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Few things can fuel a fury quicker than the sight of a certain rectangular object braced between the windshield and wiper of your vehicle. It comes in a distinct shade of Chicago orange and flutters in the wind, almost mocking you from a distance as you approach. It’s the dreaded parking ticket! And we’ve all been there. Most of us utter a few choice words under our breath as we snatch the note off our dash and inspect its contents, only to find that we did in fact miss the faded sign four blocks back warning us of street cleaning the first Tuesday of each month between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. after April 1st. And although we feel violated by the complexities of Chicago street parking, we suck it up and pay.  Recently, a Bartlett man took a slightly different approach, which sparked my interest (and other senses) around this topic. Early in April, after receiving a parking violation, he decided to show his disgust by wiping his posterior with the ticket and mailing it in to the village. Now, I would have said the excrement smearing was alleged, since the man still awaits court in June, however he attached a friendly note explaining his actions. The unlucky village employee who opened the envelope complained of “brown stains and a foul odor”, according to police. The 22 year-old man was then arrested and released after posting a $500 bail. I can’t say that I didn’t laugh at his “South Park-esque” stand for democracy, but now the poop protester faces criminal disorderly conduct charges. Large price to pay for a crappy joke!  One thing that can certainly take your mind off the hassles of city living is Alicia’s Keys recent concert in Chicago. IMAGE had the pleasure of attending the opening night of her North American tour and we have some exclusive pictures and news to share. She is one of today’s hottest artists and put on an awe-inspiring performance at the Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont last month. Read up on our cover girl’s concert coverage on page 16.  National coverage is great, but this month we are stacked with local flair. From can’t miss cabanas and rooftops to must-have styles and trends, there is something for every Chicagoan behind these pages. We have also packed in some great health and beauty spreads as well as some chiseling fitness editorial to get you geared up for a strong spring. Dive in and enjoy! Brad Messinger Editor-in-Chief Feedback: brad@imageemail.com


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6  From the Editor


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  16  Music IMAGE | Alicia Keys

  40  West Coast Armor

  34  Drink IMAGE | Cocktailing Alfresco

  44  Revenge of the Nerds

  50  Fitness IMAGE | The ABSolute Truth

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  48  Martini Park

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Alicia Keys Takes Chicago By Storm Exclusive pictures and reflections of her American tour’s opening night, plus a critic’s list of the top ten iPod-worthy tunes. story and photos By Andy Argyrakis


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hen Alicia Keys kicked off her American tour at suburban Chicagoland’s Allstate Arena this spring, all eyes were on the entertainer to pull off a showstopping spectacle intermingled with a cavalcade of hits. As IMAGE and everyone else in the house can attest to, the singer/songwriter/ piano player didn’t just conquer the challenge, but she also proved why she’s one of today’s most accomplished R&B to pop crossover artists throughout the nearly two hour process.   Long before the headlining diva took the stage, arena audiences were introduced to the neo-soul stylings of Melanie Fiona, a 26-year-old Canadian singer who’s hoping to follow in Keys’ footsteps. Though her opening act status meant only a brief performance, it was evident the newcomer could balance the sweet and sensual, while warming up the masses who arrived early for the marathon evening.   From there, the already established Robin Thicke made his way into the spotlight, looking dapper in his suit and sunglasses, while unleashing an unquenchable libido on the adoring audience. Performing tunes from 2009’s Sex Therapy, the blue-eyed soul heartthrob had all the women swooning and the fellas wishing they were half as fly. For anyone who still needed some prepping for the main performer, Thicke and his brass-smacked band more than delivered, aptly paving the way for Keys and her extensive entourage.   After the anticipation mounted to such a sizzling degree that the spacious arena almost exploded, the leading lady finally appeared to shrieks of delight as the entrancing beats of “Caged Bird” blasted

throughout the carnivorous sound system. And she didn’t just sing the song in the standard format, but rather acted out the poetic piece of romantic roulette from an actual cage surrounded by dancers, mounds of mood enhancing smoke, and plenty of attention-commanding strobe lights.   From there, she spent the evening’s remainder switching between center stage and a seat behind her keyboard, introducing a myriad of emotions to the captive audience and inviting them to share in the journey of hope and pain, plus plenty of introspection and eventual resolution. Though the tour is continuing in other cities this spring and summer boasting rave reviews wherever it goes, it may be awhile before Keys returns to the Windy City to bare her soul with such intimate abandon.   However, fans need not fear because the dozen time Grammy Award winner, MTV and BET staple and radio dominator still has four CDs to choose from. The CDs span the entire 2000s thus far, assuring there’s still plenty to load in the iPod to guide personal singa-longs at the turn of a dial. Of course, the trick will be ordering the playlist between her shimmering piano ballads, pulsating club romps, and occasional hip-hop experiments, but no matter what the undertone, there’s always an uncanny cohesion to her expositions. Though by no means definitive, here’s a suggested list of the top ten tunes the singer/songwriter has recorded throughout her career that have already blasted past the 30 million album sales mark—many of which were performed in Chicago—and will no doubt endure throughout the ages.

