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There’s one debate that’s swirling around the city faster than the wind off Lake Michigan. It involves a certain super-duper-star and a once-beloved franchise that has been plagued with mediocrity since Bugle Boy Jeans were “da bomb.” You guessed it, LeBron and the Bulls. And the rumor mill is in full churn…will the hometown hero leave Cleveland? Does Jay-Z really have enough pull to get him out east? Has he really been house hunting in Chi-town with MJ? Is deep dish pizza really his favorite food? WiLl thE BuLls reAlly caPitalize evEry thIrd leTter in hiS hoNor? The Twitter-fueled fodder has gotten out of control and, as a lifelong Bulls fan, even I am overwhelmed. Every time I step on the ‘L’ or frequent my favorite local sports bar, I hear a new twist in the tale of LeBron’s next step. Of course I agree, we do have a lot to offer and I know King James would enjoy his royal stay in the Windy City, but until the proverbial shot clock expires, the ball is still in his court. So, speculation aside, we should wait until he does the talking.  This month is our Travel Issue and in addition to our cover story on the modern rock/pop band Lifehouse, we have some sizzling travel editorial to share. You’ll find a Destination Paradise piece on page 16 that will have you “Expedia-ing” plane tickets quicker than you can say piña colada. We also have some incredible international fashion coverage all the way from “down unda” in Andrew Fearman’s collection from Australian Fashion Week in Sydney on page 68. And no issue of IMAGE would be complete without some style trends that are hot off the boutique press, fashion photography that’s going to have you seeing double, and a mix of fitness, entertainment, and design elements that are guaranteed to please. So, sit, flip, and enjoy the issue!

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44 68


6  From the Editor


Style File

  16  Travel IMAGE | Destination: Paradise

  40  Modern Nomad

  32  Music IMAGE | Lifehouse

  44  Flashing Nights

  50  Fitness IMAGE | Supplemental Essentials


  54  Drink IMAGE | Tavern Time Travel

  76  Latino Film Festival

  66  Design IMAGE | Sanctuary of Serenity

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  72  Health IMAGE | The Dental Revolution

  12  Mercedes Benz


  48  Akira

  22  Trinkets

  62  Y Bar

  68  Australian Fashion Week

  74  Carmichael's Steakhouse

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pring has sprung, and so have the fashion shows. All over the city new styles are emerging, but perhaps the most endearing shows are the ones that give back. The show was hosted at Mercedes Benz on May 13th and all proceeds were donated to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The night was held in support of the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign candidate Jenny Sepulveda. Delectable drinks were provided by Y Bar and Crescendo while Marcellos & Ron Geiger supplied a variety of amazing food. Gamblers listened to DJ Gus spinning while they tried their luck at the blackjack tables. The event was sponsored by A and N Mortgage & M.Go Fashion Salon and was followed by an after-party at Y Bar.


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Destination: Paradise by Aliya Levinson


As colder temperatures begin to subside, destination hotspots become more and more enticing. Tropical locales such as Mexico offer welcome warm getaways.

The Four Seasons Punta Mita ► Located on Mexico's Wst Coast, views from The Four Seasons Punta Mita may be reason enough to bid home adios, if only for a weekend. Private hammocks outside individual Beachfront Casita Rooms are thoughtfully placed, offering comfortable, front-row seats for viewing white sand beaches, clear waters, and mountains ranges that halve blue skies. And though this idyllic setting lures guests outdoors, as with any Four Seasons, the hotel itself is equally as seductive. Acupane Spa offers deep tissue massages, and restaurant Aramara uses local provisions to create enticing

specialties. Indoors or outdoors, the Four Seasons sets no boundaries for indulgence. Punta Mita, Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico 63734 | 52.329.291.6000

El Dorado Royale ◄ Seeking solace from Cancun's beachside banter? El Dorado Royale Resort offers reprieve in the form of thatch roofed Casitas and blissful spa treatments. Located on Punta Brava Beach, just north of Playa del Carmen, this adult-only all-inclusive resort is the Holy Grail for pampering and honeymooning. Its secluded setting, including remote red-tiled buildings and individual swim-up suites add to the resort's dreamy ambience. Palapas shade the many pools artfully placed throughout the grounds, offering couples intimiate spots to cool off and cozy up. Against 450 acres of tropical jungle, El Dorado Royale's seductive spaces make it easy to evoke your inner romantic. 45 Carretera, Cancun-Tulum, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico | 52.998.872.8030


