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MAN ON FIRE Our city’s own Taylor Kinney, lead actor on NBC’s Chicago Fire, gives Jill Brooke the scoop on his passions, tight-knit posse and leading lady in his life in this ChicagoMOD exclusive.







Chicago’s prestigious Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence honor the city’s best restaurateurs, chefs, sommeliers and service teams. We spoke with five of this year’s winners to ask about the significance of the award and what’s on the horizon for 2017.

Experience the wonderful city of Copenhagen from a local’s point of view. From the colorful canals to the cobblestone streets, Sandy Todorovich takes you on a journey through the Danish city to give you a glimpse into the finest eateries, contemporary museums and historical landmarks.

Top pastry chefs at the city’s most luxurious eateries share their signature desserts and perfect wine pairings. One read and you’ll want to try all of these mouth-watering indulgences.

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The new Panamera E-Hybrid This is more than just a courageous step. It is a giant leap into the future. 462 hp of pure Sports Car performance – and fuel economy that will impress. The combination of combustion engine and electric machine is crucial for this peak performance. The combustion engine builds up power and torque as engine speed increases. The maximum torque of the electric machine is available immediately. As a result, consistently high overall torque and dynamic responsiveness are available over an extremely wide rpm range. And your adrenalin also reaches a new maximum level.

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Your Exclusive Invitation It’s no surprise that more than 54.1 million people visited Chicago last year. This record-setting number only confi rms what we already know: Chicago is an impressive city. With its stunning Gold Coast, award-winning culinary scene, arts, culture, luxury retailers along the Magnificent Mile and, let’s not forget, the World Champion Cubs, Chicago is second to none. It’s for these reasons and so many more that we feel honored to serve this great city with ChicagoMOD, MOD Media’s newest publication in our rapidly growing portfolio and the city’s newest name in luxury. ChicagoMOD is your exclusive invitation to an all-encompassing “Life Well Lived.” This is not only our tagline, but also a mission we fi rmly believe in and strive to realize every day. A significent component of this mission is our dedication to philanthropy. On April 5, a portion of the proceeds from ChicagoMOD’s star-studded premiere event will benefit the 100 Club of Chicago, which supports the families of local fallen fi rst responders. We were introduced to this nonprofit by Taylor Kinney. The 100 Club is an organization that Taylor holds dear to his heart. I look forward to our continual support of this heroic association as well as other nonprofits throughout the year. Thank you for welcoming us to the magnificent city of Chicago. We’re honored to present you with ChicagoMOD to help curate your experiences for a “Life Well Lived.”

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New Beginnings Simon Sinek’s motivational and now-iconic 2009 TED talk urged entrepreneurs and business leaders to “start with why.” This seems like an excellent place to begin my editor’s letter for the premiere issue of ChicagoMOD. Why, might you ask, debut a new luxury lifestyle publication in Chicago, circa 2017? Brimming with Fortune 500 companies, Chicago is one of America’s most affluent cities, and MOD Media is ideally positioned to deliver the essential elements of a “Life Well Lived” to Chicago’s most discerning audience. In ChicagoMOD, we will offer exciting and exclusive editorial— city-focused as well as internationally relevant—to our globally sophisticated audience. A case in point is our exclusive cover story with the rarely interviewed actor Taylor Kinney of NBC’s Chicago Fire. Now in its fifth season, the hit show paved the way for the popular Dick Wolf crossover series that now includes Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and the more recent Chicago Justice. Our city has become the hippest and trendiest location for filming top television and hit cable series. And ChicagoMOD is right there with them. Read our up-close-and-personal talk with a truly down-to-earth guy. Because Chicago is a world-class dining destination—with 26 Michelin-star rated restaurants—we debut with our Travel, Food & Wine issue on the heels of this year’s Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence. Read our interviews with this year’s award winners as well as our feature on the sweetest desserts and wine pairings from some of the city’s top pastry chefs. Then, book your dinner reservations! There is so much more to enjoy and read about in our premiere issue, from features on the finest timepieces and travel to Palm Beach and Copenhagen, to an inside peek at a fabulous pied-a-terre in the Aqua building and a conversation with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. I look forward to bringing you our upcoming Fashion & Home issue in May. Until then,


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In business or pleasure, every man should travel with ease and elegance. Let your wardrobe do the talking with pieces that impress. Whether you’re embarking on a coastal getaway or a transcontinental trip, keep your look prepped to perfection with these timeless must-haves.

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SMYTHSON CUFFLINK BOX When traveling, every businessman knows that protecting his most prized accessories is paramount. Smythson, known for its savvy cufflink boxes, watch holders and other cross-grain leather goods, adopts a luxury approach down to every last detail. Available at Neiman Marcus Retailers or, $380




Ermenegildo Zegna is no stranger to a well-made suit or wool sweater, but they completely change the game when it comes to leather goods. This classic business tote bag can accompany you from business to the jet with an intricately woven fabric of thin leather strips, making for a one-of-a-kind briefcase. Available at Ermenegildo Zegna Retailers and, $1,259

The luxury luggage purveyor from England was founded in 1897, so it’s no wonder their true-as-time pieces are fit for the most dapper of gentlemen. This handcrafted suitcase is both functional and fashionable, with supple leather trims and a grey vulcanised fiberboard. The handsomely designed piece will not only keep your clothes organized, but also have you dreaming of a sophisticated getaway. Available at George Greene in Chicago and, $2,195

BARTON PERREIRA COLTRANE SUNGLASSES Suit up with posh shapes and deliberate designs. Your eyewear makes a statement wherever you go, and these champagne frames with poison-ivy green lenses are the crème de la crème of your polished ensemble. Not only do they look sharp as you head to your business meeting, they look equally cool when you’re casually out and about. Available at Barneys New York Retailers and, $470

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What’s your personal definition of luxury?

“My idea of luxury is work that I’m passionate about, a home that is both welcoming and inspiring, and spending time with the people I love.”

“Luxury is knowing how to live well, experiencing the beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary of every day. True luxury is having the time to follow your heart and an appreciation of where it takes you.”

Kerrie Kennedy

Sandi Todorovich “To me, as it relates to travel, luxury is an indulgence you gift yourself that provides an immediate feeling of immense pleasure. It is a combination of the highest quality and top service levels, at a price, and is frequently the part that lingers longest in your memory.”

Jill Brooke

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“Luxury is not settling and finding the best quality in whatever you do—that steaming fresh ground coffee in the morning, fresh orange juice instead of processed, the extra-pile cashmere sweater that keeps you cozy on a chilly day. As time moves on, one realizes that the quality purchases endure. Luxury is embracing life’s beauty and finding what resonates with you.”

“Luxury, of course, is a relative word. For some, the essential components to life are a luxury. I try to never forget that. But— we’ll call it supreme luxury—is when all the tiny little details, the very minutiae, picked up only by our subconscious, is taken care of down to the last piston, the last drop, the last stitch. It’s transcending the norm, and entering the realm of the fantastic. That both ends of the spectrum exist in the same word is poetry.”

“I think luxury is being able to make smart choices. Having the ability to make decisions among life’s many options, based solely on things like quality, comfort, beauty and convenience, is the ultimate luxury.”

“Luxury means to me, in a nutshell, personal elegance that goes above and beyond your daily life. I believe luxury can be achieved at all levels and can still have equal elegance whether at $50 or $5,000 dollars. I try hard to introduce a little luxury into my life every day and appreciate everything.”

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RUGGED SOPHISTICATION “It’s always a surprise working with an actor for the first time. One of the daunting tasks of my job is not speaking with or meeting the person I’ll be styling beforehand. I have to rely on pictures and my styling sixth sense, which I liken to being the Style Whisperer. I imagined Taylor as a masculine down-to-earth kind of guy, and he did not disappoint. His rugged yet sophisticated vibe was a perfect match for the sharp-cut classic suits and the luxe leather motorcycle jackets I selected for him. While not a fashionista or your typical LA celebutante, Taylor had a keen interest in everything from the fabrics to the fit and was a natural in all of the looks. But ultimately, nothing is more stylish than graciousness, kindness and humor, which makes him a real star.” –Eric Himel

WHAT HE’S WEARING Jacket by Tom Ford, $6,990, Neiman Marcus, Michigan Avenue. Jeans by Tom Ford, $570, Neiman Marcus. Shirt by John Varvatos, $98, Bloomingdale’s, Michigan Avenue. Shoes by BOGA, $420, Belt by BOGA, $120,

THE TEAM Photography by Frank Ishman Styling by Eric Himel Makeup by Jenny Patinkin Hair by Ramsay Marston






In business or pleasure, every man should travel with ease and elegance. Let your wardrobe do the talking with pieces that impress. Whether you’re embarking on a coastal getaway or a transcontinental trip, keep your look prepped to perfection with these timeless must-haves.

SMYTHSON CUFFLINK BOX When traveling, every businessman knows that protecting his most prized accessories is paramount. Smythson, known for its savvy cufflink boxes, watch holders and other cross-grain leather goods, adopts a luxury approach down to every last detail. Available at Neiman Marcus Retailers or, $380



Ermenegildo Zegna is no stranger to a well-made suit or wool sweater, but they completely change the game when it comes to leather goods. This classic business tote bag can accompany you from business to the jet with an intricately woven fabric of thin leather strips, making for a one-of-a-kind briefcase. Available at Ermenegildo Zegna Retailers and, $1,259

The luxury luggage purveyor from England was founded in 1897, so it’s no wonder their true-as-time pieces are fit for the most dapper of gentlemen. This handcrafted suitcase is both functional and fashionable, with supple leather trims and a grey vulcanised fiberboard. The handsomely designed piece will not only keep your clothes organized, but also have you dreaming of a sophisticated getaway. Available at George Greene in Chicago and, $2,195

BARTON PERREIRA COLTRANE SUNGLASSES Suit up with posh shapes and deliberate designs. Your eyewear makes a statement wherever you go, and these champagne frames with poison-ivy green lenses are the crème de la crème of your polished ensemble. Not only do they look sharp as you head to your business meeting, they look equally cool when you’re casually out and about. Available at Barneys New York Retailers and, $470




Spring doesn’t always mean subdued hues. In fact, it’s the perfect time to incorporate bold prints and breathtaking designs that dazzle and impress. We’ve curated statement-making accessories for strutting around your neighborhood or jetting off to your next adventure.

DOLCE & GABBANA BELLUCCI CRYSTAL-EMBELLISHED SUEDE POINT-TOE FLATS Are you green with envy? We are! Ditch your heels in favor of a feminine point-toe flat. This statement flat, made in Italy, is elevated with jade-colored suede and a crystal embellishment on top of the shoe that neatly forms a flower. An ankle strap and open heel make this a breezy choice. Pair with a summer frock or cropped white jeans to enter warm weather in style. Available at Net-A-Porter, $895

TORY BURCH EMBROIDERED T-CANVAS WEEKENDER BAG Heading for a spring weekend at the lake? Maybe venturing south? No matter which fabulous getaway you have planned, this weekender bag will get you there in style. A playful leather tassel and nautical stripes bring all the fun before you even board. Available at Neiman Marcus Retailers and, $350

FENDI MINK FURTRIMMED INITIAL CHARM Personalization makes a piece of designer fashion feel like your own. Fendi’s initial charms add a texturized touch to a sophisticated bag. You won’t want to be seen without this playful accent added to your purse, clutch, tote or luggage. Available at Saks Retailers and, $350

CHLOÉ FAYE MEDIUM BRAIDED LEATHER & SUEDE SHOULDER BAG Chloé is synonymous with “it” handbags, and this dynamic shoulder bag is no exception. Intricate braiding and swinging tassels are vacation-ready, while Italian-made charcoal suede and leather add a dramatic element. Available at, $2,990



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Timepieces For The Ages Inspired by history and propelled by luxury, timepieces are the one accessory that remains classic forever. Whether you view them as a lucrative investment, a forever heirloom or a glitzy accessory, one thing is certain: these chronometers deserve a spot in your collection.

BREGUET TRADITION MINUTE REPEATER TOURBILLON 7087 Dating back to the 1770s, Breguet is one of the oldest watchmakers in the world. The company is heralded for innovative inventions and designs, making any Breguet timepiece relay a bold statement. The Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon 7087 marries tradition with modern technology, and the wearer can indulge in its 18-carat rose gold case, open-tipped hands dipped in blue steel and a minute repeater. Available at Tourbillon Retailers and, $460,700

OMEGA SPEEDMASTER MOONPHASE MASTER CHRONOMETER CHRONOGRAPH You can’t wear an Omega watch without simultaneously honoring its longstanding tradition of technology and innovation. The Speedmaster was the first watch worn on the moon, so it was destiny that Omega would bring the lunar surface back to its classic model. The timepiece displays the phases of the moon, which are exactly calibrated to the lunar month’s span of a little more than 29.5 days—a detail not many timepieces perfect. A blue dial and a blue leather strap remind you of the midnight sky and wonders of space. Available at Omega Retailers and, $10,600

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE GEOPHYSIC TOURBILLON UNIVERSAL TIME Watch aficionados will be in awe of JaegerLeCoultre’s groundbreaking timepiece, which pays tribute to immaculate detail and innovative technology. For the first time ever, ultra-talented watchmakers combined an orbital flying tourbillon with universal time. Those who love travel and timepieces will be lucky to get their hands on this: the detail and ingenuity are unparalleled. Available at, $145,000

DAVID YURMAN ALBION 27MM STAINLESS STEEL QUARTZ TIMEPIECE WITH DIAMONDS Radiant designs are nothing new to David Yurman, but in this Albion collection, inspired by the White Cliffs of Dover and poet William Blake, the sense of a journey’s end and a new dawn are translated into beautiful, timeless pieces. The watch features a stainless steel curb chain bracelet with a foldover clasp. A black lacquered dial with diamond markers encompasses the face. Available at David Yurman Retailers and, $3,600

TIFFANY CT60 34MM WOMEN’S WATCH IN 18K ROSE GOLD WITH DIAMONDS Sophisticated and clean, Tiffany & Co.’s CT60 collection appeals to the woman in power. A structured white alligator band attaches at either end of the 34mm, 18k rose gold case. Sixty round diamonds line the case, while a white soleil dial boasts gold poudré numerals. Perfect for a jet-setting accessory, this watch pairs best with a bronzed glow. Available at Tiffany & Co. Retailers and, $15,500



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Cleansing The Palette


Like a timeless Chanel Boy Bag, fresh-faced beauty transcends

There are few things Natura Bissé

trends and fads, allowing you to show off a fabulous look that

skincare can’t do, and the Diamond Life

pairs with any ensemble. Infusing your look with a breath of

Infusion is no different. Formulated with

fresh air is easy with this season’s hottest trends—think pastel

stem cells, cellular-aging control and

hues, soft textures and floral notes. Get into step with spring

other protective biomarkers, the serum

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combats lines and wrinkles while naturally

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increasing elasticity and defining your facial contour. It also includes an exclusive release system through diamond microsponges that penetrate the formula deep into the skin. Available at Neiman Marcus Retailers or, $610

DIOR LIP ADDICT SUGAR SCRUB vanishing scrub starts as a luxurious sugar scrub


to exfoliate your lips before dissolving into a

Multitasking as a highlighter, blush and

perky pink balm. Once the grains of sugar melt

bronzer, Chanel’s latest launch, Coco

away, your lips will reveal a much softer pout. It’s

Code Blush Harmony, combines satin

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and matte textures for a customized

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finish. In this compact, you’ll find peach,

Bound to be your new obsession, this self-

honey, caramel and pink-red shades to accentuate your natural radiance, giving you the perfect natural flush of color. Available at Neiman Marcus Retailers or, $70



With an alluring and

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he age-old technique of smoking—


scotch, that is—is heating up in

At Arbella, a hip loft-like lounge serving

“The Fire Extinguisher draws inspiration

finer restaurants, bars and lounges

unique globally inspired cocktails, the Chi-

from the seemingly primitive firefighting

around Chicago. For an aroma-infused de-

cago Fire Extinguisher is aptly named and

method of days past and the realization

parture from the usual neat scotch or sweet

especially fitting for this issue of Chicago-

that stone fruit, amaro and hickory smoke

cocktail, inhale one of these smoke-in-

MOD, featuring NBC’s Chicago Fire star

play so nicely together.”

spired libations.