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Top 10 Alicia Keys Songs


“If I Was Your Woman/ Walk On By”/ off 2003’s “The Diary of Alicia Keys”

This song is a medley that Keys didn’t personally write, but one she adapts with originality and ingenuity. In addition to introducing Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “If I Were Your Woman” and Isaac Hayes’ arrangement of “Walk On By” to younger audiences, this pairing once again shows Keys translating her influences to present tense.


“Teenage Love Affair”/ off 2007’s “As I Am”

With an old school club groove crossed, this upbeat narrative is sure to invoke some sunshine into a dreary day. Aside from joyously celebrating the innocence of falling in love for the first time, there’s so much enthusiasm in Keys’ inflection that the track could rekindle some interest from a previously tapering flare.


“Karma”/ off 2003’s “The Diary of Alicia Keys”

These hip-hop grinds are sure to fill up a dance floor within seconds, while Keys instills the old adage that what goes around comes around. In other words, when a lover walks away for an illegitimate reason, be prepared to have that luck dumped right back on the person sometime down the line.


“Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” / off 2009’s “The Element of Freedom” Introduced by meaty beats and haunting keyboards, this track finds Keys encouraging listeners to rise about their circumstances, particularly in light

of a break-up. Though it’s a painful process, she eventually finds a way to overcome the grief and move forward, remembering only the positive moments and discarding all the baggage.


“A Woman’s Worth”/ off 2001’s “Songs in A Minor”

One of Keys’ most notable anthems of female empowerment is also amongst her most infectious, thanks to its retro soul scratches and classy supper club vibe. There’s also plenty of confidence within Keys’ romantic cooing, which is a testament to her ability to walk the talk as a self-assured woman.


“Like You’ll Never See Me Again”/ off 2007’s “As I Am”

The superstar’s never been shy about her affinity for Prince, and while this song is just loosely reminiscent of the supreme symbol’s “Purple Rain” in structure, it mirrors that classic’s epic escalation. It also marks one of Keys’ most passionate vocal performances to date, which earns some extra action from her pleading background accompanists.


“You Don’t Know My Name”/ off 2003’s “The Diary of Alicia Keys” Boasting her affinity for the 1970s, this track could’ve very well come from the tail end of the original Motown era had it not been for the cell phone references used throughout. Adapting the persona of a waitress, Keys meets “a fly guy” who she eventually asks on a date, even though she’s technically not supposed to mix business with pleasure.


“Doesn’t Mean Anything”/ off 2009’s “The Element of Freedom” One of her most personal tunes to date is a musical continuation of “No One,” though it finds Keys’ stepping up the songwriting notch to poignantly contrast a life loaded with riches to someone in the midst of heartbreak. After running through a list of dreams and monetary accomplishments, the song’s character realizes they don’t provide fulfillment, especially if they come at the expense of letting a loved one slip through their fingers.


“Fallin’”/ off 2001’s “Songs in A Minor”

Not only was this Keys’ breakthrough song thanks to its sultry, neo-soul shuffle, but its lyrics can be applied to countless complicated relationships. As the title implies, Keys sings of both falling in love and falling out of love with the same person, but repeating the cycle several times through their time together. It may not provide specific resolution, but it sure is relatable to anyone who ever rode that roller coaster.


“No One”/ off 2007’s “As I Am”

The chart topping monster hit is impossible not to memorize after a single listen, so it’s no wonder why the current tour’s set list has this tune positioned as the grand finale. Though understated with stripped back band accompaniment over gentle piano strokes, the chorus is instantly magnetic and empathetic for anyone looking for a heartfelt way to pledge their affections to a flame.