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VillaBlanca Fronting an expanse of ocean and pristine shoreline, Villablanca is a private rental residence in Los Veneros, Costa Banderas Mexico that offers the unforgettable experience of indulging in the luxury of nature, and within the company of friends and family. Villablanca offers guests over 5,200 square feet of indoor-outdoor living in a residence that sensuously flows from indoors to outdoors. There are a total of three bedrooms and several common gathering areas including the living/dining/media space as well as a rooftop terrace and private pool which overlooks the sandy beach.   Los Veneros extends for more than 37 acres, including 1,262 feet of coastline on one of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. The pristine beach inspires early morning swims, leisurely strolls in the surf and sandcastle building with the family. A variety of water sports here include surfing, sea kayaking, wind surfing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and catamaran and yacht excursions. Gardens and walking trails run throughout the community, which is surrounded by the location's tropical jungle, creating an ecological reserve imbued with an exhilarating feeling of freedom. Los Veneros Costa Banderas Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit 63734 | 045.322.294.2708

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Greece's coastline measures in at 9,246 miles, making it the tenth longest coastline in the world. Featuring a vast number of tropical islands, Greece is the proud host of several hot vacation spots. With excellent views of the Grecian coastline and luxurious accommodations for a relaxing stay, this destination is sure to please. De-layering is a must, as several sun seekers claim their space in the sand.

Arion Resort and Spa ► In the lap of the Athenian Riviera’s sprawling white beaches and pine-dotted landscape, is Astir Palace Resort’s fivestar Arion. Located on a 74-acre private peninsula, the hideaway hotel offers guests private pools and beaches, and intimate views of the Saronic Gulf. Its rooms and suites are modern yet personalized, adorned with original paintings and handloomed textiles. The resort is 25 minutes from the cosmopolitan hub of Athens, and shopping district Glyfada.

Tour the Acropolis or the Parthenon, or the ancient temple of Cape Sounio. Don’t miss Mediterranean fare at the resort’s gourmet Grill Room, with outdoor dining available on the veranda. 40, Apollonos 40, 166 71 Vouliagmeni | +30.210.890.2000

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From Grenadian volcanoes to Anguilla's coral reefs, each Caribbean island seems to bogart Earth's most exotic environments. From trekking through a cloud-forest to swimming in an underwater cave, adventure options are limitless. Pack your snorkeling flippers and hiking boots because in one afternoon you may wear both.

La Samanna ◄ A combination of French culture and Caribbean flare distinguishes the French side of St. Martin from surrounding islands. And from its ethnic decor to its eclectic cuisine, La Samanna Resort and Spa appears equally as rich in culture. At first glance, the white-wash villas with spacious entryways can be mistaken for misplaced French chateaus. The Restaurant prepares Caribbean meals using French techniques, a fusion as interesting as it is appetizing. Situated atop a bluff overlooking Cupecoy Beach and Baie Lounge, La Samanna offers unparalleled views, from a secluded vantage point. PO Box 4077, St Martin, CEDEX, French West Indies 97064 |+ 590.590.87.64.00


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An independent country in the heart of Southeast Asia, this newly industrialized area hosts a range of fun activities.

Blue Lagoon Resort Surrounded by 80 islands some 700 kilometers south of Bankok is Thailand’s four-star Blue Lagoon. Located on a secluded section of Chewang Beach, the small resort boasts large-scale oceanfront views and natural gardens. Greenery is exotic as it is abundant-stretching thoughtfully around the hotel’s exterior. Here, guest villas are comprised of marble and granite bathrooms, and native teakwood furniture. The resort’s Kantara restaurant offers a similar organic design, and menu options range from local specialties to international classics. Kayak or snorkel in the morning, then pamper yourself at the resort’s massage pavilion, an outdoor treat comprised of white beds and overhead canopies. 99 Moo 2, Cheweng Beach. Koi Samui, Suratthani, Thailand 84320 | +66.7742.2037-40

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Florida coastlines seem to breed a variety of beach-dwellers. But living, sleeping, and breathing beach isn’t exclusive to these geographical lottery winners. Tourists continually fly south to take part in Florida’s coastline culture. And with world-renowned seaside resorts featuring acclaimed spas and restaurants, waterfronts aren’t the only part of this destination’s appeal. So forgo your boots and strap on your sandals this holiday season. The Sunshine State awaits.

