Michigan Avenue - 2014 - Issue 8 - December

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In 1889, Chicago was less than 20 years removed from what was then the greatest tragedy this Midwestern metropolis had ever seen: the Great Chicago Fire, which reduced the city to rubble. So it was with a particular sense of triumph that on December 9, Chicagoans celebrated the grand opening of the Loop’s new Auditorium Theatre. The brainchild of philanthropist Ferdinand Peck and wealthy Chicago friends like Marshall Field and George Pullman, the expansive theater was constructed of pink Minnesota granite and Indiana limestone cladding over brick, covering a massive 240,000 square feet. Its opening was so anticipated that then-President Benjamin Harrison and Vice President Levi P. Morton left Washington while Congress was still in session (a first for the commander in chief) to witness the theater’s debut at 50 East Congress Parkway with a performance by famed soprano Adelina Patti—the great-grandaunt of Patti LuPone, who will take the Auditorium Theatre’s stage for the 125th anniversary gala on December 9. At the time, the Adler and Sullivan–designed building was the tallest in Chicago, the heaviest structure built, the only theater in America with air conditioning, and the first multipurpose facility ever created. “When you think

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about what this theater has seen and how it still functions as well as any theater being built today, it speaks to the genius of the architects,” says Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson. Throughout its storied history, the theater has been utilized as a WWII servicemen’s center, complete with a bowling alley, and later as one of the city’s premier concert halls, welcoming musical legends like The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, and Elton John. Having opened its curtains to Broadway productions like The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables in the 1980s, the space is now best known as the home of the Joffrey Ballet. As the theater commemorates its 125th anniversary with a celebration chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama, it continues to prove its relevance as a cultural landmark by hosting a multitude of artistic events along with a rather notable sporting occasion in spring 2015: the NFL draft. “The NFL looked at every theater in the United States and decided that this theater, built in 1889, was the best theater for the draft,” notes Batterson with pride. “Over the past 125 years, [this space] has seen the evolution of the city. The Auditorium Theatre is Chicago.” December 9, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 800-982-2787; auditoriumtheatre.org ma

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POETIC PASSION Native son J. Ivy finds inspiration in his past and in Chicago itself.

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// front runner

24 // letter from the editor-in-Chief

26 // letter from the president and publisher

28 // ... Without Whom

this issue Would not have been possible

30 // the list 83 // invited

style 37 // up Close and personal

CEO Suzy Biszantz has spearheaded the redesign of La Perla boutiques in honor of the brand’s 60th anniversary.

40 // joyeux bijoux This season, the Gold Coast gets gilded—and then some.

44 // spotlight Six style icons reimagine the Louis Vuitton bag; Hermès’s new pen collection is on point; Blowtique and Shinola open new locations.

46 // seCret treasures Chicago watch lovers are discovering timepieces with elements of surprise.

48 // design


50 // luxe et veritas As high-end fashion houses move toward sustainability, Loro Piana is decidedly—and beautifully—on course.

54 // ring it in For fashion doyenne Ikram Goldman, showstopping rings are the most stylish way to welcome the new year.

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SHAPING THE CITY No local artist has made as much of a mark on Chicago as Richard Hunt.


FABULOUS FOODIE Rachel De Marte’s choice spots for a delectable meal with a glam mood include GT Fish & Oyster.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL La Perla extends the allure of its intimate apparel to a new line of accessories.


59 // heavy metal

69 // the tourism

With the premiere of Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider shows his softer side with help from Giuliana Rancic.

Hotel magnate Jonathan Tisch is aiming to make Chicago a Loews kind of town.


62 // shaping the city His work is in museums across the country, but sculptor Richard Hunt will always be Chicago’s own.

64 // spotlight Crooner Sam Fazio kicks off the season with a festive new album; Mathias Poledna mixes animation and post-punk infuences in his new exhibit; the Irish Theatre of Chicago celebrates 20 years with Shining City.

66 // hail and farewell

Theater heavyweights Lisa D’Amour and Joe Mantello embrace the grittier side of New Orleans in the new play Airline Highway.

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72 // walking on air From ftness to facials, Shama Patel is ready to tackle 2015 with her fast-growing health and beauty businesses.

74 // poetic passion Chicago spoken-word artist J. Ivy translates his message of healing and inspiration to the printed page with his new book, Dear Father.

76 // pitching in With the Wood Family Foundation, former Chicago Cubs star pitcher Kerry Wood steps up to the plate to better the lives of the city’s children.

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taste 91 // italian renaissance

Billy Lawless transforms the former Henri into warm, welcoming new Italian destination Acanto.

94 // bubbling up From holiday toasts to everyday imbibing, sparkling wine has become Chicagoans’ trendiest tipple.

96 // spotlight Parachute offers classic Korean dishes with a twist; The Social Table hosts fêtes for foodies; and Shake Shack makes its highly anticipated Windy City debut.

98 // fabulous foodie Planner extraordinaire Rachel De Marte shares her favorite haute spots for party season.

100 // tasteful living Dose Market’s April Francis talks tech, comfort food, and winter in Chicago with entrepreneur Ellen Malloy.

features 108 // Macy’s parade

114 // style of the century

Vintage-inspired Art Deco jewelry is dazzling Chicagoans this season. Photography by Bill Diodato

120 // ultiMate winter From outdoor excursions to the fnest in seasonal dining across the city, your Chicago winter adventure starts here. By Rachel Bertsche

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Shameless star William H. Macy talks about his Windy City theater days, being a director, and why wife Felicity Huffman is his favorite costar. Photography by Tony Duran



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ULTIMATE WINTER Jonathan Adler’s quirky home pieces are the perfect chilly-season pick-me-up.

haute property 131 // Gold coast Grandeur

A Chicago auto baron shares his drive to restore his historic Division Street greystone.

134 // the power of persuasion

In this competitive market, a highly convincing broker can help clients snag the right place.

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From the lows of the polar vortex to spirited highs like the Little League World Series, 2014 has been one for the record books.

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Letter from the editor-in-Chief // this issue //

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She’s still got it: DeKalb native and November cover girl Cindy Crawford celebrated with us at a rollicking issue release party at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.


zlingly bright holiday lights on the Magnificent Mile and the inky-blue pitch darkness of 4:30 pm sunsets; the deafening howl of winds off Lake Michigan and the peaceful silence of snowfall on a neighborhood street; the bracing sting of the cold and the warm caress of a blazing fire. It’s beautiful and harsh and, yes, even miserable sometimes—but it makes us feel alive, and that’s why we Chicagoans love it. Considering the layers upon layers that we locals tend to wrap ourselves in at this time of year, the season is also a great excuse to get glamorous, dress up, and celebrate with the city’s tastemakers at stylish events like December’s incredible World of Chocolate and January’s First Bites Bash, both held in the historic and architecturally stunning surroundings of Union Station’s Great Hall. For a plethora of other ways to embrace winter in Chicago, our “Ultimate Winter” feature story is a must-read, a clip-worthy compendium of dozens of seasonal recommendations from Windy City experts in the worlds of food and drink, fashion, culture, and more—with a few of our own favorites thrown in for good measure. From the city’s first International Puppet Theater Festival to stylish shopping spots and Mastro’s sophisticated take on mac and cheese, this list goes well beyond standard seasonal fare to encompass the best, the brightest, the chicest, and the most fabulous. As well it should—because when it comes to winter in Chicago, only the extremes will do.

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There are plenty of pleasures to be found in the Windy City this time of year. From festive holiday traditions to tropical cocktails to one of the city’s most luxurious spas, these are a few I’m looking forward to most. 1. Seeing The Joffrey Ballet’s world-class Nutcracker is a guaranteed way to get into the holiday spirit. 2. Tucked underground sipping a tiki drink at Three Dots and a Dash makes winter seem a world away. 3. The Spa at the Peninsula Hotel makes for one of the most indulgent seasonal escapes I know.

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on my radar As the offcial kickoff event to Chicago Restaurant Week on January 29, First Bites Bash will feature libations from Chicago’s own Terlato Wines International and Goose Island, paired with dishes from over 50 dining hot spots—and it’s one of the early ’15 events I’m looking forward to most. To purchase tickets and learn more about the evening, visit frstbitesbash.com. 1. Chef de cuisine Cory Morris of Mercat a la Planxa dishes up Spanish-inspired fare at First Bites Bash ’14. 2. Tempting ropa vieja from Carnivale was among the dishes on offer at last year’s event.

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It’s always a tall order to top ourselves at Michigan Avenue— but we rose to the occasion in 2014 by connecting, captivating, and celebrating with consciousness. We toasted celebrity royalty like Cindy Crawford and blossoming talent like Michelle Monaghan along with homegrown stars like Cecily Strong and adopted Chicagoans like Kristin Cavallari. We executed bold editorial and artistic collaborations through partnerships with Peter Max, painter of our psychedelic summer cover (and inspiration for our team Halloween costume!), and Chelsea Clinton, who delivered an emphatic address in our September issue on the dangers of elephant poaching. Most importantly, we supported the community through enriching partnerships with the Friends of Conservation, the Evergreen Invitational, and other philanthropic initiatives. I’m confident that the coming year will be equally memorable. Particularly exciting is our partnership with Choose Chicago’s First Bites Bash on January 29 at Union Station’s Great Hall (see sidebar). But that’s not the only restaurant activity we’re anticipating. With the upcoming debut of Prime & Provisions, dining powerhouse DineAmic restaurant group looks to add to our city’s already incredible selection of steakhouses. The opening of Carmen Rossi’s Pomp & Circumstance, a farm-to-table concept in Old Town, will also bolster the eating circuit. Lastly, I can’t wait for wine maven Andy Li’s Champagne lounge Club Coco to begin pouring out bubbly for Windy City residents. Suffice it to say, 2014 was an outstanding year—one that could not have been realized without the collective, tireless efforts of my Michigan Avenue teammates. I look forward to celebrating Chicago with you in print, online, and in life in 2015!



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RACHEL BERTSCHE writer Credentials: A writer and editor living in Chicago, Rachel Bertsche is the author of two books, MWF Seeking BFF and Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me. She has written for publications including The New York Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Ocean Drive, and O, The Oprah Magazine, where she was formerly an editor and a producer at oprah.com. Bertsche is currently a regular writer for Yahoo Parenting. Behind the story: “I was really excited to find that I had been to most of the restaurants that Steve Dolinsky mentioned [‘Ultimate Winter,’ page 120]. I moved here seven years ago but still sometimes feel like the new kid in town. Knowing that I’ve already tested out most of the best winter spots made me feel like I’m at least eating well.” This holiday season: “I’m so excited to check out the Dance-Along Nutcracker, which I learned about when reporting this story.” What she’s looking forward to in 2015: “Watching my baby girl become a toddler. She just started walking, and she’s changing and growing so much—it’s happening so fast, but every day she’s even more fun.”

PAIGE WISER writer Credentials: Paige Wiser has been a columnist, TV critic, movie critic, and deputy room mom. Behind the story: “Like all epic poets, I began my holiday tribute [‘The Year That Was,’ page 152] by coming up with funny words I wanted to use: ‘Schnitzelhaus,’ ‘Icepocalypse.’ ‘Skullduggery’ didn’t make the cut.” Favorite Chicago holiday tradition: “TubaChristmas at the Palmer House Hilton. The holidays are all about that bass.” What she’s looking forward to in 2015: “I can’t wait for Dylan’s Candy Bar to come to Michigan Avenue, and for the release of Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Sadly, no Cusack this time around.”