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hicago is world-renowned for its architecture, cultural attractions, culinary delights, entertainment options…and fickle weather. So, it’s no surprise that on those rare sunny days and starry nights, Chicagoans flock to outdoor destinations to savor a cocktail, enjoy a bite to eat, soak up some fresh air with friends, or meet new ones. When it comes to beer gardens, patios, sidewalk cafés, terraces, and rooftop decks, the Second City is second to none.   But not all alfresco options are created equal. Virtually any establishment can throw a few tables on the sidewalk and call it a café. Only a select few rise above, offering their guests a polished, upscale setting that is every bit the equal of their interior spaces.   For this list, which is by no means allinclusive, we’ve selected 10 unique places that offer their guests an elevated outdoor experience. Some in terms of altitude, but all in terms of attitude, amenities, and service. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a serene location to enjoy a drink, or a place to party the night away, we have an option, or two, for you.   Picking the best of the best is simply not possible, so the following are listed alphabetically.

Citizen Whatever the temperature, Citizen’s hip, urban outdoor space is sure to be one of the hottest places in town. Spanning 5,000 square feet across a side patio and rooftop deck, Citizen features two outdoor service bars, covered and uncovered seating, a dedicated sound system, and more flat-screens than many indoor sports bars. Daily food and drink specials, a straight-forward menu featuring several excellent thin crust pizzas, and a high-energy, friendly staff create a laid-back, party atmosphere. This attracts an equally exuberant crowd from the neighborhood and often keeps “happy hour” rocking until last call.

Seating is abundant, but call ahead to reserve a prime people-watching table.

Beer connoisseurs can choose from over 50 varieties, several of which can be consumed in massive 1 liter glass boots. For communal cocktailing, Kirkwood’s signature over-sized fish bowl drinks come in a variety of vibrant colors and flavors, perfect for sharing with 4-6 of your soon-to-be closest friends.

(364 W. Erie, 312-640-1156, www.citizenbar.com)

C-View Located just off the Magnificent Mile in the Affinia Hotel, C-View’s secluded 29th floor terrace offers a welcome refuge for both weary shoppers and those looking for a romantic rendezvous. The understated design and décor create an atmosphere that is sophisticated and comfortable. This allows the food, the drink and the Michigan Avenue views to be the stars of the show. The beverage lineup includes a lengthy cocktail and wine list as well as a number of housemade bottled specialties designed to be shared by groups of 4 or more. The menu offers a selection of artisanal cheeses, cured meats and fish, and a select number of dishes from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson, who is featured in season 2 of Top Chef Masters.

(2934 N. Sheffield, 773-7700700, www.kirkwoodbar.com)

NoMI Garden An urban oasis set above the avenue for which it’s named, NoMI Garden only feels like a hidden gem. Its longstanding popularity, however, means that lunchtime reservations are a virtual must. Situated above the fray on the 7th floor of the Park Hyatt, the terrace is 2,000 square feet of alfresco elegance where the lush ambiance includes green slate flooring, imported woven wire tables, and one-of-a-kind views. NoMI Garden offers a wide-ranging menu of accessible fine-dining dishes from executive chef Christophe David. The excellent food selection is only matched by NoMI’s extensive wine list, which comes in at a mere 61 pages.

(166 E. Superior, 29th floor, 312-5230923, www.c-houserestaurant.com)

Kirkwood Bar & Grill Kirkwood Bar & Grill is a true neighborhood beer garden that also boasts a single and ready to mingle scene to rival any downtown destination. Located at the site formerly occupied by Pops for Champagne, this Lakeview hotspot’s cement and brick-paved patio offers plentiful table seating, a dedicated bar and waitress service, assorted greenery, and even a few TVs to catch the game. Kirkwood bar & grill

(800 N. Michigan Ave., 7th Fl., 312239-4030, www.nomirestaurant.com)

Red Canary For swanky yet intimate outdoor surroundings with atmosphere to burn, savvy revelers flock to River West’s Red Canary. The spacious garden patio surrounds patrons with ivy-covered walls, full-grown imported olive trees, and subtle canned lighting as they socialize on the lavish custom wicker furniture. To quench your thirst, choose from one of Red Canary’s 10 signature cocktails, order a 5-liter beer keg, which is served tableside, or pamper yourself with their full bottle service selection. A contemporary American bistro menu is offered, as is an

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Drink IMAGE abbreviated late-night dining menu. An excellent place for after work or after dark, Red Canary’s garden patio is also a serene location for weekend brunch. (695 N. Milwaukee, 312-846-1475, www.theredcanarychicago.com)