The Biltmore ► In a privately owned section of Coral Gables, The Biltmore at first appears more like a small colony than a resort. With 150 acres of green landscape and luminescent, Mediterranean style buildings seemingly carved from a single stupendous gold brick, The Biltmore could double as a community for highrollers. Yet its poolside cabana suites, Har Tru tennis courts, Donald Ross Golf Course, and Biltmore Spa make this a perennial winter traveler favorite. Vacation spot of old-time notables such as Al Capone and Ester Williams, The Biltmore remains a classic for older and newer generations of luxury seekers. 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 | 800.915.1926


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LIFEHOUSE Conquers Modern Rock

Solid songwriting and an endless parade of hits ensure that Lifehouse will last for the long haul. By Andy Argyrakis

{ Los Angeles-based players have stayed fresh throughout 2010, releasing their fifth studio CD “Smoke & Mirrors” (Geffen), featuring guest collaborators Chris Daughtry (from American Idol), Richard Marx, and Kevin Rudolf. Here’s more from front man Jason Wade on the group’s growth over the years, its exciting new direction, his personal IMAGE, and some A-list celebrity encounters.


For the past ten years, Lifehouse has conquered modern rock radio, become a consistent touring presence and popped up in countless facets of pop culture. In 2001, the band’s breakthrough single “Hanging By a Moment” became the Billboard’s Hot 100 “Single of the Year,” spawning over two million albums sold, followed by a trio of gold-selling CDs throughout the remainder of the decade. But the


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IMAGE: It’s been three years since Lifehouse’s last CD. Was it a conscious decision to take your time in the recording studio? Jason Wade: It really was. I think we were at a pivotal point in our career being our fifth record. It would’ve been really easy to go back and duplicate the blueprints of the last record because it was successful, but I think that would’ve been to the detriment of the band and really stamped us in a certain genre and certain time frame. We wanted to make sure the band was evolving but still managing to stay true to our roots, which was a tricky thing. It got to the point where we’d finish a song, scrap it the next day and start over. We set the bar line a lot higher and we really pushed ourselves sonically to do something different.

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biggest are electronic drums, synth basses and vocoder effects where we try to mix pop and organic rock with some more modern sounds.

IMAGE: How have your longtime fans reacted to the changes?

JW: I think for the most part, our main hardcore fan base was a little concerned we changed our direction with “Halfway Gone,” but once the record came out, I think they saw that even though we wanted to evolve the sound a little bit, there were still good songs they could connect to. The biggest thing for our band is that people are connecting with it.

were writing and recording two separate albums at the same time. It became apparent the best idea would be to take the best of both worlds, which are both true to the band. One is the organic rock side of what we do. At our shows, we’re fairly simple with two guitars, bass, and drums. But there’s the other side that’s a bit more polished and radio [sounding], so we kind of split that down the middle.

IMAGE: Do you ever think those left over songs will see the light of day?

JW: In my experience, if a song is good, it’s gonna surface at some point. We recorded “You and Me” before the second record, but we didn’t record the right version and it laid dormant for three or four years until it resurfaced on our third record. You keep everything because depending on timing, you never know if it will resurface.

It would’ve been really easy to go back and duplicate the blueprints of the last record because it was successful, but I think that would’ve been to the detriment of the band...

the main differences between this disc and all your previous projects? JW: Well for me there are a lot more collaborations. I’ve predominately done most of the songwriting by myself, though I co-write every once in while with a producer. I felt like I’m at a point where I needed to take a different vantage point outside of personal experience. I reached out to Chris Daughtry, who’s become a good friend, and he hooked me up Richard Marx [for the song “Had Enough”]. I did a lot of writing with Jude Cole, our manager and producer who’s extremely talented, and did some songwriting in a different genre by reaching out to Kevin Rudolf, who co-wrote “Halfway Gone” and is known more in the pop/hip-hop world. Sonically there are quite a bit of things, but the

IMAGE: Who’s your audience at this

IMAGE: Is Lifehouse getting close to releasing a greatest hits collection? JW: At some point. I think after this record, we’re gonna head back to the studio to do one more, but if that makes sense at some point, we’re completely into it.


