designer Azeeza Khan at the MCA ArtEdge gala 2019, wearing her own design.

Other standouts throughout the years have included the CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (where the stars lit up the Windy City year after year). In 2012, the red carpet for this event featured Al Pacino, Jon Bon Jovi, and Christopher Walken. After School Matters’ SNEAKER BALL is always fun (for obvious reasons); the 2018 GREEN TIE BALL (benefiting Chicago Gateway Green) featured Redfoo as the live entertainment (“Party Rock”), and Navy Pier’s exPIERience GALA, 2019, helmed by Donna LaPietra, was so over the top and such fun and lastly, anything presented by the now defunct REDMOON THEATRE COMPANY showed you things you had never, ever seen before—pure fantasy. I’m looking forward to more creative events, filled with friends and fundraising. Hope to see you there! And don’t forget to send me your events so we can share the news, CandidCandace@


Work hacks to rule the world By Joseph Luther Contributor As we work toward the end of 2022, some have returned to the office. Some continue to work from home. Others use a mix of office and home. Has the way we work changed forever? How can you make the most of your time whether you work from home, the office or both? Take the first step in gaining greater control of your work life by focusing your energy within what American educator and author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey, calls your “circle of influence.” Your circle of influence includes only those things that both concern you and you can influence. Inflation? Office gossip? They’re beyond your control. Spend your energy outside your circle of influence and you’re just spinning your wheels. Tips to increase productivity Once you’ve taken control of your circle of influence, you can focus on productivity. If you’re a manager, empower employees to make their own decisions. Often, managers try to assert too much control over processes inhibiting team members who are experts in their fields. Instead, instill a sense of trust in your team. Be smart about multi-tasking. Truth is, today’s work life demands some amount of multi-tasking. The key is to rotate among tasks slowly,

giving each one your attention for a time. Switching quickly between tasks is a brain drain resulting in loss of focus and decreased productivity. Minimize distractions. Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram—keep them as far away from your workspace as you can. Disable all your phone’s sounds and notifications. Enough said. Use the “two-minute rule.” Email replies, quick check-ins or updates—if you can finish a task in two minutes, do it now. Don’t put off a two-minute task until later. Chances are, it won’t get done at all. Manage email mayhem. With the exception of the two-minute rule above, keep your eyes off email. It’s a top time-waster and distracts from priorities. Choose two times a day for checking emails. You’ll get more done. Tips to avoid burnout Sleep. Easy enough, right? Except it’s not. More than a third of American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, according to the CDC. Learning, mood, coordination and short-term mem-

ory all suffer from poor or inadequate sleep. Take breaks. In an “always on” culture, taking breaks can be hard to justify. But experts agree that without regular work breaks, productivity declines. Go offline, go for a walk, read something fun, listen to music, meditate or just zone out. Ask for help. There will come a time when the stress gets to be just too much. Maybe it’s a new project. Maybe it’s a difficult manager. Those are the times to reach out to a trusted family member, coworker or friend. There are some things we just can’t do on our own. Tips to reach your goals Plan for Monday on Friday. Without a plan, Monday mornings can feel like being dropped into a mosh pit. Slammed from all sides, it’s easy to forget your priorities. A little planning Friday afternoon will help kick your week off on the right foot. Start every day by jotting down your three most important tasks. Other things will come up but keep your three priorities front and center. Remember to always put your energy toward tasks that bring you closer to your longterm goals. Just say “no.” Saying no can be hard, but reaching long-term goals means staying laser-focused on the road ahead. There will always be more that people want from you. If a task or project isn’t related to your long-term goal, eliminate it or delegate it, if you can.

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A round up of Chicago's top stories Highland Park’s reschedules 4th of July concert for Sept. 4 at Madame ZuZu’s The 16-year-old Bitter Jester Music Festival’s 4th of July grand finale was canceled in the wake of the Highland Park parade tragedy. The concert has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 at Billy Corgan’s Madame ZuZu’s, 1876 1st St., Highland Park. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome at the door but are not required. Proceeds will support local businesses affected by the tragic July 4th events.

Chicago’s 21 beaches open through Labor Day, pools will begin closing for fall Chicago’s 21 beaches will remain open for daily swimming through Labor Day, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. As Chicago Public School students return to the classroom, the District’s indoor and outdoor pools will begin to close for the season. All indoor park pools will reopen for the fall season the week of Sept. 6 for open and lap swims.

