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Service Club members (from left) Priscilla Armstrong, Kay Cholgraff, Helen Sprague Broomell, Mary Faherty, and Barbara Benedict at an Auditorium Theatre dance performance in November 1940.

Women of the World In 1890, a group of girls in Hyde Park began sewing clothing for immigrant families as part of their church’s Sunday school class in what would become the Service Club of Chicago’s first initiative. With modest beginnings, the club’s young women raised $400 to $800 each year to donate beds and other items to local hospitals, adopting the motto “No one is greater than the service he or she renders the world.” In addition, the group hosted various charity-driven events, from household bazaars in the 1890s to festive revues featuring comedy skits and dance performances in the 1940s. Today, the Service Club’s nearly 175 members advance the organization’s mission of improving local communities with present-day initiatives like donating computers to Chicago Public Schools and providing freezers for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “We’re not just parties and fashion shows,” says current president Myra Reilly, who joined the Service Club 35


years ago. Members visit area organizations like Family Matters and TimeLine Theatre Company to structure grants, with plans to allocate as much as $385,000 in 2015. Throughout the year, the volunteer-based organization also hosts fundraising galas, educational tours, and luncheons like the floral-themed “An Afternoon in the Garden” luncheon on May 18, with all proceeds continuing to go to charity. “Every job is done by one of us,” says member Tina Weller, who cites the organization’s impact on all aspects of her life. “There are at least 15 people I can call tomorrow if I needed something, and they are ladies whom I met through the Service Club,” she asserts. “And we’re all still making a difference.” Tickets start at $150 for the Service Club’s spring luncheon, “An Afternoon in the Garden,” May 18, 11 am, Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St. For tickets, call 312-220-9600, or visit MA

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For 125 years, the women oF the service club oF chicago have worked to make the city a better place to live For all. by katina beniaris


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20 // letter from the editor-in-Chief

22 // letter from the president and publisher

24 // ... Without Whom

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26 // the list 79 // invited

style 31 // urban Warrior Fashion icon Donna Karan celebrates Chicago style with a new shop-in-shop at Neiman Marcus.

34 // flash forWard The hottest accessories for spring make one thing clear: The future is now.

38 // style spotlight

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42 // reinventing a ClassiC

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49 // Feel that Conga

65 // power player

In their new musical, On Your Feet!, Gloria and Emilio Estefan set their rags-to-riches story to the music that made them famous.

As Chicago’s air conditioners kick into high gear, ComEd president and CEO Anne Pramaggiore is guiding the company to a brighter future.

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Start-up successes Katy Lynch and Craig Ulliott are creating an empire in Chicago, together and apart.

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Art scholar Lisa Yun Lee shares some of the Chicago places that fuel her imagination.

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72 // well nourished

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As The Chicago Help Initiative marks its 15th year, founder Jacqueline C. Hayes steps up her mission to feed the city’s homeless community.

60 // Culture spotlight The Wright Plus walking tour expands its offerings; Shedd Aquarium’s crowdpleasing new exhibit; two art fairs for June; and The 606 aims for premierpark status.

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94 // It takes two Ten years after opening the astonishing Alinea, chef Grant Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas are preparing to change the dining game once again.

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features 102 // sweet dReam With Dylan’s Candy Bar, Dylan Lauren has crafted a veritable sweets empire—and now she’s putting her Technicolor touch on the Magnifcent Mile with the brand’s frst Chicago storefront. By Olivia Munn Photography by Carter Berg

108 // FeaRless leadeRs

118 // monumental scale When it comes to this season’s most coveted styles, Chicago’s fashion elite are embracing the epic. Photography by René & Radka


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gold coasting 152 // LadieS FirSt From Bertha Palmer to Michelle Obama, it’s the women of Chicago who have always had the power.

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ON MY RADAR There’s no place like Chicago when the sun is shining. Here’s where you’ll find me as the city enters its prime time of the year. 1. Getting my architecture fix in Oak Park at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s annual Wright Plus Housewalk on May 16. 2. Digging into the smoky, grilled, house-made sausages at the Loews Hotel’s new meat-centric Argentine hot spot, José Garces’ Rural Society. 3. Taking to the water and paddling through the city on a river tour with Kayak Chicago.

A SERIOUS SWEET TOOTH RUNS IN MY FAMILY—by the time I was 5, I had become expert at sniffing out the Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Little Debbie snack cakes that my mother kept hidden around the house. It was candy, though, that intrigued me most: penny candies paid for with my dollar allowance; Twizzlers devoured rope after rope during Saturday movie matinees; super-tart Lemonheads made by Chicago’s Ferrara Candy Company, sucked down to their hard candy center; and Whatchamacallit bars chewed while sitting on a felled oak tree by the Fox River near our house. Whether it was my youthful innocence or simply the sugar rush, at that time of my life each of those candies meant absolute pleasure. It’s no surprise to me, then, that our cover star, Dylan Lauren, has had such success with her sweets concept, Dylan’s Candy Bar. Leave it to the daughter of American style icon Ralph Lauren to reinvent the candy store for a sophisticated adult audience—and reinvent it she has, with pops of color, stylish spaces, and just enough nostalgia to inspire childlike glee in even the most jaded urbanites. As Lauren celebrates the grand opening of her first Chicago store in May, we’re excited to welcome her to Michigan Avenue and to feature her on the cover of our second annual Women of Influence issue. Lauren is in good company, as inspiring stories of powerful, successful Chicago women fill these pages: ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore; TV and Goodman Theatre dynamo Regina Taylor; award-winning author Christine Sneed; and, in particular, the nine incredible subjects of our “Fearless Leaders” feature, each forging new territory in fields ranging from education to architecture to interior design. From start to finish, it’s an amazing lineup—and from my perspective, there’s no sweeter way to kick off the start of high season in the Windy City.

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Hiya, Sophia! Publisher Dan Uslan and I had a blast with the lovely cover star of our Late Spring issue, Sophia Bush of Chicago P.D., at our fête in her honor at The Godfrey Hotel (LEFT); and PR goddess Kathleen Henson and I gave our best “Blue Steels” during the photo shoot for our “Fearless Leaders” story on Chicago’s most influential women.

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With Neiman Marcus VP and GM Wendy Krimins (left), Candace Jordan (far right), and designer extraordinaire Pamella DeVos at her Pamella Roland trunk show held at Neiman Marcus to benefit the Joffrey Ballet; the team at Art Van Furniture—(from left) Cathy DiSante, Kim Yost, Diana Sikes, Art Van Elslander, Diane Charles, Gary Van Elslander, and Jeanette McNamara—sure know how to throw a party, as they recently did at Soho House to give the media an update on their opening in Downers Grove on June 25!

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that Chicago’s arts, culture, and culinary scene is world-class: TripAdvisor voted the Art Institute as the world’s top museum, and we’re one of just three US cities to boast multiple Michelin-starred restaurants. The proof is in the numbers. Chicago’s philanthropy, though not as easily quantified, is also second to none. Our Midwestern sensibility is trumpeted to the point of almost being a punch line (a visiting friend once described even our portions as generous). It’s why Niche Media’s mission statement—to connect, captivate, and celebrate with consciousness—works so well here. As if to validate that assertion, on May 16 we’ll serve as the media partner for three charitable galas. We’re humbled to support the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s 30th Year Gala (, championing HIV activism efforts, at the Hilton Chicago. That same evening, we’re helping the National Alliance on Mental Illness (—whose stakeholders include former Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall—further its advocacy by sponsoring its Huddle Up for Mental Health Gala at Soldier Field. Rounding out the night is Make-A-Wish Illinois’ annual Wish Ball (, emceed this year by the legendary Jay Leno. Similarly, our favorite cover subjects are those who leverage their star power for the

greater good. Such is the case with this month’s celebrity, Dylan’s Candy Bar founder and CEO Dylan Lauren. The style scion has just launched Dylan’s Candy Barn to support anti-animalcruelty initiatives and education, and we’re happy to announce that the organization will be a benefactor of our upcoming luncheon with Lauren at the Langham Hotel. And while it’s not philanthropic in aim, our fourth annual Ashore Thing party on July 11, presented by BMO Harris Bank, evokes “consciousness” in that it gathers the community to celebrate the natural beauty of Chicago and Lake Michigan. I hope you’ll join us on the East End of Navy Pier with sponsors Chicago Yacht Club, Celebrity Cruises, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere, 900 North Michigan Shops, Bob Loquercio Auto Group, Peroni, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Voss, Spex, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, CBS Chicago, and Pinstripes for our hallmark summer soirée, which shrinks the nation’s third-most populous city to an intimate gathering of your closest friends.

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olivia munn Credentials: Olivia Munn was last seen in theaters in the Johnny Depp art-heist comedy Mortdecai, and up next she will appear in Ride Along 2 and the highly anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse. Munn also starred as Sloan Sabbith on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom; she channeled her inner reporter for Michigan Avenue by interviewing friend and cover star Dylan Lauren [“Sweet Dream”] on page 102. Behind the story: “I loved when [Dylan] said, ‘I love the idea of living in a candy world.’ My first thought was, Well, clearly, who doesn’t? Especially when you call it a candy world. [Dylan’s Candy Bar] doesn’t feel like a regular store for kids, it doesn’t feel like a regular store for adults, it just feels like a world where you’re allowed to love candy. It’s a really fun energy.” Windy City love: “I’ve gone to Chicago in the wintertime, and I loved it, except I literally was walking backwards at times ’cause the wind hurt so bad. I have such respect for the people of Chicago, and I know how tough they are to go into that wind. It’s a walking town.” Animal advocate: “There are so many animals that need to be rescued. We rescued [our dog]. Chance has been the most amazing dog, and it’s amazing how much it changes your life.” Favorite candy: “Hot Tamales.”

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Credentials: Thomas Connors writes regularly about the arts, design, and dining. He has penned pieces for a variety of magazines, including Town & Country, Interior Design, and Modern. Behind the story: “It can be a bit daunting settling in for an interview with wildly successful people. Will they be cool? Will they be tightlipped? But Gloria and Emilio Estefan [“Feel That Conga,” page 49] were among the easiest interview subjects I’ve ever encountered. And boy, did we chat—not the usual 15-minutes-and-you’redone route.” Woman of influence: “My friend Debra Levine closed her home and is headed off to live in Thailand. She hates when people refer to this as her ‘adventure’; for her, it’s life—it’s what you do.”

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Credentials: An internationally published fine art and commercial photographer, Petya Shalamanova’s images have been featured in Vice, Elle, GQ, RedEye, Glossed & Found, 12 Magazine, and Newspaper Bulgaria. Behind the story: “What I loved most about photographing Regina [“Taylor Made,” page 52] was that she had really elegant presence and truly came alive in front of the camera. Taking photos of her was like witnessing a beautiful performance.” Her inspiration: “People who are unapologetically themselves.” Woman of influence: “My grandmother, Pepi, has had a very hard life, but retained her grace despite the hand she was dealt.”

carter Berg photographer

Credentials: Carter Berg’s work has appeared in Elle Decor, Madame Figaro, and Country Living, and he recently published a book, New York Snapshots. Behind the story: “I’ve known Dylan [“Sweet Dream,” page 102] for over 20 years, but this was the first time I’ve photographed her for a magazine story. Just as I expected, she was a great subject.” Woman of influence: “First Lady Michelle Obama. I couldn’t be more proud to have such an intelligent, positive, and elegant woman representing the United States.”


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Donna Karan’s new shop-in-shop at Neiman Marcus will serve as a “mini home away from home” for the New York–based designer.

Donna Karan’s sleek designs have come to symbolize the epitome of New York chic, but now the designer is shifting her focus to Chicago with the opening of her first shop-inshop, debuting this spring at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue. “I love Chicago—it’s one of our country’s most cosmopolitan cities,” says Karan of her motivation for establishing a presence in the Windy City. The Donna Karan shop-in-shop will serve as a “mini home away from home,” according to Karan, incorporating many of the brand’s signature design elements, such as modern mannequins, Japanese kimono stands, sculptural wood, and black carpeting. “Our clothes have always had a presence in Chicago, but the shop-in-shop gives us a designated platform to invite the customer into our own environment,” she says. And there’s no doubt that Karan’s fashion philosophy— clothes crafted in fabrics like jersey and cashmere, paired with functional yet stylish silhouettes—will sit well with the women of Chicago and beyond. “The Donna Karan woman leads an international lifestyle—she could live in New York, Paris, Dubai, or Singapore,” says Karan. “Wherever she lives or whatever she does, she’s dynamic, always in motion, and personalizes everything to reflect her creativity and individuality.” After studying fashion design at Parsons and working for Anne Klein, Karan debuted her now-iconic eponymous collection in 1985 with seven interchangeable pieces, including a bodysuit, a cashmere sweater, and a tailored jacket that changed the way women dressed for work and play. “It’s a system of modern dressing for the urban woman,” she says of her Seven Easy Pieces collection, which continues continued on page 32  31

Style tastemaker Structured bra tops and street art–inspired prints were on prominent display at Karan’s Spring 2015 runway show (shown here and right). Hand-painted leather bracelets (below right) next to a sketch from Karan’s new collection.

to inspire the way women dress today. “Just a handful of pieces—usually in body-conscious jerseys—to create multiple looks that take her from day into night, workweek into weekend.” What made the system revolutionary at the time, insists Karan, is how it simplified a woman’s wardrobe without sacrificing sophistication. “Every piece accentuated the positive and deleted the negative,” she says, “empowering a woman to feel confident about how she looks.” Thirty years later, that same spirit of confidence and ease is


alive and well on the Donna Karan runway. For Spring 2015, Karan presented a spirited collection of structured bra tops, belted shirtdresses, and high-waisted pants. Street art–inspired prints pepper the collection with a playful modernity. “It’s about bold artistic expression,” says Karan. “We used a lot of color and embellishments—this from a house known for its black!” For dedicated minimalists, there are still plenty of signature DK looks to be had, including sleek black jackets and pants, coffee- and

cream-colored dresses perfect for a power lunch at RL, and simple jersey silhouettes in poppy red and caramel. Karan’s clothes have always championed a multifaceted woman not unlike herself. In addition to running a classic American brand, Karan devotes much of her free time to charity: She is the cofounder of Seventh on Sale, an organization that raises money and awareness for the AIDS epidemic; Kids 4 Kids, created to benefit the fight against pediatric AIDS; and Super Saturday, an event in the Hamptons that raises

money for ovarian cancer. In addition, Karan’s foundation, Urban Zen, supports causes near to her heart, such as wellness programs in hospitals and preserving artisan cultures around the world, especially in Haiti. “Philanthropy has always been a part of my DNA,” says the designer, “and women’s initiatives are important to me because ovarian and breast cancers are not just women’s diseases; they affect [the whole family].” From those efforts to her status as a fashion force, Karan has inspired generations of women to pursue their

dreams. Still, she dismisses the old saw about women being able to have it all. “It’s just not possible,” she insists. “You need a support system and a strategy to juggle it all. You need flexibility in your clothes—and that’s how we empower women. We give her clothes that go day into night, that make her feel good, whatever is thrown at her in the course of the day. Then she can get on to what really matters in her life, which is the most modern vision of all.” neiman marcus, 737 n. michigan ave., 312-642-5900; MA

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“[the spring 2015 collection] is about bold artistic expression. We used a lot of color and embellishments—this from a house knoWn for its black!” —donna karan

Flash Forward the hottest accessories for late spring make one thing clear: the future is now. photography by jeff crawford styling by faye power

Heavy Metal Power through the season with high-shine handbags. Caged top ($4,500) and skirt ($3,900), Fendi. Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500; Metalized clutch, Chanel ($3,800). 935 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-5500; Carmen clutch, Jimmy Choo ($1,395). 63 E. Oak St., 312-255-1170;


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1. Sunrise sandal, Aquazzura ($945). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500; 2. Melone handbag, Bulgari ($7,150). 909 N. Michigan Ave., 312-255-1313; 3. Powerstone minaudière, Diane von Furstenberg ($398). Bloomingdale’s, 900 North Michigan Shops, 312-440-4460; 4. Large square laser-cut bootie, Versace ($2,525).