JW: I’d say it’s everywhere from 15-year-

IMAGE: Out of all the hits you’ve written

old kids to 50-year-olds; at least that’s the audience I see at our shows.

and recorded, what’s your favorite? JW: I still have to say “Hanging By a Moment” because that started everything for our band. It took us from playing in front of nobody, to shows with Matchbox Twenty and opening for The Rolling Stones, so that song really opened up a lot of doors for the band.

IMAGE: I read that you guys wrote 35 tracks for this album and wound up including 12. Is that a general average you try or was that more than usual? JW: If we’re in a hurry to get the record out, we average 17 to 20 songs, but in this case, it was a little bit extreme. We refused to release it if we were not happy with it and it was almost like we

IMAGE: What are your coolest celebrity encounters over the years?

JW: I got to meet Bono and hang out

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with him for 20 minutes after one of his shows on the Elevation Tour. Getting to meet Mick Jagger and Keith Richards was probably the other.

because anything can happen. I never thought I’d be where I am now, let alone even sit down with Bono and have a conversation.

IMAGE: You seem like a really down

IMAGE: How do you account for the

to earth guy, but I’m sure you get recognized a lot as well. What’s it like to take in all that attention? JW: We definitely go out by the tour bus and sign [autographs], but it seems like

band’s longevity thus far?

JW: I really have a strong affinity and connection to Pat [Monahan] from Train and we got to play a show with them in Mexico the other day and had

I go online and I try to find old vintage ‘70s v-necks and I pretty much only wear Levis, so I’m pretty American. it’s a lot of the same people who’ve been following our band, so we’re familiar with the faces of our hardcore fan base. We’re lucky in the sense that we’ve been really successful on radio and videos, but we’re not the same type of celebrities you might think. We can walk down any street and not get bothered. It’s kind of nice.

a great conversation about that. They’ve never gotten caught up in the hype, done anything embarrassing or tried to be something they weren’t and I feel like we’ve done the same thing.

IMAGE: Why do you feel the band’s done so well in Chicago?

JW: I think a lot of it has to do with IMAGE: What’s your IMAGE? JW: I’m probably simple. I go online and I try to find old vintage ‘70s v-necks and I pretty much only wear Levis, so I’m pretty American.

IMAGE: What’s the most prized vintage shirt in your collection?

the radio play. The Mix has been a huge supporter of the band all the way from back in the day “Hanging By a Moment” came out and we’ve had great relationships with those guys. I think that presence helps keep us coming back through town and keeps the songs relevant to city of Chicago.

JW: I’d say a “Ghost In the Machine” tour shirt from The Police from way back in the day that I just bought on eBay. I also have a killer ‘70s Willie Nelson baseball shirt.

IMAGE: Who’s your dream collaborator? JW: To sit and write a song with Bono is one of my dreams and you never know


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IMAGE: What does the future hold for Lifehouse?

JW: We want to keep making our records and playing our live shows. We want to take it as far as we can and our goals right now are to continue to keep a high bar and play in front of as many people as possible that want to hear us. ■

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modern nomad by Brittnie gallo and Lindsey Shaw

Those who are on-the-go, constantly redirecting their course of action and lifestyle, are prime candidates for a disheveled look bereft of any fashion sense. Changing cities every six months and living out of suitcases makes for stress marks and sloppy hemlines; still, a very distinctive, attractive look can be derived from the eclectic ways of a nomad.   Take the bohemian look we’ve all seen recycled through the ages—from anti-war hippy flower child to care free, rippedjean-donning modern day rocker—and create a 21st century throw back with an infused tie-dyed look. Once those inert creative juices start flowing toward an original and unique fashion sense, all displaced stylistic anger will begin to slip away.   Men of the nomadic, guitar-rocking world simply need a pair of shorts their girlfriend may have originally forbid them to wear. While frayed at the ends, those “half pants” can make for dynamic duds when paired with form-fitting recycled cotton v-necks, or plaid button-down tops. To upgrade a perceived restless collaboration, swap the instrument case strap for a messenger bag, which will emit all the correct vibes.   Girls, look no further than a wavy, printed v-neck dress paired with timeless wedges to show that you simultaneously care about your look, but also don’t. Top the ensemble off with a pair of large-rimmed, colored sunglasses in case the blinding sunlight impedes your savvy, artistic vision.   In this land of travel and soul searching, angst over where you'll land next does not have to show through poor clothing choices—take the time to create a subdued "I don't care" look, and your new duds will fall right into place.