CPD issues carjacking prevention tips The Chicago Police Department has issued the following precautions to remind Chicagoans to become active in keeping the city safe. Never leave your car running while away, even if only for a minute. Lock car doors at all times, even when parked or close to home. When approaching your vehicle, have keys in hand and ready to use. Take special care when stopped in traffic and watch for anyone approaching. If your vehicle is bumped from the rear, do not pull over, especially at night or in unfamiliar places. Instead, drive to a well-lit, secure area to report the accident. (home.

Billy Corgan, with partner Chloe Mendel, is set to host Highland Park’s rescheduled July 4th concert at Madame ZuZu’s, free to the public, to benefit local businesses.

Nourish Chicago Food Pantry donations The Nourish Chicago Food Pantry will offer fresh produce and other food as well as pet food and preventive medications for pets. The donations will go to those 60 or older who need help stretching their grocery budget but aren’t eligible for the Meals on Wheels delivery service. The pantry will be open on the fourth Tuesday of the month at various locations. Call (773) 247-3663 to learn more. (

Chicago Public Schools shares school safety plan and resources As students return to school, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has rolled out “holistic school safety plans” and resources and is conducting a school safety training exercise. CPS continues to partner with

a wide variety of local health and safety partners to address safety and security through multiple strategies as pre-K-12 classes resume. (

Chicago Help Initiative seeking donations The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is seeking donations of bagged meals for those in need. Each bagged lunch should contain a sandwich; a piece of fruit; a bag of chips, granola bar(s), or other snack; water or juice. Donations can be made Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle St. from 10-10:30 a.m. Volunteers are welcome. (

Blood donations needed Blood banks have reported unprecedented shortages as a result of numerous canceled blood drives over the last year. Donors are urgently needed. Please consider reaching

out to the American Red Cross (redcross. org) or Vitalant ( to donate. You could save a life.

Free breast cancer screenings Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection is vital to surviving the disease. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides free screening mammograms to uninsured Chicago residents over 40 years old. Visit the CDPH for free clinics near you. (

Become a film or TV extra The Chicago Film Office has listed resources for Chicagoans who may be interested in participating in film projects near you. Visit the Chicago Film Office Crew and Casting website for more information. Participants will be selected on an as-needed basis. (


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A tasty ‘Reunion’ for Chef Art Smith By Candid Candace Jordan Associate Publisher Chef Art Smith’s Reunion restaurant was the scene for a gathering of Art-loving locals to celebrate the opening of this brand-new eatery at Navy Pier. Over 150 guests were in attendance to congratulate Art, his partners Manolis and George Alpogianis and team on this exciting new addition to Chicago and the Pier. The comfort food menu, friendly servers and a variety of dining options (patio, indoor, outdoor/indoor bar) and more, were a huge hit with attendees. The event was co-hosted by Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, and Chicago Star associate publisher Candid Candace Jordan. (Reunion, 700 E. Grand, (312) 224-1415) Chef Art Smith with Reunion servers. Photos by Kelsy Goodwin

Johnnie Jackson, Chef Art Smith and Pastor John Harrell (Black Men United co-founder).

Chef Hector Guerrero.

Jane Stephens and Sylvia Perez (Fox-32).

Sherry Lea Holson, Kathy-Haines Finley, Jesus Salgueiro, Jennifer Sutton Brieva and Kathy Piccone.

Peter and Cynthia Au.

Sheree Schimmer, Denise Tomasello and Sherrill Bodine.

Phillip Emigh, Giovanna Krozel, Joey Majumdar, Bruce Haas, Almira Yllana and John P. Walcher.

Candace Jordan, Manolis Alpogianis, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, and George Alpogianis.

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Back in business: New and notable start-ups By Joseph Luther Contributor Opening a new business is hard work. Maintaining a business is even harder. Today’s entrepreneurs truly need nerves of steel. Yet, in 2021, more people in Illinois opted to throw their hats in the ring than any other time since business startup numbers were first tracked in 2004,

according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The list below includes some notable businesses recently opened or opening soon at the time of this writing. RESTAURANTS AND BARS Bluebird, 2863 N. Clark St., opened June 24 Bluebird has set up shop at its second