Taylor Kinney on the cover.

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Head bartender Eric Trousdale says,

Trousdale starts with a cocktail of Ben-


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Riach Heart of Speyside, Luxardo Amaro Abano and smoked Angostura bitters, then infuses it with hickory smoke. “Using an un-peated blended scotch is key to this concoction, as what’s normally confused for smoke in scotch is typically peat. Instead, we add the smoky element with actual smoke from our smoke box behind the bar,” says Trousdale. “This is done in part for presentation, but more so to round out and expose the flavors within. The longer the guest lets it sit in the corked bottle, the more pronounced the smoke flavors will be.” Be prepared to sound the alarm!

From left to right: the bar cart at Conrad Chicago; the Point Taken at Rebar; the Chicago Fire Extinguisher at Arbella

THE HUNTSMAN Michael Fawthrop, beverage manager of Conrad Hotels, created a fun and interactive

bonfires around a black walnut tree in his backyard. “We decided to incorporate those elements into a dark spirit cocktail, and

The Huntsman is

once we tasted it, we immediately thought


available at the bar and

that it would pair nicely with a cigar,” says

Baptiste & Bottle, the recently

also is one of the spe-

Fehlhaber. “We added the cinnamon stick

opened restaurant and whiskey

cialty cocktails on the

to represent the smoking cigar.”



bar on the 20th floor of the Conrad Chicago.

drink cart satellite bar served tableside. As

They created the cocktail with a blend of

Fawthrop says he was motivated to add

for the drink’s name, Fawthrop explains, “It

rye bourbon, Punt e Mes vermouth, mara-

an extra layer of flavor to cocktails. And, in

is a personification of a character who hunts

schino liqueur and walnut bitters. For add-

this case, he says, “The smoke transports

with a smoking gun, and fitting because the

ed flavor, a smoking gun with cherry wood

guests back to the campfire while adding fi-

drink has its own bold personality.” Just like

is used to smoke the cocktail before serving

nesse to the presentation and serving.”

a huntsman.

in a snifter with a smoking cinnamon stick.

“First, we build the cocktail, using Glen-


grew up in Michigan with the memory of

The cocktail’s name is based on the in-

fiddich, a bourbon-barreled 14-year scotch,


gredient Punt e Mes used in the drink. This

Giffard Apricot du Roussillion liqueur,

Rebar, the chic, sophisticated lounge at

Italian vermouth’s meaning translates to

Punt e Mes vermouth and Angostura bit-

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chi-

“point and a half,” described as one point

ters. Swirl the cocktail for 25 seconds over

cago, takes a progressive approach to food

of sweetness and half a point of bitterness,

ice. Then, we fill a decanter with smoke—

and drink. The Point Taken cocktail is a case

which sums up the flavor of the cocktail.

using a smoke gun infused with hickory

in point, pardon the pun.

Hence, the Point Taken. There is also an

wood and roobios red herbal tea—add the

The inspiration behind the cocktail,

immediate bonfire aroma that fills the room

cocktail and swirl the smoke around for a

says Rebar manager Blake Fehlhaber, came

and intrigues other guests into ordering one

few seconds before serving.”

from bartender Joshua Williams, who

for themselves. Count us in. VOLUME 1.1



When Art Comes To Life Art comes in all shapes, sizes and mediums. As Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” These unique pieces were wrought from the passion their artists have for their work. Perfect for any space, they will captivate art and fashion enthusiasts alike.


GUCCI X GUCCIGHOST It was 2013 when the Olympic snowboarder-turned-graffiti artist, GucciGhost (aka Trouble Andrew), cut two eyeholes in a Gucci bed sheet for his Halloween costume, thus introducing his new alter ego to the world. GucciGhost began leaving his tag, a personal interpretation of Gucci’s logo, around his adopted city of New York before catching the eye of the brand’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele. GucciGhost was brought aboard the major Italian fashion house to create a capsule collection featuring graffiti-style logos, hand-drawn doodles and bold details. His artistry can be seen on everything from women’s skirts to wallets to pocket squares in this eye-catching collection. Available at Gucci Retailers in Chicago or, $2,980


MOTOART MotoArt is a California-based furniture maker that recycles aviation parts and transforms them into unique pieces. This company has been creating high-quality furniture for more than 10 years and has become an international brand with showrooms in the U.S., Australia, Asia and Europe. Pieces can be customized to the client’s request, which means additions such as connection ports and LED not out of the question, either. Available on



Alec Monopoly is the alias of a

The BMW Art Car is a project that was

graffiti artist originally from New

introduced by French racecar driver Hervé

York City. He is best known for

Poulain. It began in 1975 when he asked his

his work in Los Angeles, New

artist friend Alexander Calder to paint his

York, Miami and parts of Europe

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and Asia. Considered to be the

colors inspired other renowned artists

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come. The current collection is comprised

pop culture such as Rich Uncle

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Pennybags from Monopoly and

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WHEN ART & LIFE INTERSECT him. Collecting became something we did

sponded to it, but Rich was a resident in St.

er have amassed an impressive

together. For us, it’s more about living with

Louis and we had no money. We bought and

contemporary art collection that

the art, getting to know the artists and help-

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includes works from Jasper Johns, Jenny

ing support art generally. We are avid sup-

kind and saw something in us.

Holzer, Marilyn Minter, Glenn Ligon, Jeff

porters of the Museum of Contemporary

Koons, Andy Warhol and Rashid Johnson,

Art Chicago and are very involved in EXPO

What advice would you give to others

to name a few. ChicagoMOD sat down with

Chicago, an amazing art show here. We also

who are interested, but perhaps a bit

the dynamic duo to find out what it takes to

support RxArt. For us, the passion is there

intimidated, about starting to build their

become a serious and respected collector:

and it is this bond we have together.

own collections?

dedication, continual learning, financial commitment and a true passion for art.

Rich: When I first thought it would be wonderful Tell us about the first piece of art you

to start a collection, I had people in my life that I


could look up to who had already started collect-

What inspired you to start collecting art?

Rich: I bought my first Jasper Johns piece at a

ing. And they told me that I didn’t have to start

Rich: Jasper Johns is the artist who got me

gallery in Chicago, and purely by coincidence,

with major pieces, that I could start with some-

interested in art, so I thought it was important

it happened to be made the year I was born, in

thing more accessible and build from there.

that the first piece I bought be by him. I was an

1972. So we decided our collection starts in

Also, my advice would be to jump in, to

intern at Northwestern Hospital, and I didn’t

1972, and we collect art of our time, which we

not be afraid, to not be intimidated and then

have a lot of money. My grandmother offered

define as 1972 forward. Since nothing in the

to do your homework, to be engaged. Go to

to split it with me, and then I asked her if I

collection pre-dates 1972, this Jasper Johns

museums, go to the galleries, and talk to the

could borrow my half. So she paid for it and I

piece is the oldest piece in our collection. So

gallerists. The gallerists in Chicago are a

paid her back in monthly installments.

that has been our rule, that nothing predates

wonderful resource of educated profession-

Beth: I didn’t grow up around a lot of art, but

1972, and that will be our rule until we break it.

als who will be your partners and educate

Rich did, so it was something that connect-

We see this piece as being the linkage through-

you. We are fortunate to have several world

ed us. I enjoyed learning with him and from

out the collection.

renowned gallerists, people like Rhona

Beth: The way that Rich purchased this

Hoffman and Paul Gray, here locally.

piece became the foundation for how we

Beth: It can be intimidating. Don’t be afraid.

collect. A lot of the pieces we collect, we pay

Jump in and read. There are a lot of books that

off over time. We’ve been so lucky to have

will educate you and get you the confidence you

galleries and different artists allow us to buy

need. The art world is extremely inclusionary.

a piece, but not outright, and still give us the piece to bring home to put in our collection.

How does your social life intersect with

In fact, we bought our first piece together, by

your passion for art?

Barbara Kruger, from Mary Boone Gallery

Beth: Chicago is a very fun and social art com-

in NYC when we got engaged. We both re-

munity and a very large part of our lives, for

Art by Marilyn Minter, Andy Warhol and Glenn Ligon line the hallway of the Heller home.



hicagoans Richard and Beth Hell-


sure. You’ve got artists, collectors, curators and gallerists. We all come to the table because we are all passionate about art. We attend a lot of events supporting artists or foundations, and we have a lot of friends in the art world. We’ll be in NYC and meet people and they’ll just randomly invite us over to their home the next day to see their collection. It’s wonderful, really, to get to go into someone else’s home and hear their personal stories and their interactions with the artists. It’s such a big part of our lives and we love it. This is such an amazing world to be a part of. Is it important to have a strategy when assembling an art collection over time? Rich: Our philosophy has evolved over time, starting with collecting artists from a prior generation who were influential to us and then evolving to collecting artists of our own generation who have been influenced by that generation. Art of our generation might also be closer to a certain price point. We can also have a close relationship with people of our time, like Rashid Johnson, and have a conversation with him that we can relate to. What art shows do you attend and recommend to others? Rich: EXPO Chicago is done very well and is very manageable. People come from all over the world to attend. We go to Art Basel in Miami Beach every year, which is an outstanding fair to see world-class art, without question. Beth: We also go to Frieze New York and the Amory Show. The fairs are great because you get to see so much art in one setting. We learn about artists we haven’t heard of and we’ll come home and do research, look at their body of work and see if it is an artist we want to add to our collection. Richard and Beth Heller

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ave Hemmingson is in the business of building boats, al-

in the Korean War, and the much, much older Messier (M) 41, an open

though you would be forgiven for thinking he builds rock-

cluster of stars in the Canis Major constellation. While these other two

ets. Founder of Dave’s Custom Boats (DCB), the Southern

things seem distinct and separate, the best description for the DCB’s

California builder is known industrywide for pushing the limits of

high-performance catamaran may very well be the combination of a

design, construction and eye-bulging performance. With the M41

light tank and a dense cluster of stars light-years away. By that, I mean

Widebody, he may have outdone himself.

this cat is powerful as all hell and appears to be not of this world.


engines, the M41 hit a top speed of 170 on its first test run. This

It shares a similar name with the M41 Walker Bulldog, a light tank used

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On Speedboat magazine’s performance evaluation, next to “Top Speed of Boat” is a plus sign beside 170 mph. We can only guess how fast this thing can fly in very placid conditions. Then again, Godspeed to anyone crazy enough to go above that posted top speed. Before I forget, the two Mercury Racing 1350 engines don’t come standard. The standard package includes a pair of 700s, but really, this is one of those cases of either going big or leaving your boat at home. The 1350 engines come with turbo M8 drives, bringing the horses flying across the water at 2,700 hp. With all the optional equipment added, you’re looking at a $1,059,088 boat that performs as it was meant to: fast, with nice handling and a bevy of

The interior features custom-upholstered seats and a 6-person intercom system; the seamless 41-foot precision-crafted catamaran.

accoutrements like a 6-person intercom system (good luck having a conversation in a wind tunnel without it). Not having this equipment is the

equivalent of not having paddles for a rowboat, wheels on a car, or rockets for a launcher. You just wouldn’t do it. While all that speed is sure to get the water boiling, take a minute just to look at the thing. A collaboration between Hemmingson and aulook, kind of like [a] Lamborghini on the back.”

Treme, this high-flying Fran-

It also features a term that’s usually reserved for Ferraris and Lam-

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borghinis and other supercars: Class A Surfacing, meaning it achieves

metrically math sculpted in

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Top speed of boat: 170mph+

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tion of boat building,” says Jeff

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Maximum RPM: 6,500

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“It’s just the next genera-

mance stuff, this is the only one in the marine industry I believe to date has Class A Surfacing applied to it.” Boy, does it show.

Johnston, President of DCB.

Somewhere between a combat-ready vessel and a burning, burn-

“If you look at the 41 from an

ing, burning firebrand, the M41 certainly defies description. But for

aerial view or even the sche-

Hemmingson, only one matters anyway. He says, “It’s the ultimate

matics, it’s got a really familiar

DCB dreamboat come true.”

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hicago may not be the first city that comes to mind when you’re thinking of buying a second home. But for Coloradans Janet and Frank Nessinger, owning a pied-à-terre here was a decades-long dream. Frank grew up in the Chicago area, went to school in Boulder and ended up staying there for a job. Janet, a native Coloradan, was based in Chicago in the ‘80s when she worked as a flight attendant for American Airlines. Both missed the beauty and vitality of the city. That they both had family living in Chicago (his extended





family, her sister) sealed the deal. Chicago was calling them home. Their top priority was a view of what they missed most: the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan. So when their realtor took them to see two side-by-side units for sale in the Jeanne Gang-designed Aqua building, it was love at first sight. From the building itself, with its iconic, sculptural presence and numerous amenities, to the units’ sweeping lake views and ultra-modern aesthetic, the couple knew immediately this is what they were looking for.

That said, it wasn’t exactly A three-sided fireplace lends turnkey. To combine the two warmth to the living room, units (a one-bedroom and a dining room and kitchen, with one-bedroom plus den), the the stunning vista as backdrop. couple assembled a dream team: contractor Bob Soffer, lighting designer Anne Kustner, kitchen designer Peter Harris and interior designer Julia Buckingham, who was tasked with orchestrating the project. VOLUME 1.1



Early on, they hit a minor snag. When the walls were down and the space was larger, the ceilings began to look a little on the low side. “It felt kind of closed in,” recalls Janet. Enter lighting designer Kustner, who came up with the idea of building a soffit on the ceiling and lighting the recessed areas in both the living room and dining room. The end result is a rather remarkable illusion of soaring ceilings. Cleverly, the soffit in the center of the room also serves as a place for the fireplace to extend into, making it seem as if there’s an actual chimney. According to Buckingham, the see-through gas fireplace, clad in limestone with a playful vein texture, made for a logical transition between the two units. “Because it’s open on three sides to the living room, dining room and kitchen, it creates this wonderful, welcoming aura in the center of the home,” she says. “It’s great for entertaining.” Entertaining was a big part of the agenda for this couple. Whereas their life in Colorado tends to be low-key and quiet, in Chicago they envisioned something far more social and energetic. Similarly, they visualized an aesthetic vastly different from their rustic, lodgelike, earth-toned mountain home. “Janet and Frank knew right away they wanted something more urban, modern and coolly elegant,” Buckingham says. “Our inspiration really was the views of Lake Michigan, so we chose a color palette of cool grays and blues because we didn’t want to distract the eye looking out onto the lake.” The Aqua building itself, with its wavelike curves, provided further inspiration. “The exterior of the building is all about the watery

From top: Glass and mirrored tile layer in luxury, depth and wavelike patterns; the master bedroom features a soft palette of blues and grays to blend seamlessly with the vista. movement of a wave,” Buckingham says. “It’s a very dramatic building, and I really wanted to pay homage to it.” Nowhere is that more apparent than in the kitchen, where Buckingham worked with kitchen designer Peter Harris to create a sculptural, curved Danby marble–topped island that mimicked the exterior

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of the Aqua building. The fluid movement of the glass tile backsplash, featuring waves of blues and greens, along with a set of sensuously curved leather counter stools, complete the statement. In the dining room where a lot of the entertaining happens, Buckingham installed a wet bar using leftover cabinetry from one of the units, lined the wall with mirrored tile and hung shelves to display wine glasses. To capture the couples’ love of casual soirées, the dining room table converts to a billiards table. “When we throw a party, at some point we always take the top off so people can play billiards,” Janet says. “It really adds an element of fun, and it’s something my boys truly enjoy.” While the oldest son laid claim to the second bedroom, Buckingham found space for the younger son in a room that would also serve as a den. Because the interior room didn’t have any windows, Buckingham added transom windows to bring in light, installed a Murphy bed and equipped

the room with a pullout sofa for guests. From top: The The cozy room, decorated with a rug kitchen’s tile backfrom Oscar Isberian and a photograph splash features fluid on aluminum by Chicagoan Eric Hauswaves of blues and man, offers a quiet escape in this decidgreens; Standing Man edly communal home away from home. functional art piece; Stunning vistas serve as the main the dining room’s source of art in this open floor–plan reswet bar is lined with idence, although it is punctuated with a mirrored tile, while number of artworks sourced from local the table converts to galleries as well as a piece of functional a billiards table for art in the living room, Standing Man, casual soirées. that Buckingham picked up in Paris. In the powder room, the floor itself, an unusual black, white and avocado green mid-century modernesque tile from the Fine Line in Chicago, is the art. Still, the art that matters most to this dual-city couple is the art of living well. “We’re here about every three months and Christmas and Easter, and we always have a party for the Air and Water Show,” Janet says. “It’s been so wonderful to have the hotel below us for extra guests, plus all the amenities: the indoor and outdoor pool, the fitness center, the amazing staff, not to mention the park here, all the great restaurants and being so close to the lake. As my husband likes to say, ‘When the weather’s good, it’s awesome. When it’s bad, it’s still awesome.’” 54 VOLUME 1.1

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uxury has no boundaries, and neither does The Breakers Palm Beach. Established by famed American industrialist Henry Morrison Flagler, the world-renowned hotel has been one of Florida’s most sought-after destina-

tions for decades, and rightfully so. Think vibrant-green palm trees, spectacular year-round weather, numerous highly rated restaurants and stretches of white beaches. Whether you’re escaping the cold winter months in the metropolitan area or simply in need of a relaxing retreat, The Breakers never disappoints. Flagler once said, “Helping others is like helping yourself,” a maxim he faithfully lived by. The Florida East Coast Railway system which he famously built up made his luxury resort accessible to all Americans. The line allowed people to experience not only his grand hotel, but also the bliss of Palm Beach. Ever since the railway’s establishment, The Breakers has been deemed one of the premier resorts of the South. Aristocrats, honeymooners and families flock to the coastal hotel to enjoy its superior amenities, picture-perfect weather and wonderful history. The hotel’s registry lists some of America’s wealthiest families, including the J.P. Morgans, Astors and Vanderbilts, who all came here to bask in the The Breakers’ magnificence. The rich and famous still gather here. Last year, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello celebrated a romantic wedding reception at the property. Not surprisingly, the allure of being able to vacation like royalty has proved irresistible to middle-class Americans, too.