TONY DURAN photographer Credentials: Tony Duran has photographed everyone from Beyoncé to Tom Cruise, and his work has appeared in GQ, Elle, Flaunt, Treats, Interview, and Rolling Stone. Behind the story: “I loved that Bill [‘Macy’s Parade,’ page 108] came from the set of Shameless—[with] long, floppy hair, scruffy, looking fully in character—but he was so willing to follow my lead and scrub up and suit it up. He, to me, is the epitome of chic.” What he’s looking forward to in 2015: “2015 for me is all about taking on things that are unexpected and challenging. I want to stretch a bit and put my brand of shooting on things that people don’t equate with me.”

HEATHER TALBERT photographer Credentials: Heather Talbert’s work has appeared in Lucky, Teen Vogue, and Refinery29. Behind the story: “J. Ivy [‘Poetic Passion,’ page 74] is such a charismatic and intelligent individual. During our shoot at Promontory Point Park, we were blasting a few tracks from his collection Diggin’ in the Papes, Vol. 1, and a crowd circled around us, watching him perform.” Her inspiration: “Other artists: florists, jewelry makers, clothing designers... I love watching people make things by hand.” What she’s looking forward to in 2015: “Traveling and working in other markets. I plan on taking some workshops in Europe and South America.”




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Kenny Rogers

Keke Palmer

Rob Schneider

Ken Raskin

Matt Tiddes

Melanie Giglio

Tom Madison

Sonat Birnecker

Lauren Smith

Art Mendoza

Jeff Tweedy

Adam Savage

Anthony LeBlanc

Dave Koz

Channing Tatum

Sebastien Pfeiffer

Carey Cooper

David W. Ruttenberg

Aida Alvarez

John Martino

John Bucksbaum

Liz Gantz

Richard Abbot

Ben Kaehler

Ted Beattie

Nishil Patel

Cheryl Mell

Duain Wolfe

Alexis Cozzini

Michelle Chamuel

Reggie Love

James White Jr.

Jeff Calhoun

Ryan Shea

Little Big Town

Brian Spaly

Rich Gamble

Nicholas Apostal

Donald Lyons

Cat Stevens

Bob Seger

Justin Harkey

Rachel Zoe

Jeff Malehorn

Jan Showers

Kim Rooney

Meredith Harrigan

Chris Hansen

Mariano Pensotti

Dwight McBride

Nathan Lane

Lisa Loeb

Mamoun Abu El-Khair

Tom Linly

Al Samuels

Mark S. Doss

LeeAnn Rimes

Michelle Paxton


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Gary Miller

Eddy Clearwater

Steven Hirsch

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The La Perla name is synonymous with impeccably made, luxurious intimate apparel. Now, the renowned Italian brand is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Chicago and around the world by building on its loyal customer base and embarking on a new era with an expanded range of offerings, including men’s and accessories, as well as a slew of reimagined retail boutiques. Says Suzy Biszantz, the company’s CEO of North America, “The Fall/Winter 2014 collection is a tribute to our 60th anniversary—it focuses on a few key elements such as lace, the spirit of the atelier, and lingerie that can be worn as outerwear.” Biszantz cites the limited-edition Tearose bodysuit as a standout piece. “The body is made from exquisite stretch Chantilly lace with a tea rose design that runs freely over the lace.” In addition to the new collection, La Perla will mark its milestone with a series of striking renovations on its existing boutiques—including the Chicago location at 535 North Michigan Avenue—as well as several new boutique openings that will happen over the course of the next year. For the new and renovated boutiques, the brand partnered on the design with famed architect Roberto Baciocchi, who “created a look and feel that’s reminiscent of a fine jewelry store,” says Biszantz. “The overall effect of the new design is much more architecturally interesting.” continued on page 38

Suzy Biszantz continues to expand La Perla’s appeal as the intimate luxury label celebrates its 60th anniversary.

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StyliSh StopS Favorite local destinations for La Perla chief executive Suzy Biszantz. Bernard’s Bar at the Waldorf astoria: “if i’m running

from place to place, i love to stop there for a business lunch.” four seasons hotel: “we hosted an

A look from La Perla’s Spring/Summer ready-to-wear show.

A bodysuit from La Perla’s Freesia collection ($668), made with Leavers lace.

event here recently with petra nemcova, and they took excellent care of everyone.” rl restaurant:

“this is one of my favorites if i have a busy day of meetings.”

“our client is becoming more global, and american women are starting to really understand how important lingerie can be.” —suzy biszantz Some of these new design elements include luxe materials, such as onyx and marble, as well as arched entrances inspired by La Perla’s Italian heritage. A palette of soft blush tones and gold accents serves as a glamorous backdrop for the brand’s delicate wares. Biszantz notes that the label’s Chicago outpost will undergo the Baciocchi designed renovation in 2016. “La Perla’s retail strategy has always been to have a presence in major cosmopolitan cities in the most important luxury shopping districts in the world, and of course that includes Chicago,” she says. With headquarters in Bologna, La Perla is perhaps currently bestknown Stateside for its luxurious

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undergarments (particularly the best-selling Maharani, Freesia, and Ballade collections, all made with Leavers lace), but the brand has its sights set far beyond the confines of bras, negligees, and camisoles. The current advertising campaign, which features supermodel Cara Delevingne in a sleek La Perla blazer and pants paired with a classic black lace bustier, is a prime example. “European women are historically more in tune with the fabric quality and craftsmanship behind a piece of lingerie, but our client is becoming more global, and American women in general are starting to really understand how important lingerie can be in terms of enhancing your outerwear and ready-to-wear,” attests Biszantz,

adding that investing in a piece of La Perla lingerie is often the perfect gateway for a customer to explore other categories. “Once you become comfortable with the fit and quality of a brand, you start looking for different offerings from that brand—that’s certainly the way I shop.” In January, La Perla will participate in Paris haute couture for the first time in the brand’s history. The show, according to Biszantz, will feature an “inner wear as outerwear” theme and showcase all of La Perla’s different categories. “If you look at the brands that show at couture, like Dior and Chanel, it’s a very select group,” she says. “It’s really a way to make a statement with the brand.” ma

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1. Emerald pearl and rhinestone bubble necklace in brass, Balenciaga ($4,950). Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700; barneys.com. Hangisi pump, Manolo Blahnik ($965). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500; saks.com. 2. Leather embellished gloves, Dolce & Gabbana ($3,995). 68 E. Oak St., 312-255-0630; dolcegabbana.com. 3. Faceted floral and pearl embroidered box clutch, Marchesa ($2,495). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900; neimanmarcus.com. Crystal feather necklace, Oscar de la Renta ($1,195). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. 4. Green crystal open Horsebit bracelets ($1,650 each) and green crystal Horsebit bracelets ($1,350 each), Gucci. 900 North Michigan Shops, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-664-5504; gucci.com. Metal and crystal floral minaudière, Ralph Lauren Collection ($4,500). 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655; ralphlauren.com

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SIX MASTERS OF DESIGN AND VISUAL ARTS REIMAGINE THE LOUIS VUITTON BAG. Louis Vuitton is celebrating its 160th anniversary in a typically stylish way, tapping Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Marc Newson, and Rei Kawakubo to collaborate on the fashion house’s Celebrating Monogram collection. The six creatives have each personalized their own pieces that incorporate their unique history and signature style, ranging from Kawakubo’s “bag with holes” to Lagerfeld’s boxing set—complete with baby punching handbag and limited-edition trunk to house the full-size version. The entire collection lives interactively through a custom website (celebrating.monogram.lv) and is available for purchase at the Louis Vuitton store on the Mag Mile. 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-2010; louisvuitton.com

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THE WRITE STUFF Ultimate luxury label Hermès has introduced its first writing instrument this season with the Nautilus. Available in two versions—the fountain pen comes in six widths, from extrafine to stub, with five ink colors, including carob blue and blood orange, while the rollerball pen offers two point widths and is available in blue and black—the pen is complemented by an assortment of writing papers, envelopes, notebooks, and leather goods, including a leather cartridge box that epitomizes the brand’s understated elegance. 25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175; hermes.com


Holiday prep just got a little easier, thanks to the opening of Blowtique’s second location, this time at The Shops at North Bridge. Updos, braids, hair treatments, and the shop’s signature blow-outs are available, with trusted brands like Kérastase and Oribe in use and for sale. Hardcore devotees can also purchase a monthly membership applicable for discounted services and products. The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., 3rd Fl., 312-494-3389; blowtique.com


The Nautilus pen in fountain (TOP, $1,650) and rollerball ($1,350), Hermès.

Wicker Park is feeling a little Motor City flair these days with the arrival of Detroit–based lifestyle brand Shinola. The boutique features the label’s full suite of handmade products, from watches and bicycles to leather goods and pet accessories. Founded on a passion for American manufacturing, Shinola is committed to using Chicago’s oldest tannery, Horween, for its leather watch straps. 1619 N. Damen Ave., 844-744-6652; shinola.com

BOX IT IN The box clutch is a perfect accompaniment for the holiday party circuit.

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Judith Leiber ($2,195). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900; neimanmarcus.com

Kotur ($395). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900; neimanmarcus.com

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Secret treaSureS This season, ChiCago waTCh lovers are unCovering TimepieCes whose superior CrafTsmanship is ComplemenTed by delighTful elemenTs of surprise. by roberta naas photography by jeff crawford

this new Serpenti High Jewelry onyx and diamond wraparound watch ($310,000) is crafted in 18k white gold and meticulously set with diamonds. The coil bracelet finishes with a triangular snakehead that lifts to reveal the watch dial. 909 N. Michigan Ave., 312-255-1313; bulgari.com

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This Louis Vuitton Tambour Bijou secret watch ($6,150) is realized in steel for a timepiece

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clockwise from top: From Bulgari,

that’s both highly stylish and reasonably priced. It features a monogram flower cover set with diamonds. 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-2010; louisvuitton.com Cartier has unveiled this whimsical 18k gold Tortue secret watch ($97,000), which is designed to resemble a turtle. It is adorned with diamonds, and green sapphires dot the turtle’s eyes. A large faceted morganite

gemstone serves as the dial cover and the turtle’s shell. 630 N. Michigan Ave., 312-266-7440; cartier.us From Chanel, this Camélia Gansé watch ($252,000) is created in 18k white gold and set with approximately 16 carats of marquise- and brilliant-cut diamonds and black spinels. By appointment only at Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900; chanel.com

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Often referred to as “hidden,” secret watches are an artful blend of ingenious design, meticulous gem setting, precious-metal sculpting, and sensual appeal. Meant to look like bracelets, these jeweled masterpieces feature decorative covers that can be flipped open or moved aside to reveal the dials of the watches. Crafted by some of the finest watchmakers in the world, secret watches date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when women’s timepieces were designed to double as brooches and pendants. In the first half of the 20th century, the pieces surged in popularity when they were reimagined for the wrist and were embellished with Art Deco designs. Today, secret watches offer breathtaking beauty in myriad styles, with flower and animal motifs among the most popular. ma