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Chicago Live! returns to celebrate city arts and live music at Navy Pier By Candid Candace Jordan Associate Publisher Navy Pier announced that it will bring back Chicago Live! as an annual two-day performance festival, with support from the Pritzker Foundation on Sept. 24 and 25. More than 60 of the city’s top marquee names—a third of which are participating for the first time—will give back-to-back performances from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. Performances will be at the East End Plaza, the Wave Wall Platform and the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Participating companies include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Black Ensemble Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Improv Olympics, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Blue Man Group, Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Neo-Futurists. Ad-

mission is free and the public is invited to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. The festival is set to return for two more years, thanks to continuing support from the Pritzker Foundation. After sponsoring the inaugural 2021 ”Chicago Live! Again” event, the Pritzker Foundation committed support for its return in 2022 with $1 million, $500,000 for 2023 and $500,000 for 2024. Chicago Live!, produced by Steve Abrams, was launched last year, reuniting audiences with onstage and backstage artists, to herald the return of live performances following a painful pandemic shutdown that left the arts and hospitality industries the first to close and the last to return. The Chicago Live! performance schedule is available on the Navy Pier website (navypier. org) and will be updated as more performances are finalized leading up to the event.

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

Sept. 1

Chicago Jazz Fest The Chicago Jazz Festival returns with performances celebrating all forms of jazz in Millennium Park, at the Chicago Cultural Center and citywide. Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Sept. 1-4, free admission, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., (312) 427-1676,

Sept. 2

North Coast Music Festival It’s the music festival with unique installations at each of five stages. The Chill Dome, Into the Fog and Rainbow Lounge were among last year’s experiences. Sept. 2-4, tickets start at $88, SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, (708) 594-7200, Taste of Polonia The Copernicus Foundation announced the 40th Anniversary of the Taste of Po-

lonia Festival, a cultural experience that includes live music, dance performances, authentic Polish food and beer, a casino and kids stage. Sept. 2-5, $15 admission, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue, (773) 777-8898,

America’s oldest music festival. Sept. 8 and 10, tickets start at $85, Ravinia Festival, 201 Ravinia Park Road, (847) 266-5100,

Sept. 9

Art on theMart Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART. The show is best viewed from the Chicago Riverwalk between Wells Street and Franklin Street. Through Sept. 7, free, Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, (312) 7445000,

The River North Gallery Walk The River North Fall Gallery Walk is back with an array of design showrooms that come alive with art from some of the brightest creators in the area paired with vignettes from Chicago’s top interior designers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude. Attend the kick-off party for $45 or after party $125. Sept. 9, free admission, River North Design District, N. Wells St., (312) 828-0888,

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Stevie Nicks at Ravinia® Possessing one of rock’s most unmistakable voices, Stevie Nicks is in Chicago during two dates at Ravinia, North

Printers Row Lit Fest Support Chicago’s independent bookstores at the 37th annual Printers Row Lit Fest—the largest outdoor literary

showcase in the Midwest. Stretching over five blocks, you’ll find new, old, rare, and hard-to-find literary treasures. Presented by the Near South Planning Board, the 2022 festival will be headlined by Pulitzer Prize winner and two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Sept. 10-11, free admission, South Dearborn Street, (312) 987-1980, Comedy Dance Chicago at Northcenter Town Square Comedy Dance Chicago’s unique style of comedy is sure to make your face hurt—from laughing. The combination of sketch, physical comedy, and dance along with word play, music, and overall goofiness has entertained Chicagoland audiences for years. Northcenter Town Square. All ages, Sept. 10, free admission, Northcenter Town Square, 4100 N. Damen Ave., (312) 725-6704,



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| TOP PICK EVENTS | Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information. To submit events or advertise on this page, email USO Salute Gala at Offshore, Navy Pier The USO Salute Gala is acclaimed as “Chicago’s premier patriotic event,” that welcomes distinguished military and civilian guests to honor military service and support the USO. Sept. 10, tickets start at $800, Offshore Rooftop, Navy Pier, 1000 E. Grand Ave., (312) 822 6699,

Sept. 16

Riot Fest at Douglass Park Founded in 2005, Riot Fest is a multiday music festival with punk, rock, alternative, metal and hip-hop. Carnival rides, food vendors, sideshow performers add to the atmosphere of this independent music fest. This year’s performers include My Chemical Romance, the original Misfits, Nine Inch Nails and the Descendants. Sept. 16-18, tickets start at $110, Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, (866) 223-5564,

Sept. 17

Green Tie Ball at the Chicago Sports Museum Presented by Huntington Bank, Chicago Gateway Green’s Green Tie Ball gala attracts prominent professionals and local celebrities. The event raises funds for CGG’s Expressway Partnership Program, which creates and maintains sustainable landscapes along Chicago’s expressways. Sept. 17-18, tickets start at $150, Chicago Sports Museum, 835 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 595-3100,