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The main drive showcases the hotel’s Italian Renaissancestyle architecture.




There’s no doubt as to why so many people come to enjoy the resort. The Breakers is unlike any other property in the area, largely due to its Italian Renaissance-style architecture that allows you to experience a European hotel without leaving the U.S. Modeled after a few of Italy’s most iconic structures including Villa Medici in Rome, the Florentine Fountain in Florence and the Palazzo Carrega-Cataldi in Genoa, The Breakers stands out gloriously amongst its neighboring buildings. R&R AT THE BREAKERS With 538 rooms (68 are high-end suites) and 140 acres of oceanfront property, The Breakers can easily accommodate a large number of visitors. It offers a variety of activities for every demographic, from sports gurus to spa retreaters to fine diners. There are two premier championship courses: the Ocean Course and Ree Jones Course, both elite in their own ways. The Ocean Course is prominently known through-

tee off at this timeless course will experience turf TifEagle Bermuda greens, 88 sand- and grass-faced bunkers, six lakes and 10,000 square feet of putting greens. For golfers looking for a more modern layout, the Ree Jones Course,

out the Sunshine State as the “oldest 18-hole course” in Florida.

which resides about 10 miles off the resort, offers turf TifEagle Ber-

The green was constructed in 1896 by Alexander H. Findlay and

muda greens, 62 sand- and grass-faced bunkers, 10 lakes, a multitude

then renovated in 2000 by famed architect Brian Silva. Golfers who

of palm trees for an added challenge and 8,000 square feet of putting greens. To ensure all golfers remain stress-free throughout the day, The Breakers provides complimentary shuttles to and from the course to avoid the hassle of having to book traveling accommodations. For beginners or those looking to perfect their swing, there’s the elite John Webster Golf Academy, taught by the PGA professional himself. Guests can continue the R&R off the course by visiting The Breakers’ elite on-premise facilities: the Spa and Ocean Fitness Center. After undergoing an $8-million renovation, the Spa provides a tranquil (Above): HMF’s spicy dragon roll and redhead cocktail; views from the Imperial Suite. (Below): Relax in The Breakers’ spa suite.

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experience for all and includes a newly added salon for hair and nail treatments.

Inspired by the pristine spas of Italy, renowned designer Sylvia Sepielli set out to establish a whole new precedent at The Breakers with an indoor-outdoor layout that mixes coastal charm and unrivaled comfort. Equipped with 17 treatment rooms, the Spa offers unparalleled services including Tammy Fender skin care, massages and holistic bodywork, and OSEA treatments. It is also the first resort in the U.S. to provide

“The Breakers has been deemed one of the premier resorts of the South.”

guests with ERBE treatments, one of Italy’s finest spa product lines.

restaurant environment; and the Surf Break and Beach Club restau-

While waiting for appointments, you can indulge in cocktails, coffee and

rants, perfect for afternoon bites between swimming sessions.

lite Italian bites such as gelato and biscotti outside in the courtyard, featuring a design inspired by “a Medici concept.”


The Ocean Fitness Center debuted just over a year ago and is yet

The latest addition to The Breakers may be the resort’s most as-

another indoor-outdoor facility, with 4,300 square feet of indoor

tonishing enhancement to date: the Flagler Club. This exclusive

space and a 1,700-square-foot outdoor terrace to ensure guests spend

VIP boutique hotel offers guests more privacy, an exorbitant num-

ample time experiencing the revivifying Palm Beach weather. With

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25 rooms and suites, the Flagler Club is outfitted with high-end

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pools with poolside bungalows, five whirlpool spas, a half mile of private beach and 10 HarTru tennis courts. The nine eateries include HMF, a cocktail

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MAN ON FIRE For Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney, talent and ambition come naturally. In this exclusive interview, the star dishes on his role as Lt. Kelly Severide, life in Chicago and, of course, the Cubs. BY JILL BROOKE

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aylor Kinney loves Chicago. Deeply. The Chicago Fire star is such a fan of the city that secured him success, lifelong friends and even stake in

a restaurant, he will go to crazy lengths to support his hometown sports teams. During the 2016 World Series, Kinney and his pals went to a sports bar to watch the Chicago Cubs try to

“It was the most amazing game I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says with boyish enthusiasm. “I got to be at one of the single best sporting events in history!”

break a 108-year championship drought against the Cleveland Indians in the nail-biting Game 6. A friend asked: If he could get tickets (which he in fact did), would Kinney go? As fate would have it—and Kinney is a believer in fate—Wednesday wasn’t a shooting day for Chicago Fire, so he eagerly accepted. However, the weather would not cooperate. Hours sped by as Taylor waited on the runway. Tick-tock. Tick-

et,” he recalls. But he went for it. “It was the most amazing game I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says with boyish enthusiasm. “I got to be at one of the single best sporting events in history!”

tock. Then the flight from Chicago to Cleveland was

Resourceful as ever, Taylor drove the six hours back

canceled. Ouch. Assessing their diminishing prospects,

to the Windy City in time for his Chicago Fire filming the

Taylor took a gamble. He could ditch the trip and watch

next day. Naturally, he had quite the story to tell.

the entire game on TV or dash onto another flight—even though he wouldn’t arrive until the fifth inning.

Unlike many shows, NBC’s Chicago Fire doesn’t have a set that abounds in gossip and backbiting. Launched in

“I thought to myself this could be the dumbest thing

2012 by Dick Wolf, TV’s czar of Law & Order fame, the

I’ve done in a long time because I didn’t have a return tick-

drama is written and created by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt. Kinney stars as Lt. Kelly Severide, a firefighter who, along with his team, faces internal and external challenges while dousing fires and dramas. Blessed with piercing blue eyes reminiscent of Paul Newman’s, Kinney captivates with quiet calm and rugged authenticity. “Writing for Taylor is so easy because he acts with his eyes,” says co-executive producer Brandt. “In a television era where everyone has to have a quippy or snarky comeback, Taylor does it the right way: from the inside out. He is right up there in terms of pure magnetism.” Kinney credits the show’s location for the palpable and genuine camaraderie on and off the set. “Not knowthe cast bonded by spending time Kinney throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field prior to a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds in 2012.

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together. “From the first season, we became like a family.” “He was always up for taking in a game, hitting a restaurant or golfing


ing anyone in town can be a good thing,” he says, noting

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“I think one hundred years ago, I would have been in the circus,” he jokes. “I enjoy traveling and going to new places.”

for shows to shoot here. It’s a great place to tell stories.” Whether it’s along Lakeshore Drive or near the Lyric Opera House, Chicago Fire’s stories are filmed all over town on demanding locations. That requires macho athleticism, a skill baked into Kinney’s DNA. “He isn’t afraid to run up a ladder, through flames or put on diving gear and hop into Lake Michigan,” adds Haas, who respects Taylor as “an electric actor who can handle it all: comedy, suspense, drama, romance.” “He’s always game to do his own stunts,” agrees

on the weekends,” says co-executive producer Haas. These days, the show has a lot to celebrate. Chicago Fire hit that crucial five-year mark, when syndication profits flood in. What a ride it’s been.

Brandt. “Since he’s from a family of brothers, there’s no ego. He’s a true collaborator and a man’s man.” Kinney was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, one of four boys. Four. That’s a lot of testosterone swirling like a cyclone

“I remember when we first started with the pilot, our

in any single mom’s household. His mother Pamela, a den-

prop master Billy Dandra came up to me and joked: ‘I’m

tal hygienist, encouraged her sons to be polite and to enjoy

relying on you because I want to be able to send my kid to

the outdoors. His father Daniel was a banker. Kinney later

college.’ Everyone hopes the show has legs and will stick

studied business management at West Virginia University.

around, but you never know in this business,” says Kinney.

Kinney credits his childhood with teaching valuable life

“One of my proudest moments is I’ve gotten to see that kid

lessons that serve him as an actor. “In college, I could tell

grow up visiting the set and now he is going to college.”

who were only children,” he says. “With so many brothers,

The show has also been a magnet for romantic love.

you are forced into close proximity, and it’s about sharing.

Joe Minoso, who plays firefighter Joe Cruz, married the

I grew up with hand-me-down shoes. You are not married

show’s makeup artist Caitlin Murphy Miles last October.

to your possessions because you know you have to share.”

The theme of the wedding? Chicago-style. Each table car-

Not being attached to things

ried the name of a 1920s speakeasy. Kinney was there cel-

has another advantage. He can

ebrating with the rest of the cast.

grab a suitcase, pack in minutes

Chicago is basking in a resurgence of Hollywood at-

and be out the door. “I think one

Kinney on the set of Chicago Fire with fellow actors Joe Minoso (left) and Jesse Spencer (right).

tention and respect. Since Chicago Fire’s arrival, filming has more than doubled in the Windy City, ranging from Wolf’s other franchises—Chicago Justice, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D.—to Fox’s sizzling shows Empire and The Exorcist and Showtime’s Shameless. Filmmakers are flocking here for the splendid architecture. While in town, the crews enjoy the first-class restaurants and friendly bars. Chicago is known as a sophisticated city that embraces the arts but rejects snobbery, and Kinney appreciates the community feel despite the big-city perks. “It’s fantastic to see so many crews working here,” he says, crediting Mayor Rahm Emanuel for “creating tax incentives VOLUME 1.1


hundred years ago, I would have been in the circus,” he jokes. “I enjoy traveling and going to new places.” His break came in 2006. At 25, he starred in Fashion House, a short-lived show that was his “acting boot camp.” “We did 50 episodes that summer, and I was so busy working. Then Trauma followed, and I played a paramed-

“I made a vow to myself: I am going to just keep on going and not stop—and I haven’t looked back since.”

ic,” he recalls. “I got a little taste of success, and then there was this lull. I made a vow to myself: I am going to just keep on going and not stop—and I haven’t looked back since.” He leaped into role after role, playing both villain and hero in such projects as Five, Prodigal and Vampire Dia-

talgia of it I like,” he says. “It’s become an obsolete medium. There’s this timeless quality to it.”

ries. In 2011, Taylor packed a suitcase and headed to Ne-

At a recent motorcycle race, he met photographer

braska for “You and I,” Lady Gaga’s music video. Sparks

Jason Lee and now collects his rural landscapes. For

flew, leading to a five-year romance, a Valentine’s Day

Christmas, Kinney surprised his brother Trent with a

proposal in 2015 and a realization that two good people

blown-up picture of his nephew.

weren’t meant for each other. Whereas Lady Gaga is an attention-grabbing artist, Kinney prefers calm and quiet. Part of the reason he en-

In his down time, he also likes having “grill offs” with his brothers Adam and Matt and competing over who makes the best flank steak.

joys the community of Chicago is that Midwestern values

Two-thousand twelve proved to be the pivotal year for

are respectful of people’s space and the paparazzi don’t

the 35-year-old actor. It’s when he got his gig on Chicago Fire

stalk celebrities.

and appeared in the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty.

With cool calculation, Kinney understands himself

“I can still see in my mind driving by the Dead Sea.

and his needs. “I’m a very private person,” he says, without

For two and a half months, we were at a military base and

divulging more details of the Lady Gaga breakup. This is a

training,” he recalls. “I will always remember that shoot.”

guy who lives by one adage: less is more.

Five years later, Kinney has reached a pinnacle of suc-

Haas calls him an “old-fashioned star” with a “gen-

cess that affords him enviable options, including family

erous soul.” Even his favorite hobby has a retro quality.

ski trips in Colorado, taking pals out to dinner at Hon-

Kinney enjoys black-and-white photography. “The nos-

ey’s (a hot new Chicago restaurant he’s invested in) and weighing new scripts. He just did a guest appearance on Chicago Justice and is hopeful for the future. Are kids in his plans? “I’d like a brood. I’m a family person.” Yet there’s no rush. Kinney is a patient man. He has friends he adores. Financial security. A fun job. And a woman he loves who has his back. On a recent Chicago Fire episode, Lt. Severide was stumped when asked whom he should list as an emergency contact. In real life, that answer is easy for Kinney. “My mom, definitely my mom,” Kinney portraying Lt. Kelly Severide on Chicago Fire.

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he says. “I’ll always be a mama’s boy in my heart.”


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And the Jean Banchet Goes to‌ Every January, chefs from across the Chicago area join together with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to celebrate the Oscars of the Chicago dining scene, the prestigious Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence. Named in honor of the late, great Jean Banchet, whose exquisite French feasts at Le Francais in Wheeling helped transform the Chicago area into a must-visit dining destination, the Banchet Awards honor the very best restaurateurs, chefs, sommeliers and service teams the city has to offer. In the wake of the star-studded festivities, we caught up with some of the night’s biggest winners to discuss their culinary inspirations, the growing significance of the Chicago dining scene and the delicious surprises they have in store for us in the year ahead.


By Elaine Doremus and Peter Wren

Blackbird Best Restaurant Almost 20 years ago, Blackbird revolutionized the Chicago dining scene thanks to its stark-white dining room, an inventive farm-to-table menu by Paul Kahan and a friendly, yet impeccable approach to service. Today, General Manager David Barriball explains why winning the Jean Banchet Award for Best Restaurant ranks among Blackbird’s greatest achievements. – PW

What’s the secret? How does a

approach to food. It’s not about using a

duck, which were combined with root

restaurant survive for 20 years?

million different ingredients or creating

vegetables in unique ways, like a squab

David: We still pride ourselves on being

really busy food, but a simple focus on

and squash pot pie.

an approachable restaurant. We have

special ingredients and classic techniques. What does winning the Jean Banchet

our Michelin star, but we still serve our $25 three-course prix-fixe lunch. I think

What are some of those special

Award mean to you?

it matters that the original owners are


David: It was so exciting for the restaurant

still here every day. Even after all this

David: Ryan is incredible about sourcing

itself to win because everyone could share

time, everyone is still in it to win it.

new and different products. For

in the excitement. The flagship of One Off

example, there’s a new farm he found

Hospitality, our restaurant group, is always

Tell us about Chef de Cuisine Ryan

that’s [producing] a particular type of

going to be Blackbird. That’s a motivating

Pfeiffer’s cooking philosophy.

pig that can suckle for 12 months instead

factor for all of us in that we’re part of

David: People have described our food

of three months. So it’s incredibly

this incredible restaurant family but feel a

as modern Midwestern. Over the years,

delicious and tender pork. For the first

responsibility to make sure its crown jewel

Paul and Ryan have developed a similar

time, we have cheeses made just for us

stays shiny and new.

by a creamery called The Farm at Doe Run in Pennsylvania. The plan is to offer a different exclusive Blackbird washedrind cheese every season. What’s new at Blackbird that has the team excited? David: Our tasting menu used to draw from our regular menu, but now Ryan’s SANDY NOTO

are separate. They’re 10-course dinners focused on a single concept. Recently, he did a winter and game birds menu. It was filled with squab, quail and Clockwise from top: Blackbird’s beautifully austere dining room; spiced donuts made with miso ice cream; Blackbird’s signature exterior; roasted venison loin topped with venison sausage, walnuts and licorice cream.