Style Fashion Conscience

Luxe et Veritas

We’ve just set sail off the British Virgin Islands with the official race crew during the 2014 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous. Pier Luigi Loro Piana, vice chairman of the Italian textile and luxury goods brand, and Matthieu Brisset, the company’s new CEO from LVMH, huddle near the massive helm, strategizing with top sailors from around the globe. Dressed as one of the crew, Piana, 63, says, “Jazz and sailing are my passions—besides wool and cashmere.” Discussing his decision to sell a majority of his family business to LVMH—the European luxury conglomerate acquired an 80 percent stake in Loro Piana in July 2013 for 2 billion euros (about $2.6 billion)— Piana, who remains hands-on, is quick to smile. He feels his company is tacking in the right direction. And although he may sail the largest yachts in the ocean, he can also be found in a dinghy scouring the far reaches of the earth for the kinds of exquisite textiles his customers associate with his brand. His latest gem, the fiber of the lotus flower, is a frontrunner in the company’s evolving commitment to sustainable luxury—a buzzword among top-tier brands vying for the attention of a discerning clientele, one that increasingly prioritizes a social conscience. A recent study published by the World Jewellery Confederation reveals that luxury brands may lose business if they fail to emphasize corporate and social responsibility (CSR). Jonathan Kendall, the confederation’s president of marketing and education, notes, “Corporate responsibility will be directly linked to a luxury company’s profitability in the future.” The 2013 Cone Communications/ Echo Global Study on CSR found that nine out of 10 global consumers want companies to exceed the minimal standards required by law for operating responsibly. “We are looking for quality—that strategy will never change,” Pier Luigi explains, “but with the mentality to respect the environment in how we produce and manufacture. This is very important—to do less damage to this world.” THE CALL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP Established in 1924 by Pietro Loro Piana—yet with origins dating back to 1812 with the vision of Pier Luigi’s greatgrandfather, Giacomo Loro Piana—the company was the first to brand and label a textile, during the late 1800s. “We were known for making good, thick woolen coats—and high-quality fabric, particularly for men,” says Pier Luigi. “After World War II, [my father] made a strategic change, with products for both men and women.” Pier Luigi and his brother, Siergo, took over in the 1970s and began exporting fabrics—with the mantra of continuing a multigenerational commitment to high-quality craftsmanship—and today the Italian house is the world’s largest cashmere manufacturer and the biggest single purchaser of the globe’s finest wools, with 150 retail outlets, 16 of them in the United States, including Chicago.

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The stalk of the lotus flower produces a strong and lightweight fiber that is harvested and extracted by hand; the Lotus Flower jacket; workers at Loro Piana’s Sillavengo factory, in Piedmont, Italy, testing fabric elasticity.

Unlike brands that outsource steps in production, Loro Piana’s “sheep-toshop” process allows for tight quality control. At its group headquarters in Corso Rolandi, Italy, one will find artists with tweezers working over swaths of cashmere, while huge, high-tech machines support a large-scale modern operation, as the six-generation Italian brand remains rooted in its dedication to high-quality craftsmanship. “In the ’80s we invested in a lot of new technology,” Pier Luigi says, “but the machinery can do nothing without people who can manage it, and sometimes perfection is still guaranteed by the fine mending made by hand.” continued on page 52

photography by brUNa rotUNNIo/CoUrtESy oF Loro pIaNa (FLowEr harvESt); aNdy barNham (FaCtory)

as high-end fashion houses target a luxury sector increasingly concerned with sustainability, Loro Piana is decidedly —and beautifully—on course. by erin Lentz

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Style Fashion Conscience “Machinery can do nothing without people who can Manage it.” —pier luigi loro piana

Managers and office staff of Loro Piana predecessor Fratelli Lora and Company woolen mill in Valsesia, Italy, in the late 1800s.

Loro Piana’s “sheep-to-shop” production process allows for tight quality control.

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electricity involved, no engine that works on the machinery, nothing.” The stems of the aquatic plant produce an extremely fine raw material akin to linen and raw silk. But it has to be hand-worked on wooden looms; from the moment the flowers are destemmed, the filaments must be extracted within 24 hours or the material is no longer usable. It takes 6,500 stems to obtain a little over four yards of the breathable, light-as-air yarn needed for a single cut length of a blazer. The production supports an ancient art and economy in jeopardy. “We will not lose this tradition, which was ready to die,” Pier Luigi says. Given this hands-on approach, a limited number of blazers are produced each year. Packaged in a beautiful, handcrafted lacquer box, the Lotus Flower jacket—available only in its natural ecru color—is custom priced, and limited-cut lengths are available for made-to-order blazers. A NEW LEVEL OF LUXURY To some, the merger of Loro Piana with LVMH, which also owns prestigious brands such as Veuve Clicquot, TAG Heuer, Dom Pérignon, Céline, Loewe, and Givenchy, was a surprising move. For Pier Luigi, however, it made perfect sense. “The group has the know-how, the system, management, and the potential to continue and develop the strategy Loro Piana already put in place,” he says. “That’s why we selected LVMH for the future of the company.” LVMH is also a committed advocate of environmental protection and a member of the United Nations Global Compact, which requires its signatories to apply

and promote 10 principles in the fields of human rights, labor, and the environment. “Quality is the prime character of everything we do,” Pier Luigi says. “We’ve built a consciousness that high quality is related to natural fibers.” By “quality,” he refers to unparalleled texture, color, refinement—and the avoidance of a detrimental impact on the environment. “If you put a wool jacket under the dirt, it will die. The nylon jacket never dies.” 39 E. Oak St., 312-664-6644; loropiana.com MA

A rendering of Loro Piana’s Chicago location on East Oak Street.

photography by andy barnham (factory)

GLOBAL GOODS, ANCIENT GOODS Traveling with a small circle of two to three trusted researchers, Pier Luigi frequently leads international trips to uncover new materials. “It’s important that somebody who wants to judge new products has a deep knowledge of the raw material,” he explains. Much of the fabric used in the brand’s most coveted pieces comes from the vicuña, a South American relative of the llama. Due to poaching, at one point only 5,000 vicuña remained. In the 1980s, Loro Piana began working with local governments to safeguard the animal, and in 2008 it established the nature reserve Dr. Franco Loro Piana Reserva (named after the founder’s nephew). Today, the vicuña head count is approximately 180,000. Loro Piana is currently the top producer of vicuña, considered the finest fiber that can be legally culled from an adult animal. Only 12.5 to 13 microns thick, the resulting wool is incomparable in softness and quality. But it is an ancient natural fiber once utilized for handcrafted monks’ garments and sacred to the Buddha that is Pier Luigi’s latest preoccupation— and with good reason. “An old friend of mine, Choichiro Motoyama, gave me a piece of fabric made in Myanmar. He said, ‘This is from the lotus flower.’ I touched it, and it was different from anything else; it looks like raw silk, has the shine of a linen, but it’s soft.” Immediately smitten, Pier Luigi decided to fast-track production, and in 2010 he contracted with the local community to produce the lotus-flower fiber. “This fabric is the greenest textile fabric of the world,” he notes. “There is no

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Ring it in

For Fashion doyenne Ikram Goldman, these showstopping rings are the most stylish way to welcome 2015. as told to j.p. anderson photoGraphy by jeff Crawford

“I have always loved rings,” says Ikram Goldman, whose favorites for the season mingle classic influences with a distinct flair for the dramatic. “They’re timeless and can be worn a multitude of ways,” she asserts. Below, three stunning pieces that this Chicago style expert deems perfect for striding into 2015.

“This is a gorgeous fashion piece that can be worn many different ways on the hand. When I’ve worn it, people often ask, ‘May I see this?’ And when I’ve taken it off, the way it folds flat and overlaps—becoming one ring or different rings for different fingers—is just beyond.” Spinelli Kilcollin, $12,500. “Loree Rodkin takes something that’s been done, but works it in a way that no one else has the magic touch to do. The double-headed, intertwined snake here is so romantic and beautiful—there’s actually a sweetness to the bite of the snake. That’s what I love about it.” Loree Rodkin, $75,000. All pieces are available at Ikram, 15 E. Huron St., 312-587-1000; ikram.com. MA

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photography by maria ponce berre (ikram); styling by terry lewis

from top: “To me, this ring is precious in that it covers multiple fingers, and there’s something very cool about that. It’s like a piece of hand art.” Colette, $15,560.

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CULTURE Hottest Ticket Influenced by ’80s rock, glam, and Broadway musicals, Dee Snider promises a unique holiday show for the whole family.

Heavy Metal Holiday

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With the pre-BroadWay premiere of his Rock & Roll chRistmas tale, tWisted sister frontman Dee SniDer shoWs his softer side With a little help from Giuliana rancic. With his cascading hair and eye-popping wardrobe, Dee Snider might pass for Santa Claus in an alternate universe—and he does have a fondness for the Christmas spirit. “It is not very metal, but I love the family element of the holiday season,” says the Twisted Sister singer, who is now premiering Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, an art-imitating-life holiday romp that charts the trials and tribulations of the fictional band Däisy Cütter. The show’s soundtrack features a cameo by E! darling Giuliana Rancic, who makes her musical debut in a markedly metal duet of “Silent Night” with Snider. In a lively, laugh-filled conversation, Snider reveals to Rancic how big hair and Broadway can go hand in hand after all. Giuliana Rancic: Dee, my friend, how are you? Dee Snider: Great! I’m becoming a Chicagoan. ConTinueD on page 60

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a Holiday Handful

five festive shows worth catching this season.

by meg mathis

1. A Touching TrAdiTion

written by Chicago Public Schools students,

Travel back in time via a 1940s-style radio broad-

making it ideal for kids and adults alike.

cast of Frank Capra’s yuletide classic with American

December 8–January 5. The Neo-Futurists

Blues Theater’s It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in

Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., 312-409-1954;

Chicago!, performed by a cast of eight. November


21–December 28. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-404-7336; americanbluestheater.com

4. The Beloved BAlleT Performed by the Chicago Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker comes to life in

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Joffrey Ballet’s holiday tradition. December 5–28.