Sept. 21

Cinema/Chicago summer series See an exciting slate of international films for free as part of Cinema/Chicago’s annual summer screening series. This year’s theme, Adaptation, will focus on films that bring stories from a variety of art forms to the screen—from comic books and memoirs to stage plays which present movies from across the world. Wednesdays through Sept. 21, free admission, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., (312) 683-0121,

Sept. 22

Eversight Gift of Sight Gala at Peninsula The annual Gift of Sight Masquerade raises funds to help provide the gift of sight to more than 8,000 people every year. Themed “Circus of Dreams,” this year’s event will celebrate 2022 Woman of Vision Kathleen Piccone and 2022 Gift of Sight Honoree Ali Djalilian, M.D. Sept. 22, tickets start at $500, The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St., (800) 548-4703,

Sept. 23

Long Grove Apple Fest How do you like your apples? Fresh? Baked in pies? Dipped in chocolate or caramel? Candied? Long Grove’s Apple Fest is known for apples however you like them. Add music and local artisans for an event the entire family can enjoy. Sept. 2-25, tickets start at $5, downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, (847) 634-0888,

Sept. 25

Disney Junior Live: Costume Palooza Dress up and join the party with Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza. The new show features the first appearance of characters from “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends” along with old favorites like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, the Puppy Dog Pals, and Alice from Disney Junior’s “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery,” live on stage. Sept. 25, tickets start at $33, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., (312) 462-6300,

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WINDEE visits Lincoln Park Zoo WINDEE here, your friendly Chicago Star mascot! This month, I’m taking you for a visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Founded in 1868, it’s the fourth oldest zoo in North America. At that time, there were only two pairs of swans and now it’s grown to care for 1,100 animals from some 200 species! There is so much to do here for kids like us! Zoo camps help us learn about the animals and how they’re cared for. At the Kovler Seal Pool, we can watch seal training sessions and at the Regenstein Center for African Apes, we get to see what the great apes enjoy eating. And you sure won’t want to miss seeing Pilipili, the first lion cub to be born at the zoo in 20 years! A Lionel Train Adventure takes us around the zoo, through forest and canyon scenery. My favorite, the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, has 48 hand-carved, hand-painted replicas of threatened animal species to ride on! Whee! And, on Friday, Sept. 16, the zoo will host Movie Fest, featuring major films (like “Lion King” and “CATS”) with a DJ, lawn games and rides. Other activities for us small fries include field trips, sleepovers, scavenger hunts, campfire nights and so much more! Our Lincoln Park Zoo covers over 35 acres and is one of only a few free admission zoos in the United States. Let’s go see the animals and have some FUN!

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Sept. 30

Chicago Lighthouse FLAIR fashion show Be a part of Chicago’s most iconic and inclusive fashion event and help change lives for children with disabilities. Produced by the city’s top runway production group, ZZAZZ Productions, this show highlights collections from the city’s retailers worn by models with and without disabilities. Sept. 30, tickets start at $225, The Langham, Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave., (312) 4473447,

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Truth tellers needed to meet future challenges


think we’ve turned a corner and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been a long time coming, but the days of walking on eggshells to appease snowflakes, Howard Tullman Millies, and other COMMUNITY entitled employees CONTRIBUTOR could soon be ending. The timing couldn’t be better because, if we’re planning to compete for the future on a global scale, we have to get back to seriously taking care of business in this country. China and India are raising and training millions of serious, ambitious, diligent, and brutally hard-working individuals who are grateful for the opportunities finally afforded to them, willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead, and ready for the

commitment, sweat and effort required for them to achieve their dreams. They’re not ashamed or apologetic about competing aggressively with their peers, wanting to make a difference for themselves and their families, and working ceaselessly toward those ends rather than wishing or waiting for them to magically appear. Meanwhile, here at home, we’re raising millions of precious little flowers who need to be accepted and appreciated for what little they’ve achieved rather than expected and challenged to reach for better and bigger things. They’re fixated on trivialities and trumped-up traumas and concerns while the rest of the world rushes by them. They want to bring their whole selves to work, but they’re not that excited about actually working once they get there. They’ve been taught that they’ve clearly got more important things

to do and other places to be. I’m confident we’ve reached the point where telling it like it is—outside of their soon-to-be burst bubbles—is the best service we can do for our kids and our younger employees and, not incidentally, for our businesses as well. The pendulum is hopefully turning back toward frankness, painful

honesty, daily doses of reality, and actual authenticity which can only help us all. We need to give our current employees and newest grads a simple message about work: You don’t have to like it; you just have to do it. In a world of special cases, a million exceptions, tender sensibilities, and helicopter parents, this message has the special charm of being a “one size fits all” solution. Sit down, shut up, and suck it up. When you come to work, be prepared, be honest, and be on time. Leave your angst, your affirmations, and your anxieties at home. You can hope to be anything, but in the end, you can only be yourself. If you’re true to yourself you’ll discover that’s the best you can be for everyone else as well. Howard Tullman is a Chicago Star board member and G2T3V general managing partner.