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STYLE Spotlight on the go


Jenny Fleiss (LEFT) and Jennifer Hyman


RENT THE RUNWAY’S JENNIFER HYMAN AND JENNY FLEISS SET UP SHOP IN CHICAGO. The flood that shuttered Sarca in 2013 may have left a hole in Chicago fashionistas’ hearts and wardrobes, but the River North space now has a stylish new tenant: the first brick-andmortar Windy City outpost of Rent the Runway. “Chicago is already home to our most loyal customers,” says cofounder Jennifer Hyman, who launched Rent the Runway as an online company with Jenny Fleiss in 2009. Event-goers and stylists alike can now shop coveted designers like Tracy Reese, Moschino, and Rag & Bone. Adds Fleiss, “We’re thrilled to give Chicagoans access to an unlimited rotation of designer clothing that can help them feel and look amazing.” 710 N. Wabash Ave., 312-288-7570; MA

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Gucci ($895). Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-464-1515;


Beachwear upgrade: The metallic jelly sandal is a seaside showstopper.

SKIN SAVERS Want to be fresh-faced for spring? VENeffect’s new antiaging Intensive Moisturizer ($185, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312694-4050; is made with phytoestrogens and proteins that brighten and smooth for a springtime glow. And makeup artist Jenny Patinkin presents the newest addition to her Lazy Perfection line with a travel-size set of handmade brushes in white and rose gold ($182, Cos Bar, 662 Central Ave., Highland Park;

NEW VINTAGE Womenswear label Ricorso continues to bring a passion for all things vintage to the ladies of Chicago. “Our design focus is the woman whose style captures her modern sensibility with timeless sophistication,” says designer Daryl Sneed, who collaborates on the line with Stacey Jones, Aubrie Meyer, and Elda de la Rosa. The new collection, “The Seven,” boasts elegantly detailed pieces like the custom D skirt (PICTURED), which draws inspiration from local artist Bret Grafton’s New Lookera watercolor tulips. VMR, 34 E. Oak St., 7th Fl., 312-649-6673;

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Tabitha Simmons ($895). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500;

Christian Louboutin ($1,195). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900;

Jimmy Choo ($925). Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-464-1515;

Casadei ($920). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500;


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Whether relaxing at the Soho House rooftop pool or dipping a toe in the waters off Bali, Chicagoans can put a fashionable foot forward with the new Jet Set 6 collection from Michael Kors. Designed for women on the go, the line includes kicks for every occasion, from the Walton ankle boots and classic Somerly wedges to the gold-accented Irving sneakers and metallic jelly sandals, perfect for lounging along the lakeshore. A croc-embossed suitcase ensures that shoes travel in the lap of luxury. The new collection, which is available for $798, promises to keep adventure seekers stylish while on the move this spring. 900 North Michigan Shops, 312-640-1122;

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To make a real splash This fashion season, says chic bouTique owner I ram Goldman, accessorize wiTh sea creaTures. by j.p. anderson photography by jeff crawford During the balmy days of late spring, Chicagoans’ thoughts turn to water, whether it’s taking a dip in Lake Michigan or jetting off for a holiday weekend on the shore. Even fashionistas aren’t immune to the allure of the aquatic world: For style guru Ikram Goldman, this season’s perfect complement to any outfit comes in the form of sea creatures. “In a world of prints, flowers, and geometrics,” she notes, “an element of life—real life—is fresh and exciting.” Here are three of Goldman’s favorites for the season. “I love Valentino’s seashell midi rings because they have a


couture vibe; in the end they don’t look like accessories, they blend into the clothes, and there is a beautiful hand to the way they are finished. “Muveil’s starfish pins are so whimsical—there isn’t a sweater or a shirt or a jacket you’re not going to want to embellish with them. “To me, Oscar de la Renta’s pavé crab brooch says, ‘Uptown girl goes fishing.’ It’s a funny theme, and I just love the idea of breathing life into a garment that way.” Available at Ikram, 15 E. Huron St., 312-587-1000; MA clockwise from bottom left: Seashell rings, Valentino Garavani (set of five, $745). Starfish brooch, Muveil ($270). Crab brooch, Oscar de la Renta ($250)

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CT60 18k rose-gold calendar watch ($19,000) houses a Dubois-Depraz self-winding mechanical movement. above: The nine-foot Atlas clock above the doorway to Tiffany & Co.’s Fifth Avenue flagship in NYC.

The CT60 collection features all Swiss-made mechanical movements that are further hand-finished by skilled artisans.

Reinventing a Classic Charles Lewis Tiffany founded luxury goods emporium Tiffany & Co. in 1837, opening his first store on lower Broadway in New York. He began producing watches a decade later and, in 1853, Tiffany installed one of the city’s first public clocks—the famous ninefoot-tall Atlas clock—above the store. Today, highlighting the brand’s history (and continuing to emulate that Fifth Avenue Atlas clock that crowns many of the jeweler’s


doorways around the world), Tiffany celebrates its heritage with the new CT60 watch collection. “We like to think of ourselves as the creator of the New York minute,” says Jon King, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co., referencing the label’s legacy. “[In] the 1800s, when we put up one of the first public clocks, people would set their watches to match. It became a reliable timekeeper.” Tiffany & Co.’s CT60

collection pays tribute to that sentiment: Named in honor of Charles Tiffany himself and the 60-second minute, the collection is inspired by a Tiffany & Co. gold watch given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his 63rd birthday in 1945. The caseback was inscribed with “Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with loyalty, respect and affection”; the watch recently found its way to Christie’s auction house, was reacquired by Tiffany & Co., and

ultimately was the impetus for the new line. The CT60 collection consists of 23 styles, all housing mechanical Swiss movements that are further hand-finished by individual artisans to achieve exquisite perlage and Côtes de Genève motifs. At the higher end of the line is the stunning calendar timepiece (based on the FDR watch), which is created in a limited, numbered edition of 60 pieces in 18k rose gold.

Other timepieces include chronographs in stainless steel, and 3-hands in stainless steel and in 18k rose gold. Dials are finished with a soleil pattern and include blue, gray, brown, and white. $4,250–$19,000. 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500; MA For more watch features and expanded coverage, go to watches.

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Culture Hottest ticket Gloria and Emilio Estefan proved the viability of Latin pop music with the Miami Sound Machine, and are now turning their story into a musical debuting in Chicago.

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in the Broadway-Bound musical On YOur Feet!, Gloria and Emilio EstEfan set their rags-to-riches story to the music that made them famous. by thomas connors If any couple represents the fruits of hard work and the power of love, it’s Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Sweethearts since the 1970s, these Cuban immigrants not only carved themselves an enviable niche in show business, but with their success, inspired countless Latinos to make their way in the US, too. And with their captivating, flawlessly produced sound, the Estefans opened the ears of Anglo audiences as no one had before. With 26 Grammy Awards and 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria and Emilio are now sharing their story in On Your Feet!, an inspiring new musical getting the pre-Broadway treatment at the Oriental Theatre beginning June 2. Talent and ambition have not only put the pair at the top of the music industry (producer Emilio has propelled the careers of Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez), but cOntinued On page 50  49

CULTURE hottest Ticket Director Jerry Mitchell (center) helms the story of the Estefans’ unique path to success.

Big Fish “musichasbeenahealingforceforme.sowith thismusical,wehopetohaveyoudance,have youcry,inspireyouinsomeway.”—gloria estefan

Director David Catlin tackles Moby-Dick for Lookingglass Theatre. What is it about Moby-Dick? It seems more people have plowed through War and Peace than poked a toe into the deep, dark waters of Herman Melville’s masterpiece. The next best thing (aside from John Huston’s 1956


obstacles the couple faced— not only the less-thanenthusiastic record execs and radio stations, but Gloria’s mother, who didn’t see a music career as a suitably smart road to success for her daughter. After all, her girl was set to study international law and diplomacy at the Sorbonne. “Emilio and I have a very happy story,” laughs Gloria. “But I tell my mom, ‘Mom, you are the conflict in this play, so get ready.’” Although the Estefans exemplify crossover success, Gloria’s greatest satisfaction is 1993’s mitierra, her first Spanish-language album. “‘Conga’ still gets played everywhere,” she says, referring to the Miami Sound Machine’s 1985 hit. “The Chipmunks just did it in their last movie, for gosh sake, and I was a big fan of The Chipmunks when I was a kid.

But to have shared a little piece of our country—the music of the tiny island where I was born—is my biggest treasure.” And if all goes well with this project, it may prove a close second. “For my entire life, music has been a healing force for me,” shares Gloria. “It really got me through some of the toughest moments. So with this musical, what we hope to do is have you dance, have you cry, inspire you in some way.” “I think this is the perfect time to tell our story,” adds Emilio, “and a great time to talk about the American dream. Sometimes people tell you no. That’s when you’ve got to prove to yourself that things can happen—that’s when you have to get back on your feet.”On Your Feet! runsJune2–July5atthe orientaltheatre,24w. randolphst.,800-775-2000; MA

cinematic spin) could well be the upcoming rendition David Catlin is directing at Lookingglass Theatre.

What is your fascination with the book? Did you study it in college? I was supposed to read it as part of a class, but put it off until the end of the quarter. I drank a lot of caffeine and read it over a period of three days and nights. I loved it. Something about the exhaustion and the doom of a bad grade on the fnal opened me up to it in a way that I hadn’t expected. How does this compare to other pieces you’ve done? I am drawn to stories that on some scale deal with loneliness. I am also drawn to stories that explore the relationship between rational and irrational thinking. For Ishmael, the battle between rational and irrational thought is played out in the confrontations of Ahab and Starbuck. Lookingglass is known for taking people to places onstage that would seem impossible. Anything you can say about the staging? Our task will be to create the vastness of the sea: the rolling billows and crashing waves, the dark and mysterious depths—beautiful and dangerous. And there will be blood. June 10–August 9, 821 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-0665;

photography by sean williams (Moby-Dick)

their entrepreneurial drive has created a multi-platform business empire that includes restaurants, hotels, and a stake in the Miami Dolphins. So it’s not surprising that with this latest venture, they’ve assembled an all-star team: director Jerry Mitchell (Kinkyboots), a two-time Tony winner; choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jerseyboys); and writer Alexander Dinelaris, who earned an Oscar as cowriter of birdman. Glitzy roster aside, the couple insists that this show is all about the music and the partnership that made it possible. “It’s a love story,” says Gloria: “Emilio’s and mine, a love story to this country, a love story to music.” Fans are familiar with much of that story (including the 1990 tour bus accident that broke Gloria’s back), but the show sheds light on other

culture Behind the curtain

Taylor Made

TwenTy years afTer joining The goodman TheaTre’s arTisTic collecTive, Tv and sTage sTar Regina TayloR conTinues To spark a dialogue wiTh her newesT play, stop. reset.

From ’60s-set NBC drama I’ll Fly Away to USA’s new thriller Dig, television has played a big role in Regina Taylor’s career as an actress—and the Goodman Theatre has played a major role in her

Regina Taylor takes on the challenges of technology and its effect on our lives in her latest play, stop. reset., at the Goodman Theatre starting May 23.


success as a playwright, mounting 12 of her plays since 1993, including Oo-Bla-Dee, Drowning Crow, and Crowns. This month, Taylor directs her latest show there, stop. reset.

What got you writing this piece? It started when one of my daily rituals—going to the bookstore, getting coffee, browsing the aisles—was interrupted when the store closed. That made me stop and think about all the changes that are happening at this moment in time: changes in technology, but also what’s erupting in terms of race, gender, sexuality, economics. How do those thoughts take shape in the play? The play is about Alexander Ames, an AfricanAmerican book publisher trying to figure things out as e-books outsell actual books. He decides to downsize. All of his workers are over 40, except the janitor, a semiliterate and tech-brilliant 19-year-old. So you have this 70-year-old man in discussion with a 19-year-old about change, about what the future might look like. Is your play as much about history and memory as it is about the challenges of technology? Absolutely. Mr. Ames looks at books as vessels of history and memory. They are how he stays connected to the ancestors. The voices continue to be passed on, palm to palm, through books. So it is about tradition and how we are always being challenged by the next generation and how we deal with the passing on of legacy. As a theater artist, you must be concerned that your medium is increasingly challenged by digital entertainment options. Yes. And I started thinking about the portals of storytelling that take us beyond the walls of the theater. So I have been collaborating with others—photographers, writers, composers—who will create their own pieces that relate to the themes of the play. And these pieces will be archived on the Goodman website. What other strategies have you initiated to expand the conversation the play proposes? We have been having dinners with people from all walks of life, from sociologists to doctors, at which we discuss changes in their fields. At one we had Haki R. Madhubuti, publisher of Third World Press; Ytasha Womack, writer of Afrofuturism; and Frank Sennett, the director of digital strategy for Crain’s. These are taped and archived as well. Audiences can choose these as entry points to the play, or not. This is really all about challenging traditional audiences and meeting new audiences and new generations where they live. stop.reset. runs May 23– June 21 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800; MA

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culture Out & About indulge in a four-course dinner aboard the recently renovated odyssey. Paddlers out on the water with Kayak Chicago. left: A view of the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower at the intersection of the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue.