Oriole Best New Restaurant In March 2016, Noah Sandoval, former executive chef at Senza, and Genie Kwon, former pastry chef at BOKA, defied convention and opened a 28-seat tasting-menu-only concept named Oriole in the West Loop. A year later, they’ve earned two Michelin stars as well as the Jean Banchet Award for Best New Restaurant. – PW

How did the two of you meet?

restaurants, is finding people who care.

Genie: A coworker of mine who worked

We don’t have that problem at Oriole. If

at Senza said I should check it out, so

anything, we have people who care too

I did. It turned out to be one of the


best dining experiences I’d ever had. My boyfriend [Tim Flores], who is our

What does winning the Jean Banchet

sous chef at Oriole, was the one who

Award mean to you?

introduced me to Noah and his wife

Noah: The restaurant scene in this city

Cara. So essentially, the idea for Oriole

is so intimidating to me. It always will

evolved from that single meal.

be. But the more things that we’ve gotten involved with and the more

Why did you hire mostly friends and

people we’ve met, the more I feel a part

family to staff the restaurant?

of this city. It’s amazing how receptive

Genie: It’s a question of who’s going

people have been. The award is kind of

to honestly provide the best service

like the icing on the cake.

best food and experience. Often the

Where do you draw inspiration for your

hardest thing about work, especially in


blue cheese. It’s good to be playful.

Noah: Sometimes it’s about knowing

Genie: I try to think in terms of number

what goes well together and making

of bites. I have maybe 10 to 12 bites at

those combinations more interesting.

the end of a meal. So how can I satisfy

Take oysters and ham. We start with

a range of flavors with those bites?

a raw oyster and make a consommé

Sometimes it’s taking something really

out of Mangalitsa ham. We add it to an

simple and refining it. I’ve made a tiny

oyster shell with some finger limes. So

miniature croissant and aerated it with

it’s like a little oyster shooter with ham

raclette cheese and apple butter. It’s

broth, and served next to it is a crisp

warm, you can pick it up with your

wrapped with ham and garnished with

hands, and it’s fun to eat.

Clockwise from top: Noah Sandoval; Genie Kwon; Oriole’s inviting dining room; beausoleil oyster with jamón Mangalica; cardinal prawn spring roll; George Nelson lanterns.


and work the hardest to create the

Andrew Brochu Best Chef One of the central attractions of chef Grant Achatz’s newest concept, Roister, is its physical layout, which fans tables around a giant open kitchen boasting a five-foot-tall open-hearth oven. Manning that oven is Andrew Brochu, winner of the Jean Banchet Award for Best Chef, who’s also responsible for the restaurant’s name, perfectly capturing its rowdy, rustic and joyous vibes. – PW

Did you have any concerns about

Part of that show is the ever-changing

been surprised how nuanced the flavors

working in an open kitchen?

playlist of music, right?

can be: hints of char, of fire and ash and

Andrew: I think the dining public has a

Andrew: We play every genre of music

wood. The great thing is that it’s not like

natural affinity and curiosity to know

because music can create a feeling of

you’re in the middle of a smoky BBQ joint.

what’s going on with their food. Our

nostalgia. We could play Fleetwood Mac

open kitchen allows for more personal

and look over and see a mom just loving

Having been raised in the South, what

engagement with diners, who can watch

it. Then the next song is hip-hop and her

does winning the local Jean Banchet

what we’re doing and take small tips

teenagers are going crazy. Sometimes

Award mean to you?

home with them. They’re kind of seeing

we want to create a rollercoaster of

Andrew: It’s cool because the votes

a show, even though it’s not a show for

emotions for our guests.

came from your local peers and media,

us. It’s work.

who believed you deserve it. It can Any tips on how to recreate your giant

take a little while to be in that Chicago

open-hearth oven at home?

group because it’s a protective city

Andrew: I’m not being a smartass but

— protective of its assets and people

building a giant thousand-degree fire in

and arts and crafts. But once you’re

your home is never going to be a good

inside that group, it feels great.

option. It’s hot. But what it’s allowed us to do is be naïve again. It’s shown us how much we didn’t know about openfire cooking. What unique delicious items have you been able to create in that oven? MATTHEW GILSON

Andrew: We can literally put things like steak into the char and cook them. We’ve hung citrus slices on a wire for days until they became chips. We can smoke vinaigrettes, hang whole ducks. We’ve Clockwise from top: Roister’s dining room; Chef Andrew Brochu; glazed eggplant and carrots on the Roister hearth; the Roister whole chicken; asparagus salad with puffed rice.

Bill Montagne & Jennifer Kim Rising Chef(s) of the Year Just shy of one year after opening Snaggletooth, their cozy counter-service ode-to-a-New-York-fish-deli in Lakeview, Bill Montagne and Jennifer Kim reflect on their bold leap and the significance of winning Jean Banchet’s Rising Chef(s) of the Year. – ED

You both boast some impressive fine-

cheesecloth and then apply a mixture of

dining restaurant pedigrees (C Chicago,

salt, assorted spices and citrus.

La Bernadin in New York City, Blackbird

Jennifer: Our curing takes at least five

and Nico Osteria, to name a few). Why

days instead of two days. When we

leave all of that to invest your savings in

remove the cheesecloth, we don’t need

a small neighborhood fish shop?

to rinse the fish, which retains all of the

Bill: We wanted to do something that we


had control over. When you own your own business, you can make decisions

You use mostly farm-raised fish,

you think are right.

including an ocean trout farmed in

Jennifer: It’s a really big jump going from

Scotland instead of the more common

big restaurant groups where the farther

salmon. Why?

up the rank you get in a kitchen, the

Bill: While farm-raised is kind of a

farther away you get from the people

dirty word, we use it for its quality and

who are eating your food, to doing

sustainability. The farms we work with

something this small. We were craving

do a very good job, and when people

the connection and wanted to develop

do things right, it’s important to support

relationships and be community-based.

them from an ethical perspective. We use trout instead of salmon. It is

Snaggletooth has been called an

extremely fresh when it arrives and

honor because it is industry based. Our

untraditional fish deli. What makes your

has the added benefit of having a

peers are saying that they appreciate

fish curing technique stand out?

firmer texture and retaining much more

what we do.

Bill: None of our fish is smoked, which

moisture during the curing process.

Bill: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation charity component of the awards is also

back the oldest form of food preservation

What does winning the Jean Banchet

important. It’s very cool, and it gives us

used before people started smoking

Award mean to you?

enormous satisfaction that we are a part

fish. The technique we use is a much

Jennifer: It was a surprise! Jean Banchet

of an industry that takes care of people

slower process where we wrap the fish in

is very prestigious, and it is such an

through food.

Clockwise from top: Jennifer Kim and Bill Montagne; place settings for the 17-seat restaurant; swordfish pancetta with bagel chips; everything bagel with scallion schmear and house-cured gravlox; whole leaf tea from Chicago-based Rare Tea Cellar.


people find surprising. We’ve brought

Rachel Driver Speckan Best Sommelier In the past year, Rachel Driver Speckan has taken on the role of national wine director at City Winery, welcomed a new baby to her family, won the Jean Banchet Award for Best Sommelier and passed her last exam as an advanced sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. We sat down with the dynamic lady on the go to talk about her whirlwind year. – ED

How did you choose a career as

I applied for the job at 1:45 a.m., got a


phone call immediately and started on

Rachel: I grew up on a rural farm in

day two of the Lush Wine & Spirits new

Arkansas. My whole childhood was very

business. It was a crash course in the

sensory: smelling, touching and tasting.

wine industry for me.

My parents were teachers and focused on learning. Then after college, on a

How has the transition been from your

Monday at midnight, I stumbled upon

local role in Chicago at City Winery to

including flying around the country to

a Craigslist posting for a wine shop

being the National Wine Director?

work with other sommeliers and one

looking for someone to help them take

Rachel: I’ve done so much work on the

failed attempt to pass the three-tiered

a different approach to the business.

floor over the years mentoring people

exam. The pool of advanced sommeliers

for exams and teaching that I wanted

is very small, with only about 250 in the

to stay connected as much as possible.

world, so this is very impactful for me.


Soon, City Winery will have a thousand employees nationally, so I’ve had to

What does winning the Jean Banchet

rework the balance of life and work. My

Award mean to you?

work is focused on educating our staff

Rachel: I’m honored! Just to be

and being present at each location,

nominated is very important and

unifying our programs while keeping

significant because your peers and

local character, and working with each

colleagues are recognizing you for

beverage director to ensure they are

being exceptional. It is an affirmation


for me as a woman that the industry is maturing and women are being

What does it take to become an

supported. I also work with the Cystic

advanced sommelier with the Court

Fibrosis Foundation as a volunteer, so

of Master Sommeliers and what is the

being on the stage with them for the


award felt like coming full circle.

Rachel: It took six years of study, The bustling dining room of City Winery; Rachel Driver Speckan; glass of wine in front of the fire; City Winery’s housemade wine.



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n the United States, the luxury-vehicle buyer is blessed with an embarrassment of riches. Walk through the parking lot of your favorite galleria or country club and you will find marques from

every corner of the globe. Each has its own appeal and admirers, but for those who want a unique driving experience, nothing delivers like an Italian luxury automobile. And nothing Italian delivers like Maserati. The Maserati brand may be new to some, but the automotive cognoscenti know that the company’s history goes back more than

100 years to a small engineering shop in Bologna, Italy that modified

Zegna–designed interior with the world’s only silk and leather seats

and improved the performance of customer cars. A dozen years later,

brings unmatched luxury and refinement to every surface.

the founder established the car company we know today as Maserati.

For the GranSport buyer, aggressive bumper styling is part of the

From the beginning, the engineering expertise built into the cars

exterior appointments along with performance-oriented 21-inch al-

has enabled them to win many races and championships, including

loy rims and tires. Inside, special sports seats hug the driver secure-

the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940. Delivering the driver—on

ly in tight curves and shifting is done through special sport-oriented

the race track or on the street—an automobile with power and

Formula One style paddles. To take the sports car theme to the next

handling has been in the company’s DNA since 1914 when foun der

level, a “carbon fiber” package—straight from the racetracks to your

Alfieri Maserati first turned a wrench.

garage—can be added as well.

Today, Maserati is an important part of the FIAT (FCA) group and sells cars in 70 countries worldwide, setting new sales records


in practically every quarter. That’s because their product range

Squint and you’ll see a lot of the flagship Quattroporte in the

touches all of the key luxury and performance car buyers’ hot but-

Ghibli. That’s not by accident. The designers started with the big

tons. From Grand Touring personal vehicles to four-door family

brother and applied the tried-and-true formula learned in racing to

sedans, from sporty convertibles to all-wheel-drive SUVs and

improve performance: add lightness.

sedans, Maserati has unique and enticing models.


To that end, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is about 7 inches shorter than the Quattroporte’s. Its overall length was cut by 12 inches. These changes took off one hundred pounds from its sibling and set the

The brand’s flagship is the newly redesigned Quattroporte (Italian

front/rear weight distribution to 50/50. In the Ghibli, these changes

for four doors) sedan. Available in three trim levels—S (turbo V6

improved upon the Quattroporte’s already fun-to-drive qualities.

powered), S Q4 (turbo V6 powered with all wheel drive) and GTS

While the Maserati name is associated with driving excitement,

(turbo V8 powered), these sedans combine five-second or better

the Ghibli, thanks to its special chassis, is considered a true driver’s

0-60 times with sumptuous luxury and sports-sedan performance.

car. The Ghibli’s body and underbody design boast a low drag coef-

For 2017, Quattroporte S and S Q4 buyers can individualize their Maseratis with one of two optional trim levels: GranLusso and GranSport. Each is presented as an added cost option. For the GTS buyer, either can be ordered at no additional charge. For the more luxury-oriented driver, the GranLusso features exterior styling cues that set the car apart from other Maseratis. On the inside, an Ermenegildo The new features enhance the car’s sleek exterior.

ficient of 0.31. This results in a reduction in fuel consumption and,


more important to the performance driver, improved stability at

Love luxury, style and performance but have a need for the conve-

highway speeds.

nience and utility of an SUV? The Maserati Levante may be your


ideal choice. Quoting from the Geneva Auto Show press release: “The name Levante was inspired by a warm Mediterranean wind

Completing the 2017 Maserati lineup are a pair of two-door

that can change from mild to gale force in an instant, mirroring the

personal luxury cars. On the Continent, only the most sophis-

character of the first Maserati SUV.” While that may sound like so

ticated automobiles are badged Grand Touring. These cars al-

much ad speak, the performance figures dispel thoughts of hyper-

low the driver and perhaps one special guest to safely and com-

bole. Power for the Levante S is a stunning 450-hp delivering 0-60

fortably cover miles and miles of challenging roads at a brisk

numbers of a tick over 5 seconds! The base Levante clocks in at 350-

pace, arriving at their destination refreshed. That’s the design

hp with a very respectable 6-second sprint to 60. The Levante Diesel

philosophy behind the Maserati GranTurismo. Available in coupe and

makes the same trip, powered by a 275-hp V6, in about 7 seconds.

convertible layouts, each is powered by a turbocharged V8 that’s as com-

Each of the three option levels—Levante, Levante Diesel and Levante S—combine three elements Maserati believes are necessary to succeed in the SUV market: design, exclusivity and performance. Maserati is confident its offerings represent the optimum blend of these elements. So the power under the hood takes care of the “S” in the SUV equation. How The GranTurismo is powered by a turbocharged V8 engine.

about the “U” for utility? The Levante has that covered as well. The Levante is the lon-

gest vehicle in its segment; the wheelbase is 2.5 to 4 inches longer than those of its major competitors. Maserati boasts that the Levante is one of the roomiest in its class  and the sportiest and most elegant design in the luxury SUV segment. For the skier, beachgoer and even the off-road driving enthusiast, the Levante’s Maserati Q4 All-Wheel Drive system comes as standard in all versions. It is based on an electronically controlled, multiplate wet clutch, installed into a fortableontheracetrackasitisontheAutostrada.Infact,theGranTurismo

transfer case linked by a driveshaft to the front axle. While all that

models are used in the Maserati Master Driving programs: a racetrack-

may sound like car geek-speak, in practice the Q4 AWD system de-

oriented high-speed driving school.

livers a typical Maserati rear-wheel drive experience, even in low-

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grip road conditions. In slippery or lowgrip situations (e.g., rain, mud, dirt, snow), it transfers traction to the front wheels with an immediate response and no intervention by the driver. Under normal driving conditions, the system sends 100% of the engine torque to the rear wheels. On slippery or loose road surfaces or in case of loss of traction at the

“The name Levante was inspired by a warm Mediterranean wind that can change from mild to gale force in an instant, mirroring the character of the first Maserati SUV.”

rear, for extreme acceleration or very hard cornering, the system reacts instantaneously, transferring the neces-

SALES AND SERVICE – No matter how well engineered an au-

sary torque to the front wheels. In a matter of 150 milliseconds, the Q4

tomobile may be, it will require factory-authorized ser-

system can alter the torque split from 100% at the rear wheels to 50%


/ 50%, front/rear. Even though all of this remarkable technology is

ly, Chicago-area Maserati owners have Joe Perillo Gold

happening without driver input, the activity of the system can be mon-

Coast Exotic Imports for sales and Perillo Discount Service

itored in real time from the 7” cluster display. This system is more than

Center service.