Roof Rising above the bustle of the Loop atop the Wit hotel, Roof’s spacious outdoor patio is every bit as stunning as its Roof

interior, which includes a glass-enclosed party room suspended 27 floors above the ground. Peer through Roof’s own telescope—at the stars, or more earthly objects—or watch the sunset as you relax in one of Roof’s high-backed booths, comfortable chairs, or around the multiple counter-height fire pits. Roof offers an Italian-inspired small plates menu; a gourmet cocktail program, incorporating fresh juices and a variety of herbal infusions; as well as a diverse collection of European wines. Here, “social networking” takes place live and in person among a stylish crowd of locals and in-the-know visitors to the Windy City. Cocktails are served at 4 p.m. daily. (201 N. State St. 27th Fl., 312943-6900, www.thewithotel.com)

SushiSamba rio SushiSamba’s colorful, glass-covered atrium provides an open-air cocktailing experience, while offering protection from the elements. This year-round space sports a 40-foot long glass-tile bar and an assortment of couches, divans, and low-slung tables arranged around dark wood trellises that create semi-private areas, perfect for small groups. Here, the spirit of Carnivale is balanced by both Japanese and Latin American influences, in both food and drink. Try a delicious


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caipirnha, the national drink of Brazil made with cachaça, a liquor made from sugarcane, or embark on your own personal sake tasting with the help of SushiSamba’s in-house sommelier. House and guest DJs add some excitement on SushiSamba Thursdays as well as for other special events. (504 N. Wells, 312-595-2300, www.sushisamba.com)

Terrace at the Trump Tap into the signature Trump experience at one of the city’s newest and most refined open-air spaces. The 16th floor Terrace at the Trump provides guests with postcard views, including the Tribune building and Wrigley Clock Tower, in a modern, lushly landscaped setting. Patrons can choose from a mix of lounge, table, and bar seating that can accommodate


up to 115. Then, they can choose from the Terrace’s progressive beverage program, which focuses on sparkling wines and Champagne cocktails, or the specially designed modern American menu of Executive chef Frank Brunacci. With unobstructed sightlines to Lake Michigan, the Terrace offers a very sophisticated vantage point for watching the Navy Pier fireworks, held every Wednesday and Saturday night during the summer. The atmosphere may seem exclusive, but the Terrace’s no-reservation policy ensures that any occasion can become a special occasion.

the heart of River North. Attached to the main lounge, the all-season deck is surrounded by 12 foot high glass walls, with seating along abstract cypress benches or around the communal fire pit, which offers commanding views of State Street. Servers, some clad in catsuits, roam the floor pushing cocktail carts offering mojitos, martinis, and shots poured from airplane-sized bottles. The modern Asian menu comes directly from the hotel’s groundfloor restaurant Aja, while the music comes courtesy of the house DJs on weekends. The crowd at Vertigo is as fashionable as the décor, so be forewarned that “dress to impress” isn’t a suggestion, it’s a requirement. (2 W. Erie 26th Fl., 312-202-6060, www.vertigoskylounge.com)

(401 N. Wabash Ave. 16th Fl., 312588-8600, www.trumphotelchicago.com)

Vertigo On the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel & Spa, Vertigo provides over 1,000 square feet of outdoor decadence in


Zed451 To compliment the globally-inspired all-you-can-eat steakhouse concept in the dining room, Zed serves up a feast for the eyes on their 2,300 square foot rooftop deck. From their 3rd floor perch, patrons can take in the cavernous skyline from comfortable cabana and lounge seating or from a stool along the copper-roofed clerestory, with a view of the 451Lounge below. Foliage and grass sod accent the wood décor, while an over-sized fireplace provides warmth on chilly nights. A variety of small plates are available for dining, while the outdoor bar offers a selection of hand-crafted cocktails, including a Cucumber Sage Martini and Zed’s signature seasonal Sangria. Zed’s rooftop opens daily at 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. (739 N. Clark St., 312-266-669, www.zed451.com)

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Randy Kohl is a Chicago-based freelance writer, communications consultant, and senior contributor to the Chicago Bar Project (chibarproject.com). In addition to his work for corporate clients, Randy has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Synergise magazine, Pology magazine, and numerous other publications.