Cruise Control Whether you’re admiring the night skyline, learning the rich history of the city’s historic buildings, or flying across the lake on a speedboat, there’s no better way to enjoy Chicago’s long-awaited high season than with a tour on the water. Here, our eight picks for the best ways to do it.

that make up the city’s skyline. Up to 250 passengers climb aboard Chicago’s First Lady for each tour, where you can buy a drink for a happy hour cruise or grab snacks for the kids for a family affair. Tours leave from the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge and Wacker Drive, 312-922-8687;

water excursion in the city. Passengers can take in incomparable views of the sun setting over the city as the craft cruises Lake Michigan, with a narrated tour peppered with tidbits of the history of the Chicago skyline. Tours begin May 23 and leave from 400 N. Michigan Ave., 312-3371446;

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Cruising at dusk and ending at the Buckingham Fountain light show, the two-hour Wendella Sunset Tour just might be the most romantic

Enjoy a sailing lesson on the 148-foot Tall Ship Windy, a schooner designed in the style of 19th-century vessels that lends an old-school feel

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On the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 90-minute river cruise—perennially ranked the city’s favorite attraction— docents provide the backstory for more than 50 buildings


to your hour-long lake tour. Tour guides on this boat double as performers, donning pirate costumes and sharing swashbuckler history. Interested riders can help raise the sails and explore the boat, while passengers looking to relax can grab a drink and sit toward the boat’s quieter front area. Tours begin May 1 and leave from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 312-451-2700; 4. the Need for Speed

For passengers who prefer an

adrenaline rush with their sightseeing, there’s the Seadog Extreme Thrill Ride, a tour on a speedboat that hits 45 miles per hour and pulls off spins of 180 to 360 degrees. Passengers on the jet-propelled boat, which has two 14,000-horsepower engines (the most of any commercial ride on the Great Lakes), should expect to get wet, so dress accordingly. Tours begin May 4 and leave from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 888-636-7737; CoNTiNuED oN PAGE 56

photography by getty images (skyline); kayak chicago (kayak)

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The Seadog has two 14,000-horsepower engines, the most of any commercial ride on the Great Lakes.

river cruise docent Constance rajala tells all. Constance Rajala has been a guide on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s river cruise by Chicago’s First Lady Cruises for fve years and has led more than 200 tours. Here, she offers Michigan Avenue a behind-the-scenes look at the beloved excursion.

Do you have a favorite building on the tour? Asking a docent to pick a favorite building is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. The wonderful thing about Chicago is that, now that the economic ice has broken, there’s a lot of new construction along the river. My favorite changes depend on the day. I think most docents are like that. What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened on one of your tours? On an early-fall day in 2014, I led a tour where a young man asked a woman to marry him. We were on the last leg of the tour, and all of a sudden there was a furry of activity. I looked over and saw the man getting up from kneeling and saw the fash of a diamond, so I announced to the whole cruise that we were on the

For passengers who preFer an adrenaline rush, the Seadog hits 45 miles per hour and pulls oFF spins oF 180 to 360 degrees.

“Love Boat.” The crew came out with Champagne—it was a lovely moment. share one of your favorite facts about the city’s architecture. The design of the Hard Rock Hotel, in the Carbide & Carbon building, is based on a Champagne bottle. Think about it: a green body with a gold top? It’s our

5. Go Fish

Reel in salmon and trout when you charter a sport fishing boat from Confusion Charters, at Lakeview’s Montrose Harbor. Book a few hours on the Confusion C4 or the Massive Confusion, the company’s two boats that dock at Lakeview’s Montrose Harbor. Confusion Charters supplies the gear and expertise, and takes budding anglers two to four miles offshore for the best catches. 601 W. Montrose Ave., 888-9293474; 6. Meal Tic


Make a night of it with a three-hour dinner cruise on the recently renovated Odyssey, at


200 feet long and 55 feet high the largest boat to cruise Lake Michigan. Slip on a pair of Jimmy Choos or your favorite Armani suit and indulge in a four-course meal before heading to the boat’s dance floor. Tours leave from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 866-3052469; 7. Wor

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With guided tours that double as a serious calorie burn, Kayak Chicago draws raves from the fitness-minded. Learn basic paddling skills before following a guide along the shoreline to take in Chicago’s best views. Ambitious kayakers can try a sunset excursion or

Chicago history night tour. Tours leave from 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-852-9258;

own 40-story Champagne bottle.

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hot, and wet in the same hour. And dress comfort-

It’s a party on the water every Saturday and Wednesday night, courtesy of Navy Pier’s twice-weekly fireworks displays. Shoreline Sightseeing’s Lake Fireworks Tour is an hourlong ride, leaving at 9:30 pm on Saturdays and 9 pm on Wednesdays, that concludes just beneath the popular light show. Tours begin late May and leave from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 312-222-9328; fireworks-tours. MA

ably. The boat has a metal deck, so on a cold day it

What should every rider know? Pay attention to the forecast, but remember we’re in Chicago; I’ve been on the boat when I was cold,

conducts cold, on a warm day it conducts heat. Also, there is no such thing as a bad seat, but if you’re taking pictures, sit all the way on the side so no heads appear in your photos. What keeps riders keep coming back? Every docent gives his or her own tour—there are certain core buildings that we all cover, but some of the buildings we describe and the stories we tell are based on our strong suits. Some of the docents are extremely funny and you wonder why they aren’t at Second City; others are more serious and deliver heftier content. We memorize a tour, not a script.

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When she isn’t turning out novels, Christine Sneed teaches fiction writing at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois.

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AwArd-winning Author Christine sneed explores the ideA of pure hAppiness with her AnticipAted second novel, Paris, He said. by meg mathis In the nearly five years since debuting her first book, the award-winning collection Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, author Christine Sneed hasn’t slowed down: The Libertyville native published Little Known Facts—which was recognized by Booklist as a top-10 debut novel of 2013—then took up posts teaching fiction writing at both Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and is now celebrating the May 5 release of her new novel, Paris, He Said. Focusing on the relationship between a transplanted young American, Jayne, and her benefactor/lover, Laurent, Sneed’s novel centers on the notion of unearthing true happiness. For Sneed, happiness comes from traveling with her partner, Adam, to California’s central coast and from writing from her home in Evanston and her office at Champaign-Urbana (and from satisfying her sweet tooth with Trader


What inspired Paris, He Said? I was a French major in college, and I also worked at the School of the Art Institute for five years after graduate school. I was working on a manuscript that I had sent to my agent, and we both weren’t that excited about it. I started thinking about my second book, Little Known Facts; there’s a chapter set in Paris, and I realized that I loved writing about France. Have you woven any personal experiences into the novel? The third section has a lengthy scene [with] the main character and her mentor, Susan Kraut, who’s based on an actual painter and painting instructor at the School of the Art Institute—she’s in the novel as a real person I’ve fictionalized. My interactions with artists in the past certainly influenced how I wrote that scene. May–December romances have been a recurring theme in your work; what is it that intrigues you about age in relationships? In this case, it’s about 22 or 23 years between Jayne and Laurent. [I’m intrigued by] the psychological aspect of the difference—which is also, in this case, a socioeconomic difference because Laurent is much wealthier and has a lot more financial power. I find the potential for misunderstandings and frustrations and also heightened expectations interesting, and in this case they’re intensified by the age gap. As a professor of writing, what do you advise your students? I tell them—this will probably sound vague—that writing is about seeing: They have to be awake; they have to note specific details. They have to know how to describe a person, and not just physically, but they have to understand someone’s psychology, and that it takes a long time to create someone convincing who’s not yourself. I also tell them they have to read minds greater than their own. I tell them to challenge themselves. What works challenge you? A couple of my favorite writers are Scott Spencer, who’s a novelist who’s known for Endless Love, a brilliant literary novel made into two awful film versions—people think about that, but it’s a really serious novel that was nominated for the National Book Award. I also really admire Deborah Eisenberg and Alice Munro. MA

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Joe’s chocolate-covered marshmallows). Here, the rising star novelist talks inspiration, why age is more than a number, and how writing is all about seeing.


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1. Shop décor, furniture, jewelry, and more from the 200-plus artists featured at Hyde Park’s 57th Street Art Fair, including jeweler Rosario Garcia and private pilot-turned-watercolor painter Phil Schmidt. June 6–7, main entrance at Woodlawn and Kenwood Aves.; 2. Wander the leafy streets of Old Town for the Old Town Art Fair, where 250 artists will showcase everything from paintings and photography to 3-D mixed media and jewelry. June 13–14, main entrance at Lincoln Ave. and Wisconsin St.;

bronze doors, Shedd Aquarium continues to widen visitors’ eyes with exhibitions of marine life


from around the world. The Shedd’s latest wonder is the exhibit

WITH ITS WRIGHT PLUS HOUSEWALK, THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST SHOWCASES A BOUNTY OF HISTORIC STRUCTURES. Celebrating the legacy of iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Wright Plus Housewalk provides an interior tour of Wrightdesigned buildings, with this year’s event offering glimpses inside five historic properties new to the tour. Decorated with geometric-aligned windows, low-pitched roofs, and a lily pad pool, Frank Lloyd Wright’s restored Avery Coonley Residence (PICTURED) expands Wright’s design roots to Riverside, along with two other buildings connected to the wealthy Coonleys. “The home itself is quintessential Prairie,” says Sue Blaine, Wright Plus research captain of the estate, noting the structure’s horizontal walls, banded art-glass windows, and centered chimney. Six additional private residences throughout Riverside and Oak Park (including nonWright homes) and three public Wright buildings will be showcased. May 16, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, 312-994-4000; MA

“Amphibians,” which highlights more than 40 fascinating species, from the Amazon milk frog (PICTURED) and fire-bellied toads to specimens that are literally child-sized. “Usually when people picture a salamander or frog, [they] think of guys that are a couple of inches,” muses special


exhibits collections manager Mark Schick, describing the 30-pound, nearly four-foot-long Japanese salamander. “That’s a big, impressive animal.” Beginning May 16, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-939-2438;

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As ChiCAgo’s Air Conditioners kiCk into high geAr, Comed president And Ceo Anne PrAmAggiore is guiding the Century-old CompAny to A brighter future. by seth putnam Anne Pramaggiore isn’t being trite when she says she wants to change the world. She helms Commonwealth Edison, which has been the highway upon which Chicago’s electricity has traveled for more than a century. And to Pramaggiore, 56, it represents something much greater than a series of wires and poles: It’s the space heater warming the cold in winter. It’s the flickering screen entertaining the bored at night. It’s the ventilator sustaining the sick in the hospital. It is the physical and symbolic energy of the City of Broad Shoulders. “For the longest time, I think most people who worked for a utility company would say that our job was pretty simply defined as keeping the lights on and keeping the rates low,” Pramaggiore told members of the City Club during a luncheon in late 2014. “But we’ve evolved our company motto from ‘Keeping the Lights On,’ a core but minimalist philosophy, to ‘Powering Lives.’” Each day around 4:30 am, the exec wipes sleep from her eyes, her face illuminated by the glow of her phone. E-mails and calendar notifications await. Rising early has become de rigueur for the continued on page 66

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PEOPLE View from the Top clockwise from left: Pramaggiore attends a Women Employed luncheon; an exterior view of ComEd’s Northern Public Service station on North California Avenue, circa 1931; participants in ComEd’s Ice Box Derby, a program to encourage young women to explore careers in the STEM fields, explain their project to Pramaggiore.


unflagging support of her employees. “If we got [safety] right, it was a barometer that would mean people were working with excellence, quality, and respect.” It also gives employees the freedom to experiment. Since she took over, workers have designed their own app to facilitate meter reading and a hybrid splicing van that produces less carbon while powering work inside manholes. But Pramaggiore’s biggest challenge is still ahead. As our wired world goes wireless, ComEd has been hindered by a book of ancient policies. “The regulatory compact was 100 years old and starting to wear pretty thin,” she says. Pramaggiore is poised to usher in the dawn of the smart grid: a system that can be monitored and adjusted according to customers’ needs; a system with LED street lights that can direct first responders to emergency events; a system that can generate power around critical infrastructure like hospitals, water pumps, and police stations in blackout scenarios. It is, she hopes, the next step in powering Chicagoans’ lives in the 21st century. MA

Work-Life BaLance ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore shares her strategies. what I’m readIng:

“I tend to read several books at the same time. Right now it’s Thieves’ Road by Terry Mort, about the Battle of the Little Bighorn. I’m fascinated with Native American history. I’m also reading The Generals by Thomas Ricks, a leadership book by a military correspondent that chronicles the army from WWII to today.” local faves:

“I love the Modern Wing

at the Art Institute. If you hit it at the right time, it can be a quiet place. I also love Hearts & Flour Bakery at Misericordia [a Catholic developmental home for the disabled].” breakneck speed:

“I’m a big animal lover. When you’re riding a 1,200-pound horse that can go 35 mph, you must be completely present. It’s great for when you have an intense job and need to get away from it.”