The Levante utilizes Q4 AWD and a torque vectoring system that strengthens the car’s perfomance.







an engineering exercise. Maserati’s

Maserati is the epitome of Italian style, luxury and performance.

objective is to ensure driving pleasure

If that’s what you’re looking for in your next vehicle, these fine auto-

and absolute safety at the same time.

mobiles are definitely worth a look.



I NEVER IMAGINED A MOVE TO EUROPE PLANNED FOR ONE YEAR WOULD TURN INTO SIX and afford the opportunity to live not only in London but also in Copenhagen, a city I knew very little about but quickly fell hard for. Living in Copenhagen was such a contrast to London life, but equally enjoyable for many different reasons. I was lucky enough to meet some amazing Danes before I relocated there, which eased my transition to their lifestyle. It is a cosmopolitan city full of good looking Danes, and is known for its minimalist and functional design, numerous canals and colorfully painted houses on cobblestone streets.



They respect family, love their traditions, speak impecca-

Despite its relatively modest size, Copenhagen has plenty

ble English and relish a good Danish beer. They are envi-

of hotels, restaurants, sights and activities to keep you busy

ronmentally friendly and physically active. They use bikes

for a long weekend. Here are some of my recommenda-

for transportation and not just exercise, pedaling to work

tions as you spend time in one of my favorite cities.

daily in sun, rain or snow. Women rock their dresses and heels as they cycle out to dinner or for evening cocktails in


the evenings—with their beautiful hair looking naturally

One of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe,

“undone,” of course. This is one tradition I took back with

the Strøget is the main drag that connects Nyhavn Canal

me to the States. I now bike to the office every day, never

(New Harbor) and Kongens Nytorv (the King’s Square) on

mind the frigid Chicago winters.

the eastern side of the city center with Town Hall on the western side. Most of the hotels are situated on both ends



of this east-west pedway, but to me the preferred area to

A wonderful and energetic café scene allows for great

stay is the east end near Nyhavn.

people-watching. True to the Danes’ love of the outdoors

Situated on bustling Kongens Nytorv Square, the newly

and lack of aversion to cold, the cafés have outside seating

renovated Hotel D’Angleterre is the premium luxury hotel

even in December, though heat lamps and cozy blankets

of Copenhagen. A city icon since 1755, the Hotel D’Angle-

are always nearby.

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following a two-year closure for intense restoration. The hotel oozes sophistication and elegance, and has added contemporary refinement to its 92 rooms and suites. There’s a marvelous 1-star Michelin restaurant, Marchal, a fabulous champagne bar called Balthazar, as well as a spa and health club. With the best shopping and dining the city has to offer, this is the ideal location to begin your Copenhagen adventure. Like everything else in the city, lodging does not come without a hefty pricetag, so be pre-

Traditional and innovative Nordic cuisine tops the menu at world-class Søllerød Kro (left) and Geranium (right).

pared to spend $700 or more at Copenhagen’s finest hotels. WHERE TO DINE: Food and wine are synonymous with European travel, and Copenhagen is no exception. A gastronomy haven, it’s filled with restaurants

NOMA – This is the restaurant that blew up

featuring innovative experimental food repre-

the food scene in Scandinavia. The name is a

senting the New Nordic cuisine, as well as those serving delicious tra-

blend of two Danish words that translate to “Nordic food,” and René

ditional Danish offerings such as smørrebrød and herring. And don’t

Redzepi and his creative team excel at their unique interpretation

forget the locals’ love of bread and pastries in the morning: Copen-

and presentation of Nordic cuisine. Noma is not a la carte. Rather,

hagen’s bakery scene is as popular ever. But then so are the outside

you have the choice of two different tasting menus with optional wine

markets. The Michelin Guide for Nordic Cities 2016 awarded a total

pairing. Reservations are hard to get, and not inexpensive!

of 20 stars to 16 restaurants in Copenhagen—the city’s highest annual

Noma has been named the Best Restaurant in the World four

total to date. Geranium tops the list with three stars, with two stars

times since 2010 by Restaurant Magazine and holds two Michelin

going to Noma and Restaurant Schønnemann.

stars. It is currently being reconcepted to have its own urban farm,

A myriad of fabulous restaurants awaits you, but here are a few of my favorites. Rest assured, you will not be disappointed!

so reservations were temporarily put on hold after the December 31, 2016 short-term closing. It reopens this year in a new location. In the interim, you can catch them in Tulum, Mexico, from April 12 to May 28, during which time they will be open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday. KIIN KIIN – The only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in the world outside Thailand is a fabulous and beautiful dining experience. Menus offer modern, personal interpretations of Thai dishes with vibrant flavor combinations. The Tasting Menu begins in the main floor

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The next level of luxury awaits you at the newly renovated Hotel D’Angleterre, one of Copenhagen’s premier stays.

Noma, the Michelin star-rated eatery, offers two different tasting menus with optional wine pairing.

transported to another time when dining here. Meals are served in one of three small but stylish dining rooms. The service is impeccable and the food divine. You have the option to order a la carte or choose a four- or six-course tasting menu. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: THE CANALS AND NYHAVN The best way to get the lay of the land is take a water-boat tour along the many canals surrounding the city. They last an hour, and it’s a relaxing and informative way to see this colorful city from a different vantage point. This is an absolute must-do, no matter what time of year you visit, as the canal boats are heated in winter. At the end of your tour, grab a seat outside for a drink at one of the numerous cafes lining the waterfront at Nyhavn. The colorful and picturesque canal houses lounge where the first course of a selection of street-food appetizers is

are behind you. Nyhavn is filled with locals and tourists alike enjoying

served. It’s followed by a six-course seasonal menu served at your table

the relaxed atmosphere. Jazz music plays in the background, and the

in the restaurant. The wine pairing is optional, but I highly recommend

people-watching is superb. In the summertime, this is the place to be,

it. Get ready to be blown away by the food, sleek décor and incompara-

and you may have to wait a bit to grab a sunny seat close to the water.

ble presentation. DESIGNER STORES RESTAURANT SCHØNNEMANN – Denmark is known for its

Copenhagen is known for its minimalist and functional design, with

smørrebrød, a traditional open-faced sandwich typically served on

clean and simple lines, and you definitely should check out some of

dense rye bread and topped with a multitude of items ranging from

the designer stores in town. Visit Illums Bolighus department store

pickled herring to roast beef with remoulade. You will find this dish

for beautifully Danish-designed home items, Georg Jensen for silver

at restaurants and cafes throughout the city, but there are a few in

jewelry and cutlery, Royal Copenhagen for its classic blue and white

particular that get rave reviews. My personal favorite is Restaurant

hand-painted tableware, Hay for functional yet affordable furniture

Schønnemann. This historic cellar-like establishment has been serv-

and Normann for contemporary design furniture and accessories. Ilse

ing herring, beer and schnapps since 1877. Tiny and crowded, with

Jacobsen creates very functional yet stylish rainwear worn by women

waiters wearing white shirts and ties and tables placed tightly togeth-

throughout town, especially when they’re biking in wet weather.

er on sand-covered floors, it is only open for lunch. Reservations are mandatory and taken by phone only. If you want to experience the best in Danish smørrebrød complemented by an extensive selection of

SØLLERØD KRO – If you’re willing to travel a bit outside the city center, then consider an excepL.P./HDG PHOTOGRAPHY


schnapps, look no further.

tional meal at the 1 Michelin star Søllerød Kro in the northern suburbs near Holte. Housed in a beautiful setting in a country road inn that opened in 1677, you feel

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WALKING AROUND TOWN Amble along the Strøget pedestrianized shopping street from end to end and stop at one of the many cafes where you can sit outside and have a drink. The people-watching is excellent, as many of the cafes are situated on the most popular walking streets. A favorite local place a little off the beaten path is Gråbrødretorv, a public square in the center of town shaded by trees, just off the Strøget. SPEND AN ENCHANTING EVENING AT TIVOLI GARDENS. Tivoli Gardens is an internationally famous amusement park and pleasure garden in the center of town. Founded in 1843, it is beloved by the Danes. There is something for everyone: amusement rides for the family, evening concerts, a large dining scene and ab-


solutely stunning scenery lit up with thousands of lights in the eve-

Take a half-day trip 35 minutes north of the

ning, creating a fairy-tale atmosphere. The park is open in summer,

city to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

opens again for Halloween and then reopens from mid November

near Humlebæk, where you can see contemporary art in a beautiful

until January through Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The decora-

setting overlooking the sea. The artwork is located inside the museum

tions and creativity around the holidays are absolutely magical and a

and on the lawn. Expect to see many locals enjoying the view.

Frederiksborg Slot, the largest Renaissance castle in northern Europe.

must-see when visiting at this time. FAIRY TALE CASTLES Frederiksborg Slot, the largest Renaissance castle in northern Europe, is 40 minutes north of the city in Hillerød. You can reach it by train or car. The castle complex is encircled by beautiful landscaped gardens as well as a small lake with a boat you can ride on. This is one of the most stunning castles I have seen, and I’ve seen a lot! The exterior is beautiful from all sides; you feel as if you’re in a fairy tale. The courtyard entrance with the large fountain sets the stage for a castle tour you can do on your own with or without an informative audio guide. Make sure to leave time to admire the Great Hall and the Chapel rooms. There is so much more to see and do in Copenhagen, but here are some choice places and activities. I hope you’ll grab a map and The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is the most visited museum in Denmark, showcasing modern and contemporary art pieces.

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explore on your own. You’ll see why so many people, yours truly included, have fallen in love with this wonderful city.

SANDI’S PERFECT SUNDAY IN COPENHAGEN: Wake up from your comfortable bed at the Hotel D’Angleterre and get ready to start your Sunday. Grab your light jacket and head outside for a five-minute walk along the Strøget to Café Europa 1989. This popular spot is located on the corner of Amagertorv, a bustling square along the pedestrian street, and has a number of outside tables. Grab a seat outside and enjoy your coffee and brunch with the other lucky patrons able to relax on the square. After brunch, head into Illum Bolighus just across Amagertorv Square to browse and shop for beautifully designed Danish home accessories. Afterward, stop in at Royal Copenhagen, also on the square, and browse for the famous blue and white porcelain dinnerware. Hopefully, you will be lucky enough to see a live demonstration going on as you enter the flagship store. After your shopping spree, walk north on Købmagergade, another pedestrian street, and enjoy the scenery

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as you pass near the lively University of Copenhagen just around the corner. Continue walking northwest as you cross into the Nørreport neighborhood, and arrive at the rela-

hood and the Church of Our Savior with the famous outside spiral

tively new and fabulous Torvehallerne gourmet food market. This

staircase, around Slotsholmen Island where you’ll see Parliament

beautiful covered market has everything from fresh fish to gourmet

and the famous Modern Library also known as the Black Diamond,

chocolate, coffee, organic food, herbs and spices, olive oil and cup-

and then finally back to Nyhavn.

cake stands, as well as food stalls with inside and outside seating.

You are now just a few minutes away from the Hotel D’Angle-

The market is comprised of two glass-enclosed buildings with the

terre where you can relax and freshen up before dinner. Head to the

common outside space in between them, and you can easily spend an

long-standing Ruby in Gammel Strand for an excellent pre-dinner

hour or two exploring the market.

cocktail in a very cozy apartment-like setting, but beware that there

From the market, it’s a 15-minute walk to Kongens Nytorv Square,

is no signage on the entrance. If you want to venture into uber trendy

where you can sit ouside and have a nice lunch if you haven’t already

Vesterbro, grab a drink at the very stylish Scandinavian bar Lidkoeb,

done so at Torvehallerne. Along the way, you’ll walk past Rosenborg

where the interior is decorated in light wood with a fireplace going

Slot and Kongens Have (the King’s Park), which is always filled with

alongside a sleek bar. The proprietors also own Ruby. Both estab-

young people hanging out, having lunch and enjoying the sun. Once

lishments offer excellent cocktails with contrasting settings.

you reach Kongens Nytorv, pick any of the places on the square for a great lunch or a drink outside.

If beer if more your style, take a taxi to Mikkeller in the hip Vesterbro area to taste the best brews in Denmark. This award-winning

After lunch, walk across the square to Nyhavn, the bustling har-

bar has rare beers on tap, as well as bottled brands. The place is tiny,

bor, and hop on a canal tour to see the city and the main sights from

always busy and not to be missed if you’re a fan of microbrewed beer.

the water. You’ll be taken past the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Pal-

After drinks, head to the fabulous restaurant you no doubt booked

ace (the residence of the Royal Family), the very modern Copenha-

a few weeks in advance. Enjoy the ambience and expertly presented

gen Opera House (well worth a tour), the Christianshavn neighbor-

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THE ICING on the Cake

No dinner at Chicago’s most luxurious eateries is complete without dessert. Today, the Windy City is home to some of the world’s finest pastry chefs who are making life a little sweeter— one delectable bite at a time. These pure indulgences, paired with the perfect wines, take dining in our fine city from mere eating to the ultimate culinary experience. BY ANN MARIE SCHEIDLER

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El Che Bar 845 W. Washington Boulevard Chicago, IL 60607 312.265.1130 HIGHLIGHTS About El Che Bar: Housed in the former Checker Taxi building, El Che Bar is Chef John Manion’s spirited Argentine-American restaurant, a tribute to the time he spent traveling throughout that South American country. Cooking directly over open flame is the allure of this spot located in the West Loop. Cuisine: Wood-fired Argentinean-American fare and South American cocktails Popular Dishes: Veal sweetbreads, beef short ribs with red and green chimichurri, thin-cut pork chops Décor: Warm and eclectic with South American influences; a black marble bar adds elegance

Featured Dessert and Wine Pairing at El Che Bar


Chef Marianna Reynolds, a Jean Banchet Awards nominee for Rising Pastry Chef of the Year, created the Smoking Affogato, a theatrical presentation in which smoke is trapped in a clear coffee glass and released tableside with a hazelnut milk espresso pour. Along with creating the theatrical effect, it enhances the flavors and textures of the dish. The Smoking Affogato is served with a cannoli sweetened with dulce de leche, spiked with espresso and laced with a hint of heat in the pizzelle cookie. Dessert wine plays a prominent role, as it is served with praline ice cream spiked with a sweet Italian Marsala wine and a Marsala espresso caramel. Chef Reynolds suggests that the Smoking Affogato is best paired with the Mancino Vermouth Chinato from Piedmont, Italy. “It is earthy and slightly spicy with its intriguing botanical blends,” she says. “It gets the mind racing and the tongue ready for an experience.” Chef Marianna Reynolds

Maple & Ash 8 W. Maple Street Chicago, IL 60610 312.944.8888 HIGHLIGHTS About Maple & Ash: Maple & Ash celebrates the best of the classic steakhouse. With a curated menu by acclaimed Executive Chef/ Partner Danny Grant and an extensive beverage program from James Beard Award– winning sommelier Belinda Chang, Maple & Ash sets a high standard for the steakhouse experience. Cuisine: American Steakhouse Popular Dishes: Caviar, shrimp De Jonghe, roasted seafood tower and bone-in cowgirl steak Décor: Urban sophistication that lends itself to a romantic evening or girls’ night out; also the perfect backdrop for a business gathering

Chef Aya Fukai, a Jean Banchet Awards nominee for Rising Pastry Chef of the Year, created the chocolate bombe as one of Maple & Ash’s signature desserts. A triple chocolate cake is hidden underneath a layer of bourbon-tinged bananas and vanilla ice cream. It is then covered with a chocolate dome that gets melted tableside with a bourbon caramel. The rich creaminess of the dessert is accompanied by wafer pieces covered in dark chocolate surrounding the dome. The surprise of something under the chocolate dome and the over-the-top decadence of this triple chocolate cake make it the top seller at Maple & Ash. Partner and Director of Wine & Service Belinda Chang recommends a beautiful selection of aged Madeira, any of which will suit the dessert beautifully. Your preference depends on how decadent you are feeling. Chef Aya Fukai


Featured Dessert and Wine Pairing at Maple & Ash

GT Prime 707 N. Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654 312.600.6305 HIGHLIGHTS About GT Prime With an emphasis on sourcing from local farms and cuisine highlighted by seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef/ Partner Giuseppe Tentori has curated a meat-centric menu indicative of his signature sharable plates. Cuisine: Steakhouse Popular Dishes: Carnivore platter; rabbit leg confit with potato puree, black garlic and portobello jus; gnocchi Genovese with basil pesto, sweetbread crouton, haricot verts Décor: Dark, sleek and whimsical; designed to look like a fairy-tale forest with chairs lined with faux fur, light fixtures resembling trees and taxidermy on the walls

Featured Dessert and Wine Pairing at GT Prime


Chef Andrea Coté recommends a lighter finish to your steakhouse dinner with the Meyer lemon crème brulee, a blend of fresh lemon marmalade and a heaping of tangy blueberries. To complement this sweet and sour flavor palette, she suggests the Disznókő Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2007, a Hungarian dessert wine. It has honey and berry flavors to enhance the blueberries, as well as acidity that makes the wine seem drier than it actually is when enjoyed with the Meyer lemon crème brulee.