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Although the film "Spread" may not have done so hot at the box office, its leading man Ashton Kutcher sported some bulletproof ensembles. Those ensembles paved the way for an entire line of what to wear when marching through life in style. Think beach bum mixed with Venice beach edge. Pull that together with a little Hollywood flare and get in line for high profile combat. Too far from all that L.A. influence, you say? Look no further than Chicago's Lake Michigan shores to nab this hard-bodied look.   Fellas—grab a deep v-necked T-shirt and dress it up a tad with thin suspenders met with cuffed cigarette jeans on the limbs. Go one step further and add a custom fitted blazer and cotton scarf to take the day look to night, and then swoon. Combat boots are essential to embodying these duds hailing from the west, and this article doubles for the ladies.

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Fashion show at Martini Park 151 West Erie Street story and Photography by Steve starr


t was a glamorous evening at the fabulous, modernistic Martini Park entertainment lounge. Thirty beautiful models representing Factor Women Modeling Agency (formerly Elite) wore fashion from Chicago's IKRAM Boutique. In hair and makeup done by a huge team from Artists by Timothy Priano, the models walked the special runway in front of a video produced, directed, and edited by the talented and gorgeous Kasia Koniar. All of the guests were gifted with a goody bag filled with beauty products provided by Glossed and Found Magazine in addition to Lush products and $50 gift certificates from Vivid Seats. 窶ア dozen top photographers, videographers, and televison reporters captured the event for the news. The attendees had a wonderful time with many of the lustrous guests that included designers, artists, entrepreneurs, Second City Style editor Carol Callaci, former winner of America's Next Top Model/Lake Forest resident McKey Sullivan as well as four other ANTM contestants, and the editor of Today's Chicago Woman, Sherren Leigh.


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The ABSolute Truth on How To Get a Summer Six-Pack By Nicole Moneer Guerrero, NASM CPT, IPPA CPS


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f I had a dollar for every time a fan, gym member, or friend asked me how many crunches I do to get six-pack abs or what the best exercise is to get a flat stomach, I would have a hay day shopping at my favorite store, Nordstrom! I am going to share with you the brutal truth on how to get the flat, tight stomach you’ve always wanted. Why listen to me, you ask?

swallow a six-pack! So yes, diet is more important than how many hours you spend on the treadmill or how often you pick up dumbbells. I will tell you that all three of these together will give you optimal results, but 75% of losing belly fat has to do with what you have in your fridge. As you continue to read on, you will probably want to tell me to go fly a kite. All I’m here to do is

Remember, if you continue to do the same thing you will get the same results. Well for starters, my abs have been featured in national fitness magazine ads, international websites, and on infomercials nationwide promoting various fitness products. So, it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about how to trim and tone the waistline to get ripped!   Are you guilty of hitting up every ab machine in your gym and still not seeing results? Is your DVD rack full of ab workout videos? Do you think only using those TV ab gizmo gadgets is going to get you the best middle section ever? Well, what I'm about to say may throw ya for a loop...I rarely, if ever, do crunches! Once a week I teach a full body weight class where I incorporate core exercises (core meaning 29 muscles, not just your rectus abdominal sheath). I’m not saying you shouldn’t do any crunches. What I’m saying is that if you think doing hundreds of crunches everyday will get you a six-pack, you’re SOL!   First off Chicagoans, to get that tummy you have always dreamed of, nutrition is crucial. Watching what you feed those abs will either make you look like you have them or like you really did

educate you. Only you have the power to make the necessary lifestyle changes to achieve chiseled abs. Remember, if you continue to do the same thing you will get the same results. Let’s see how your current food choices stack up and what changes you need to implement to get you closer to that summer body.   Sugar is the enemy—bread, pasta, cereals, ketchup, alcohol, and more— just about everything you buy at the supermarket contains it. I call this the enemy, but you probably consider this your bff. Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever and it ends up hanging around in your body right where you don’t want it...your thighs, butt, muffin top, and hip area. Fuel your body with the nutrients your body needs. Next time you hit up your local grocer read labels to steer clear of the bad guys like high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, or maltose.   There are plenty of healthier options out there, like choosing brown rice instead of white rice, Ezekial or Hemp bread instead of white or wheat breads, oatmeal over sugary boxed cereal,