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woman who, in addition to steering ComEd, sits on the board of several civic and community organizations (including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Art Institute, and the Lincoln Park Zoo); is involved in charitable outreach; and still finds opportunities for horseback riding in her off time. The Ohio-born Pramaggiore took an unorthodox path to her position as CEO, studying theater and communications at Miami University and spending several years in retail in Louisville, Kentucky, before earning her law degree at DePaul University in 1989 and joining a firm where she specialized in antitrust law. On a recent panel of female executives, Pramaggiore mused that her circuitous route set her up for success. “The conclusion we came to is that jumping around forced [me] to become a quick study, and that’s a really useful skill set,” she says. “What I look for in employees is the ability to learn.” Pramaggiore came to ComEd as an attorney in 1998 and spent the next 14 years moving up the chain of command, first tackling regulatory, strategic, and external affairs and eventually becoming president and COO in 2009. “A lawyer’s job is interesting because it’s cerebral: You’re focused on ideas and principles,” she says, explaining that her leap to operations took her from personally interacting with a few hundred colleagues to managing a group of thousands. “It requires you to think about management and leadership very differently and the importance of developing a culture. You have to create a value system and a culture that people buy into because you can’t watch what everyone’s doing all the time.” In 2012, she was instated as CEO, which made her the first female president and chief executive of the Exelon subsidiary. “On a personal level, I think it’s an advantage,” she muses. “I’m different. When people see somebody different, they expect you to act differently. So it’s easier when you’re asking for change.” Two things make Pramaggiore tick as a leader: safety and innovation—both of which hinge on her

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As part of the fifth annual Techweek Chicago, thousands of tech industry movers and shakers will gather to brainstorm, network, and celebrate the city’s growing tech scene from June 22 to June 28. Two of those influencers, Katy Lynch and Craig Ulliott, are newlyweds who’ve helped shape the city’s tech scene. The two are among the most visible and successful young entrepreneurs in Chicago’s mushrooming tech community. Ulliott, 31, is cofounder and CTO of loyalty app Belly, which now has a presence in all 50 states. Lynch, the 30-year-old former head of business development at Manifest Digital, takes over as CEO of Techweek on May 11. The couple has also become angels: They have invested in Chicagobased WeDeliver, which offers delivery services for businesses, and Ulliott serves on the board of Home Chef, a prep-at-home meal service. The pair’s relationship has a natural balance. Lynch is the salesperson. “I have the energy and enthusiasm... I can sell a chair,” she says. Ulliott “is the practical, logical one.” That balance is key, says Ulliott: “We do almost everything together and always push each other to take chances and be the best we can.” The two, both natives of Scotland, hadn’t planned


food for thought: “We are massive foodies— Randolph Street, Hubbard Street, Girl & the Goat, Au Cheval,” Lynch says. “We never order the same dish twice.”

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Tech power couple Craig Ulliott and Katy Lynch first met when he hired her to handle social media for his new Facebook app.


tech careers: She wanted to be a psychologist; he, a pilot. By the time they met in Chicago, both had become entrepreneurs: Ulliott hired Lynch to handle social media for Where I’ve Been, a Facebook app that lets users share their travel history via a virtual map. It was love at first sight, romantically and creatively. Where I’ve Been attracted 9.7 million users, becoming a favorite app among tech types. In 2011, Ulliott sold it to TripAdvisor LLC for an undisclosed sum and soon moved on to Belly. In 2010, the two parlayed Lynch’s social-media savvy into SocialKaty, a social-media marketing firm. By 2014, SocialKaty had its own offices, 25 employees, and a buyer: Lynch and Ulliott sold it to Manifest Digital just a week before their wedding (they have yet to take a honeymoon). Lynch has big plans for Techweek (“We have a ton of momentum—I can’t wait to get started.”); Ulliott says he’ll stay at Belly, with plans to take the company public one day. Then what? A VC fund, perhaps, and definitely kids. Meanwhile, they’re enjoying life as newlyweds at their high-tech home in River West. Every morning, “the heat comes on, the lights go up, and music starts,” Ulliott says. “It’s a beautiful way to start the day.” MA

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Lisa Yun Lee, photographed at 36th Place and Albany, favors the Silver Room for jewelry and Publican Quality Meats for its charcuterie.

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In her 15 years in Chicago, Lisa Yun Lee, the director of the University of IllinoisChicago’s School of Art & Art History, has become as invested in social justice as she is in the arts. A past director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Lee also cofounded nonprofit The Public Square, now a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, which celebrates its annual Public Humanities Award luncheon May 14. Lee, a previous recipient of the award, reveals some favorite Chicago haunts.


“One of the most beautiful places in Chicago is 36th Place and Albany on the southwest side. It’s this industrial zone where the Crawford Steel Building is, but it’s [also the epicenter of] the Chicago graffiti community—absolutely beautiful walls of some of the freshest graffiti that’s being done now in Chicago. “The Currency Exchange Café (305 E. Garfield Blvd., 773-855-9163; in Washington Park is a real crossroads for different people in the community. It has the

most delicious breakfast sandwich in the entire city, served on a croissant kind of roll with ham, a fried egg, and cheese. It’s a giant sloppy mess. “Ed’s Potsticker House (3139 S. Halsted St., 312-3266898; in Bridgeport has a lot of dishes from the Xi’an region of China, which is on the Silk Road and was the first place where the Koran was translated into Chinese. So there’s a real commitment to a halal menu, and they have a lot of lamb and use cumin as well.

“I like the Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd St., 773-2787130; for jewelry. It’s a great place where art and commerce come together; you feel like when you’re buying an adornment there, you’re contributing to an art ecology because of owner Eric Williams’s great curation. “Jane Addams’ secondfloor bedroom at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted St., 312-413-5353; jaddams/hull/hull_house.html)

is a place I constantly return to for inspiration. You can read about the Nobel Peace Prize that she won, but you also see her FBI file, which is big and thick because she was considered the most dangerous woman in America. “I often have meetings at Publican Quality Meats (825 W. Fulton Market, 312-445-8977; publican Missy, the butcher, makes all the sausages; she’s one of the great artisanal sausage makers of our country.” MA

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PEOPLE Spirit of Generosity Jacqueline C. Hayes found her passion for social welfare while working as a broker in some of Chicago’s toniest neighborhoods.

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Jacqueline C. Hayes knows her way around Chicago: A downtown resident since 18, Hayes is a real estate broker specializing in retail leasing along tony thoroughfares like Oak Street and the Mag Mile. But it wasn’t until the city closed Lower Wacker Drive in 1999 that Hayes really took notice of the homeless community growing on Michigan Avenue. “I had to ask them to leave the doorways because they were interfering with my making money [as a broker],” recalls Hayes. “In addition to that, I started thinking this is what tourists saw. Isn’t that an awful way [to view] the city? Then, I finally got to the right place in thinking, This is so sad, because this is where these [homeless] people feel safe.” Determined to do something, Hayes began hosting meals in Catholic Charities’ dining hall, an effort that has evolved into the nonprofit The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI), a weekly dinner service providing gourmet meals to 130 guests in a safe, white-tablecloth setting (plus an additional 70 bagged meals to go) that also features speakers from various social service agencies. As The Chicago Help Initiative commemorates 15 years and prepares for its annual Helping Hands Fundraiser, Hayes shares how the charity has changed so many lives—including her own. How has The Chicago Help Initiative evolved in the past 15 years? The first meals were not as well attended [because the concept was new]; I


don’t believe we had speakers, either—we just had meals. One of the reasons that we did decide to go ahead and do a literacy program was because I gave [diners] a survey to fill out, and they weren’t doing it. I said, “Why?” And they said, “I can’t read.” We got our training from Literacy Chicago, [and] we tutor right after the meals. A lot of things happened because of our experiences: We were able to see what was needed, we learned along the way, and we were able to improve what we offer. The other thing that happened is that we started developing important relationships with our guests. Tell us about these relationships. There’s a lot. Approximately 20 percent of our guests are veterans, and in the beginning, one of the board members was the general manager of Rock Bottom, so for two or three years we had Christmas Day at Rock Bottom. One of our guests was in a wheelchair—his legs were amputated, he was a veteran— and he kept saying, “Jackie, Jackie, make sure I get there; I want to come.” We got him there, and he just had the best time; he died four days later of diabetes, and all I can think is, Thank God we got him there. Then we have other stories [like] Abdullah: We have a gardening project, and right across from Holy Name [Cathedral], we got three plots and got flowers from the Flower Show. Abdullah made a point of going every day, pulling out every weed. A lot of continued on page 74

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As the ChiCAgo help initiAtive CelebrAtes its 15th yeAr, founder Jacqueline c. Hayes steps up her mission to feed the City’s homeless Community, body And soul. by meg mathis

PEOPLE Spirit of Generosity

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Volunteers help with a dinner service; at a Wednesday-night dinner in February, (from left) John Chikow, Marc Schulman, and Jacqueline Hayes celebrated the CHI’s 15th year of feeding the hungry and homeless.

“I’ve learned that a lot of people [are generous] and want to help, If we can harness It In the rIght way.” —jacqueline c. hayes

people saw him walking that way all the time, so they said, “Would you help me garden?” We got him some business cards, and he started doing stuff for other people. Assumption Church has a wonderful little garden, and they wanted some help, so we sent him over there—and this is where the miracle comes in: He befriended the church secretary, and she happened to have a friend who managed a building in the South Loop that had Section 8 housing and found out that he was entitled to some Social Security money. She got him [an] apartment— it’s the first time he’s lived under a roof in 35 years. He is a different man today—he stands taller. It’s just amazing. What is your goal for The Chicago Help Initiative? Well, one of the things we also have discovered is that while somebody might be going for interviews, we have to give them bus fare to get there or hook them up with [nonprofit] Dress for Success to help them get clothes, but if we had more funds ourselves—if we applied for a grant—we could expand in a number of ways, too. There’s always been a goal to eliminate or take away homelessness—I don’t think that will ever happen, quite honestly, because there are so many different levels of why someone’s homeless. But I think that there’s far more compassion. The thing that I’ve learned is that a lot of people want to help, and they’re very generous in helping, if we can harness it the right way. Tickets start at $85 for The Chicago Help Initiative’s Helping Hands Fundraiser, June 11, 5:30 pm, The Montgomery Club, 500 W. Superior St. For tickets, visit MA

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30TH YEAR GALA What: The AIDS Foundation of Chicago commemorates 30 years of fghting HIV/AIDS at this event featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, a raffe and live auction, and a program emceed by Transparent ’s Amy Landecker. When: May 16, 6 pm Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. tickets: Visit or call 312-334-0935.

WISH IN FULL COLOR What: Jay Leno headlines the Wish Ball, Make-A-Wish Illinois’ annual black-tie evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. When: May 16, 6 pm Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. tickets: Visit or call 312-602-9430.

REVERSE RETT CHICAGO What: Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an auction at this beneft for the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, a nonproft focused on fnding a cure for one of the most physically disabling disorders on the autism spectrum. When: May 28, 6 pm Where: Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St. tickets: Visit

CASINO CHICAGO What: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 11th annual gala features a game-flled night of blackjack, craps, and roulette in addition to a Texas hold ’em poker tournament. The grand-prize winner will be awarded entry to the World Series of Poker or one of several trips. When: May 30, 6 pm Where: Swissôtel, 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr. tickets: Visit

AN EVENING AT THE RAFFLES HOTEL What: Join the English-Speaking Union for a black- and white-tie evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and an auction at the annual Ascot Ball, this year inspired by Singapore’s Raffes Hotel. When: June 13, 7 pm Where: The Casino, 195 E. Delaware Pl. tickets: Visit or call 312-772-3782.

A VISIONARY VOYAGE What: Eversight Illinois’ 17th annual Gift of Sight Gala features cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the Stanley Paul Orchestra. When: June 18, 6 pm Where: The Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior St. tickets: Visit or call 312-706-6751.

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ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO GALA THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO debuted its newest exhibition, “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840” with a black-tie reception for 600 guests in the Modern Wing’s Griffin Court. During the event’s after party, the crowd—including President and Eloise W. Martin Director Douglas Druick and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner— enjoyed Irish-inspired fare and specialty cocktails at Terzo Piano.

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Betty has been around the block. She’s flirtatious and smart. She laughs—loudly. And she has a thing for peacock feathers. As the spirit of The Betty, the new lounge/restaurant on Fulton Market from Footman Hospitality (Bangers & Lace, The Anthem), she will never ask for a commitment, which may, in fact, account for her quick following. Frequent waiting lists suggest patrons enjoy The Betty over a glass of sparkling Italian rosé or an Evil Twin pilsner. But anyone who sticks around for another round—and delves beyond the bar-bait flatbread on the menu—will begin to appreciate this destination’s deeper intrigue.

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The nonfictional woman who animates The Betty is Rachel Dow, the former sous chef at Avec, now given free rein to cook in the timber-columned, 5,000-square-foot space, which once housed a club but now caters to the just-drinks set as well as more serious diners, with ambitions to convert the former. “I like to challenge people to order something they weren’t thinking of when they walked in the door,” says Dow, who shares a frankness with the fictional Betty. For her first time leading a kitchen, Dow wrote the anti-sprawl continued on page 90

The Betty’s grilled squid salad with tossed frisée and bulgur, accented by lemony tahini.  89


drink up! Cocktails by Peter Vestinos show respect for tradition and restraint from fuss. “I wanted to get back to something more refned and sophisticated, rooted in classic cocktails,” says the renowned mixologist. Options with French fair include La Grande Dame, which tops gin, cognac, grapefruit and Creole bitters, lemon, and soda with fresh mint.

menu with just a dozen or so small and larger plates. It rambles around, from light kampachi crudo to rich tikka masala chicken, but what ties the offerings together is a sense of balance: Gemlike pomegranate seeds stud the fried cauliflower salad, adding brightness to the best-selling, earthy dish. Grilled squid mingles with tossed frisée and nutty bulgur accented by lemony tahini. “I jokingly call it ‘Modern Grandma’ just because the flavors are familiar,” says Dow. “I feel like most people have a pretty nostalgic view of their grandmother’s cooking. But I don’t want to call it comfort food. That indicates heaviness to me. I’m always looking for balance with acid, texture, and richness.” Channeling Betty Crocker, her desserts hew


homey, with a daily mini pie and seasonal cookies. Dow, who does not have a strong sweet tooth, is satisfied by “a little something.” “We weren’t trying to pick just one cuisine but to let chef Rachel do her thing, and she likes bringing in flavors from all over the place,” says Chris Haisma, a partner in Footman Hospitality. “And the design is the same way.” Indeed it is: Piles of vintage suitcases neighbor a player piano. A tufted couch runs along a wall-length bookcase filled with an old phonograph, radio, and stacks of vinyl (played over an excellent sound system that allows conversation). The ambience is so retro, if not periodspecific, that you almost expect a smoke-filled room. “Betty is a well-traveled woman,” says designer

“I don’t want to call It comfort food. that IndIcates heavIness to me. I’m always lookIng for balance wIth acId, texture, and rIchness.” —rachel dow

Studio K owner Karen Herold. In conceiving the place, they played with the character of Betty as an old-soul hostess. “It was the idea that people would go to see Betty, and she would pour you a glass of whiskey and hang out,” says Herold. “The Betty became our ideal woman.” For the record, there are men at work here, too. Peter Vestinos (Sepia) designed the beverage program to include

a smartly curated list of craft beers and boutique wines as well as original cocktails, many with an effervescence that matches the celebratory feeling of spending an evening with Betty. “I don’t want to say it’s mature,” says Dow, “but it’s a grown-up place to have drinks and dinner without being too committed to a restaurant.” 839 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-2222;  MA

house seats From ’70s-inspired hightop stools to velvet-covered slipper chairs, vantage points vary at The Betty. Survey it all from the custom-made, 25-foot tufted red leather banquette that grounds the librarylike lounge, giving it, as designer Karen Herold says, “a sense that it’s been around a long time.”