Step Up Production’s HoliDaze roundup returns for

Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.,

its second year of six original one-act productions,

312-386-8905; joffrey.org/nutcracker

including company member Joshua Rollins’s Perfect Space, a Christmas Day piece that centers on Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. November 21– December 21. Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., 312-316-8355; stepupproductions.org

5. holidAy hijinkS Goodman Theatre joins forces with The Second City for Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!, a pop culture crossover (written by The Colbert Report alumni Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort) that mixes the major

3. FAmily FAre

players of A Christmas Carol with characters from

With sketches like Santa and Taco Bell, Barrel

the Peanuts comic strip, the Island of Misft Toys,

of Monkeys’ That’s Weird, Grandma: The Holiday

and Little Orphan Annie. December 5–28. Goodman

Special shows the holidays through the eyes of

Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800;

babes with a rotating collection of short works


photography by Johnny Knight (american blues theater); cheryl mann (nutcracker)

i cannot wait to see the big debut. What inspired you to write a musical? One year I thought to take my kids to see a show that spun my head when I was little: the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. My then-10-year-old son, Shane, said, “Dad, that show made me hate Christmas.” I was like, “Whoa, have these times changed!” The new generation is looking for something a little newer, and that started to get me thinking about Rock & Roll Christmas Tale. With your metal background, how did you go about writing for a Broadway audience? Look at me onstage in the heyday with Twisted. I always say, “What about me in makeup and costumes didn’t scream musical theater?” [Sings] Hello, Frisco! [Laughs] I was a headbanger, but I’m also a choir geek. I was in drama club, I sang Jesus Christ Superstar in high school, and I did Broadway with Rock of Ages, so I’ve always had an appreciation for entertaining people on a total level. do you have a favorite christmas carol? My favorite Christmas song? I didn’t realize until somebody pointed it out that I ripped off the first six notes of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” from “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” which I sang for 19 years in the church choir. I owe a lot to that song. [Laughs] dee, i can’t believe you didn’t say “Silent night,” our beautiful duet! My second favorite song? “Silent Night!” let’s talk about “Silent night.” Yeah, let’s talk about the one that got away. Giuliana auditioned for Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, and we were ready for her to stink. Readers, Giuliana killed it vocally, visually, dramatically—and then she’s not available to do the part! She’s the biggest tease in the world. Giuliana Rancic, I’m putting it out there. i’m going to be there for christmas—don’t think i’m not going to try to sneak up [and] ambush the stage. i’m sure “Silent night” will be a big download this holiday season because we did a fun rock version—[with] proceeds from digital download sales [supporting] my charity, Fab-uWish. As much of an honor as it was to work with you, it’s great to be able to give back, so that’s a personal thank you. I was more than pleased to do that and work with you. We’ve become friends, and I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with you. What do you love most about the Windy city? you know i’m a huge fan. I brought my wife, Suzette, to the city, and she said, “Wow, this is New York’s prettier sister.” I’m a New Yorker born and bred, but you’ve got to acknowledge when the prettier sister walks in—and she is prettier. [Laughs] Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale runs through January 4. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., 800-775-2000; broadwayinchicago.com. For more from Dee and Giuliana, visit michiganavemag.com. ma

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His work is in museums across tHe country, but sculptor RichaRd hunt will always be cHicago’s own. by thomas connors The Picasso in Daley Plaza may be the most famous public artwork in Chicago, but no artist has made as much of a mark on the city as Richard Hunt. For more than 50 years, the South Side native has fashioned an everevolving array of monumental works for hospitals, schools, libraries, churches, and government buildings. No matter how massive, his pieces always express an almost body-blowing sense of motion, in shapes that make it hard to believe steel could ever be so fluid. As he nears his 80th birthday, the Museum of Contemporary Art honors the artist and his ingenuity with “MCA DNA: Richard Hunt,” opening December 18. “His ongoing experiment,” suggests MCA curator Naomi Beckwith, “is how to make sculpture do those uncanny things you can do on paper. How do

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you get sculpture to explode, jump up, jump out, twist in multiple directions?” Combining a passion for gesture and a fascination with metal—its significance as a modern material and as a symbol of labor—Hunt’s works, large or small, strike one as very much made, yet utterly imaginative. “In his early years,” relates Beckwith, “Richard would go to junkyards and collect scrap and create pieces that looked like something from The Matrix, like robots or friendly monsters.” Over time, the artist veered toward Minimalism, but never truly abandoned hints of the recognizable. “The work,” suggests Beckwith, “is never fully disconnected from the world, from memory, labor, or the body.” Or from the city he calls home. December 18–May 17, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660; mcachicago.org ma

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Small Hybrid by Richard Hunt, 1964.

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Can austerity and whimsy coexist? Artist Mathias Poledna believes as much, as expressed in the new animation-filled exhibit of his work at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society. “He investigates and learns new techniques himself, which is fascinating, and [in doing so] he gets new knowledge for each work,” says Renaissance Society director Solveig Øvstebø of the LA–based film artist, who blends 1930s-style cartoons with post-punk influences to tackle social, political, and cultural elements. “He’s an artist [who] is very aware of his context.” December 7– February 8, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8670; renaissancesociety.org

Holiday Headliner

Crooner Sam Fazio kiCks off the season with a festive new album.

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Comedy groups Off Off Broadway, Siblings of Doctors, and Jody will perform at the 2015 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.

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He’s an esteemed psychologist at the Alzheimer’s Association by day, but recently, Sam Fazio is generating even more buzz with his evening gig as a jazz crooner. On December 1, Fazio celebrates the release of his third album, Swingin’ Through the Holidays, which he’ll perform live at Rogers Park’s Mayne Stage on December 14. With two collections of standards (The Songs We Love, I Wish You Love) under his belt, the DePaul University School of Music graduate—who has a weekend residency at the Hilton Chicago—was eager to put his stamp on Swingin’ Through the Holidays’ roster of familiar tracks. “Everybody knows holiday songs,” says Fazio. “What was challenging was finding a fresh way of doing them…. Staying classic, but then having a fresh little twist.” Alongside more traditional carols, the album ties in unexpected tunes (think Dean Martin’s “Christmas Blues” and Elvis Presley’s “Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me”) and complex arrangements, like the New Orleans– style jazz take on “Jingle Bells.” Says Fazio, “I think it’s something that is going to live for a long time.” December 14, 7 pm, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., 773-3814554; samfaziomusic.com MA


Mathias Poledna’s subversive animations come to the Renaissance Society in December.

ChiCago’s Cultured set knows that shaking off the cold is as easy as checking out an indoor spectacle, and three upcoming productions will give audiences both an eyeful and an earful. First, on december 20 and 21, Taiko Legacy 11 brings Japanese taiko drumming to the stage at the Museum of Contemporary art (220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660; mcachicago.org). anne washburn’s critically lauded homage to The Simpsons— Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play—imagines how the cult animated series lives on in a postapocalyptic world; the dark comedy makes its Midwest debut at theater wit (January 8–March 1, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., 773-9758150; theaterwit.org). and the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival returns for its 14th year with 150 troupes, 170 shows, and 1,000 comics performing at stage 773 (January 8–18, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., 773-327-5252; chicagosketchfest.com).

TwenTy-TwenTy “Building an ensemBle and sticking around for 20 years is incredible,” exults Jeff Christian, an ensemble member of the irish Theatre of Chicago (formerly seanachaí Theatre Company) since 2003. now, Christian kicks off the Jeff award–winning company’s 20th anniversary season by directing Conor mcPherson’s Shining City. “This one isn’t necessarily uproarious,” Christian says of the play, which is set in a therapist’s offce, “but there are defnitely moments of humor when you wouldn’t expect them, which the irish tend to do well.” November 26–January 4, The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., 866-811-4111; seanachai.org

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“I’M AT THe pOINT IN My CAreer wHere I wANT TO DO THINgS THAT CHAlleNge Me, THAT HAve A HIgH prObAbIlITy OF FAIlure.” —joe mantello

Hail and Farewell

With the NeW OrleaNs–set Airline HigHwAy, theater heavyWeights Lisa D’amour aNd Joe manteLLo take us a WOrld aWay frOm Café du mONde. by thomas connors New Orleans has long been the focus of many a creative musing, from Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire to TV’s Treme. Now, playwright Lisa D’Amour, whose backyard-breakdown Detroit was a Pulitzer Prize fnalist, has set her sights on the Crescent City with Airline Highway. Named for the road that leads to both the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, her latest drama taps into the underside of the Big Easy, as a motley crew of marginal fgures gathers in the parking lot of a sad motel to celebrate the life of one of their own—a burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Assassins), the Broadway-bound show makes its world premiere at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company on December 4.

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“The idea of representing New Orleans in film or TV or the theater is so difficult,” says D’Amour, a fifth-generation New Orleanian. “That’s why I’ve avoided it. It’s hard to remember that New Orleans isn’t just a tourist town—it’s a living, breathing ecosystem. People come wanting to get a little wild, get a little dirty. And the service industry is supposed to do that for them, whether that’s in a bar or a strip joint. This play addresses people who are trying to maintain a sense of tradition, a sense of community, while still having to give in to the demands of what other people want them to be.” But Airline Highway is not an unabashed paean to the outsiders (including a stripper, a transgender bartender, and an aging hooker) that D’Amour has conjured. Nor does it completely dismiss Bait Boy, the former resident who’s in from Atlanta, where he’s crafted a more conventional existence. “I see so many different kinds of people going out of their way to make sure community happens. I was very interested in letting that unfold. The play doesn’t end well, but you still feel they are there for each other.” With a large cast and a lot of overlapping dialogue, the show is no neat and tidy package—which suits Rockford native Mantello just fine. “I’m at the point in my career,” he laughs, “where I want to do things that challenge me, that have a high probability of failure. Airline Highway is very dense with characters and things going on at the same time. What first engaged me was how to orchestrate all of that, so you’re getting the information you need to get, and yet it feels like an improv.” Life is messy. And messy lives can appear alluring in that distance from a theater seat to the stage. Yet, as D’Amour says, “My intention was to get to the everyday texture of these people’s lives, people you might think are lower than you. But you see them at a kind of epic moment, trying to hold it all together, in a way that, maybe, we are all trying to hold it together.” December 4–February 8, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., 312-3351650; steppenwolf.org ma

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Joe Mantello, Tony-winning director of Airline Highway, with its playwright, Lisa D’Amour.


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The Tourism Tycoon

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Hotel magnate Jonathan tisch is aiming to make CHiCago a loews kind of town. by novid parsi As Jonathan M. Tisch speaks, the word responsibility pops up time and again. Tisch’s palpable sense of accountability toward Loews Corporation reinforces that it’s not just his job—it’s his legacy. His late father, Preston Robert “Bob” Tisch, and uncle, Laurence “Larry” Tisch, built the Loews empire. Now Tisch, who turns 61 on December 7, shares the office of the president with his cousins, Andrew H. and James S. Tisch, Larry’s sons. Tisch’s sense of responsibility will continue to grow in March, when Streeterville becomes home to the 22nd Loews Hotel. With an interior designed by Simeone Deary, the new 400-room, 52-story Loews Chicago Hotel follows the New York–based luxury hotel chain’s recent acquisition of the InterContinental Hotel near O’Hare Airport. “Chicago has been a market that we were very anxious to be in,” says Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts. “For years I was focused on trying to find the right location to have a property that preferably we could build from scratch.” Yet Loews is no stranger to the Windy City; the organization used to own the former Ambassador East and West Hotels in the Gold Coast, ran the House of Blues Hotel for several years, and currently owns 90 percent of insurance company CNA Financial. continued on page 70

Jonathan Tisch brings his family-owned enterprise to the Windy City with its soon-to-open Loews Hotel in Streeterville.

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from left: The Loews Chicago hotel, designed by Simeone Deary, features a decidedly contemporary aesthetic, with local accents. below: The 400-room, 52-story hotel is set to open in March 2015.