Chef Andrea Coté

Nico Osteria 1015 N. Rush Street Chicago, IL 60611 312.994.7100

HIGHLIGHTS About Nico Osteria Nico Osteria brings Italian seafood to Chicago’s Gold Coast. The dining room sets an elegant stage for Chef Erling Wu-Bower’s house-made pasta and impeccable seafood. Cuisine: Italian Popular Dishes: Brussels sprouts bruschetta, stuffed pappardelle, fritto misto di pesce Décor: Bold and rich interior design that evokes an intimate art gallery

The sourdough bombolini, classic donuts with a modern twist, are the master creation of Chef Leigh Omilinsky. The donuts are served with toasted fig leaf cream, passion fruit, graham cracker and fig leaf gelato. They are best paired with a sweet white wine like a Reisling, preferably Germano Ettore Langhe (2014). Since the donuts themselves aren’t very sweet and have a bit of a sourness at the start, the sweetness of the wine is the perfect enhancement. The toasted fig leaf crema and fig leaf gelato add a coconut interest. Chef Leigh Omilinsky



Featured Dessert and Wine Pairing at Nico Osteria

Boka 1729 N. Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 312.337.6070 HIGHLIGHTS About Boka: Over the past 12 years, Boka has become one of Chicago’s favorite restaurants for creative American cuisine with its great design, warm hospitality and awardwinning chefs. Since arriving at Boka, Partner/Chef Lee Wolen has received a Michelin Star in 2015 and 2016 (Boka has received six consecutive Michelin Stars), 3 Stars and Chef of the Year from the Chicago Tribune, and Chef of the Year and Restaurant of the Year at the Jean Banchet Awards. Cuisine: Seasonal American Popular Dishes: Roasted chicken with cabbage, onions and tamarind; slow poached egg with cavatelli and mushrooms Décor: Stylish and modern with a lounge and candlelit garden patio

Featured Dessert and Wine Pairing at Boka


Meg Galus, Pastry Chef at Boka, Cold Storage and Swift & Sons—winner of Pastry Chef of the Year from the Chicago Tribune and a 2016 James Beard nominee—recommends the coffee & hazelnuts for dessert served with pralines and whole milk ice cream. Boka Wine Director Kyle Pepperell suggests NV Warre’s Otima 10-Year Tawny Port. “It has a hint of sweetness with notes of almond, hazelnut and toffee. There’s a nice bit of acid to balance out the sweetness,” he says. “The nuttiness of the wine really plays well with the nuttiness of the dessert.” Chef Meg Galus


FIRST LOOK FOR CHARITY THE 100 CLUB OF CHICAGO Guests helped kick off the Chicago Auto Show with the event’s annual gala, First Look for Charity, on February 10. Socialites and aficionados got a first look at the very latest luxury, concept and exotic cars at North America’s largest automotive exhibition. They enjoyed elegant hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling and posing for photos in the showcase cars. The event generates more than $2.5 million annually to benefit 18 vital Chicago organizations, including the 100 Club of Chicago.



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1. Joe Ahern and Mike McGrath Jr. 2. Taryn Mason, Chelsea Barras, Marjorie Perez, Caitlyn Brennan and Lindsey Dorcus 3. Performance by The Clients 4. Jason Lembo, Shannon Steitz, Kate Ahern, Joe Ahern and Susan Ahern 5. James Papjohn of The Clients 6. Kelly and Jay Vincent 7. James Papajohn, Joe Ahern, Dale Fleming and Sam Torino 8. Guest receiving the Chicago 100 pin 9. Check presentation by Chicagoland car dealers

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GRAND CHEFS GALA CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION A night of great celebration and fabulous food awaited guests at the 20th anniversary of the Grand Chefs Gala, hosted at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on February 3. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Grand Chefs Gala is one of Chicago’s premier food-themed events. More than fifty of the town’s elite chefs and mixologists prepared signature dishes for guests to nibble on while socializing. The event honored founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Richard Melman, and Emmy-nominated celebrity chef Jeff Mauro returned as host. Co-chairs Jim and Rose Kallas also were in attendance.










1. Kyle and Debbie Croft 2. Emma Reynolds, Jim and Rose Kallas and Elaine Doremus 3. Paul and Victoria Liebenson 4. Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, Deborah Lopez, Jim Kallas, Chris and Sue Crowley 5. Drs. Matthew Pisano and Alicia Salazar 6. Richard Melman 7. Emma Reynolds and Elaine Doremus VOLUME 1.1



NEAPOLITAN COLLECTION BOOK LAUNCH EVENT Chicago’s and the Chicago North Shore’s most fabulous women gathered at neapolitan collection boutique on February 2 in Winnetka for the launch of the book Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design (Rizzoli, New York 2016). Author Stellene Volandes, Editorin-Chief of Town & Country, signed copies of her book, which showcases today’s most iconic jewelry designers and the artistry, expertise and inspiration behind their unique and breathtaking pieces. Guests had a chance to speak with Volandes as they shopped the latest couture collections while sipping on wine and champagne and mingling with the who’s who of the local fashion scene.









1. Nicholas Varney, Stellene Volandes and Jennifer Levene Bruno 2. Kelly Golden and Stellene Volandes 3. Guests shopping for jewelry at neapolitan collection 4. Emma Reynolds, Elaine Doremus, Jennifer Levene Bruno and Stellene Volandes 5. Whitley Bouma Herbert 6. LeAnita Ragland-Brooks, William Roberts and Elaine Doremus 7. Stellene Volandes 8. Katie Dunn and Abby Baine Dunn 9. Bolaji Sosan

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FIRST BITES BASH CHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK Fellow foodies gathered at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on January 26 for the First Bites Bash, the official kick-off event for the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week. Produced by Choose Chicago, this was an opportunity to sample delectable small bites from more than 60 of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Chef/Partner Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio was the host, and the event benefited the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an appearance, and CEO of Choose Chicago, David Whitaker, welcomed guests and spoke about the significance of Chicago Restaurant Week.

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SETTING THE MOOD Not just any ordinary candle, the Hermès Nuit du Solstice Candle Bowl makes an elegant statement in your living room or bedroom. Combining notes of spices and the soft warmth of wood, this porcelain scented candle bowl was inspired by the reveries of perfumer Céline Ellena. The sweet smell paired with clean style and a pop of color will show off your flair for design and decor. Available at Neiman Marcus and, $450



It’s never too early to think of spring flowers. Allow Field + Fleur’s newest fragrance, Peony Blush, help you transition into the new season early. With powerful notes of peony, this feminine fragrance transports you into a meadow of fresh flowers. The perfect blend of rose, jasmine, sandalwood and pink peppercorn, this mist is light and airy, and boasts a quintessential springtime freshness. Available at, $20


GO FOR THE GOLD Strike a deal with the lords of age by indulging in Ambra Salon and European Spa’s 24K GOLD Facial. Taking luxury skincare to the next level, a microneedling therapy penetrates the surface of the skin and slows down collagen depletion before a 24K gold leaf is massaged into the skin. Leaving your skin silky smooth, blemishes and age spots will be things of the past after this royal treatment. Available at Ambra Salon and European Spa, $400

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Who says a perfume is simply for wearing? In Lalique’s case, the French brand’s 2017 limited-edition Bacchantes perfume bottle is also a highly collectible piece of art. This year’s bottle showcases the brand’s signature Bacchantes pattern in a stunning crystal—numbered and signed as befits its limited-edition status. The fragrance is as stunning as the exterior, with fruity notes of blackberry, green black currant leaf and pear. Available at, $1,800



The New York-based design firm Okeanos Aquascaping is shaking up the architectural realm by transforming ordinary rooms into one-of-a-kind spaces with custom-made aquariums, ponds and water features. The company, founded by Martin Schapira and Nathan Kamelhar, is showcasing its newest innovation, Elevate, which displays succulents in a lab-grade glass vessel that sits above the surface (hence the name). Whether you enjoy just plants or an additional hand-painted skull (limited-edition skulls crafted by Alec Monopoly, King Saladeen and Martinius Maximus the Third are also available), this terrarium display is sure to turn heads. Available at, starts at $325



Stellene Volandes, Editor-In-Chief of Town and Country, is nothing short of a jewelry expert. Volandes made a guest appearance at Winnetka’s neapolitan collection boutique in February to debut her Rizzolipublished Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design. In the book, she highlights today’s most influential designers, focusing on 17 modern masters from around the world. Featuring breathtaking photos of stunningly beautiful jewelry, Volandes’ book is a must-have on your wish list. Available at, $85



A ROYAL BREW Drinking coffee like a royal is now possible with Royal Paris’ 24-karat gold coffee maker. Handcrafted by French artist Jean-Luc Rieutort, the Royal Coffee Maker doubles as a coffee maker and a work of art. Fashioned with a syphon brewer, a tool used in the mid19th century to brew coffee for socialites, only eight Royal Coffee Makers are produced each month. The bespoke machine uses a Baccarat carafe and comes in 24-karat gold, copper or silver. Buyers can customize the base as well with semiprecious black obsidian, azurite or malachite with engravings. The brewing process is exquisite and perfectly timed, resulting in the perfect cup of coffee every time. Available at, retails between $10,000-$18,000


Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show

The Orchid Show With more than 10,000 orchids in bloom, The Orchid Show is the Chicago Botanic Garden’s biggest flower show of the year. This year, the show examines “Orchids in Vogue” and how orchids inspire popular culture. WHEN: February 11-March 26 WHERE: Chicago Botanic Garden VISIT:

Animal Magnetism

This nine-day event, themed “Chicago’s Blooming,” will feature more than 20 life-size gardens, daily seminars and DIY workshops. WHEN: March 18-March 26 WHERE: Navy Pier VISIT:

The Chicago Public Library Foundation Junior Board is hosting its 4th annual spring event. This year’s theme “Garden of the Curious” will celebrate curiosity in all forms while guests speak with librarians, authors and fellow library supporters. WHEN: March 31 WHERE: Harold Washington Library, Winter Gardens VISIT:

Animal Magnetism

Chicago Heart Ball

More than 600 pet lovers and urban professionals will gather for the PAWS Chicago annual gala for an evening of cocktails, furry friends and food. WHEN: March 24 WHERE: Morgan Manufacturing VISIT:

Support the American Heart Association at Chicago’s Heart Ball, which raises money both locally and across the nation while celebrating the lives saved through the organization’s philanthropic efforts. WHEN: April 8 WHERE: Navy Pier Grand Ballroom VISIT:

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Face The Future Foundation Gala Benefiting the UIC Craniofacial Center, the gala, themed the “Disco Ball,” will welcome guests for a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and dancing to help local children born with craniofacial abnormalities. WHEN: March 25 WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago VISIT:

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Chicago Art & Design Show

Night In The Stacks

Chicago Art & Design Show Help celebrate the launch of the Chicago Art & Design Show, which features more than 100 contemporary artists working in all mediums. WHEN: April 8-9 WHERE: Navy Pier VISIT:

Once Upon A Time Gala The Children’s Place Association will host its annual black-tie gala, which will feature food, cocktails, an auction and dancing. WHEN: April 22 WHERE: Revel Fulton Market VISIT:

Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens The Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago will host its 17th Biennial Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens at an east Lake Forest estate designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. WHEN: April 29-May 21 WHERE: Lake Forest VISIT:

2017 James Beard Awards Gala Often dubbed the “Oscars of Food,” the prestigious James Beard Foundation will announce the winners of this year’s James Beard Awards, which include chefs and restaurants from around the country. WHEN: May 1 WHERE: Lyric Opera of Chicago VISIT:

Entertain with Inspiration The Storied Table celebrates one of the greatest joys of entertaining through a carefully curated collection of globally sourced hand crafted dinnerware, tabletop and textile products.

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Butterfly Ball Supporting the education initiatives of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, this ball has been celebrating nature and science for 18 years. WHEN: May 5 WHERE: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum VISIT:

31st Ball de Fleur

23rd Annual Spring Luncheon The Woman’s Board of Rush University will host its 23rd Annual Spring Luncheon, featuring motivational speaker Mel Robbins. WHEN: May 11 WHERE: Hilton Chicago VISIT:

28th Annual Art Of Caring An evening of exciting entertainment and a lively auction await guests at this fundraiser benefiting programs and services of Catholic Charities. WHEN: May 13 WHERE: Genesee Theatre, Waukegan VISIT:

Fifth Annual Cook-Off For Cancer Join Chicago Cubs player Anthony Rizzo at this annual event that benefits the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. Rizzo and his teammates will serve food and drinks to guests as they vote on their favorite chefs and dishes from notable restaurants in Chicago. WHEN: May 18 WHERE: Morgan Manufacturing VISIT:

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Giraglia Rolex Cup

Goodman Theatre Gala Enjoy a night of entertainment at the Goodman Theatre’s “Sequins and Soul” gala. Showcasing a performance from Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter, proceeds will benefit the Goodman Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement Programs. WHEN: May 20 WHERE: Fairmont Chicago VISIT:

L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters Featuring more than 50 posters from five grand masters between 1875 and 1910, this exhibition focuses on poster art from the exuberant Belle Époque era in France. WHEN: Through January 7, 2018 WHERE: Driehaus Museum VISIT: Laffichomania

AROUND THE GLOBE Giraglia Rolex Cup

Hamilton Island Race Week

June 9-17 Saint-Tropez

August 19-26 Hamilton Island Queensland, Australia

U.S. Open June 15-18 Erin Hills, WI

Paris International Air Show June 19-25 Exhibition Center of Le Bourget Paris, France

Superyacht Cup Palma June 21-24 Superyacht Cup Regatta Village Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 20 Lodge at Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, CA

Cannes Yachting Festival September 12-17 Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto Cannes, France


Come support the Alexian Brothers Foundation at its annual event to help individuals and families in need of behavioral healthcare. WHEN: May 6 WHERE: Morgan Manufacturing VISIT:

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"Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go."


The number of passports issued in the state of Illinois in 2016.

54.1 million The total number of visitors to Chicago in 2016.

5 million The estimated number of people who attended the Chicago Cubs World Series championship parade in Chicago.


The total number of hotel rooms in Chicago, including newbies such as the Viceroy and Nobu Hotel coming this year.

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$1.5 million The amount Mayor

The number of years it took for the Chicago Cubs to win another World Series. The team won in 1907, 1908 and 2016.

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THE CONCIERGE This guide introduces a rotating selection of new and noteworthy hotels, restaurants, nightlife, entertainment, arts, culture, attractions, shopping and more to help you navigate and make the most of our great city of Chicago.