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clockwise from above: Rachel Dow, a first-time head chef, created The Betty’s menu of just a dozen or so small and larger plates; the retro-chic bar with tufted stools; a lamb dish with falafel and artichoke.

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from left: Lost Lake’s Paul McGee mixes up a communal cocktail called Wave of Mutilation/A Fish Tank Needs Sharks; Three Dots and a Dash’s eponymous cocktail blends aged rhum agricole and Guyanese rum; Dive Bar’s Summer Lei.

Drink Me: Summer Lei

“The Summer Lei is perfect for Dive Bar,” says Tony Potempa, creator of the Boystown hangout’s cocktail menu. “The rum has a smooth richness to it because it was aged in bourbon barrels, [giving] it a mellow vanilla character. By adding just a hint of sugar, you have a refreshing cocktail perfect for either a summer beach party or a steak dinner.” 2.5 oz. Bacardi Oakheart 1 oz. simple syrup 3 lime wedges 2 muddled cherries Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and serve in a snifter flled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orchid.

Rum RunneRs

Whisky isn’t the only brown liquor having a moment; these days, rum has taken over as Chicago’s trendiest spirit. “It’s really picking up momentum,” says Bill Terlato, CEO of Lake Bluff–based Terlato Wines, whose premium new Don Pancho Origenes rums are made from 100 percent estate-grown sugarcane molasses and are aged eight, 18, and 30 years. “Brown [spirits] have had a strong resurgence,” Terlato continues, “and people are interested in higher-quality products for sipping.” “Rum is a rogue, pirate spirit—no rules,” says Erin Hayes of Logan Square tiki bar Lost Lake (3154 W. Diversey Ave., 773-293-6048; Beverage manager Paul McGee stocks 275 varieties of the spirit, divided by country of origin, from Martinique to Guyana and Trinidad. While the Logan Square oasis offers trios of rum tastings for imbibers to experience the spirit’s full range, Hayes and McGee recommend the Daiquiri of the Day, a changing cocktail made simply with lime, cane syrup, and a different highlighted rum. The undisputed daddy of Chicago’s revitalized rum scene is Three Dots and


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a Dash (435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220;, which first reintroduced Chicago to the spirit via the Hawaiian-shirt-wearing and flower-covered movement that is tiki. “It’s a lifestyle,” says beverage director Diane Corcoran, “because it’s so much about having fun and almost taking people on vacation, even if it’s just for a cocktail.” Libations rely on layering rums to contrast housemade juices and syrups. The classic Three Dots and a Dash—adapted from a Don the Beachcomber recipe circa 1940—blends aged rhum agricole and Guyanese rum with honey, lime, falernum, allspice, and Angostura bitters. Before banana dolphins and seven-ingredient cocktails, there was grog, a drink dating to 1655 that’s made by combining diluted rum with sugar and citrus. A modern version is available at Boystown’s Dive Bar (3445 N. Halsted St., 773-770-4618; Co-owner John Dalton is a bit choosier with the rum selection in his Navy Grog, though: “Rums can totally make or break a drink,” he reasons, opting for Bacardi Gold, Plantation Light, and Cruzan Black Strap to balance lime and grapefruit juice, Demerara, and honey syrup. MA

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this spring, rum is sweeping ChiCago as the disCerning tippler’s spirit of ChoiCe.






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taste sound Bites Grant Achatz (left) and Nick Kokonas are expanding Grant Achatz (left) andtheir restaurant portfolio, redesigning their popular dining reservation system, and reinventing their smash hit, Alinea.

it takes two

It’s been a whirlwind of a decade for James Beard Award-winning chef Grant Achatz and business partner Nick Kokonas, from the heady highs of opening internationally acclaimed culinary destinations Alinea, Next, and The Aviary to the scare of Achatz’s 2007 diagnosis of and subsequent victory over stage 4 tongue cancer. As their first gamechanging restaurant, Alinea, turns 10 on May 4, the pair reflects on its reconception,


new projects Roister and reservation system Tock, and how their partnership has evolved over the years. You’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Alinea by reinventing the place. What’s the plan? Nick Kokonas: We’ve all been to a great restaurant where you go back a few years later and it’s still great, then one day you go and it feels like you’re in your grandparents’ living room.

That hasn’t happened to Alinea yet, but we never want it to happen. We’re founded on an idea of innovation and forward thinking, so we have a lot of plans. Does your vision involve reshaping the space itself? NK: After 10 years, any restaurant needs to be redone to a certain extent, just from wear and tear. So certainly, we are going to reinvigorate the interior. But if we start to do that, we start to say, How can we reimagine the guests’

experience as well? Grant Achatz: Nick mentioned that the restaurant was founded on constant evolution and reinvention. We’ve always done a good job of that with different aspects of Alinea, whether it’s the food or the way the food is presented or the service. Now, we have the perfect excuse, after being opened for 10 years, to pull back the lens and look at the physical space, so it feels like another piece of the puzzle of the

evolution of the restaurant. You’re also opening a new restaurant, Roister. What is the inspiration for that? NK: We have Alinea, which is ultrafine dining, and it’s not like you want to eat at Alinea every week. Next is pretty fine dining and at a higher price point than a typical restaurant, but lower than Alinea’s. So we want to do a creative place where you can go once a week and sit down and eat a meal in an hour and still have people continued on page 96

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Ten years afTer kicking off Their parTnership wiTh The asTonishing alinea, chef Grant achatz o nas are preparing To change The dining game once again. by j.p. anderson and parTner nic


taste sound Bites “Nick aNd i always look at what ’s treNdiNg, aNd most of the time, the iNNovators questioN the existiNg, ideNtify it, aNd try to do the opposite.” —grant achatz who respect the ingredients and bring in the best quality products. GA: Nick and I always look at restaurants and what’s trending, and most of the time, in whatever medium you’re looking at, the innovators question the existing, identify it, and try to do the opposite. And within our little bubble, Alinea has founded itself on cutting-edge technique and ingredient manipulation, and it’s done very well for us. But what is new? What is the opposite of that? Maybe it’s an experience that’s not as long or as refined in the same way. Maybe the cooking techniques are a little more rustic or different. What has the process of launching Tock been like? NK: We’ve got a world-class engineering team, and we’re rebuilding everything that we pioneered with Next and Alinea and Aviary [with our ticketing system], and then these 15 other restaurants that are using it. We’re going to relaunch it in May or June with a redesigned interface, and we literally have hundreds of restaurants that want to use it. It’s a worldwide thing. GA: I was skeptical of the concept when Nick presented it, because unlike food, where I’m pushing to go outside the box, my [thinking was] if you wanted a reservation for a restaurant, you picked up the phone and you spoke to a person. But what it’s done for me is that now it’s really about breaking down the existing model of a restaurant, and not just in terms of reservations. It’s opened my eyes to a lot of ways we can make the experience better for the guest, whether it’s how they’re seated or how they’re contacted. How has Chicago’s dining scene changed since Alinea opened?


GA: You’re seeing more restaurants change the way they interact with guests. There are a lot of chef’s counters and chef’s tables because guests want to interact with the people who are cooking the food— they want that intimate connection. You have more open kitchens, more sushi counter-style dining, where people can see the action, talk to the chefs, hear about their thought processes. NK: I also think the quality here has gone up. Even if you want to open a fried chicken place, you gotta get the food right. GA: What’s also trending is that there are a lot of specialty focuses. Like Brendan Sodikoff opening High Five Ramen, and all they do is ramen. Their goal is to make the best ramen, and that’s it. Whether it’s fried chicken or whatever, it’s that specialty mentality. How has your partnership evolved over the years? NK: It sounds bizarre, but we didn’t know each other when we built Alinea. I felt like I was going to help Grant build his dream restaurant and then I would go away. We did a good job working together, but it was compartmentalized. Then, of course, there is that part where he almost died in the middle—you tend to get to know someone at that point. Obviously, I didn’t go through it the same way as Grant, but I have a far greater appreciation of what we have and what we do because of it. The coolest part for me is that we make about 500 people happy every night. There’s worse work out there than walking into Alinea and 30 percent of the people are from out of the country, all there to celebrate and have a great time. 1723 N. halsted st., 312-867-0110; MA

Prime & Provisions is dedicated to “serving steaks the way it was done long ago.”

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Two resTauranT parTnerships are Taking ChiCago’s Culinary sCene by sTorm This summer wiTh highly anTiCipaTed new ConCepTs. by katina beniaris “People always warn you not to go into business with your friends,” recalls David Rekhson, who opened former River North lounge Stone Lotus with longtime friend Lucas Stoioff in 2006. “[But] we both had a passion for restaurants, marketing, and the hospitality industry,” continues Rekhson, “[and] we realized that if we combined our different experiences, we could create our own successful concept.” With a record of hits like Siena Tavern, Public House, and Bull & Bear, the DineAmic Group restaurateurs are now embracing Chicago’s carnivorous reputation with Prime & Provisions (222 N. lasalle st., 312-726-7777; Located in the heart of the Loop in the historic Builders Building, the two-story concept goes “back to the basics,” says Stoioff, “by preparing and serving the steaks the way it was done a long time ago.” Guests can sip classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Manhattans while savoring dry-aged steaks from the decidedly old-school leather booths. Former classmates at the University of Illinois, Carmen Rossi and Chris Bader transformed their decadelong friendship into a culinary collaboration (with bar veteran Kevin Killerman of Casey Moran’s and Sugar Factory) that boasts seven concepts, including River North hot spot Hubbard Inn and new Wrigleyville haunt Heating & Cooling. Now, the restaurateurs are eager to unveil their 1960s-inspired concept, Pomp & Circumstance (1400 N. wells st.), in the former Kamehachi space. “We stick to the basics,” says Rossi, a practicing lawyer, of his hospitality group’s aesthetic. With Pomp & Circumstance, that means playing to the Old Town location’s personality. Says Rossi, “The ‘pomp’ is your mad men early-corporate feel with classic gin martinis, and the ‘circumstance’ is your Jack Kerouac, West Coast, rebellious side.” Inspired by the changing seasons, chef Bob Zrenner’s menu offers thoughtful dishes like citrusmarinated grilled octopus with chimichurri accompanied by grilled chili peppers and fingerling potatoes.

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AWARD-WINNING PASTRY CHEF MEG GALUS STARTS A SWEET NEW GIG AT BOKA. Meg Galus knows she’s a bit of a contradiction. “I grew up in the cornfields, but I have French training,” laughs the DeKalb native and notable pastry chef, who recently left NoMI Kitchen at the Park Hyatt to join chef Lee Wolen’s team at the reinvigorated Boka. It’s a “new level of detail,” explains Galus, whose menu balances a decadent chocolate mousse (“a true chocoholic dish,” she enthuses) with a lighter hazelnut and coffee confection (“really simple and elegant”)—as well as a multicourse tasting menu for dessert diehards. Says Galus of what’s to come, “We have lots of little tricks up our sleeve.” 1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070; MA

Chef Erik Anderson takes over the kitchen at Intro.

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As spring restaurant openings kick into high gear, a handful of female-driven concepts are poised to steal the spotlight. Master sommelier Alpana Singh (The Boarding House) offers a modern take on classic clubhouse cuisine with Seven Lions (130 S. Michigan Ave. 312-880-0130; sevenlions Elizabeth owner Iliana Regan introduces her Kickstarter-funded concepts Bunny, the micro bakery (bunnythemicro and WunderPOP ( under the same roof in Lakeview (2928 N. Broadway). In the West Loop, Spiaggia alum Sarah Grueneberg teams with Meg Sahs (Terzo Piano) on contemporary Italian with the new Monteverde (1020 W. Madison St.). And James Beard Awardwinning chef Stephanie Izard tries her hand at Chinese cuisine with her follow-up to successes Girl & the Goat and Little Goat, the aptly named Duck Duck Goat (857 W. Fulton Market; ABOVE: In the elegantly appointed dining room at Alpana Singh’s Seven Lions, guests enjoy sophisticated dishes such as wild boar chops.


“The bartenders in Chicago rival any in the country, and the cocktail scene is on fire,” says Scott Goldman, cofounder of mixed-drink delivery service Cocktail Courier, who is bringing his New York-based concept to the Windy City. Premeasured liquors, fresh juices, garnishes, and step-by-step recipes created by top local bartenders are sent straight to the customer’s door. “When you drink at home,” reasons Goldman, “there’s no reason you shouldn’t be drinking quality cocktails.” 917-969-9180;




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“You’ll never hear me use the words ‘farm-totable’ or ‘local’ or ‘seasonal,’” insists Erik Anderson, the sophomore chef-in-residence at Lettuce Entertain You’s Intro, which features a rotating roster of chefs given full creative license over the restaurant. “It’s not a platform to stand on; it’s something you do as a responsible chef.” Trained by The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller, the Chicago native promises a frequently changing multicourse menu offering contemporary takes on dishes like dry-aged beef, pigeon, and other game birds. Says Anderson, “It’s an open canvas, and I’m excited to really dig into the food.” 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-8680002;

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With Dylan’s CanDy Bar, entrepreneur Dylan lauren has CrafteD a veritaBle sWeets empire—anD noW she’s putting her teChniColor touCh on the magnifiCent mile With the BranD’s first ChiCago storefront. by olivia munn photography by carter berg

Like Willy Wonka before her, Dylan Lauren believes the world should taste good—and look fabulous, to boot. The daughter of Ralph Lauren, the iconic American designer, Lauren merged her lifetime love for color and confections to create Dylan’s Candy Bar, the whimsical sweets emporium that debuted in 2001 on New York’s Upper East Side and now welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors annually. In the years since, Lauren has expanded her Pop Art-inspired brand to locales like Los Angeles, Miami, East Hampton—and, in May, Chicago (445 N. Michigan Ave., 312-702-2247; As Lauren prepares to celebrate the bi-level boutique’s grand opening, she recently spoke with friend and actress Olivia Munn about the importance of having a clear vision, how the Chicago store will be a standout, and why pure imagination is always in style. Olivia Munn: Hi, Dylan! Dylan Lauren: Hey! How are you? OM: I’m good. You know, it’s funny because I’ve talked to you about Dylan’s Candy Bar before and gone into your New York offices and helped you organize—I was like, “I brought the label maker.” I was really excited. DL: Those labels are so helpful. Thank you—I remember very well. OM: There are so many questions I wanted to ask you. It’s fascinating that you’ve been able to turn