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to the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, his alma mater. Especially in Manhattan, the Tisch name has become synonymous with philanthropy. Will Chicago likewise benefit from the Tisch largesse? “We always look at opportunities,” Tisch replies, adding with a smile, “This may cause a lot of requests to come our way.” The father of three also tends to another legacy from his father: a professional football team. In 1991, Bob bought a half stake in the New York Giants. “It really is a true American success story,” Tisch says. “A kid grows up in Brooklyn with not a lot and through hard work, discipline, and risks, he’s able to buy half of his hometown football team.” For Tisch, the Loews ethos of responsibility is more than an inheritance, it’s one of the great achievements of his own career. “Oftentimes the men and women who are taking jobs in our hotels have emigrated here because they want to embrace the American vision, and our industry really can support those goals.” Even as the hotel chain expands, he says, “we will never get away from the culture that has been with us now in excess of 75 years.” ma

at your service Hotelier Jonathan Tisch shares his passions, in Chicago and elsewhere. fan for life:

“In the ’70s and early ’80s, my father’s best friend was Pete Rozelle, commissioner of the National Football League. By the time I was 30, I’d gone to 12 or 13 Super Bowls with the Rozelles. Now I go to every New York Giants home game.” dining adventures:

“My wife, Lizzie, and I really enjoy looking for new restaurants. I love Gibsons Steakhouse and Nico Osteria. We’re not foodies trying to fnd

the next gastronomic experience, but we love the energy of popular restaurants.” trotting the globe:

“I could go to Paris once a week. No matter how many times we’re there, we love the vibrancy and its sheer beauty.” Keeping fit:

“I spin fve days a week, and I’m totally addicted. A typical dinner is grilled chicken and vegetables. [But] french fries—those are my weakness.”

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Loews isn’t the only fresh face in Chicago’s hotel scene, which has witnessed a recent boom in new construction. “This is one of the best markets in the country, but it’s also one of the most competitive,” Tisch says. He believes Loews’s renowned service will set it apart from competitors, as will the downtown hotel’s outdoor entertaining space, which he says will be larger than that of any other hotel in the city. “We know how difficult the winters can be in Chicago, so the flip side is: Let’s embrace spring, summer, and fall,” says the lifelong New Yorker. Expectations for Loews Chicago run high— especially from Tisch himself. By his own account, he takes after his father, Bob, known as Mr. Outside, the company’s public face (cousin Jim takes after Larry, who was Mr. Inside, the one with a mastery of business details). Bob’s brain tumor diagnosis in 2004 brought the tight-knit Tisch clan even closer. “We virtually were raised as one family, a family of seven,” he says of his four cousins and two siblings (including his brother, Steve, the film producer behind Forrest Gump and Risky Business). Bob died on November 15, 2005, two years to the day after his brother passed away. The Tisch sense of responsibility extends beyond the family’s business endeavors and into its many philanthropic causes. “My father and uncle taught us a lot about the phrase that is so often used in today’s world: ‘giving back,’” Tisch says. “I personally don’t like that terminology because I think people hide behind that. They write a check and think they’ve given back. I like to broaden it by saying ‘understanding one’s responsibility.’” In 1990, soon after becoming CEO of Loews Hotels (a position he held until 2012), Tisch started the Good Neighbors Policy, the company’s corporate social responsibility program. In 2006, he gave $40 million


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Walking on Air

From Fitness to Facials, entrepreneur Shama Patel is ready to tackle 2015 with her Fast-growing health and beauty businesses. by jacqueline bender According to Shama Patel, Chicago’s notorious winters actually offer the ideal environment for new year’s fitness resolutions. “You can’t do too many outdoorsy activities, so you can work out a lot more,” asserts the 32-year-old Michigan native, who grew up playing tennis and is now serving up the gym alternative Air Aerial Fitness, whose innovative workouts sculpt and tone through suspension and resistance. Patel opened her first Air studio in Lincoln Park last fall and has since added a location near her home in River North, a members-only studio at Soho House, and studios in Los Angeles and Charlotte. Next up? Along with a potential new location in 2015, Patel is now growing her entrepreneurial interests with Mud, a facial bar that will debut in January in River North. The same competitive streak that first drew Patel to athletics is what sparked her interest in entrepreneurship. “I enjoy pushing myself to the max and

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challenging myself to be better,” she reasons. It all began in 2010, when Patel left her job as a Chicago corporate litigator to move closer to family in Charlotte, North Carolina, and open Flex + Fit, a studio (now closed) offering specialty workouts and healthy cooking classes. Says Patel, “I really wanted to do something on my own.” There, the concept of Air began to take form; inspired by aerial silks used by circus performers, Patel constructed hammocks to use for classes, working with her engineer father to create a rigging system to suspend them. “Aerials really did not exist in the marketplace in 2010, so we were very cutting-edge,” says Patel of her concept, which now uses the apparatus to combine elements of ballet, yoga, Pilates, and high-intensity interval training. Patel—who used her litigation expertise to advantageous effect by even trademarking the term air—also plans to expand the fitness concept to Washington, DC, and Dallas. “I love evolving my business,” she says—and she’s always thinking of innovative ways to do just that, as evidenced by the Mud concept. “The breast-milk facial is going to raise some eyebrows,” she says with a smile, adding that the idea for the ingredient will be “either a catastrophe, or pure genius.” Mud’s mission will be efficiency, with each facial taking under a half hour. “People overcomplicate the most simple things, and I love bringing it back to basics again. When I have gotten facials done, it’s literally a game of ‘how many products can I lather on your face in an hour?’” Like Air Aerial Fitness, Mud emerged from Patel’s two passions: a healthy lifestyle and venturing where other entrepreneurs have not. “I am of the opinion that entrepreneurship is not for everyone,” she says. “It’s a roller-coaster ride, which has the ability to turn your life upside down. It’s a route meant for those who have the ability to risk everything they have for a chance to achieve greatness.” She continues, “I’m an entrepreneur in every sense of the word.” Air Lincoln Park, 2217 N. Clybourn Ave.; Air River North, 676 N. LaSalle Blvd., 312-288-9614; airfitnow.com ma

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Shama Patel worked with her engineer father to create the rigging system for Air Aerial Fitness, whose silks were inspired by circus performers.

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Poetic Passion

ChiCago spoken-word artist J. Ivy translates his message of healing and inspiration to the printed page with his new book, Dear Father. by j.p. anderson South Side native J. Ivy got an early taste of fame—and snagged his first Grammy—10 years ago with his contribution to Kanye West’s debut album, The College Dropout. Since then, the poet has toured or performed with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Bob Dylan and the Roots, and done voice-over work for Nissan, Verizon, and Monday Night Football. Preparing for the January 27 release of his second book, Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain, and the accompanying Dear Father Letter Writing Campaign (dearfatherletters.com), the 38-year-old recently chatted with Michigan Avenue about the healing power of words and how Chicago has inspired him from day one.

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Your message is one of positivity. What drives that? I’ve always wanted to inspire people and lift people up because people did that for me, whether it was with music or conversation or a movie—you see or hear something and it lifts your spirit. My father was a radio DJ back in the day, and my mother is a retired nurse—so I always felt like it was on me to use my voice to heal people. What inspired the book? It sprouted from a poem I wrote when I was in a lot of pain. My father was there when I was younger, but then drugs and alcohol became a factor. My folks divorced, and I didn’t hear from him for 10 years. We reconnected, but a year and a half later he passed away. I was 23, 24 at the time, and I was hurt. One day I got fed up with feeling that way and I decided to write this poem, a letter to my dad. I found a lot of healing from it, and as I started to perform it, I noticed that other people were finding healing in it as well. So we decided to dive deeper and tell the story of what led to me writing this poem. How has Chicago inspired you? Man, it’s been everything—from the dialect to the style of clothes, how we walk, the jokes we crack, the values you get from your folks. It’s shaped me in every way. I feel like Chicagoans can go anywhere in the world and shine. Where in Chicago do you go to be inspired? Promontory Point on the lake is actually my favorite spot in the city to just chill and relax and let the tension go. What other performers have given you inspiration? Common is my all-time favorite MC. The way he writes, the way he structures his stories, his wordplay—I’ve always just connected with it. And then Gil Scott-Heron was a huge influence when I started writing poetry. He just dove so deep; he allowed me to free my mind. What advice would you give to young poets coming up? Write. Practice. Be fearless—fear kills creativity. You can’t have boundaries when you’re creating. I would tell people to never stop; get out to as many people as you can, as many cities as you can. Don’t get stuck on your block. Go out and seek out those other experiences because that will expand your story. ma

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South Side native J. Ivy loves the city and its people: “I feel like Chicagoans can go anywhere in the world and shine,” he says.

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Pitching in

With the Wood Family Foundation’s annual Woody’s Winter Warm-up event, Former ChiCago Cubs star pitCher erry Wood steps up to the plate to better the lives oF the City’s Children. as told to meg mathis

Kerry Wood coaches a student during Woody’s Back to School BBQ Bonanza. right: Wood welcomes Lawndale Elementary Community Academy students for the Pitch In mentee breakfast.

“My wife and i started doing charity work at the hospital visiting kids when we were dating. When I came back for my second run with the Cubs, we knew we were going to stay in Chicago after I was done playing, and that’s when we realized it was time to launch a foundation and do something more permanent. Having our own kids, seeing kids in the hospital, doing baseball clinics, we realized it was going to [focus on helping] the children of Chicago. I started the Wood Family Foundation before I retired [in 2012], but I realized that the 30 minutes I was able to give could be monumental for people. And not because it’s ‘me’—a lot of the kids don’t know that I play baseball and what I’ve done, which is even better. It’s more rewarding that

“We all see the neWs, but It’s not as bad as the neWs makes It: there’s a good sense of communIty In these neIghborhoods.”

After retiring from the Cubs, Wood is committed to helping kids throughout Chicago.

[I’m] just a familiar face. Having these kids run up and give you a high five or hug and say, ‘Good to see you!’ [is] what it’s all about. It’s made me a better person. “[Woody’s Winter Warm-Up] is really about timing: Everyone’s excited for the Cubs season to start right around the corner—everyone’s in town for the Cubs convention, so I get players out—and it’s a good time, [with] a musical act and great auction items. We get all the players and celebrities behind the bar and compete for tips, so it’s fun. Last year, we raised over [$100,000] to help the foundation get programs off the ground. I love having the event at Harry’s, and the more we can talk about the foundation, the more people we have to volunteer and help. “Today is the opening day of our mentor program at Lawndale Elementary Community Academy, [which has] been more than a year in the making. We have 20 fourth graders; they have given the foundation two rooms. The school did not have a library, so we got a library built and put books in it, and the other room they’ve allocated for us is now a resource room, where we have desktops and tablets. We’ve put together a curriculum and activities we’ll be doing every Tuesday throughout the school year. The last Tuesday of every continued on page 78

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photography by kenny kim photography (boy with bat; wood with kids); Collin pierson photography (high five)

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Wood unveils the resource room to students at Lawndale Elementary Community Academy.