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veggies instead of chips or pretzels, salsa instead of ketchup, or wine instead of beer. Believe it or not, when I go out in the Chi I usually drink water AND still have a blast. It’s actually quite entertaining watching a bunch of drunk fools! I don’t expect any of you to do as I do and I know that establishments that serve liquor won’t want to hear this either, but this is one of the many truths about getting your summer six-pack.   Next, how much protein are you getting daily and how many times a


day? I guarantee you have no clue. Not to discount you in any way, but this is typical of 95% of the people I meet. On average, 20 grams of protein at every meal is essential, such as: eggs, turkey, chicken, beef, fish, legumes, tofu, protein shakes, and more. So, when you read a food’s nutrition label, make sure you look at protein, too. Timing is imperative as well; pre- and post-workout nutrition is necessary as well as eating 5-6 meals a day every 3-4 hours. Eating several small nutritious and well-balanced meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism in high gear which will help to trim your waistline. Eating 1-3 meals a day actually slows your metabolism down, meaning you’ll hang onto every calorie you ingest instead of becoming a lean fat burning machine. Plan and prepare ahead of time to ensure you have the right food choices for your meals and snacks set out for the day.   Cardio and resistance training combined will help to burn fat, stubborn potbelly fat included. Cardio is not king...STEEL is! Cardio is acute; it burns fat during the time you are exercising and a few hours after, it also works your heart, a very important muscle. Full body weight training burns fat 24/7! You still need both, but just make sure you don’t skip out on the resistance part. I have been weight training for over 17 years and weights changed the shape of my body, not cardio. I eat and clean 95% of the time, lift weights 5-6 times a week and teach cardio classes 1-4 times a week. You need both! If you already got this part mastered then all you need to do is work on the nutrition aspect to get dialed in. So let’s get to work people!   Let me end with this note, be efficient when performing any abdominal

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exercises. I cringe when I see members in the gym with bad form, using momentum or doing stuff that looks plain goofy! Teaching my clients to engage their core effectively can take weeks or months, so be patient. Oftentimes when doing a crunch, most recruit their hip flexors instead of their rectus abdominal sheath. No more wrenching on your neck, unless your Chiro is super cute. Focus on isolating your abdominal wall when doing a traditional crunch or reverse crunch. Once your hip flexors kick in, the exercise becomes a waste of time. This means that doing a partial crunch or movement is more effective than a full sit-up. Make sense? Try Pilates, especially on the reformer. Not only is it an awesome full body workout, but it will also target and tighten your core in ways like never before.   With summer right around the corner and pool season in four weeks, it’s “crunch” time. So try cleaning up your eating habits as well as using some of the other mentioned tips. If you are consistent with following a sound nutrition and exercise plan, I guarantee you’ll gain that boost of self-esteem so you can flash your abs with confidence on the beach, at a street fest, or in the gym. For an indepth meal plan made specifically for you and your health and fitness goals, email me at nmoneerguerrero@ gmail.com for plans and fees.

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  Finishes, signage, and artwork must be carefully selected, well coordinated, and integrated. Security can be balanced with some softening features while conveying a message of safety. Thoughtful design can help ensure that the proper first impression is created and sustained.   Flexibility must be a basic feature of any new health care facility to keep it from rapid obsolescence in the face of changing needs and technologies. Health care facility needs are evolving rapidly, and the direction of that evolution is difficult to forecast.  Today’s patient is looking for an experience that plays on the idea of “escapism.” It is becoming less common for healthcare spaces to be designed exclusively for procedure or business. Thus, every hospitality facility needs to address treatment and business requirements while still providing a degree of comfort and avoiding further traumatic experience.

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Your best IMAGE | Bull & Bear

Sunday Funday at Bull & Bear A fundraising event for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Photography by Joe Dowling


ull & Bear (431 North Wells Street) was the place to be on Sunday, April 11th. A fundraising event was hosted by Jenny Sepulveda and sponsored by The Socialites Network and A & N Mortgage. The event featured nine guest bartenders, including 42nd ward alderman Brendan Reilly, who helped pour a couple for guests. Reilly is getting married in a few weeks and his fianceĂŠ had the girls out with her for a few drinks. Jenny Sepulveda is running for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2010 Woman of the Year.


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air and fashion fanatics alike witnessed history in the making at Enclave as Chicago’s top salons participated in the 9th annual "Hair Wars," the ultimate cutting edge salon competition. Bravo’s Shear Genius finalist Ben Mollin hosted the Cutting Edge Competition and top-notch Chicagoland salons took to the catwalk to showcase their creative talent in the ultimate hair competition. Each salon featured their own theme, routines, and distinctive hair styles that best represented their artistic abilities.   The judges chose the three most creative and talented salons, which received the opportunity to advance to the national competition in Las Vegas to win the coveted national title of Supreme Salon. Coming in first place was Hairborn Fashions, followed in second place by Bang Salon. The final salon to advance in the competition was Colorrific Coiffure, which came in at 3rd place. For more information, visit www.supremesalon.com.


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