STAY Chicago Athletic Association Don’t let its Venetian gothic-style fool you. This luxury historic hotel brims with modern amenities plus spectacular views of Millennium Park from the all-season rooftop restaurant and bar, Cindy’s. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-9403552, Conrad Chicago Hotel Steps away from Michigan Avenue, Conrad Chicago is in the heart of everything. Enjoy high-

The Chicago Bean

end amenities, spacious rooms and top-level service. Don’t forget to stop

views that span the entire

Huron St., 312-649-2000,

boasts the coolest, most

of classical charm. The

for a signature smoked

city. 120 E. Delaware Pl.,

casual luxury. With

premier hotel offers

scotch at Baptiste &

844-245-4631, FourSea-

pet-friendly rooms, LED

exquisite dining, high-end

Bottle, serving classic

The Gwen Hotel

TVs, luxe spa products

shopping and an easy

Bringing a breath of fresh

and a sexy cocktail

commute to some of the

ern tavern setting. 101 E.

The Godfrey Hotel

air and re-infusing cre-

reception, this boutique

most iconic attractions in

Erie St., 312-667-6700,

As one of the hottest bou-

ativity to the downtown

hotel is perfect for the

the city. 505 N. Michigan

tique hotels in Chicago’s

area, the Gwen celebrates

modern traveler. 20 W.

Ave., 312-944-4100,

River North neighbor-

the glamour and glitz

Kinzie St., 312-395-9000,

Four Seasons Chicago

hood, the Godfrey offers

of 1930s Chicago with

Located a hop away from

221 spacious rooms, plus

a modern-meets-vin-

some of the most glam-

15,000 square feet of

tage aesthetic. 521 N.


The Langham Chicago

orous shopping on the

indoor and outdoor patio

Rush St., 312-645-1500,


earned the spot of

Magnificent Mile, the Four

space. Dolce Italian pro-

A landmark on Michigan

number-one hotel in

Seasons Chicago lives

vides a place for you to

Avenue, the InterCon-

the U.S. in 2017 by U.S.

up to its internationally

dine, while the IO Rooftop

Kinzie Hotel

tinental Chicago is

News & World Report,

acclaimed reputation with

Lounge is a sexy, swanky

Of all the upscale stays

a vibrant downtown

so it’s no question this

unparalleled service and

place for cocktails. 127 W.

in downtown, the Kinzie

mainstay with a sprinkle

London-based luxury

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The Langham Chicago


American fare in a mod-

hospitality brand goes

insula Spa, a curated Keys

awarded two Michelin

shopping on Gold Coast’s

menus using an innova-

above and beyond. Butler

to the City experience and

stars, relax for a cocktail

most extravagant block.

tive approach to modern

service and views of the

a Hamilton Nights room

at Rebar or take in the

11 E. Walton St., 312-646-

cuisine. 1723 N. Halsted,

city, housed in the iconic

package. 108 E. Superior

dramatic cityscape on the

1300, WaldorfAstoriaChi-


Mies van der Rohe’s 1971

St., 312-337-2888, Chica-

Terrace at Trump. 401 N.

IBM Building, await you.

Wabash Ave., 312-588-

Bad Hunter


Situated in the West

330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-


923-9988, LanghamHo-

Thompson Hotel

This boutique venue of-

Virgin Hotel Chicago

fers a worldly, eclectic at-

Bringing a new mean-

42 Grams

city, Bad Hunter’s hip new

LondonHouse Chicago

mosphere with a loft-like

ing to boutique hotel,

This 18-seat BYOB with

American dishes are sea-

This riverfront hotel is for

lobby and lounge amidst

Virgin amps up your stay

two Michelin stars offers

sonal, vegetable-centric

those wanting an above-

the tree-lined streets and

with heartfelt customer

a multicourse menu from

and perfect for those who

and-beyond stay. Fusing

historic mansions of the

service, an eclectic decor

chef Jake Bickelhaupt

want a bespoke dish in a

classical architecture with

Gold Coast. Home to Nico

and plenty of dining and

that is well worth the

trendy atmosphere. 802

a modern interior, the

Osteria, serving Italian

entertainment festivities

requisite advanced ticket

W. Randolph St., 312-265-

1920s-inspired high-rise

seafood specialties, the

under one roof. 203 N.

purchase. 4662 N. Broad-


offers sweeping views

Thompson is the place to

Wabash Ave., 312-940-

way St., info@42gram-

of the city. Don’t forget

be seen. 1015 N. Rush St.,

4400,, 42Gram-


to pay a visit to the LH

312-994-7100, Thompson-

Recently named 2017

Rooftop to enjoy a cock-

tail while admiring our

Loop, the buzzing restaurant capital of the

Waldorf Astoria

Best Restaurant by the

From the moment you


Jean Banchet Awards,

gorgeous city. 85 E. Upper

Trump International

pull in, you’re transported

This time-tested fine-din-

Blackbird revolutionized

Wacker Dr., 312-357-1200,

Hotel & Tower

to a European chalet, but

ing destination is one of

the Chicago dining scene

The finest dining paired

it’s not until you enter the

only 13 restaurants in the

in 1997 with its inventive

with the best views of the

ultra-personalized rooms

U.S. and one of three in

farm-to-table menu by

Park Hyatt Chicago

city and luxe accommo-

that you realize this

Chicago to earn three

Paul Kahan, featuring

Elevated living is an art,

dations await travelers at

hotel is synonymous with

Michelin stars. Chef Grant

super-fresh ingredients

and no one does it like

this most coveted address

luxury. Enjoy fine dining,

Achatz draws foodies with

and cutting-edge culinary

the Park Hyatt. The NoMI

in the city. Dine at Sixteen,

the soothing spa and

new American tasting

technology. 619 W. Ran-

Spa, NoMI Kitchen, chic ambiance and modern décor make for a remarkable and sophisticated experience. 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-1234, Peninsula Chicago Far Eastern graciousness blends with Midwestern hospitality at this superb hotel that features onetouch state-of-the-art tablet technology in every room, the luxurious PenThe Thompson Hotel


dolph St., 312-715-0708,

serving authentic Tuscan

312-663-8920, Evere-

dolph St., 312-234-9494,

Leña Brava

Italian fare in a gracious,

Rick Bayless scores yet another winner with

white-tablecloth setting. Boka

300 W. Hubbard St., 312-

Gibsons Bar &

GT Fish & Oyster

his trendy West Loop

Lincoln Park’s famed

836-0900, CocoPazzoCh-


This Bib Gourmand-win-

Baja-style restaurant that

eatery remains at the top

This quintessential Gold

ning oyster and seafood

serves up dishes ranging

Coast steakhouse is a

venue in River North is

from ceviches to entrees

of its class in the Chicago culinary scene, thanks to

El Che Bar

place to see and be seen

home to incredible sea-

from the wood-burning

Chef Lee Wolen’s superb

Securing three Jean

and is renowned for its

food dishes. Named after

hearth and oven. 900 W.

seasonal American fare

Banchet Award nomi-

exclusive USDA Prime

Chef/Partner Giuseppe

Randolph St., 312-733-

and Simone Deary’s

nations this year, Chef

angus steaks, perfectly

Tentori, the buzzy space


timeless design. 1729 N.

John Manion’s spirited

crafted cocktails and

pairs inventive shared


impressive seafood se-

plates with creative cock-

lection. 1028 N. Rush St.,

tails in a modern setting.

Maple & Ash

312-266-8999, Gibsons-

531 N. Wells St., 312-929-

Not just another steak


house, this Gold Coast

Girl & the Goat

GT Prime

innovative take, mixing

This was one of the first

One of Chicago’s premier

a modern aesthetic with

restaurants to put down

steakhouses with a

polished service to deliver

roots in the Randolph

modern twist gives off

classic wood-fired dishes

Restaurant Corridor.

an edgy-chic vibe in a

with a contemporary

Courtesy of Executive

dimly lit room. Elevated

twist—and, of course,

Chef Stephanie Izard, Girl

grill options and creative

great steaks. 8 W. Maple

& the Goat has been serv-

small plates paired with

St., 312-944-8888, Maple-

ing up innovative small

cocktails and wine are

plates of tasty, bold-fla-

reason enough as to why

vored foods with a global

Chicagoans love this


newcomer offers an

RPM Steak

Halsted St., 312-337-6070,


influence in a fun, lively

buzzy steakhouse. 707 N.

Noah Sandoval and Genie

restaurant evokes sultry

setting and a dramatic

Wells St., 312-600-6305,

Kwon defied convention

vibes with subtle nods to

open kitchen since 2010.

when they opened this

Chicago Cut

South American culture.

809 W. Randolph St.,


845 W. Washington Blvd.,

312-492-6262, Girlandthe-


ly concept, which earned

Floor-to-ceiling windows

312-265-1130, ElCheBar-

Nominated for three

Best New Restaurant by

afford a view of the Chica-

Jean Banchet Awards

the 2017 Jean Banchet


this year, Honey’s serves

Awards. 661 W. Walnut

go River from the modern

28-seat tasting-menu-on-

dining room that serves


With three Michelin stars,

up new American-Medi-

St., 312-877-5339, Oriole-

up dry-aged USDA Prime

Celebrating 30 years of

Curtis Duffy’s first solo

terranean fare with sea-

steaks and more than 600

Alsatian-French dining

restaurant is a perfect

sonal craft cocktails and

wines. 300 N. LaSalle Dr.,

atop the Chicago Stock

example of fine dining

wines. It offers accessible

Prime & Provisions

312-329-1800, Chicago-

Exchange, this spe-

done right. Guests choose

fine dining in a stylish

The sprawling steakhouse

cial-occasion restaurant

from two 8- to 12-course

setting with some of

features USDA all-natural

offers prix-fixe menus,

tasting menus: Flora

the freshest dishes

Prime heritage black An-

Coco Pazzo

dramatic views and rare

highlights vegetables and

around. 1111 W. Lake St.,

gus beef in its signature

For 25 years, this River

Old World elegance. 440

Fauna focuses on seafood

312-877-5929, Honey-

state-of-the-art dry-aging

North restaurant has been

S. LaSalle St., 40th floor,

and protein. 652 W. Ran-

room. Marble tables, a

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cigar patio and the best

iew restaurant is an ode

luxury shopping spanning

Walton St., 312-642-9166,

(from owner Ikram

steak in the city make

to a New York fish deli,

six stories. With the many

Goldman) sells high-end

this a luxe destination for

available for take out

stores, art galleries and

any discerning foodie.

ordering at the counter

restaurants, it’s easy to

Geneva Seal

and accessories from

222 N. LaSalle St., 312-

or a truly remarkable

spend a whole day at this

For more than 50 years,

around the world. Shop-

726-7777, PrimeAndPro-

in-house experience.

consumer’s paradise. 900

this upscale timepiece

pers also can experience

2819 N. Southport Ave.,

N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-

outpost has been a

the store’s luxe café and

773-715-4790, Snaggle-


family-owned staple for

art gallery post-shop-


discerning clientele. Lo-

ping. 15 E. Huron St., 312-


cated on prestigious Oak


Go for the open-hearth

women’s clothing, shoes



Once voted the eighth

Street, it offers Bovet,

concept and stay for the

A stylish new American

most expensive store in

Breitling, Blancpain,

Lester Lampert

rowdy and rustic vibes

hotel eatery inside the

the U.S., Blake specializes

Hublot and Richard Mille,

Known by its signa-

and food by Andrew

Kimpton Gray Hotel

in sophisticated women’s

among many others. 112

ture leopard logo,

Brochu, named Best Chef

just steps away from

apparel in a minimalist

E. Oak St., 312-944-3100,

this upscale jewelry

by the 2017 Jean Banchet

the theater district,

setting. Shoppers must

salon specializes in cus-

Awards. 951 W. Fulton

Steadfast features grand

be buzzed in to browse

Market, hospitality@

decor, high-end fare and

pieces from Marni, Dries


and estate jewelry. 7 E.,

rare brown spirits. 120

Van Noten and other

The maker of the iconic

Huron St., 312-944-6888,

W. Monroe St., 312-801-

major designers. 212

Birkin bag, Hèrmes has


W. Chicago Ave., 312-

held roots in Chicago


for quite some time.

Louis Vuitton

Housed in a clean, stone

Chicago’s Michigan Ave-

RPM Steak

tom-designed creations

Power couple Giuliana


and Bill Rancic opened

Executive Chef Anthony


building, the brand’s ap-

nue location on the north

this sister restaurant

Martin offers progres-

Since 1968, Burdi has

parel, handbags, scarves

side of the Magnificent

to RPM Italian, where

sive French cuisine in

been outfitting the most

and accessories has few

Mile is undergoing an ex-

celebrity spotting and

this four-star, world-re-

well-dressed men of

peers. 25 E. Oak St., 312-

tensive renovation. Louis

dry-aged beef go hand

nowned restaurant

Chicago with signature


Vuitton sells handbags,

in hand. Those with

known for its extensive

custom ties and suits.

dietary restrictions can

caviar program, elegant

The men’s fashion


other accessories. 919 N.

choose from a selection

ambiance and muse-

hotspot also has ready-

One of the best-known

Michigan Ave., 312-944-

of gluten-free and veg-

um-quality contempo-

to-wear pieces. 58 E.

boutiques in Chicago


etarian options. 66 W.

rary art. 676 N. Saint

Kinzie St., 312-284-4990,

Clair St., 312-202-0001,

Snaggletooth When owners Bill Mon-

luggage, apparel and


tagne and Jennifer Kim won the Jean Banchet

900 North Michigan

Award for Rising Chef(s)


of the Year, it became

Housing everything from

apparent that Snaggle-

Gucci to Bloomingdale’s

tooth’s unique approach

to Lululemon, the shops

to premier cuisine was a

at the north end of the

success. The cozy Lakev-

Magnificent Mile feature 900 North Michigan Shops VOLUME 1.1



Razny Jewelers

Water Tower Place

magnificent buildings.

serves new American fare

popular live-music venue

Well-known throughout

Fun for the whole fam-

Opt for an exciting ride

and drinks from two full

and expansive lawns.

Chicago and the surround-

ily awaits you at Water

on the First Lady Cruises

bars, plus bottle service.

The 25-acre area is

ing suburbs, Razny has

Tower Place, attached

while sailing the Chicago

127 W. Huron St., 312-374-

perfect for people of all

the finest jewelry in Illinois.

to the Ritz-Carlton Chica-

River and Lake Michigan.


ages. If you want a more

It’s an official jeweler of

go, where you’ll find

Tour Center: 224 S. Mich-

Rolex and Patek Philippe

everything from the Lego

igan Ave., 312-922-3432,

Green Mill Jazz Club

head to Maggie Daley

and houses some of the

Store and CUSP to fine

One of the city’s oldest

Park. 201 E. Randolph St.,

world’s most notable

jewelers. 835 N. Michi-

nightclubs (favored by

312-742-1168, Millenni-

jewels and timepieces. 109

gan Ave., 312-440-3580,

City Winery

the likes of Al Capone),

E. Oak St., 312-663-8500,

Whether dining or wine-

you would be remiss if

making is on your to-do

you didn’t pay a visit to

Pinnacle Yachts

list, West Loop’s City

this century-old out-

Whether you want to

Winery prevails as the

post. Jazzheads from

purchase or lease a yacht

place to go for a unique

Chicago and around the

or simply enjoy a sunset

world come here to see

cruise with your loved

Tourbillon Boutique


Michigan Avenue’s expansive boutique welcomes

Centennial Wheel

experience. Borrowing

you to a premier space

on Navy Pier

cuisine from Mediterra-

musicians both old and

one or a group, Pinnacle

devoted entirely to

Last year Navy Pier’s

nean history, City Winery

new. 4082 N. Broadway,

Yacht offers luxury boats

watchmaking. Here you’ll

signature ferris wheel

also offers more than 400

773-878-5552, GreenMill-

of all sizes and styles.

find the Swatch Group’s

underwent a $26.5-mil-

unique wines from all

Cruise the waters of Lake

finest pieces in a range of

lion renovation. The

over the world, including

preferred styles. 545 N.