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month, we bring in the guardians. One of the coolest things about the program is having that dinner and letting the kids get up and tell all the parents what they’ve been learning, then we eat dinner together. We have dinner at my house every night as a family; a lot of people don’t, so that’s a big thing— to sit down together and take an hour to listen to the kids. “We all see the news about Lawndale and Englewood, [but] it’s not as bad as the news makes it: There’s a good sense of community in these neighborhoods, and if we can get the trust of the families, the students, the principals, and the teachers, we want nothing out of it other than their help. At Lawndale Elementary Community Academy, we did a barbecue to kick off the school year—we blocked off the streets and had bouncy houses, carnival games, and a two-day baseball clinic. I was talking to Principal Willette—he had a big smile on his face and was like, ‘Man, I’m seeing 30 moms and dads here that I’ve called 100 times, and I couldn’t get them to call me back.’ We had people coming out of their houses taking pictures of us in the park, and we find out later they were taking pictures because they hadn’t seen kids in that park in 25 years. They were coming out of their houses because they heard laughter. Being in the city, having a good time, and seeing hundreds of kids out—hopefully they see each other and say, ‘We’re going to stay engaged.’ Going into the event, the principal was like, ‘I’m not sure how many people are going to show. It’s hard to get [to the] parents, and the kids can’t come if the parents don’t come.’ We had hundreds of people; the principal was almost in tears. “Kids are kids, but when it comes down to it, they’re really gentle. Unfortunately, a lot of them have grown up too soon in some of these neighborhoods, but deep down, I love the innocence of the children. Some of them just want to touch my wife’s hair. They say, ‘We’ve never touched hair like this.’ Honestly, you feel bad when the day ends and you have to go home. Hopefully we start to build relationships throughout the neighborhood and really have an impact. Hopefully the stories will never stop.” Woody’s Winter Warm-Up, January 16, 8 pm. Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch, Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 7th Fl., 312-924-9234; woodfamilyfoundation.org ma

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“Having tHese kids run up and give you a HigH five is wHat it’s all about.” —kerry wood

Charity register Opportunities to give.

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WORLD OF CHOCOLATE What: Sample gourmet sweets from 30 of Chicago’s top chocolatiers, chefs, and caterers at AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s 13th annual winter gala benefting the organization’s education and care programs for the HIV/AIDS community. When: December 4, 6 pm Where: Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd. tickets: Call 312-334-0935 or visit aidschicago.org/chocolate.

SPIRIT OF SAINT NICHOLAS BALL What: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrates its 25th annual black-tie gala with a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, dancing, live entertainment by the Ken Arlen Orchestra, and late-night treats. When: December 5, 6:30 pm Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. tickets: Visit catholiccharities.net/stnick.

FEED YOUR MIND What: Pilot Light’s second annual gala features dishes from more than 15 renowned chefs, including Paul Kahan, Jason Hammel, Justin Large, and Matthias Merges, to support the nonproft foundation’s mission of helping Chicago children make healthy food decisions. When: December 5, 7 pm Where: Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St. tickets: Visit pilotlightchefs.org/feed-your-mind-2014.

SOCCER BALL What: Join Urban Initiatives for drinks, bites, dancing, and a silent auction at its ninth annual beneft supporting health and educational programming. When: January 23, 7 pm Where: Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. tickets: Visit urbaninitiatives.org.

BLACK CREATIVITY GALA What: Support youth in the sciences as the Museum of Science and Industry hosts its 32nd annual black-tie gala, which benefts the institution’s Black Creativity programming honoring African Americans’ achievements. When: January 24, 6:30 pm Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. tickets: Contact Denise Hicks at 773-947-3730 or denise.hicks@msichicago.org.

FIRST BITES BASH What: Chicago Restaurant Week’s offcial kickoff event features tastings from 50 of the city’s most celebrated chefs to beneft local charities. When: January 29, 5:30 pm Where: Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd. tickets: Visit frstbitesbash.com.

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s we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in the holiday season, the Bob Loquercio Auto Group would like to wish everybody the best of everything for 2014. May all your dreams and aspirations be realized and may you find yourself healthy, happy and surrounded by family and friends. And once again, we would like to express our appreciation to all our staff and to our customers. We again stand firm in our commitment to provide

the best in customer care at all our stores: Elgin Toyota Scion, Honda City, Elgin Hyundai and Chicago Northside Toyota Scion. So from every single member of the Bob Loquercio Auto Group and our families, we would like to extend an extremely heartfelt Happy New Year, wishing you the very best in 2015.




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Super power Nearly 150 VIPs gathered at Chicago Cut Steakhouse to celebrate November cover star Cindy Crawford. “I was on the first cover of Michigan avenue six years ago,” the DeKalb, Illinois, native reminisced, joking, “that’s like 35 in model years!” Cindy Crawford

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featured interactive Labs, such as brewing lessons at Lagunitas and a visit to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory.

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taste this Issue: Holiday Comforts Among the signature starters at Acanto, sepia and octopus with fig, radish, Fresno chili, and balsamic is a standout.

Italian Renaissance

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The GaGe owner Billy lawless Transforms The former henri inTo warm, welcominG new iTalian desTinaTion AcAnto. by j.p. anderson Billy Lawless’s two South Michigan Avenue restaurants, The Gage and Henri, were always strange bedfellows: the boisterously energetic, packed-to-therafters tavern next door to its elegant, comparatively hushed French fine-dining cousin. Each delivered culinary excellence in strikingly different ways— The Gage with its inspired tavern fare, like addictive poutine and Scotch eggs; Henri with its deconstructed haute plates—but the latter never achieved the heights of its rowdier neighbor. Sums up the Galway, Ireland– raised Lawless, “For as well as Henri did, the room was a little too formal for the area.” The restaurateur’s solution? Out with Henri, in with artisanal Italian concept Acanto. Reasons Lawless, “I think people are much more naturally disarmed when it comes to food if you say Italian rather than fine-dining French.” To that end, Executive Chef Chris Gawronski turned his focus from Henri’s fastidiously constructed fare to a more rustic selection of plates—all with an artisanal focus, from stone-oven-cooked pizzas to from-scratch pastas, sauces, and several varieties of house-made salumi. (The restaurant is even working with California-based Bohemian Creamery to supply Acanto’s entire cheese program—the only Illinois restaurant to carry the line, notes Gawronski proudly.) continued on page 92

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prime seats Chris Gawronski with Acanto owner Billy Lawless; chunks of rich pork sugo and rapini make duck egg spaghetti a popular dish; the refreshing, fortified wine-spiked Aperitivi #1.

Along with the change of concept, Lawless worked with architect Mark Knauer to soften the formerly austere room, jettisoning white tablecloths in favor of butcher-block tables, antique mirrors, comfortable tufted leather banquettes, and a vermilion mohair accent wall. It’s been a striking transformation—and even Lawless is impressed by the immediate effect. “It’s been phenomenal,” attests Lawless. “Our cover count has more than doubled for lunch and dinner every day.” With good reason: The menu is leagues more approachable, yet still boasts Gawronski’s artful, highly sophisticated touch, with a dining philosophy that is incredibly of-the-moment. Skillfully crafted food—ribbons of tender octopus with Fresno chili, fig, and radish;

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perfectly al dente duck egg spaghetti with meltingly tender creamy pork sugo; and crispy artichoke hearts with fried caperberries (a Lawless favorite)—all served with absolutely no fuss. “This is a more jovial experience,” says Gawronski, explaining Acanto’s strong start. “It shows in the clientele and in the way things come out of the kitchen. Everything we put out there, we’re putting every ounce of heart and soul into it, and we’re having fun.” For winter, Gawronski is looking forward to game meats—and, per Lawless, “truffles, truffles, truffles,” Gawronski laughs. “That’s definitely something I’m excited about.” Apart from his ability to spot talent like Gawronski (and Dirk Flanigan, the well-respected chef who helmed Lawless’s restaurants

“To give people a connecTion To The resTauranT ThaT’s more Than jusT a reservaTion is very powerful.” —billy lawless until 2013) and to set the stage for a consistently well-executed dining experience, Lawless’s greatest skill as a restaurateur may be his ability to make every table feel like they’ve been welcomed home. Whether it’s The Gage or Acanto or The Dawson (Lawless’s year-old smallplates hit in River West), the broad-shouldered 44-yearold is a regular presence, moving easily through the crowd, warmly greeting regulars, welcoming

first-timers, laughing, telling jokes—in short, serving as the consummate host. And that’s exactly what Lawless is aiming for. “There’s so much choice out there,” says Lawless, “that to give people a connection to the restaurant that’s more than just a reservation is very powerful. Be genuine about welcoming people. We’re in the service business; you have to let your guests know that you appreciate them.” 8 S. Michigan Ave., 312-5780763; acantochicago.com ma

Underneath a glowing display of spirits bottles, the curving banquette of table 406 is tucked into the back corner of the room and offers bird’s-eye views of the entire dining room, not to mention vistas of Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park through the restaurant’s east wall of windows.

pizza please Chris Gawronski’s secret to making Acanto’s standout pizzas is a 65-year-old starter acquired by Executive Pastry Chef Mitsu Nozaki. “She said that I can’t tell anybody [where she got it], but that she had permission to use it,” he laughs. Whatever its origins, the result is a puffy, chewy crust that makes for a perfect margherita (pictured).

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clockwise from far left: Executive Chef





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EIGHTEEN SIXTY FIVE By Michael Pickering, Beverage director at the langhaM

1 oz. Courvoisier VS 1 oz. St-Germain elderfower liqueur 1 oz. NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial In a Champagne fute, build ingredients in order and serve.

Bubbling Up From holiday toasts to everyday imbibing, sparkling wine has become chicagoans’ trendiest tipple. By lauren viera If you’re toasting the holidays this year in Chicago, it’s a safe bet you’ll do so with a Champagne fute in your hand. With Chicago as the second-largest city for Champagne consumption and Illinois the second-largest state, we’re serious about our bubbles. Local mixologists are getting into the act, too, foating it atop cocktails and subbing it for standard mixers in classic drinks. Bubbly—whether Prosecco,

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cava, Champagne, or good old American sparkling wine—is offcially on-trend. Of course, bubbly is a natural complement to celebrations, says Shaw’s Crab House (21 E. Hubbard St., 312527-2722; shawscrabhouse.com) manager Nate Redner. “Whether it’s the holidays, a birthday, or anniversary, Champagne is always a proper way to kick it off.” But these days, Chicagoans who are passionate about Champagne embrace it year-round. As Michael Pickering, beverage director at The Langham Chicago (330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988; langhamhotels.com), explains, “There is always a reason to drink bubbles. And this time of year, there are more reasons to celebrate—whether it be a company party or getting together with family during the holidays.” Not to mention, adds Pickering, Champagne is versatile in pairing with many types of food. “The high acid [in it makes it] a great food wine... It’s also a palate cleanser; a glass of sparkling [resets] the palate and lets you enjoy dessert.” Beyond food pairings, local mixologists are showcasing bubbles in cocktails made especially for the holiday season. Pickering offers the Eighteen Sixty Five (see recipe , above), which features Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial along with cognac and elderflower liqueur, noting, “Champagne lifts and brightens the other ingredients, while the elderflower from the St-Germain adds a touch of sweetness as well as a floral note.” At Shaw’s, Redner offers The Belle Rose: vodka, peach liqueur, orange preserves, and lemon juice, topped with bubbles. And at Paris Club Bistro & Bar (59 W. Hubbard St., 312595-0800; parisclubbistroandbar.com), mixologist Paul McGee has adapted the Serendipity cocktail served at Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Hotel in Paris; his version stars Perrier Jouët and substitutes Pommeau de Normandie for the original drink’s apple juice. Says the high-profile bartender—also known for his tiki drinks at local hot spot Three Dots and a Dash (435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220; threedotschicago.com)—“It’s a refreshing, sparkling drink that has a nice, crisp apple flavor with a hint of mint.” ma

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Chicago is the second-largest city in America for Champagne consumption—and local mixologists are highlighting the bubbly in innovative new cocktails.