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Flashing Nights by Brittnie gallo and Lindsey Shaw

At one point or another, all of us have the urge to feed our inner celebrity. Thanks to pop music and the rise of social media websites, one can channel his or her inner star or starlet with the click of an iPod and a freshly uploaded profile picture. But while all is easily edited and controlled on the web, what really defines fame is your real-life appearance as you step out for the evening. The proverbial question prevails: what to wear?   Gentlemen: in lieu of that stiff tie and jacket combo, try juxtaposing leather pieces and printed linens to spice up your look. And what would an evening of glamour be without jewelry? Guys can decorate their wrists with understated cuff bracelets in place of the archaic cuff link, while ladies may opt to give their fingers a work out with over sized cocktail rings.   Say "so long" to the little black dress standard as sequins and off-the-shoulder gowns take center stage on the ladies. Try out some vintage-inspired looks hailing from the 40s and add your own modern touch so it is modern and current.   Whether you’re in the limelight, headed there, or just a selfproclaimed diva, what you choose to strut in on a night out doesn’t have to adhere to any particular guidelines. After all, the most important thing you can put on before a night of digital camera flashes is your confidence!

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supplemental      essentials Check out this must-have vitamin guide to increase energy and maintain a healthy body. By Nicole Moneer Guerrero

I’m sure you’ve had an earful with all the media hype surrounding Acai; Omega 3, 6, & 9; multi-vitamins; major minerals; herbs...and the list goes on. The question is, which ones should you actually take or do you really need? I’m not the master of you, your body, or the chronic conditions or ailments you suffer from, but I am well-versed in a few “must-have” supplements that most everyone can benefit from in the long-run. Here’s an interesting fact: the supplement industry is a 15 billion dollar business and growing! If you have a stressed-out, crazy, busy lifestyle and rely on processed or fast foods, then you probably aren’t taking in all the healthy nutrients you need from the foods you eat. Ideally, it’s best to get all your nutrition from whole, natural unprocessed foods. Yes, I do realize this is preposterous for you to do 100 percent of the time; hence the need to add necessary supplements into your diet.   My first recommendation is a probiotic—pro meaning for and biotic meaning life—or, simply put, the opposite of antibiotic. Here’s another morsel of knowledge: approximately 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut! The human digestive tract contains close to 500 strains of bacteria,

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the foods you eat. This will, in turn, have a positive effect on various bodily functions. Cha-Ching!  There are certain supplements that require daily usage to create a positive,

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n my new book, Historic Bars of Chicago, I cover neighborhood taverns, nightclubs, blues bars, jazz clubs, and bierstubes that have played an important cultural role in our City of Big Shoulders. While highend nightclubs and lounges routinely come and go, these watering holes have stood the test of time for 20, 50, and up to 120 years. What follows are some excerpts that cover how cocktailing has evolved through the years in Chicago.

Village Tavern (1849) The Village Tavern was established in 1849 in what was John Zimmer’s Wagon Shop, and has continuously operated since that time—making it the oldest tavern in the Chicagoland area and one of the country’s 20 oldest. The centerpiece of the pub is a 35foot mahogany bar that survived the McCormick Place Fire of 1961.

Schaller’s Pump (1881) Schaller’s Pump is the oldest, continuously running tavern in Chicago. Opened in 1881, the saloon operated under a different name until George “Harvey” Schaller purchased it at the end of Prohibition. Just ask today’s third and fourth generation of Schallers to show you the concealed peephole from its speakeasy

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days. Schaller’s Pump refers to the mechanism that once pumped beer directly to the bar from the Ambrosia Brewery next door, where the parking lot now stands. Schaller’s today represents two American traditions: baseball and politics. Only a few blocks from the old and new Comiskey Park (present corporate name withheld), Schaller’s is a haven for White Sox fans. The district’s Democratic headquarters is located across the street and Schaller’s has served as a second office for no less than five of Chicago’s Democratic mayors, all hailing from Bridgeport.

17 West at the Berghoff (1898) The Berghoff was founded in 1898, when Herman Joseph Berghoff opened three saloons in Chicago primarily to sell his own beer, which had been a hit at the Columbian Exposition in 188384. One of his bierstubes was located on the southeast corner of State & Adams streets. When the lease expired in 1898, this location moved next door where 17 West at the Berghoff now stands. The current building was constructed in 1872, a year after the Great Chicago Fire. Contrary to what you might expect from a lifetime brewer, Berghoff took the high road during Prohibition by brewing “Bergo Soda Pop” and serving food, thus establishing a reputation for delectable German fare. When the Volstead Act was repealed in 1933, Berghoff himself went to City Hall and obtained Chicago liquor permit No. 1, still on display.