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Dylan’s Candy Bar into such an iconic place, and it really does feel like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. I know that was your initial inspiration, but what did you love most about that film? DL: I loved the idea of living in a candy land. When he first opens the gates, and you see big gum balls, the chocolate river, the gummy bear trees, big marshmallows infused in the mushrooms, lemonade flowers.... Everything’s edible and fantastical—this was wild for me to imagine. As a kid, I always loved candy, but to think someone’s behind the scenes inventing all of this interesting stuff, I just loved that. OM: We all have different tastes, but candy is something that makes everybody around the world really happy and excited. What do you think makes it universally appealing? DL: When kids get their first allowance, they buy candy with it; that’s the most affordable treat. The colors of candy are primary colors that kids first see when they’re young, but I also think that sugar has a serotonin rush that makes you feel like a kid again, and the smells and taste of candy make people nostalgic and remind them of happy times. It really ignites all the senses; for me, it’s the colors, the shapes, the textures…. There are so many shapes in candy that they’re like little art objects—they’re fun to play with. OM: You talk about kids using their first allowance to buy candy—did you get an allowance growing up? DL: [Laughs] I had the tooth fairy! OM: Did you use that money to buy candy? DL: Yeah! I used to save up for Bazooka. It was five cents, and I collected all the comics and used to send away for the prizes.... I must have chewed so much gum as a kid. [Laughs] OM: And you are always chewing gum still! DL: Yes, you’re right! [Laughs] I’m really into little red gum balls now. OM: You have said that your goal was to merge fashion, art, and pop culture. How would you describe Dylan’s Candy Bar’s aesthetic? DL: We merged all three into a curated museum of candy. When we buy for the store, we’re curating so that each piece really shows the packaging. I want things that are unique and not just like what you’d see in the deli or at Duane Reade. We buy things that look like art, or they’re stylish, and then we also keep up with pop culture, whether it’s a holiday or Fashion Week. We’ve had dresses made out of candy, we’ve had artists make mosaics using candy, and we also sell candy lifestyle products like pajamas, scented perfumes, and jewelry. OM: Growing up in your family, where fashion’s so important, did that influence you and your business? DL: I think the key thing was watching my dad turn a tie into a lifestyle brand with different offshoots from fragrance to home furnishings and clothing. I wanted to eat the clothing I would watch my dad design. Just loving color and coming from a family where everyone’s more in the arts, it allowed me to say, “It’s OK to be an entrepreneur and be in the arts,” versus some families where there’s the doctor and the lawyer. OM: It basically gave you wings, not feeling like you have to go this one way. DL: Totally, and my dad really got the idea of having a retail-entertainment store that he filled with his brands, versus a generic candy store, so he understood the vision.

“The taste of candy makes people nostalgic and reminds them of happy times. It really ignites all the senses [with] the colors, the shapes, and the textures.”

Dress, Ralph Lauren (price on request). Earrings (price on request) and shoes ($1,750), Ralph Lauren Collection. Rose-gold equestrian bracelet with diamonds ($8,000) and rose-gold woven bracelet ($15,000), Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry. 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655;  105

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OM: You and I first met at the flagship store in New York City that you opened in 2001, and you expanded into East Hampton, LA, Miami, and now Chicago. Was that always your goal, or was it like, “I thought it would be fun to have a store in New York”? DL: When it first opened, I was thinking New York and LA were the big hubs to capture, and definitely Chicago because it was the heart of the country. I was like, “One day I’ll get to Chicago.” Miami and East Hampton opened before because it was hard to find a great and affordable location [in Chicago]. I had been there in the most freezing weather trying to find real estate for years, and then the Tribune building was just amazing because it has all the different variables that I need in terms of candy retail. It happened a little bit later than I would have liked, but it’s worth the wait. OM: I actually did not know that Chicago is a major candy capital with Tootsie Roll Industries and Ferrara Candy Company. That’s pretty exciting that Dylan’s Candy Bar is going to be joining the ranks here in the Windy City. DL: I know—I’m very excited. It’s funny because we’re right across from the Wrigley Building, and it’s fun to have the support of the candy industry because they attend all the trade shows. It’s very cool. OM: Each of your locations has such individuality with its city. Are you doing something specific with Chicago? DL: We’re trying to do two different things: We’re trying to have the stores have some consistent icons like the lollipop tree, the candy cane columns, and the chocolate-filled bunny. What’s cool about Chicago is that we have a bunny museum, which is different— OM: A bunny museum? DL: I don’t know if you know that I collect rabbits— OM: I do know that because I remember when I was going into your office that you had this folder of bunny pictures. DL: [Laughs] Yeah, our mascot, Chocolate the Bunny, is in all the stores, but I’m showcasing maybe about 700 of my rabbits in Chicago because the store’s a museum-looking space, so Chicago will be the only store that has that; Chicago also has the largest lollipop tree. Chicago will have a few special things in the recipes. We’re highlighting chocolate bark called Ballpark Bark; it has popcorn in it because popcorn’s big in Chicago, and we’re doing drinks like Lemonhead Mojito because Lemonhead’s from Ferrara. OM: And Chicago’s going to have a full-service café and bar. Do you have those in any of your other stores? DL: We do have that in New York and Miami, but in Chicago, we’re going to make it different in that we hired a company to help us reinvigorate the menu because Chicago’s such a foodie town. We’re going to have a mixologist help with candy cocktails, so it’s our testing ground to then roll [the cocktails] out to other stores. OM: Do you have a favorite concoction that you’ve tested? DL: I love what we call Dylan’s Chillins, which is a frozen hot chocolate made with chocolate flakes that we make. Peanut Butter Explosion is also delicious. OM: Now that you’re opening a store in Chicago, are you going to be spending more time here? Do you feel pretty familiar with the city? DL: I will visit you in Green Bay! [Laughs] OM: [Laughs] Candy delivery to Green Bay, please. DL: I have to get there. Yeah, I plan to definitely go to Chicago more now

that we’ve opened. One of my closest friends lives in Chicago, so that gave me a good feel [for the city]. I love running along Lake Michigan; I’ve seen all of the famous pizza places because I love deep-dish; my dad has a restaurant there, which is one of my favorites; I’ve been to Navy Pier for conventions. OM: Your father’s very successful in what he does, and you’ve learned things from him, but this is your idea. You’re the one who hires the people—this is your name. As a friend, it’s exciting to see somebody do so well with something. What do you credit for your brand’s success? DL: Thank you. I think it’s that I truly am the customer of the products I sell. I love candy, and I feel like I’ve filled the niche for other people who love candy and couldn’t find certain things, or couldn’t find a store that felt fun to shop in. When you love what you do, it makes it fun to keep doing it and to push for it. The entrepreneurial part definitely comes from watching my dad. OM: What’s your proudest accomplishment? DL: That I’m opening stores in the key cities I’ve always wanted—New York, LA, and now Chicago. I don’t know if it’s one thing, but more the idea that I can check them off the wish list. I joke that I’m conquering the globe with candy—taking over the candy empire! [Laughs] OM: What’s the hardest part of what you’ve been doing? DL: Managing people. OM: Why is that the hardest part? DL: With any company, it’s growing the team, then having stores in different places and bringing in more people with more complexity who then have to manage and make sure everyone’s on board. That’s a lot of work. OM: I always say that business is more personal than personal. DL: Yes. OM: OK, I have a few more questions—these are a little more fun. Do you have any causes or charities that you’re passionate about? I know we both are passionate about rescuing dogs and animals. DL: I wanted to tell you this, actually: I’m starting a charity called Dylan’s Candy Barn [to] raise awareness about [adopting] rescue animals, rather than going to a pet store or breeder for a pet, and making sure people spay or neuter their animals—all of the things that help animals. OM: That’s going to be amazing. Back to candy, what is your all-time, number-one candy? DL: [Laughs] I don’t know because it keeps changing as the seasons go. It’s tough because I love marshmallow-y and vanilla-y things, but I also like red Swedish fish, red gum balls, and red licorice… OM: It’s basically an impossible question for you to answer. DL: [Laughs] It is impossible, but I’m pretty consistent in that I like all red chewy things and white marshmallow-y things. A lot of candies fall under that umbrella. OM: I went into the store in LA with my niece, and her eyes just lit up. There’s such a great feeling when you walk into your stores, and it’s not an overwhelming feeling—they just feel alive, and there’s a lot of energy. What feeling do you want people to have when they walk into the store in Chicago? DL: The feeling I got when I watched Willy Wonka: Our mission is to ignite the inner child and creative spirit in people, to make them feel like kids again, and to make people happy—to make people feel like they can escape whatever they’re doing into a real candy land. ma  107

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The Broadcaster

NICOLE SUAREZ Last year Nicole Suarez became the anchor for Chicago’s leading Spanish-language publication Hoy’s new TV news broadcast, Hoy Noticias MundoFox 13—while still a college undergrad. At DePaul University, the budding journalist had been taking classes at night and on the weekends so she could also work as a producer for Univision Chicago. “For me, education was always going to be a priority,” Suarez says. “I wasn’t going to be one of the girls who gets an amazing opportunity and then completely forgets about school.” Now, behind the anchor desk, Suarez takes a hard look at the stories that deeply affect the local Hispanic community: “We pride ourselves on doing in-depth, investigative pieces,” she says.

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WHY BROADCAST JOURNALISM: “It’s my daily mission to come into work and find compelling stories that connect with our audience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Not many people get to see a newscast from the beginning and grow with it.” SPANISH-LANGUAGE NEWS: “Immigration is a topic you don’t see covered as much in the general market. We have an immigration story every day because it constantly impacts our community.” NOTABLE NEWS MOMENT: “Day care in Illinois hasn’t been receiving funds, so I went out and got the story from parents who depend on this money, who get paid $8.25 an hour, and who don’t have enough money to send their kids to day care.” ADVICE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT: “Read the news every single day. Look at life as a story, and find the angle with every situation you encounter.” STRONGEST INFLUENCE: “My mom. If I say I want to travel to the moon, she would do anything to help me complete that goal.” GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: “Being where I am today: 23 years old and anchoring a newscast in Chicago.”



The PR Guru

KATHLEEN HENSON When she had the first two of her five children, Kathleen Henson struggled as she juggled being a mom and working for a PR firm. So in January 2001, she decided to start her own firm, Henson Consulting, in the basement of her Wheaton home—right next to the sump pump. “It was not glamorous at all,” says Henson, who turns 44 on June 21. After September 11, Henson says, companies reduced their marketing budgets, which gave an edge to Henson Consulting, a small firm with a big talent. Since then, Henson not only has snagged high-profile clients such as Kraft Foods and LYFE Kitchen, but she’s also racked up prestigious honors such as PR News’ Top Women in PR and Best Small Firm recognition and was recently named Public Relations Society of America’s PR Professional of the Year for Chicago. CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY:

“The emergence of social media has really made our profession evolve, but what’s stayed the same is that our clients are seeking great ideas that help get their brand or causes known.” FORMING HC3, THE COMPANY’S PHILANTHROPIC ARM: “I leave my children to work,

so I wanted to make sure that when I came home, I had something good to tell them and teach them.” THE THING I LOO OR IN EMPLOYEES: “Kindness. It’s sort of unusual in this business. I actually got fired by a prominent restaurateur years ago because he said I was too nice.” ADVICE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT: “Never burn a bridge. You never know where your next client or connection is going to come from.” GREATEST CAREER GIFT: “Being able to mentor women. I want them to be happy, to feel fulfillment, and to love their lives outside of work.” A STRONG LEADER IS: “Always changing, always open-minded, always learning.”


The Restaurateur

ROHINI DEY While working for McKinsey & Company, a job that often had her on the road and dining out, Rohini Dey decided she’d had enough of the buffet-quality Indian food typically available in the States. In 2003, the India native and lifelong foodie opened her first restaurant, Vermilion, in River North, opening a second outpost in New York five years later. “My family was taken aback,” says the PhD and former economist. “Even I’m still baffled by the turn my life has taken.” Yet Vermilion, with its distinctive Indian-Latin fusions, picked up a slew of “best new restaurant” accolades. The 46-year-old mother of two young daughters has also emerged as a vocal advocate for women in her industry. In addition to being a member of a range of organizations that support women in business, from The Chicago Network to the International Women’s Forum, Dey also founded the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership mentorship program, which cultivates women leaders in the dining industry. THE GENDER GAP: “It’s very rare to

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find stand-alone women executive chefs, meaning not part of a family business, and even rarer to come across women restaurateurs. It’s a Catch-22: The paucity of women leads to the paucity of women.” STRONGEST INFLUENCE: “My husband, Sajal Kohli. He has a very positive, can-do attitude, and I’ve gotten a lot of my sense of persistence and doggedness from him.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “When I opened Vermilion in Chicago, it didn’t help that I was pregnant and that my baby came two weeks before the opening.” DOWNTIME: “My source of renewal is working out. I climbed Kilimanjaro to celebrate my 40th—physically by far the most difficult thing I’ve done.”



The Astrophysicist

DR. MICHELLE LARSON Since January 2013, when Alaska native Dr. Michelle Larson became the first female president of the 85-year-old Adler Planetarium, she has endeavored to make it a more accessible place of scientific inquiry. She established “Hack Days” for teenagers and girls and launched a program that takes the Adler’s telescopes to public parks and libraries. The people are responding: This year saw the venue’s strongest January attendance in six years.

: “I care very much about science for everyone. I will be very proud if, during my tenure, the Adler becomes your explore-the-universe stop.”




questions I get the most from students is, ‘Why did you become a scientist—don’t you just repeat stuff that we already know the answers to?’ The Adler helps people recognize that’s not at all what being a scientist is, that we are [discovering] unknown things.”


“There are a lot of institutions in our lives where we get answers to questions. I don’t think we need museums in this world to do more of that. We need museums to be that place that helps you feel comfortable on that undefined landscape that is true exploration. I feel very satisfied when I see people taking that journey.” THE GENDER GAP: “Women are equally great at math, science, and engineering, but we are also good, as a gender, at communicating and building teams and finding different ways to look at a problem.” FAVORITE THING TO SEE IN THE CHICAGO S Y: “The sun. If you look at it through a filtered telescope, you can see phenomenal things: sunspots, erupting flares, beautiful arches.” A STRONG LEADER IS: “The one who enables others to do their very best.”