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Worlds Colliding

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BEVERLY KIM AND HUSBAND JOHNNY CLARK BLEND THEIR BACKGROUNDS WITH PARACHUTE. Years ago, while working in a restaurant in Korea, Beverly Kim was taunted with naghasan (“parachute”) by her more experienced coworkers. Now Kim has embraced the nickname with Parachute, the new highly acclaimed Asian-inspired storefront restaurant the chef has opened with her husband, Johnny Clark. The 40-seat oasis in Avondale is drawing rave reviews for inventive takes on classic Korean dishes—think baked potato bing bread and pork belly pancake with kimchi—that are as dynamic as the husband-wife duo. “Two minds are better than one,” says Kim of the pair’s partnership. “Sometimes I think something’s too sweet and he thinks it’s too sour, so we balance each other.” 3500 N. Elston Ave., 773-654-1460; parachuterestaurant.com

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“I’m a very ‘What am I feeling?’ kind of cook,” says Rebecca Goldfarb, who welcomes small groups nightly to The Social Table, her Lincoln Park–based cookingclass-meets-dinner-party concept. With Goldfarb’s guidance, guests craft an of-the-moment menu like a prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin with goat cheese mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with mushrooms, and apple crisp. The one ingredient you won’t find? Low-fat cheese. “That is never allowed,” laughs Goldfarb. “The reason my food tastes better is butter, salt, cream—and not having any fear of those ingredients.” 819 W. Armitage Ave., 773-6974109; thesocialtable.com


“THE HISTORY OF SHAKE SHACK is the Chicago–style hot dog,” says Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Randy Garutti of the hugely popular New York concept, which has just made its highly anticipated Chicago debut in a gleaming River North space. Originating as a hot dog cart 13 years ago, the quick-service restaurant gained cult status thanks to a late addition to the menu: the ShackBurger. “All of the sudden, Shake Shack became about hamburgers,” says Garutti. “It’s the happiest accident ever.” 66 E. Ohio St., 312-667-1701; shakeshack.com


Elvis Lives French toast—a bacon sandwich on monkey bread, smothered in bourboncaramel sauce—from Edgewater’s new Revival Social Club.


A cult favorite, the ShackBurger is topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce.



From the far North Side to just off the Mag Mile, intriguing weekend dining destinations can be found all over the city—and these three top our current list of must-try spots. Picking up where M. Henrietta left off, Edgewater’s new Revival Social Club (1133 W. Granville Ave., 773-293-6435; revivalsocialclub.com) features plates sweet and savory—like Elvis Lives, monkey bread French toast drizzled in bourboncaramel sauce, and the Treehugger farm-egg omelette with roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onions, tomato, and baby spinach. Taking a cue from the original Lakeview location, the new Streeterville Meat (215 E. Chestnut St., 773-328-8320; eatat meat.com) outpost boasts a menu complete with signature skewered items, from gluten-free beef tenderloin tips, to the Paleo–friendly cinnamonglazed applewood bacon. And the Hemingwayesque atmosphere of nightlife favorite Hubbard Inn (110 W. Hubbard St., 312-222-1331; hubbardinn. com) proves to be a perfectly cozy setting for decadent dishes like the breakfast Monte Cristo (complete with peanut butter, banana, bacon, brioche, and chocolate syrup) and crab cake Benedict.

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taste Guided tour “Your sixth sense is reallY where You bring in [the partY’s] excitement.” —rachel de marte clockwise from left:

Fabulous Foodie

Planner extraordinaire Rachel De MaRte shares her favorite haute sPots for Party season. by Meg Mathis “In the event world, you’ve got your five senses,” says Rachel De Marte. “Your sixth sense is really where you bring in the [party’s] excitement.” With her larger-than-life personality, the Grosse Pointe, Michigan, native and West Loop resident works behind the scenes to craft Chicago’s most lavish soirées—like a corporate Christmas party for 400 at Salvage One, featuring stations like “Hunter and Game,” with stuffed rabbit loin, Cornish game hens, and venison sausage (“It looked like Ralph Lauren Home for

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the holidays,” muses De Marte of the scene). As she prepares to help the city’s most chic denizens fête the season, we caught up with the woman-about-town to discover her glam recommendations for fellow gourmands. “Longman & Eagle (2657 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-276-7110; longman andeagle.com) I would call ‘winter glam’ because it’s so dark, and they’ve done a great job of creating this cozy, tight-knit atmosphere. It has a different meaning of ‘holiday chic’ that, to me, tailors to the

male audience, or the girls [whose] luxe list is fur and cognac, versus other girls who prefer handbags and scarves. They do things like a wild boar Sloppy Joe, and they did a porchetta as a special one night that was insane. “I love places like GT Fish & Oyster (531 N. Wells St., 312-929-3501; gtoyster.com), and it has its own [fabulous] vibe because [of] the atmosphere, and the food is so clean and delicious. [My favorite dish] goes without saying: lobster roll. They [also] do clam chowder

in this little jar with housemade croutons... Stellar. [I order] the oyster po’ boy fried slider every single time. It’s good, happy food. “Sunda (110 W. Illinois St., 312-644-0500; sunda chicago.com) is a scene, and I actually love that for private dining because they’re really consistent. I love their chef’s table because it is a 60-inch square, and you can literally talk to everyone. I do have a staple: Spicy Tail of Two Tunas, every time, and they have a signature pan-fried sticky rice square with spicy

tuna tartare and jalapeño that’s amazing. “There’s nothing else like RM Champagne Salon (116 N. Green St., 312-243-1199; rmchampagne salon.com). You go into an alley and enter this little environment—the inside is kind of like Anthropologie: It’s got tassels hanging from the ceiling, it’s got this beautiful fireplace, it is tiny, and it’s just lovely. I’ll have a glass of sparkling Berlucchi rosé, and then I segue into one of the cocktails, like Kentucky BBQ or Le Turkel.” ma

photography by christopher free (de marte); anthony tahlier (rm champagne); eric Kleinberg (gt fish)

Rachel De Marte; the elegant RM Champagne Salon is tucked away at the end of a cobblestone alley; GT Fish & Oyster’s Alaskan halibut with asparagus and roasted tomatoes.


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Dose Market founDer April FrAncis talks tech, coMfort fooD, anD Making the Most of winter in chicago with fellow entrepreneur anD fooDie EllEn MAlloy. by j.p. anderson


How do you two know each other? Ellen Malloy: I’ve known and admired April from way back when because I’m very familiar with Dose Market since it’s all about fashion and chefs—the way April promoted chefs was really exciting for me. I had actually never met her, but I totally wanted to grow up and be her. April Francis: Stop! [Laughs] I had always heard about Ellen; I’d never met her but I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. April, you wanted to meet at La Sirena. AF: I come here all the time. The food is wonderful, and John Manion is incredible. I’m obsessed with the empanadas. Ellen, you have a history with John. EM: I went to culinary school with John. And then I was his publicist for years at Mas. Now I just mooch food off him every once in a while. I always have the moqueca. John is always trying to get me to order new stuff, but you know what? I just want the moqueca. Sorry. What about the vibe of the place appeals to you? EM: I’m so taken by it, because there’s no pretense. AF: It feels like an extension of my house. [Server approaches] AF: I’ll do a Dos Mil Diez. EM: I don’t even know what you just said. I’ll have a caipirinha. April, the HoliDose Market is coming up. What can people expect? AF: Gifts and cheer, essentially. We’ll have a jazz band and a DJ, carolers, and incredible gifts spanning all types of categories. And great prepared foods and drinks as always, gift-wrapping, art-making… EM: [Laughing] It goes on and on—sounds like “The 12 Days of Christmas.” ConTinued on pAge 102

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A laugh-flled chat over cocktails and Latin-inspired nibbles. WHEN:

Late afternoon on a brisk autumn Thursday. WHERE:

La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-5300; lasirenachicago.com

clockwise from top right: April Francis (left) and Ellen Malloy;

the dining room at La Sirena Clandestina; ceviche with mahi mahi and pineapple; bottles line the wall behind the bar. photography by anjali pinto

Food and fashion go hand in hand for April Francis, whose four-year-old Dose Market—a highly curated marketplace event showcasing Chicago designers, chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs—has gone from pet project to full-time job. As Francis recently prepared to host HoliDose on December 14, she met up with friend and colleague Ellen Malloy, a restaurant PR veteran who has just launched Morsel, an online forum for sharing food-related stories, for cocktails, conversation, and Latin-inspired fare at chef John Manion’s La Sirena Clandestina.




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Bar manager Derek Payne shakes up smart cocktails like the Dos Mil Diez. below: Jalapeño gives the kale salad a jolt of heat.

“He’s sucH a talented cHef. tHe world needs to know JoHn Manion.” —april francis

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Ellen, you’ve got some news, too. EM: We just launched Morsel, where chefs and anyone else can tell their food stories online…. I think we’ve lost a bit of the storytelling element and community in regards to food, so we’re trying to bring back those stories. AF: I’m enchanted by it. One of the stories I followed was about a chef finding the inspiration to make a particular dessert that I [now] want to eat so much. [cocktails are served] EM: Cheers! AF: Cheers! EM: What’s interesting is that 53 percent of all of our traffic is mobile. It’s our future. AF: I love tech. My first business—I was 12 or 13—was building websites for people I knew who owned businesses. And I’ve always built the Dose website. How are the drinks? EM: I’ll need three more. The caipirinha is delicious. AF: Mine’s incredible—not too sweet. It’s refreshing, and it has a little cracked pepper in it. [ceviche is served] What else is coming up for you in 2015? EM: Well, hopefully Google will buy us for $7 billion... AF: That start-up vision—I love it! EM: We just built it, so it’s white-knuckle. Seven days a week. AF: And Dose is moving to quarterly, which makes a lot of sense with everything I’ve learned over the past four years. Enjoying the ceviche? AF: It’s delicious. I love the pineapple; it balances the heat in the sauce. What are your favorite things about winter in the city? EM: Ice skating. I go to Millennium Park in the middle of the day when everyone else is working. I might bring a flask. I’m not saying yes or no. [Laughs] AF: I love Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. Definitely a great stop for winter. Have you made any new year’s resolutions? EM: I have the same one every year: I’d like to be bored. There’s always stuff going on, it’s a vibrant city, and I’m at a start-up. So I want to be bored. Not very sexy, is it? Like a sexy kind of bored. [Laughs] AF: That’s my resolution, too. I want to be a sexy kind of bored! [Moqueca (seafood stew) and kale salad with roasted poblano dressing, cotija cheese, and pepitas are served] How’s the kale? AF: Incredible as always. It’s all about the cheese for me. EM: I like that he’s using curly kale. Everyone else uses Tuscan. And the moqueca is beautiful. I’ve been eating it since Mas opened in ’99. So what’s your final verdict? AF: He’s such a talented chef. The world needs to know John Manion. EM: I think he should do breakfast. Pretty soon all the Google workers will be in this neighborhood. EM: They’ll need breakfast. And I’ll be here for breakfast in case they want to buy my company. Hello! ma

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Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago, is a 14-day dining celebration that will take place throughout downtown, our fabulous neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs. Te eighth annual culinary celebration will run from January 30 through February 12 and will feature prix fxe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.