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Green Mill (1907) After 100 years, the Green Mill still embodies the Jazz Age in which it was born. The club opened as Pop Morse’s Gardens (because of its sunken outdoor patio), and was a roadhouse stop for Chicagoans visiting St. Boniface’s Cemetery. Tom Chamales bought the place in 1910, erected a green windmill on the roof, and renamed it Green Mill Gardens. The inspiration came from the Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) in Paris, with green used to avoid confusion with the city’s red light district (The Levee). Back then, Charlie Chaplin would stop by after filming at nearby Essanay Studios

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on Argyle Street, before Chicago’s movie industry moved to Hollywood. The Green Mill was then leased to Al Capone’s right-hand man, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, who orchestrated the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Capone often came in, taking his favorite seat across from the bar so he could keep an eye on both doors. Following a long descent into decrepitude culminating in its use as a heroin shooting gallery, the Green Mill’s glory days were resurrected in 1986 by current owner Dave Jemilo, who restored its décor, brought in the best jazz acts in the country, and hosted Marc Smith’s Uptown Poetry Slam.

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At 8:30 p.m. on December 6, 1933—when our national tragedy of sobriety, lasting 14 years, was repealed in Illinois—Coq d’Or opened after obtaining the second liquor license from the City of Chicago, following The Berghoff. What was it like? According to Coq d’Or: “The lines were so long that our bartenders only had time to pour whiskey at 40¢ a glass. Along with the rest of the city, we were ready, however, with an excess of 200,000 gallons of whiskey for the celebration that lasted until dawn.” Coq d’Or is located in the lobby of the Drake Hotel, which has hosted such guests as Winston Churchill, Emperor Hirohito, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Ronald Reagan. Another Chicago classic in the Drake Hotel is the Cape Cod Room, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio carved their initials into the bar.

Pump Room (1938) Located in the Ambassador East Hotel, the Pump Room is the last hotel bar from the Railroad Age, a time when celebrities dropped by on layovers between the Super Chief and the Twentieth Century Limited. Hotelier Ernie Byfield opened the Pump Room in 1938, inspired by the eighteenthcentury original still operating today in Bath, England, where patrons could drink

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natural mineral water pumped into an indoor fountain and where royalty first mixed with commoners. Byfield’s Pump Room became a celebrity magnet when Broadway actress Gertrude Lawrence held court in Booth One for 90 days straight while performing in town. Since then, Booth One has hosted many from the A-List: Bogart & Bacall got bombed on their honeymoon, John Barrymore had his drinks watered down, Salvador Dali drew on a tablecloth, and Sonny Bono was the first allowed in without a jacket. Frank Sinatra famously sings, “Chicago is…the jumping Pump Room,” in the song Chicago, though he favored the Green Booth as it could seat eight people.

Andy’s Jazz Club (1951) Named after its original owner, Andy’s was a grungy hangout for Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times pressmen, much like nearby Billy Goat Tavern.

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such as Chicago’s Franz Jackson, Wilbur Campbell, and Von Freeman who also plays every Tuesday night at New Apartment Lounge.

Kingston Mines (1968)


Scott Chisholm took over in 1974 and conducted an unlikely experiment four years later called Jazz at Five, which caught on and was followed up with the creatively named Jazz at Noon and Jazz at Nine. Andy’s Jazz Club was born. While noontime jazz went the way of the three-martini lunch, some of Chicago’s best live jazz is still featured here twice daily at 5pm and 9pm. Photos adorn the Wall of Fame across from the bar, highlighting internationally renowned performers who have played Andy’s,

Kingston Mines opened in a former machine shop on Lincoln Avenue in 1968. The initial format was a coffeehouse that featured more plays than blues, including the first production of the musical Grease in 1971. Bands initially played the Delta Blues (sorrowful country blues), but their sound evolved into a unique urban blues style…and the “Chicago Blues Center” was born. In 1980, the club’s roof caved in (literally) and The Mines moved to River North, where the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd, performed to promote their upcoming film. When the landlord doubled the rent, Kingston Mines moved to its current location on Halsted Street in 1982, forming the second half of “Blues Alley” with B.L.U.E.S. across the street (opened in 1979). Today, Kingston Mines features blues played continuously from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., every night, alternating between two stages. Kingston Mines almost exclusively features local bands but occasionally draws the likes of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan,

and Eric Clapton, who is rumored to visit in disguise when he’s in town.