Sports is perhaps Chicago’s friendliest beat


ay back in 2009 when I set up my first rinky-dinky sports blog, the last thing I visualized about journalism—or (for me) trying to be a sportswriter—would be a friendly stomping ground. I guess I assumed that, just like in Andy Frye COMMUNITY 1990s sports movies such as Jerry CONTRIBUTOR Maguire and Any Given Sunday, people were mean, and it was a hyper-competitive place to be. I’d have to suck it up to make it. After all, the readership of my blog was probably about 12 people, which included a cousin or two and half a dozen friends from back home that I probably asked (meaning begged) to read my work. Yet, later, my first pitches to editors at places like the Sun-Times and ESPNChicago. com were not horrendous embarrassments but really, at worst, a polite “no” here and there. Eventually, I found out—at least in Chicago—sports is a pretty friendly beat. Months before my first real shot at sports writing—covering local football for ESPN Chicago in 2011—I got an invite to the 103rd “Next Year Day,” the yearly celebration at Casey Moran’s bar. Weeks before Opening Day, Cubs fans would celebrate two things on Next Year Day: 1) Not winning a World Series

the prior season, and 2) the next upcoming baseball season— and thus another chance to win a World Series. That evening in Wrigleyville, after several beers and a Ronnie Woo-Woo sighting, I stepped outside and bumped into Sun-Times sportswriter Rick Telander. Telander was pretty dressed down, having a cigar with another Cubs fan. I said hello and introduced myself as any sports enthusiast would. There, we struck up a conversation about baseball. Between our thoughts about what might transpire in 2011— note: the Cubs would go 71-91, nothing special—he asked about me. Somehow, I let it out that I had a new sports blog under the Tribune’s banner, and Telander offered encouragement and advice about sportswriting. I remember him saying, “Write what interests you and

write about what you love.” Mind you, Telander didn’t know the first thing about me or whether I had any talent. But it probably came from his kindness as a person and an ever-present sense of community writers and sports fans have here. Frank Sinatra once called Chicago “that toddlin’ town.” I always thought the lounge legend made up that word— toddling. If I had to guess what it meant, I’d say it refers to our friendly nature and that in Chicago, you’re likely to meet new friends ready to share good conversations. Sportswriter/author Andy Frye has written for ESPN Chicago and Rolling Stone. His new book about Chicago, NINETY DAYS IN THE 90s, is out now.


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Cyclists take to the streets during Fifth Third Bike the Drive. Photo courtesy of Fifth Third Bike the Drive

Make the most of Labor Day weekend in Chicago By Angela Gagnon Community Contributor Labor Day, created by the labor movement and designated as a federal holiday in 1895, has come to represent the unofficial end to summer and start of the back-toschool season. The national holiday celebrates the contributions and achievements of the American worker, and its placement on the first Monday in September gives us a coveted three-day weekend to soak up the final rays of summer sunshine. There are plenty of ways for Chicagoans to close out the season with outdoor music, food festivals and fun events. Live Outdoor Music The Chicago Jazz Festival returns this year from Sept. 1-4 in Millennium Park. The free event has been going strong for over forty years, and this year’s lineup will include a mix of jazz legends, modern masters and new artists. The ARC Music Festival in Union Park will once again feature a world class lineup as it showcases sounds from around the globe. The three day event will run Sept. 2-4., and Hyde Park will host Jazz in the Court, a free neighborhood series hosting local jazz musicians in Harper Court. Late Summer Food Festivals Taste of Polonia, the largest Polish festival in the country, will offer a sampling of Polish food, beer, music, dance and entertain-

ment over Labor Day weekend from Sept. 2-5 at the Copernicus Foundation. Summer “GreekFest” in Lincoln Square will feature food, pastries, dance troupes, a Hellenic marketplace and more from Sept. 2-5. And don’t miss “The Great American Lobster” Fest at Navy Pier, the midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival from Sept. 2-4. Enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the east coast, live music, family-friendly activities, games, performances and craft shopping. Outdoor Events Fifth Third Bike the Drive is back on Sunday, Sept. 4 from 6:30-10:30 a.m. The popular event helps raise funds for Active Trans, a non-profit organization working to improve conditions for walking, biking and public transit throughout Chicagoland. The Chicago White Sox will play home games at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2, 3, 4. Beach days might be numbered, but there’s still time to grab your swimsuit and towel and picnic, play or relax on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. Enjoy the last of Navy Pier Fireworks with shows until Sept. 3 or check out Sundays on State Street and Art on the Mart until Sept. 4. Though summer is waning, Labor Day is also the unofficial NFL season kickoff, so there is plenty to look forward to as the summer sun fades and the bright colors of fall come into view.