The Architect

JENNIFER PARK “I believe architecture is about more than making buildings,” says Jennifer Park. “It can be a catalyst for social change.” To help bring about that change, Park, who until recently acted as Forum Studio’s principal, has ventured out on her own. In her new studio, the forward-thinking architect plans to pursue her passion for both socially mindful design and computationally produced patterns and textures. Last year, her versatile reception wall for Onward Coworking, a shared office space in the West Loop, won the American Institute of Architects Chicago’s Small Project Award. The 36-year-old’s portfolio also includes an upcoming multifamily residence for SOS Children’s Villages in Auburn Gresham. Park traces her love of architecture to her childhood: “I grew up doing a lot of art.” Her high school art teacher recognized Park’s skills in art but also with math and science, so he encouraged her to consider a field that combines those disciplines. Now she’s a mentor herself, teaching at IIT. BEING ON THE CUTTING EDGE:

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“I’ve worked on projects that use parametric scripting. I use digital technology to create what looks very complex and make it efficient.” FAVORITE BUILDING IN CHICAGO: “The Tribune building. I’m fascinated with that level of detail and ornamentation and craftsmanship. Those are the things I try to translate into a more contemporary fashion.” A STRONG LEADER: “Knows who they are and what they want and how to articulate that to a variety of audiences.” WHAT I HOPE MY LEGACY WILL BE: “I understand that my buildings won’t last forever. As long as what I’ve designed has a positive impact on people and the way they live and work and play, then I would be happy with that.”



The Theater Queen

BARBARA GAINES In the mid-1980s, when Barbara Gaines told a local arts patron she was starting up a Shakespearean theater company, he laughed. “I was mocked,” Gaines, 68, recalls. “It never affected me in any way, strangely enough.” No one’s laughing at Gaines now. Over the past three decades, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater has become the city’s largest employer of local actors and one of the world’s most respected Shakespearean companies—winning a Regional Theatre Tony Award and 78 Joseph Jefferson Awards along the way. Yet the whole thing started as a sideline. Gaines was a Chicago actress (“I wanted to be a big Broadway star,” she says) when knee surgery forced her to stay off her feet and find another way to pay the rent. So she began teaching Shakespeare to actors, who performed in the company’s first production on the roof of Lincoln Park’s Red Lion Pub in 1986.

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STRONGEST INFLUENCES: “First, my entire family because I was so loved and supported as a kid. Second, Shakespeare and Dr. Wallace Bacon. At Northwestern, I had Dr. Bacon, a great Shakespeare professor, senior year. We used to call his course ‘Shake and Bake.’ I was a lonely kid until I started reading Shakespeare, and I realized someone understood everything about me.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Trying to balance my personal artistic life with the needs of an artistic director.” THE CHICAGO THEATER SCENE: “You can make something extraordinary happen, and you don’t need a million dollars to do it. It’s not easy, but if you have the will and you have talent, the city will crack open for you.” DOWNTIME: “I haven’t had time off in over a year and a half. If I had three days right now, I would spend them working at my desk here at home. That, to me, is a vacation.”

The Healer

JOANNE C. SMITH, MD With its world-renowned clinical care, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has long been considered the finest in its field—earning the top spot in the U.S. News & World Report rankings every year for almost a quartercentury. For Dr. Joanne C. Smith, however, being the best isn’t good enough. After getting tapped as RIC’s head in 2006, Smith successfully turned around the organization’s then financial troubles at breakneck speed. Now, Smith, 53, intends to turn around rehabilitation medicine itself. RIC’s new $550 million hospital in Streeterville, set to open in early 2017, will “redefine the field of rehabilitation medicine,” the Detroit native says, by taking clinical and research teams that traditionally have been siloed and bringing them together to provide patients with cutting-edge care. MEASURING SUCCESS: “Our colleagues every year say we’re the best there is, but if even we can’t prove with a defined metric that we get a better outcome for patients, then who are we? We must prove with complete certainty that patients who are given care at RIC do, without question, get better outcomes.” GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

“Other than my family, this vision for RIC has taken off with all 2,000 members of the team in ways I never could have imagined.” A STRONG LEADER IS: “Someone who has clarity of vision, who is doing everything ethically and legally possible to make the organization succeed.” CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY:

“Right now we value cost more than quality in medicine. That is a perilous journey. Value has to include quality.” WHAT I HOPE MY LEGACY WILL BE: “I don’t think about my legacy. I have too much work to do.”



The Designer

HOLLY HUNT “If I spend my time doing it,” Holly Hunt says of her eponymous home furnishings firm, “I want to do it the best.” The soaring standards that have driven Hunt for the past three decades have paid off, literally: Last year, the design firm Knoll doled out $95 million to buy Holly Hunt Enterprises Inc., where Hunt remains as CEO. While she likens that transition to the end of a marriage, it was an actual marital breakup that first led to the company’s formation. “I was getting a divorce, and I wanted a job. I needed something to do,” says Hunt, who hails from a small town in West Texas. In 1983, she bought a showroom in the Merchandise Mart and, a decade later, started creating her own high-end modern line. This year’s opening in Houston marks her brand’s 11th showroom. THE BIG SALE: “When I started this business, I thought this tall, dark, handsome man would come around and rescue me. Suddenly this tall, handsome business came along and wanted to buy it.” CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY: “The days of being dragged around by an interior designer, listening to what they tell you, are over. Everybody wants to make decisions about what’s theirs.” THE DOWNTURN’S IMPACT: “The best thing that happened to my company was the big recession. It made us clean up, get rid of the fat, look at it like a business.” A STRONG LEADER IS: “One who cares about the success of others. You can’t be a strong leader if you don’t have followers, and you can’t have followers if you don’t care about them.” ADVICE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT: “Worry about the product. The money will come.” GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

“Making it through all these years on my own with three healthy sons—and taking a business [in debt for] a half-million dollars to selling it for a hundred million.”



The Educator

ELIZABETH DOZIER Elizabeth Dozier’s mother, a lifelong educator, used to tell her, “Don’t become a teacher,” the 37-year-old principal of Fenger Academy High School recalls. “She said teachers don’t make any money.” But Dozier knew teachers could make a difference. Since becoming Fenger’s principal in 2009, the Eastern Illinois alum has implemented an array of educational and social services programs that helped boost the school’s graduation rate from 40 percent to more than 80 percent, with 93 percent of freshmen now on track to graduate. Yet, Dozier says, her roughly 300 students continue to face daunting challenges, from gangs to violence to poverty. Over half of them are homeless. Still, she remains positive: “I really believe that people can be empowered to do amazing things if given the resources, the time, and the help to build their talent.”


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TURNING FENGER AROUND: “We know the students we are serving intimately. We know what’s going on in their lives and we get them connected to resources, making sure their basic needs and their social and emotional needs are met.” CONFRONTING GANG MEMBERS: “Sometimes you just get pissed off. Like, ‘Everybody, just back up—this is not about to go down today.’ They might be involved in a gang, but I’m still their principal.” A STRONG LEADER IS: “Pushing people beyond their limits. Pushing them to lead.” STRONGEST INFLUENCES: “My faith. This work is really hard, really emotional, and you have to connect it to a higher purpose—the ethical obligation we all have to live our lives to our best potential and to help others who might be less fortunate. Also, my students inspire me.” WHAT I WANT PEOPLE TO SAY WHEN IÕM GONE: “Look at all these lives that are now on a totally different trajectory because of what she was able to do and inspire.” MA



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“ROOFTOpS ARE AN EvEN BIGGER dEAL IN CHICAGO BECAuSE WE CAN’T ENJOy THEM yEAR-ROuNd.” —jennifer saucedo manager of North Water Apartments (340 E. North Water St., 872-253-0060;, one of the city’s newest and most deluxe rental buildings, which is positioned atop the sleek new Loews Hotel on North Water Street, close to Lake Michigan. Ironically, Saucedo notes, “It’s an even bigger deal in Chicago because [we] can’t enjoy it year-round.” Aside from the lake views, there are plenty of playtime opportunities built into North Water’s 50th-floor recreational space. An indoor party room, decked out with four large flat-screen TVs and comfy lounge furniture, opens to a sprawling outdoor deck with more seating space and another large flat-screen TV. Notes Saucedo, “We’re planning to schedule some terrific

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events up there, including wine socials, cooking classes with big-city chefs, and brunches, too.” As if that weren’t enough, a second, more elaborate outdoor deck, positioned 35 stories below (just above the Loews Hotel section of the building), boasts an outdoor kitchen and fire pits. Such amenities, Saucedo adds, are crucial to drawing residents. “When new [prized high-rises] are charging about $2,000 for only 550 square feet,” she says, “residents talk about [communal] outdoor space as a way of getting more value.” When investment group 850 Investors LLC completely renovated the landmark 1920s building at 850 Lake Shore Drive (312-915-0850; last year, they placed a major emphasis on maximizing

the 21st floor’s 6,700 square feet of rooftop lounging space, says Matt Phillips, the group’s principal. Featuring an outdoor kitchen with grills and dining tables as well as clusters of plush, oversized chairs and chaise lounges, the communal deck has become a top selling point for the building. Landscaping on the rooftop, designed and installed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, is a large contributor to the mood of private spaces the developers desired, explains Phillips. Strategically placed plantings (including several varieties of sedum and allium) take up roughly 40 percent of the expansive grounds, and many groupings are mounded high or feature taller plants that serve as a de facto barrier between the roof’s sunning and dining areas (another soft hill shields views of a dog run). “They visually separate the space, and the separated spots feel more intimate as a result,” notes Phillips. And just off Michigan Avenue, the Optima Chicago Center’s (200 E. Illinois St., 312-527-0800; 41st-floor Sky Garden Terrace boasts an “Arizona modern” feel, explains leasing specialist Taylor Payne, with fire pits, serene desert grasses, and a massive Jacuzzi that can fit as many as 20 people. “The east side lounge area reminds me of Pop Art—bold and colorful. It’s really fun up there,” says Payne. Like the other two high-rises, it’s the spectacular views that wow residents and their guests. “On the roof, it feels like you could reach out and touch the Chicago Tribune building, or modern towers like the Trump building,” says Payne. “You can even see on the roof of the Intercontinental Hotel an old landing pad used for hot-air balloon rides in the 1920s. How cool is that?” MA

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What Women Want Women make most big home-buying decisions, so What they Want speaks volumes about What counts. by lisa skolnik Whether single or married, US women make home-buying decisions 91 percent of the time, according to the Boston Consulting Group. That makes their wants and needs enormously important, but stage of life dictates their requisites. To fnd out why, we turned to three big-ticket brokers who are authorities on their respective generations—Millennial Brittany Shapiro of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff’s Brad Lippitz Group (312-498-5399; bshapiro@koenig, Gen X-er Deborah Ballis Hirt of Coldwell Banker (312-2860300;, and Baby Boomer Pamela Sage of Baird & Warner (312-318-8008). How do stage-of-life issues infuence women’s choices? Brittany Shapiro: Millennials [born 1981 to 1997] are usually buying their frst places, so they aren’t going for single-family homes. But they don’t just want an apartment—they want a lifestyle with all the amenities they need. Deborah Ballis Hirt: It’s a broad spectrum for Gen X-ers [born 1965 to 1980]: Some had kids early and are downsizing now, others had kids late and are just buying larger homes, and many are single. Each has very different needs but very specifc wishes. Pamela Sage: In the luxury market, Boomers [born 1946 to 1964] are downsizing to smaller but still sizable places or buying pied-à-terres and keeping suburban homes to be near their kids. But in both cases, that means certain types of amenities. Let’s talk amenities. BS: By lifestyle, we mean full-amenity, new-construction buildings with a great lobby, a gym, party room, free Wi-Fi, doormen, a great location, and a concierge, if possible. Women want to be able to walk to main transit lines, restaurants, good grocery stores, and entertain-


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Dine Acanto With salumi and suckling pig, Billy Lawless leads an Italian renaissance in the former Henri space. 18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763; Baker Miller Breakfast is served all day, every day at this Lincoln Square bakery and millhouse from the husband and wife team behind Bang Bang Pie. 4610 N. Western Ave., 312-208-5639; Bascule Wine Bar Pair old-world vino with charcuterie and cheese at this new Little Italy gem. 1421 W. Taylor St., 312-763-6912; The Brass Monkey Feast on hearty dishes like pork chop with applesauce and seared duck breast at this buzzing Fulton Market concept boasting an American Hustle vibe. 401 N. Morgan St., 312-763-3316; Bread & Wine This Michelinrecognized bistro now fittingly boasts a full bread program, complete with house-made buns and noodles. 3732 W. Irving Park Road, 773-866-5266; Charlatan West Town welcomes inspired Italian fare like black kale spaghettini and whole oxtail. 1329 W. Chicago Ave., 312-818-2073; Chicago Chop House Go old school at this clubby classic River North steakhouse. 60 W. Ontario St., 312-787-7100; Chicago Cut Steakhouse Colossal steaks and shellfish in a sleek riverside location. 300 N. LaSalle St., 312-329-1800; Community Tavern This Portage Park steakhouse is gaining acclaim for dishes like its hand-cut fettuccine and 24-ounce grilled porterhouse. 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-283-6080; Current Seasonal Italian and scenic views in the W Lakeshore Hotel.