Abbey Pub (1973) Chicago’s oldest authentic Irish Pub is literally run by Looneys…owners Tom and Bridget Looney that is. Upon entry, you’re faced with a difficult choice: to your right is the 700-capacity party barn for live bands, mostly of the folksyrockabilly variety. To your left is the pub where you’ll find a well-pulled pint of Guinness, and on weekends: Premier League Football (soccer), World Cup qualifying matches, 6-Nations Rugby, Gaelic football, and the bloody Irish sport of hurling. Bridget once refused a pair of Irish lads from entering the bar to watch a soccer match without paying the cover charge: Bono and The Edge of U2, who wound up ponying up to get in.

Neo (1979) Chicago’s oldest nightclub is as unlikely as its location: down an alley between boutique shops is where you'll find the dark and naughty Neo. Originally conceived as a punk bar, Neo transitioned to New Wave and then the post-punk Gothic nightclub concept that you’ll find today. In its early days, Neo became so popular that it drew the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, and U2. Neo has featured various looks over the years, but has settled on Jordan Mozer’s version of “Lower Wacker Drive” in 1988: thick concrete arches

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Webster’s Wine Bar (1994)

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and columns, an 8,000-lb. concrete and terrazzo bar, and mirrors symbolizing the Chicago River. As popular as ever, diverse patrons wear any color as long as it’s black, with extra credit for leather, odd facial hair, extra zippers, and unusual dance floor expression—though “normal” types also have a blast without worrying how they look. Like Ministry sang, every day is Halloween at Neo.

Pops for Champagne (1982) Pops for Champagne has the largest selection of bubbly in the Midwest.

It all began when proprietor Tom Verhey converted a grocery store into a neighborhood bar that would serve 13 champagnes, the idea inspired after a visit to Reiss’ Champagne Bar in Vienna. Following Bastille Day 2006, Pops for Champagne moved to its present location in River North. Today, Pops features 125 champagnes, including non-vintage, vintage, grower-producer, prestige cuvées, rosés, and sparkling wines priced from $45 to $1,500 a bottle, with a

Chicago’s oldest wine bar was founded by the husband-and-wife team Tom MacDonald and Janan Asfour. Webster’s is located across from Webster Place cinema, making it the perfect location for pre- and post-film drinks. Wines can be enjoyed by the glass and poured from taps behind the bar, and are available in flights and bottles (most around $40), and during monthly tastings—appropriate for the occasional swiller and oenophile alike. A leather-bound menu illustrates the small plate and dessert offerings. The main room is fairly small and crowded on weekends, and additional seating upstairs handles overflow with a lounge sporting a fireplace, the 2nd Story storytelling group every month ($10), and a male apparition that dates back to its days as a brothel, serving workers at the tannery across the street.

Sean Parnell is the author of Historic Bars of Chicago (www.historicbarsofchicago. com) and the creator of Chicago Bar Project (, founded in 2000, where you’ll find in-depth reviews of over 500 Chicago bars. When he’s not writing about bars, Parnell is the principal of Innovaxis Marketing Consulting, which provides strategic marketing and implementation services for Fortune 500 companies, technology startups, and other organizations looking to grow their sales. Webster's wine bar


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StarrLight Actors Alvaro Flores and Yunuen Pardo at the 26th Chicago Latino Film Festival, River East Art Center, April 16, 2010

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Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia, Portugal, Venezuela, and Spain.   The festival culminated with the presentation of the golden Gloria Awards at the AMC Michigan Avenue Theatres. It was hosted by the glamorous News Anchor for NBC Universal Telemundo television, Tsi-tsi-ki Felix, with a speech by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. This was followed by a fabulous event at the Texas de Brazil where gorgeous people celebrated through the night.   I completely enjoy the Chicago Latino Film Festival, photographing the crowd, the stars, the entertainment and the dignitaries, and am very glad I was again able to participate in their celebration of Latin America and Iberian life with presentations of great cinema.


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