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Tips to tailgate like a pro By Angela Gagnon Community Contributor Pre or post game, tailgating is a great way to show off your team spirit by packing the parking lot with fellow sports fans in the shadow of the stadium. Just like on the field, tailgating requires plenty of planning and strategy, from gathering game day essentials to setting up your spread to allowing for a quick and easy clean up. Experts will tell you to show up early and snag the best spot, which also allows more time for fun. Check the rules, schedules and policies at your particular venue as well as the weather forecast so you’re prepared for the elements. Wear a team jersey or hat or dress in team colors, bring team-themed banners and streamers or even paint your face so there’s no mistaking who you’re rooting for. For coverage from sun or rain, set up a canopy with your table and chairs underneath. This will serve as the main hub for snacks and social conversation. Place a

portable cooler filled with ice nearby to keep drinks cold and ensure perishable food items stay fresh. Bring drinks that are easy to open or have a bottle opener on hand, and pack plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially on hot, sunny days. Avoid glass or anything that could shatter or break easily. If permitted, a small portable grill will allow you to turn up the heat while cooking simple seasonal summer eats like burgers, steaks or hot dogs. If you can’t grill on premises, cook ahead and bring your favorites to enjoy on site. To lighten things up, pack fresh fruits and veggies for healthy alternatives, and have plenty of snacks on hand for hungry friends. For extra entertainment, try a few games like cornhole, frisbee or catch and play some tunes on a wireless portable speaker to pump you up and warm up your cheering vocals. Don’t forget disposable plates, utensils, napkins and plastic cups as well as garbage bags, sanitizer and wipes for easy clean up, as well as plastic containers to store

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Bears fans decked out in team gear and colors pose for a tailgating photo. Photo courtesy of The Chicago Bears Football Club.

leftover food. When you leave your space, it should be as tidy as you found it. You’ll want to make your exit in time to get through security lines and find your seats before kickoff, so plan accordingly.

And remember, this unique game day experience is all about fun. Take in the scene, keep the mood light and save some energy to cheer for your team once they take the field. That way, everyone wins.


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Baseball’s race to the finish line


f you are a baseball fan, September is the month you have been waiting for. It is when nearly five months of play all comes down to the final moments. October may be the home of the “World Series Classic,” but it is September when teams can truly earn their playoff stripes. Think of it like a horse race, Jon Cohn COMMUNITY where after galloping all the way CONTRIBUTOR through the first mile and a quarter, the horses now have rounded the bend and are headed for home. “And down the stretch they come!” the excited race announcer might yell. So which teams might be the ones to cross that finish line first and get to play in the World Series this October? Well for one, Cubs fans, you can relax, because how do we put this gently? You got no shot. The Cubs broke out of the gate slowly, limped badly in the middle of the race, but have had some recent moments of optimism. Let’s hope September gives the Cubbie fans some hope for next year. The White Sox on the other hand? Still a glimmer of hope, albeit a fleeting one. The boys in black just haven’t quite put it together this year and continue to wander aimlessly around the .500 mark. They do, though, still have a shot at making the playoffs, and as we all know, once you get there, anything can happen. September will be the Southsiders true test. As for the rest of the field, most of the season, everyone was anticipating the Dodgers and Yankees meeting in October. Both teams have been dominant all season, especially the Dodgers, but the Yankees had a brutal month of August, and other teams are rapidly gaining on them. The next two most dangerous contenders are the always pesky Houston Astros, who have been running neck and neck with the Yankees, and the New York Mets who have caught fire and are rapidly chasing down The Dodger Blue. Are there other potential contenders who could storm down the stretch to pass up all the other “horses” in the field and cross the finish line first? The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and let’s not forget the still defending champs—The Atlanta Braves. Who will play in October’s World Series? September’s “down the stretch they come” finish will ultimately decide. Jon Cohn is a New Eastside resident. Email ideas for Jon to




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