Centennial Wheel is 196

20 made in-house. 1200

Lincoln Park

Corporate Headquarters:

Michigan Ave., 312-836-

feet high and has 42

W. Randolph St., 312-733-


401 N. Michigan Ave.,




Ancient ferns, towering

Suite 1200, 312-896-0777,

palms and colorful flow-

gondolas. Get a high-tech

Michigan in elegance.


view of the city from this


ers guide you into the

It’s hard to miss Versace’s

revamped ride. 800-838

Located atop Rafaello

oxygen-rich conservato-

Studio Paris

pristine lit exterior in the

E. Grand Ave., 800-595-

Hotel, this rooftop bar

ry housed in a Victori-

A flashy night awaits you

Gold Coast neighbor-


and lounge in Streeterville

an-era glass house. The

at Studio Paris night-

is perfect for taking in city

Lincoln Park Conserva-

club, the hottest spot

hood. On one of the city’s most expensive streets,


views during happy hour.

tory, built between 1890

for late-night dancing

here you’ll find the Italian

Architecture Tour

Its speakeasy-inspired

and 1895, displays exotic

in a DJ-driven party

label’s apparel, accesso-

With a series of outdoor

vibe and inventive craft

plants from around the

scene. With an indoor

ries and fragrances. 933

or indoor and land or

cocktails in a moody yet

world in four houses.

and outdoor lounge, this

N. Rush St., 312-445-9750,

water tours to choose

chic setting make it a

2391 N. Stockton Dr., 312-

swanky space attracts

from, you won’t be disap-

can’t-miss spot. 201 E.

742-7736, LincolnPark-

high-profile guests, be

pointed by the city’s most

Delaware Pl., 312-933-

they weekend regulars or in town for just a night. 59

4805, Millennium Park

W. Hubbard St., 312-377-

IO Godfrey Rooftop

When you think Chicago,

9944, StudioParisNight-


it’s hard not to conjure

Skyline views and chic

up Anish Kapoor’s iconic

cocktails in a clean, posh

Cloud Gate, recognized

TILT at 360 Chicago

setting will make you

as “The Bean” by many.

TILT on the 94th floor of

want to stay until early

You’ll find it at Millenni-

the John Hancock Center

morning. This posh space

um Park, overlooking the

is the city’s highest moving

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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kid-friendly experience,

venue. Guests lean on

will receive a customized

a window as it tilts to a

tour around Chicago with

30-degree angle one thou-

a distinctive perspective.

sand feet above Michigan

1339 S. Wood St., 877-

Avenue. This isn’t for the

902-9292, VertiportVIP-

faint of heart but offers the

best views of the Windy City. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 94th Floor, 312-751-3681,

REAL ESTATE @properties The Underground

Founded by Michael

It’s hard to find a more

Golden and Thaddeus

upbeat hotspot than this

Wong, @properties has

underground club. Voted

quickly earned a repu-

the sexiest nightclub by

tation as one of the best

Victoria’s Secret, you

independent real estate

won’t find a shortage of

brokerage firms in Illinois.

people-watching, danc-

The company is known

ing and drinking even

for luxury real estate in

into the wee hours of the

Chicago and Chicagoland

of the best luxury real

a five-star hotel and


night. 52 W. Illinois St.,

neighborhoods. 618 W.

estate in the city. 2044 W.

finely tuned residences;

With multiple locations

312-644-7600, TheUnder-

Fulton St., 312-491-0200,

Roscoe St., 312-733-7201,

one-bedroom apart-

in Chicago, this is one of

ments start at $1 million.

the leading luxury beauty

Sales office: 375 E.

retailers, offering only

Vertigo Sky Lounge

Berkshire Hathaway

Jameson Sotheby’s

Wacker Dr., 312-620-

the very best in cosmet-

Premiering with a new

Home Services Koenig

International Realty

8000, VistaTowerChica-

ics, skincare, makeup

cocktail concept this

Rubloff Realty Group

This Chicago affiliate of

and perfume. Indulge

spring, expect bigger and

One of the world’s most

the Sotheby’s Inter-

better things from the

prestigious real estate bro-

national Realty Global

Dana Hotel’s Vertigo Sky

kerage firms can be found

Network is widely cele-

Lounge. At 26-stories high,

in Chicago, where multimil-

brated for its portfolio of

it has gorgeous views

lion-dollar listings never run

some of the city’s most

Anthony Cristiano

Halsted St., 773-327-

of the city. Stop by for a

short. 980 N. Michigan Ave.,

luxurious properties. 55

This massive 3,400-


cocktail or plan your next

Ste. 900, 312-384-3500,

E. Erie St., 312-837-1111,

square-foot salon feels

grand event at this newly

like luxury from the

Chuan Spa

moment you step in.

This spa, located in the

Erie St., 312-202-6060,


Vista Tower Residences

It’s stark-white interior

Langham, Chicago,

International Real Estate

The latest master-

overlooking the Chicago

offers international

Established by The Deed

piece in the Magellan

River makes you feel like

treatments based on the

Vertiport Chicago

star, Sean Conlon, this

Development Group’s

a VIP, not to mention the

ancient traditions of the

Sail the skies with one of

luxury real estate firm has

collection, this Jeanne

top-level service Anthony

Orient. Inner tranquili-

the premier helicopter

six offices throughout Chi-

Gang-designed tower is

Cristiano is famous for.

ty awaits you as these

chartering companies in

cago, the North Shore and

set to become the city’s

401 N. Wabash Ave., Level

beauty and skincare

the city. Located just out-

the western suburbs. The

third-tallest building at

1M Suite B, 312-268-2440,

treatments restore mind,

side of downtown, you

boutique firm has some

1,186 feet. It will house

body and soul. 330 N.

John Hancock Center


renovated hotspot. 2 W.

in microdermabrasion,


massages and other guaranteed-to-please treatments. 2208 N. VOLUME 1.1



Wabash Ave., 312-923-

Leah Chavie Skincare

NoMI Spa

five-star luxury hotel oc-

until May 12. 111 S. Michi-



Nestled in the five-star,

cupies the 19th and 20th

gan Ave., 312-443-3600,

With high-tech equip-

ultra-luxe Park Hyatt off

floors. Asian-inspired spa

Cowshed Spa

ment and some of the

Michigan Avenue, the

treatments and exclusive

The ultra-cool and vibey

most revolutionary

NoMI Spa’s seventh-floor

Biologique Recherche

Chicago Theatre

Soho House wouldn’t be

treatments on the

oasis invites you in

facials are some of the

This landmark theater in

complete without a chic

market, you’ll discover

for custom massages,

best in the city, while

The Loop is an integral

spa. The Cowshed Spa is

restoration and renewal

exclusive facials and body

the unparalleled views

part of Chicago’s cultural

located on the lobby-level

at this luxe boutique.

polishes. 800 N. Michi-

post-treatment make you

fabric. With Baroque Re-

of the posh hangout and

Enjoy body wraps, facials,

gan Ave., 312-335-1234,

feel like you’re in heaven.

vival, French Baroque and

has five rooms for facials,

acne treatments and

108 E. Superior St.,

Neoclassical-styled archi-

massages, scrubs and oth-

stem-cell therapy at


312-573-6860, Chicago.

tecture–plus the theater’s

er treatments. Mani-pedis

this serene Lincoln Park

impressive repertoire

and men’s barbering also

beauty hotspot. 2457 N.

Petrosino’s Parlor

of performers–it’s a full

Inside The Loop’s sleek

sensory experience. 175 N.


find Petrosino’s Parlor,

The Peninsula Chicago Spa

State St., 312-462-6300,

where men and women


enjoy a range of styling

Writers Museum

Driehaus Museum

services. The one-stop

Opening in May, the

Take a trip to the past by

destination serves up

American Writers Museum

visiting one of the grand-

haircuts, body treatments,

celebrates the great writ-

est residential buildings

beard trims, eyebrow

ers in all forms of the past

of 19th-century Chicago,

shaping and straight-razor

and present. The museum

the Gilded Age home

shaves. 122 W. Monroe St.,

spotlights national writers,

of banker Samuel Mayo

312-616-0016, Petrosino-

as well as Chicago’s own,

Nickerson. The museum

through community inter-

preserves architecture

actions. 180 N. Michigan

and things of the past.

are on the menu at this

Halsted St., 773-327-7051,

Spa at Dana

Ave., Second Floor, 312-

Don’t miss the exhibit,

super-luxe West Loop

Located in the Dana

374-8790, AmericanWrit-

L’Affichomania: The Pas-

Hotel, this is Chicago’s

sion For French Posters,

beauty parlor. 113-125 N. Green St., 312-754-6915,

Mario Tricoci Hair

spot for luxury treat-

Salon & Day Spa

ments. It’s the first to

Art Institute of Chicago

January 2018. 40 E. Erie

This iconic salon and spa

offer the innovative

Voted the best museum

St., 312-482-8933, Drie-

Dr. Yates Lifestyle Med

has 12 locations in Illinois,

cryo-facial technology,

in the world in 2014 by

Dr. William Yates, MD

but it’s Chicago’s venue

while keeping you pam-

TripAdvisor, it’s no secret

offers a variety of services

off Michigan Avenue that

pered with citrus mimosa

that this museum is one of

Museum Campus

such as injectables, laser

really brings the wow

mani-pedis, 24 carat

the city’s greatest cultural

The iconic stretch along

therapy, body sculpting

factor. Highly trained

gold facials and classic

contributions. It houses

Lake Michigan is home

and permanent hair resto-

aestheticians and stylists

Swedish massage. 660 N.

more than 300,000 works

to five of the city’s most

ration. Also on the menu

make Mario Tricoci a

State St., 312-202-6040,

of art, including the famed

notable attractions: the

are organic facials, eyelash

one-stop beauty desti-

Grant Wood’s American

Adler Planetarium, the

extensions and other reju-

nation to cover all your

Gothic. The exhibit that

Field Museum of Nat-

venation treatments. 213 N.

needs. 900 N. Michigan

The Peninsula Spa

hasn’t been here in more

ural History, the Shedd

Stetson Ave., 312-261-0872,

Ave., 847-202-1900,

Taking relaxation to new

than 60 years, Whistler’s

Aquarium, Soldier Field

heights, the spa at this

Mother, will be on display

and the Lakeside Center

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which is on display until


new Gray Hotel, you’ll

of McCormick Place.

Judy Istock Butterfly Ha-

country. Be sure to catch

Museum Campus Dr., 312-

ven is a favorite whether

mainstage highlights

742-7529, AdlerPlanetar-

you’re nine or 99. 2430 N.

such as The Winner..., FieldMuseum.

Cannon Dr., 773-755-5100,

Of Our Discontent and


Best Of The Second City.

Museum of

The PrivateBank

Wells St., 312-337-3992,

Contemporary Art


One of the nation’s

You better have your Ham-

largest facilities devoted

ilton tickets reserved far

Steppenwolf Theatre

to contemporary art

in advance if you want to

This ensemble theatre

features painting,

catch an enthralling show.

was founded in 1974 by

brings an international

at North Bridge, 55 E.

sculpture, video, film

Operated by Broadway

Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney

feel to the 21,000-square-

Ohio St., 312-222-0970,

and performance.

In Chicago, this iconic

and Jeff Perry. Steppen-

foot showroom, featuring

Exhibits currently on

theater, which opened in

wolf Theatre Company

the latest collections from

display include Takashi

1906, is where you’ll get

has produced nation-

the world’s top designers.

Roche Bobois

Murakami: The Octopus

your Broadway fix. 18 W.

ally and internationally

301 W. Superior St., 312-

The modern Parisian sen-

Eats Its Own Leg, I Was

Monroe St., 312-977-1700,

renowned plays. 1650 N.


sibility of this celebrated

Raised On The Internet,

Halsted St., 312-335-1650,

Pipers Alley Mall, 1616 N.

Riot Grrrls and Merce

The Chicago Theatre

design firm offers cutMitchell Gold +

ting-edge pieces for dis-

Cunningham: Common

Richard Gray Gallery

Bob Williams

cerning clientele. Along

Time. 220 E. Chicago

Housing world-re-

Offering everything

with expertly crafted

Ave., 312-280-2660,

nowned and Chicago

from classic to modern

furniture from world-class

artists of the past and

tables and seating to

designers, it offers a broad


present, Richard Gray

Casa Spazio

eco-friendly and Ameri-

range of furniture manu-

Noble Private Art Tours

Gallery is for serious art

Occupying a

can-made upholstery, this

factured with a high-level

Available for private

collectors and aficiona-


luxury home furnisher

of customization. 220

or group tours, Noble

dos alike. With works

showroom in the River

has been offering some

W. Hubbard St., 312-955-

Private Art Tours will take

from Theaster Gates, Jas-

North Design District,

of the industry’s most


you through museums,

per Johns, Josef Albers,

this is where contempo-

coveted pieces for more


galleries and beyond to

Roy Lichtenstein and

rary style meets Italian

than 25 years. 1555 N.


provide you an exclusive

Willem De Kooning, art

luxury in a modern, chic

Halsted St., 312-397-3135,

insight into the vast world

lovers will be in heaven.

showroom. Casa Spazio

of art in Chicago. 1824 N.

875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-

has luxurious furniture in

Sedgwick St., 773-680-

642-8877, RichardGray-

a wide variety of styles,

Room & Board

simple beauty unite in


and also offers interior

Known for practical,

Studio Gild’s approach to

design and space plan-

timeless and com-

interiors. The company

Peggy Notebaert

The Second City

ning for customers and

fortable designs, the

has produced work for

Nature Museum

Comedians and per-

designers. 222 W. Hub-

showroom, which

industry luminaries such

Although typically for

formers who studied at

bard St., 312-828-0888,

opened in 2003, has

as André Balazs, Ralph

children, people of all

the Second City have

46,000 square feet of

Lauren and S. Russell

ages will love learning

gone on to become SNL

luxe décor. On hand are

Groves and has been

about nature through the

staples and famous ac-


everything from furni-

recognized by national

Wilderness Walk, Extreme

tors. The shows provide

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ture, lighting and rugs to

interior publications. 2110

Green House, Hands-On

some of the best comedy

in the heart of the River

art that boasts American

N. Damen Ave., 312-528-

Habitat and more. The

in the city, no less the

North Design District

craftsmanship. Shops


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my cancer was affecting them and how much my treatments were costing. I didn’t want them to worry about anything more than the cancer I was battling, and I don’t want other families to worry about anything other than beating cancer. Anthony Rizzo visits a young patient at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Q: Can you give us examples of how the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation raises funds and supports families?


Anthony Rizzo

t the age of 27, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a World Series champion, three-time All-Star and cancer survivor. Drafted by the Red Sox organization in 2007 as a top minor league draft pick, Rizzo’s life as he knew it came to a screeching halt in April 2008 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Luckily, the baseball star was in remission by September of that same year. In 2012, the year the Florida native was traded to the Chicago Cubs, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation was founded. It’s run by Rizzo, his family and friends, and his management team. Q: When did you realize you wanted to start your own charity? A: I started my own charity because the thing that affected me the most when I was battling cancer was the pain and hardship that my family had to endure. I really wanted to have an organization that focused on the family aspect of battling cancer because without my own family, I wouldn’t have been able to beat it.

Q: How did your cancer affect your family? A: When I found out at age 18 that I had cancer, it not only flipped my world upside down but my family’s world as well. My parents selflessly took care of me and stood by my side through every treatment. However, I knew that by taking care of me they weren’t taking care of themselves anymore. I worried about how

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A: We have three main events that we hold during the year to help raise money for the foundation: the Cook-Off for Cancer, the Walk-Off for Cancer and the Laugh-Off for Cancer. I am happy to say that, in the past year alone, we raised $1.5 million. With these funds, we are able to grant money for families who are struggling. We want them to know that they have a helping hand.

Q: The Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years was a huge accomplishment. What has that experience been like?

A: The experience has been surreal. We always said 2016 was the year, but when we finished that World Series seventh game I had no words. It is an indescribable experience, but we are ready to get back on that field and start working on another championship.

Q: What moments do you look forward to and enjoy most in your charity work? A: I look forward to seeing the children on the oncology floor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago once a month. I like to remind them that I was once in their position too and that if I can beat cancer, then they can too. My favorite part of the hospital visit is, after I give the children an autograph, they give me one too by signing my jersey. It means a lot to me.

Q: What else would you like people to know about you and the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation? A: I want people to know that my family and I created this foundation so parents never have to choose between going to work, paying their rent or being by their child’s side. No one should ever have to choose. For more information on the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, visit To read more about Anthony Rizzo, visit us online at


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