644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-255-4460; Dove’s Luncheonette Chef Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality Group continue their hot streak with this ’70sinspired diner in Wicker Park. 1545 N. Damen Ave., 773-645-4060; The Duck Inn Chef Kevin Hickey (Bottlefork) plates bar snacks in his beloved Bridgeport. 2701 S. Eleanor St., 312-724-8811; Fig & Olive The French Riviera meets the Gold Coast at this eatery overlooking Oak Street. 104 E. Oak St., 312-445-0060; Formento’s Though plates like carbonara and chicken vesuvio may be the main event at this red-sauce throwback, no meal is complete without the chocolate cake. 925 W. Randolph St., 312-690-7295; Fulton Market Kitchen Art, cocktails, and cuisine collide in the West Loop. 311 N. Sangamon St., 312-733-6900; Furious Spoon Shin Thompson’s highly anticipated ramen shop in Wicker Park. 1571 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-687-8445; Gene & Georgetti A Chicago icon beloved for steaks and chops. 500 N. Franklin St., 312-527-3718; Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Enjoy the finest people-watching in town. 1028 N. Rush St., 312-266-8999; Heating & Cooling Pizza, beer, and live music in Wrigleyville. 3530 N. Clark St., 773-789-8864; Izakaya Mita Bucktown’s Japanese pub serves shio and tare dishes from a traditional binchotan grill. 1960 N. Damen Ave., 773-799-8677; IO Urban Roofscape Ascend to

the Godfrey Hotel’s fourth-floor rooftop lounge for an unparalleled vantage point. 127 W. Huron St., 312-649-2000; The Kitchen The Rockies meet River North at this Colorado-based, community-inspired concept. 316 N. Clark St., 312-836-1300; the-kitchen-chicago La Sirena Clandestina Latininspired bites by chef John Manion. 954 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-5300; Mariposa Neiman Marcus’s new culinary oasis boasts menu items like steak frites and Mandarin orange soufflé. 737 N. Michigan Ave., 4th Fl., 312-694-4050; Mastro’s Steakhouse A glitzy River North destination for steaks and sushi. 520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100; Miku Sushi Restaurant This new spot in Lincoln Square is turning heads for clever maki like the Smokey Bear (unagi, cream cheese, avocado,

MoMotaro The latest sizzler from the team behind Boka scores with artful dishes; sample a colorful selection of sashimi from the omakase platter (pictured). 820 W. Lake St., 312-733-4818;

cucumber, smoked salmon, soy, and wasabi). 4514 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-654-1277; NoMI Ambitious seasonal cuisine in a lovely space overlooking the Mag Mile. 800 N. Michigan Ave., 7th Fl., 312-239-4030; Oak + Char Hearty plates by Executive Chef Joseph Heppe. 217 W. Huron St., 312-643-2427; Pane Caldo Ristorante The Gold Coast institution is back with Maine lobster risotto and braised beef short ribs. 111 E. Chestnut St., 312-649-0055;  137

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sophie’s Savor jumbo lump crab cake, Gala apple and Brie grilled cheese, and a killer view of the Mag Mile at this chic spot in Saks Fifth Avenue. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 7th Fl., 312-525-3400;

Siena Tavern Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani conquers the Windy City. 51 W. Kinzie St., 312-595-1322; Tanta A taste of Peru in a cool, contemporary space. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700; Untitled Come for the American whiskies and stay for hearty fare like pork-shoulder spoon bread.


111 W. Kinzie St., 312-880-1511; White Oak Tavern & Inn Alinea alumnus John Asbaty plates artful dishes at this farm-to-table nook in Lincoln Park. 1200 W. Webster Ave., 773-248-0200;

Drink The Allis This buzzing haunt on the ground floor of Soho House attracts a prime people-watching crowd. 113-125 N. Green St., 312-521-8000; Analogue Sip inventive libations at this Logan Square hot spot. 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-904-8567; The Aviary Twenty-first-century cocktails from the Next team. 955 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-0868; Barley & Brass Mixologist Jan Henrichsen (Fat Rice, Found) tempts hip Wicker Park imbibers with kegged cocktails like the basil jalapeño cobbler. 2015 W. Division St., 312-763-9600; The Berkshire Room Old-world cool meets modern mixology at the Acme Hotel’s lounge. 15 E. Ohio St., 312-894-0800; The Betty Make tracks to the West Loop for a nightcap courtesy of mixologist Peter Vestinos. 839 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-2222; Billy Sunday Imaginative drinks from Yusho chef Matthias Merges and mixologist Alex Bachman. 3143 W. Logan Blvd., 773-661-2485; Bordel Black Bull makes room for this new cabaret and cocktail bar. 1721 W. Division St., 773-227-8600; The Brixton Bar bites and cocktails in Andersonville. 5420 N. Clark St., 773-961-7358; California Clipper Brendan Sodikoff breathes hipster life into this Humboldt Park institution. 1002 N. California Ave., 773-384-2547; The Drifter This speakeasy beneath Green Door Tavern is home to serious drinks by renowned mixologist

Liz Pearce (The Gage, The Aviary). 676 N. Orleans St., 312-631-3887 Drumbar Soak up the sights atop Streeterville’s Raffaello Hotel while sipping a savory cocktail by new beverage manager Whitney Morrow. 201 E. Delaware Pl., 312-943-5000; The J. Parker Thanks to a new retractable roof, the Hotel Lincoln’s sleek cocktail patio is now a year-round hot spot. 1816 N. Clark St., 13th Fl., 312-254-4747; Jimmy This ’70s-inspired lounge pours clever cocktails in a dark, sultry James Hotel space. 610 N. Rush St., 312-660-7191; Le Bar This boîte at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower attracts a premium crowd. 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4000; Links Taproom Craft beer, sausage, and hand-cut fries in Wicker Park. 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-7692; Maude’s Liquor Bar This West Loop hot spot offers cocktails and Frenchinspired bites. 840 W. Randolph St., 312-243-9712; Owen + Alchemy Hit refresh at this goth-inspired juice bar, where a rainbow of citrus and nut-seed blends awaits. 2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-3444; Punch House Head to Thalia Hall’s lower-level lounge for contemporary

The Commons Club Enjoy Social Hour at the buzzing Virgin Hotel, where imbibers can sip clever cocktails like the Dirty Pretty Lover (Old Forester bourbon, quince liqueur, raspberry, Spanish bitters, and sparkling Moët). 203 N. Wabash Ave., 2nd Fl., 312-940-4747; virgin

libations like Dusek Punch #3 (rum, saison ale, passion fruit, lime, hibiscus). 1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851; Real Good Juice Co. With concoctions like Juice Springsteen and Juice-Tin Bieber, this new cold-pressed destination is bringing plenty of personality to Old Town. 1647 N. Wells St., 312-846-1897; The Red Lion Pub The beloved British haunt is revived in Lincoln Park. 2446 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-883-2422; RM Champagne Salon Sip bubbly in this tucked-away West Loop gem. 116 N. Green St., 312-243-1199; Sportsman’s Club This Humboldt Park tavern offers wine, beer, and cocktails by former Aviary barman Jeff Donahue. 948 N. Western Ave., 872-206-8054;

photography by Neil burger (sophie’s); VirgiN hotels ChiCago (the CommoNs Club)

Parachute Korean-American dishes by Top Chef alum Beverly Kim and husband Johnny Clark in Avondale. 3500 N. Elston Ave., 773-654-1460; Pinstripes A 30,000-square-foot dining destination complete with bowling lanes and bocce courts in River East. 435 E. Illinois St., 312-527-3010; The Promontory The team behind Dusek’s and Longman & Eagle creates a community dining experience in Hyde Park. 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-801-2100; RPM Steak Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s second smash restaurant. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990;







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Presidio The former Bluebird space in Bucktown welcomes a Bay Area-inspired craft cocktail lounge, featuring heady libations like Flash in the Pan (gin, grapefruit, lime, tart cherry, black pepper, mint; pictured). 1749 N. Damen Ave., 773-697-3315;

The Violet Hour The original Chicago mixology bar. 1520 N. Damen Ave., 773-252-1500; Webster’s Wine Bar One of the city’s oldest wine bars settles into its new Logan Square digs. 2601 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-292-9463;


shoP Alexis Bittar Shop celeb-approved earrings, necklaces, and more. 61 E. Oak St., 312-649-9112; Alice + Olivia The witty, whimsical fashion label makes its Mag Mile debut. 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-273-1254; Athleta Fashionable fitness apparel for women on the go. 101 E. Oak St., 312-640-0223; Boga The new West Loop showroom stocks a full range of menswear, from dress shirts and blazers to tees and socks. 133 N. Jefferson St., 5th Fl., 312-801-8662; Buccellati Handcrafted baubles from Milan. 62 E. Oak St., 312-600-9224; Burberry Chicago finds its London calling at the gleaming Michigan Avenue flagship. 633 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-2500; Chalk Boutique owners Carrie Kane and Sharon Watrous edit a chic selection of women’s apparel and accessories on the North Shore. 2611 Prairie Ave., Evanston, 847-424-0011; Christian Louboutin Paint the town red with fabulous French pumps. 58 E. Oak St., 312-337-8200; Dolce & Gabbana Italian high fashion on Oak Street. 68 E. Oak St., 312-255-0630; Escada Add elegance to your wardrobe with European-inspired designs. 51 E. Oak St., 312-9150500; Graff Diamonds Brilliant baubles in the Gold Coast. 103 E. Oak St., 312-604-1000; Hermès The ultimate in aspiration, straight from Paris. 25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175; Ikram Definitive fashions from Chicago’s own style maven Ikram Goldman. 15 E. Huron St., 312-587-1000; Jonathan Adler Cheeky home décor and gifts. 676 N. Wabash Ave., 312-274-9920; Louis Vuitton Monogrammed leather bags and luxury trunks

galore. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-255-0470; LuLu’s on the Avenue An unmatched selection of vintage jewelry and couture. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 3rd Fl., 312-888-9149; Maje Parisian chic hits Oak Street. 100 E. Oak St., 312-649-9228; Marshall Pierce & Company This family-owned jeweler adds sparkle to Chicago. 335 N. Michigan Ave., 312-782-4403; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Sleek home furnishings in Lincoln Park. 1555 N. Halsted St., 312-397-3135; Porsche Design Luxe looks in The Shops at North Bridge. 520 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Fl., 312-321-0911; Saint Laurent The iconic label returns to Chicago with a sleek boutique. 11 E. Walton St., 312-202-0166; Salvatore Ferragamo Put your best foot forward in classic Italian designs. 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-397-0464; Shinola Bicycles, watches, bags, and more are now available at the Motor City import’s brick-and-mortar outpost in Wicker Park. 1619 N. Damen Ave., 773-904-2417; Soñador Boutique Stock up on McQ Alexander McQueen and 10 Crosby Derek Lam at this Lincoln Park

Ch Carolina herrera Elegant silhouettes get pops of color in the iconic designer’s jewel box of a boutique in the Gold Coast, which stocks womenswear, bags, shoes, accessories, and more. 70 E. Oak St., 312-9889339;

destination. 1006 W. Armitage Ave., 773-799-8084; Tom Ford One of the kings of Oak Street. 66 E. Oak St., 312-605-5041; Tommy Bahama Island fever on the Mag Mile. 664 N. Michigan Ave., 312-488-5686; TOMS Philanthropic footwear has landed in Wicker Park. 1611 N. Damen Ave., 773-486-5882; Two Penny Blue With every Technicolor jacket purchased, a school uniform is donated to a girl in Africa. 3738 N. Southport Ave., 872-802-0158; Under Armour Outfit yourself in head-to-toe fitness apparel at the athletic-wear retailer’s massive brand house—at 30,000 square feet, its largest yet. 600 N. Michigan Ave., 312-690-5094; Zadig & Voltaire Rock ’n’ roll looks in the Gold Coast. 114 E. Oak St., 312-643-1240; MA

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Three Dots and a Dash A subterranean Polynesian paradise. 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220; Tippling Hall The highly anticipated watering hole by Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros. 646 N. Franklin St., 312-448-9922; The Underground Rockit Ranch Productions’ subterranean nightclub smash. 56 W. Illinois St., 312-9437600; Vertigo Sky Lounge The Dana Hotel’s gravity-defying libation destination. 2 W. Erie St., 26th Fl., 312-202-6060;






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Ladies First

From Bertha Palmer to michelle oBama, it’s the women oF chicago who have always had the Power. by paige wiser buffet, it was more like an oasis for sirens luring Chicago’s most prominent men to their doom. Their “butterflies” entertained politicians, captains of industry, Ring Lardner, Theodore Dreiser, and Prince Henry of Prussia. It’s been rumored that Marshall Field Jr. was shot to death by one of the beauties at the Everleigh. You can probably bet on that. Once the club was forced to close, Minna testified against corrupt Chicago aldermen John “Bathhouse” Coughlin and Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna. Then the sisters bounced out of town with $2 million. No man has ever equaled their savvy. Tourists love the stories of Chicago’s gangsters, but women have always been far more dangerous. Sam Giancana may have gotten John F. Kennedy elected, but Judith Campbell Exner— who slept with them both—could have brought down the presidency with a wink and a smile. “Mafia Princess” Antoinette Giancana worked out her subsequent daddy issues with a tell-all book, scoring no less than Susan Lucci to play her in the 1980s miniseries. Let’s not forget that it took the Woman in Red to bring down John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1, and before that, the real-life “Girls of Murder City” inspired the musical Chicago when the married Beulah Annan shot her lover, then drank cocktails and listened to a recording of the song “Hula Lou” for four hours while he lay dying. She was acquitted.

Women in Chicago have also revolutionized the arts and downright defined television entertainment. WGN’s Irna Phillips became known as the “Mother of Soap Opera” in the ’30s. Until then, daytime TV had been largely insignificant. Her work is carried on today by Marian Catholic High School’s Shonda Rhimes, the most powerful woman in prime time. She has upped the soap ante with small-screen feminist hits Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal. Our women in politics are legendary. Mayor Jane Byrne took over Chicago by snowstorm and turned the City of Big Shoulders into the City of Padded Shoulders. Windy City women in the White House have been no less commanding. Hillary Rodham Clinton? We know who ran the show there—and she may just be back for a term of her own. Michelle Obama was Barack’s mentor when he was a lowly summer associate at Sidley Austin and continues to whisper in his ear. In an arm wrestling contest, there’s no doubt she’d shame the president—and look fabulous doing it. Men in Chicago, influential? They can keep telling themselves that. But when it comes to the City that Works, we all know that it’s the women in front of those men who make it happen. MA

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It’s long been assumed that Chicago was built by men. (We do know we can thank men for the stench of the stockyards as well as the Lager Beer Riot of 1855.) But it was Mrs. O’Leary’s poorly supervised cow that prompted the need to rebuild Chicago in 1871, and it wasn’t until after that date that the city really started becoming civilized. After the fire, it was Bertha Palmer, for instance, who arranged for husband Potter to reestablish his fortune with contacts back east. And nobody stimulated Chicago’s economy like Bertha, who bought diamonds as regularly as fresh produce. Her husband even willed money to whomever Bertha might marry next, he explained, “because he’ll need it.” Bertha’s most far-reaching contribution, of course, was the invention of the brownie. She commissioned a pastry chef to create a dessert appropriate for ladies visiting Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. (And if a statue of Bertha is not erected outside Blommer’s chocolate factory soon, there could be a female uprising that makes the Lager Beer Riot of 1855 look like a pantywaist kerfuffle.) Despite society’s limitations, women have long worn the proverbial pants in Chicago. In 1900, sisters Ada and Minna Everleigh opened the Everleigh Club on South Dearborn Street. “Brothel” is one word for it. With mirrored ceilings, a $15,000 gold-leaf piano, and a caviar-and-squab



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Michigan Avenue - 2015 - Issue 3 - May-June - Dylan Lauren  

Michigan Avenue - 2015 - Issue 3 - May-June - Dylan Lauren