On Sunday, January 11th, 2015 walk down the red carpet at the Trump International Hotel & Tower for the Inaugural St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope. Guests will enjoy cocktails, rafe, live auction, dinner, and an exclusive presentation of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, all to beneft the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Visit EatItUpChicago.com to view the list of participating restaurants and make your reservations today!

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From the upcoming season-Five premiere oF his chicago-set showtime hit ShameleSS to oscar buzz surrounding his directorial debut, RuddeRleSS, William H. macy is enjoying one success aFter another. in an exclusive interview with michigan avenue, the award-winning actor reminisces about his windy city theater days, dishes about being a director, and explains why wiFe Felicity huFFman is his Favorite on-screen costar. by j.p. anderson

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a bag of hair, with just boundless energy—as were my mates Rudderless has gotten rave reviews. Was there anything Stephen Schacter, Patricia Cox, and David Mamet, and we all that surprised you about the directing process, or someended up in Chicago after college in Vermont and started the thing that you found particularly satisfying? [St. Nicholas Theatre] Company. It was a bit of insanity—the I love doing something that I’ve never done before on that scale, inmates had taken over the asylum—we were so young and we with that kind of visibility. For those who don’t know, directing a were running this huge organization, and we did a pretty good film is a monumental amount of work, as is producing a film, but job. We did some really good work and, boy, did I have a good directing a film really is the eye of the hurricane. The long and time. I had the keys to the theater, literally. the short of it is this: I had this view of the beautiful machine that How did you envision your career back then? we build to make these films and tell these stories—the cast and For the longest time, my goal really was to get to the next show— crew and all the equipment and everything—that I’d never had to just keep working in the business and make enough to pay the before. I fell in love with the business all over again. I was like a rent. Although, in Chicago, I actually did pretty well. I started schoolboy at the fair. doing commercials, and we taught classes, and that was an easy Season five of Shameless kicks off in January. What do you way to make money. And then we got a grant, so we actually credit for the show’s longevity? made a little bit of money for working at It’s about a family that works in a weird the theater. And then I got paid to act— bunch of ways, and they’re all winning not much, but a little bit. I bought a car, characters. It’s a beautifully conceived and we bought a three-flat across from family, and that makes it universal. There Wrigley Field. are archetypes in it, but it’s a new, fresh Speaking of David Mamet, you and look at these archetypes—and at the base he have had a long-standing profesof everything, they love each other, and sional relationship. Why do you they help each other. It’s all about family. think you connect so well? Family’s thicker than anything. —william h. macy We met at really formative times of our What’s your favorite thing about lives, when we were just putting it all playing Shameless’s Frank Gallagher? together, and we were passionate and I like it when he says what is true and what dramatic, and a couple twists of fate kept us together. Secondly is obviously true. When he speaks the unspeakable. “Who is that Dave was always a writer, but he was also a director and farted?” “Good Lord, you’re fat.” I like it when he just says it like loved working with his friends, so he would cast all of us repeata lot of people think it really is, and perhaps that’s how he thinks edly. He gave me my career, and we followed each other to the it is. I love his candor, and then I love his rascallyness. And this cities. So our careers grew up at the same time. But also, I totally season I’m having the time of my life because Frank is largely get his sense of humor—there’s nobody else I know whom I sober. He’s high as a kite on other things a lot of the time, but he’s totally get like him. I’m in awe of him. And on occasion I’ve sober—and you must appreciate that for an actor; it’s been an made him laugh. I think he’s one of the great writers of a couple interesting ride. I did it for four years where, pretty much when of generations; I can’t say enough about his writing. He’s a beahe wasn’t drunk, he was hungover, there was just no time in con for me. He’s not afraid to say anything—he’ll always tell the between. So, sober has been very interesting. truth. He’s the only guy I’ve ever met who is incorruptible. You made quite an impression in your 20s in the Chicago Shameless brought you back to Chicago. What has it been theater scene. What were those days like for you? like to return to the city and be working again? I had just graduated college; I was young and vigorous, dumb as

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I’ve [really] been here throughout, because Patricia Cox is one of the producers on Rudderless and a big producer on my next film. She founded St. Nicholas and she lives in Chicago, so I’ve stayed in touch with Patricia. So I didn’t lose that much touch with Chicago. But to answer your question, it’s sweet. To come back with a show—and not just any show, a really sort of quintessential Chicagofeeling show—it feels authentic, and I’m digging it. What inspires you about the city? First of all, the food is stunning. And the look of the city— the architecture, the city on the lake—it’s a stunner. Standing on Michigan Avenue up by the bridge over the river, there ain’t many places on earth as pretty as that. Fine-looking people. My first night in Chicago I was gobsmacked—I just loved these women. Great style in Chicago. It’s an international city, but it’s as American as the day is long. You’re known for choosing roles in smart, substantial work—what draws you to a project? Is it a good story, well told? I’m not crazy about violence because I don’t like to watch it, so I don’t want to be in it, even though it’s kind of fun sometimes to do all that stuff. I’d take a smaller role in a better film. I guess my rule is “Do the good stuff, don’t do the bad stuff.” Over the years, you’ve played a lot of memorable characters. When people come up to you on the street, what do they remember you for? Certainly first it was Fargo—that lasted for a long time. Then I did a film called The Cooler, and for some reason that character caught people’s imaginations. There was a film called Door to Door for TNT, a made-for-TV movie, that struck a note. I heard about that for years and years, and still do. And now Shameless. [I hear] “Yo, Frank, my man, how are you?” People get that excited. In 2015 you also have the film release of Stealing Cars, in which your wife, Felicity Huffman, also plays a role. What do you enjoy about working with her? She’s such a stunning actress. She’s a surprising actress. She’s smart as a whip—a real thoroughbred, you know what I mean? Talent aside, she knows how to make movies; she’s been doing it a long time. I love having her on set—I get my girlfriend there with me when she agrees to do a movie. Also, to be blunt, she helps us get the movies made, because she’s a movie star. You talked about enjoying Rudderless because it was a new challenge. What else is out there that you would like to tackle? I drank the Kool-Aid with this directing thing. That’s all I want to do. I’ve got one in the works called Krystal—it’s another indie—and I would love to do a big studio picture. I fell into a field of clover. I’ve got Shameless, which shoots half a year; it’s the most fun job any boy ever had. I’m really proud to be in the show; I get to act with Emmy Rossum, and it’s just a stunning cast. Couldn’t be better, those two things. If there’s any time left over I might raise my children. [Seriously,] my girls are really at the most interesting time—12 and 14—and it’s just amazing to watch, and I really want to be around for that. So I’ve got a full plate. ma

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ultimate winter

From outdoor adventures to the finest in seasonal dining across the city, your Chicago winter adventure starts here. by rachel bertsche

There’s more To a ChiCago winTer Than Cold and snow— comforting eats, breathtaking views, world-class performances, and indulgent luxuries all contribute to the city’s most glorious season. whether you’d rather bundle up and stroll in the crisp lakefront air or hibernate in front of a fire with a stiff drink and a decadent meal, we’ve unearthed everything you need to make this your best winter yet, with a little help from our team of local experts. here, they reveal their favorite ways to ring in the season.

OutdOOr Adventures


s the White House Social Secretary, Desirée Rogers was credited with turning the president’s house into “the people’s house.” Today, the CEO of Johnson Publishing has a similar task at home: As chair of the nonprofit tourism organization Choose Chicago, she’s helping show the world all our city has to offer—and that starts outside. There may be snow on the ground and a chill in the air, but that doesn’t mean you should hole up at home, she says. “Bundle up, then get out there. Winter in Chicago is the most beautiful season. “I live on the Near North Side, so

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I love to walk along North Avenue into Lincoln Park, head up to Fullerton, and then come back along the lake. I pick a sunny day, and if you have the right clothing on, it’s a perfect stroll. There’s a great view of the city once you hit the lakefront, and the trees give you a nice shield from the wind. You’ll see the natural beauty of the park, there’s a little snow on the ground— it really is a winter wonderland. “Sky Rink (108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888; chicago.peninsula.com) is the rooftop ice skating rink at the Peninsula Hotel, four stories above Michigan Avenue. Skating at

Millennium Park is great, too, but I love the Sky Rink because you get a view. “There’s a statue of Lincoln—it’s called Abraham Lincoln: The Man—on the east lawn of the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600; chicagohistory.org). There’s a little hill right there where I love to watch kids go sledding. “Nothing says winter in Chicago like a Bears game. Outside at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., 312-235-7000; ticketmaster.com for tickets) is so spectacular. You’ve got the action, the crowd, the people. It’s cold, but you wear your Bears gear!”

photography by patrick L. pyszka/choose chicago (skating); anthony tahLier (firepLace)

For Choose Chicago chair Desirée Rogers, there’s plenty of appeal to be found in outdoor activities—even when the temperatures drop.

where there’s smoke When you need a break from the chill, warm up by these cozy freplaces.

Library & Coffee Bar at the Public Hotel: Grab La Colombe’s special Public blend coffee and settle into one of the plush chairs by the custom limestone fireplace. (1301 N. State St., 312-787-3700; publichotels.com/chicago) City Lit Books: This Logan Square independent is a book-lover’s paradise— cushy leather chairs, a roaring fireplace, and staff recommendations to help you find your next Gone Girl. (2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., 773-235-2523; citylitbooks.com) Drumbar: Known for its rooftop bar, this Gold Coast spot has winter appeal too. Cozy onto the indoor lounge’s dark leather couches and sip an Old Fashioned by the fire. You’ll forget those freezing temps in no time. (201 E. Delaware Pl., 312-933-4805; drumbar.com) Hopleaf Bar: It’s the ultimate winter combo: Belgian beer and a wood-burning fireplace. This Andersonville tavern has both. Order the Belgian–style mussels—a house specialty—for extra-steamy goodness. (5148 N. Clark St., 773-3349851; hopleaf.com)

Ice skating in Millennium Park is not to be missed.

Drumbar, in the Gold Coast, has cushy leather banquettes to settle into as you sip your drink beside a blazing fire.



winter dining Dining expert Steve Dolinsky shares his preferred way to shake off the cold—at one of these cold-weather foodie favorites.



“I cannot live without hot chocolate in the wintertime. Growing up I had Swiss Miss, but now my tastes are slightly more sophisticated. At HotChocolate (1747 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-1747; hotchocolatechicago.com) theirs is outstanding—hence the name. It’s rich, thick, and intense. It’s more of a European hot chocolate. There are a lot of different flavor options, but I grew up in Minnesota, so I like standard milk chocolate. The restaurant is best known for its desserts, but I love it for brunch in the winter, too. They have the best pancake in the city—it’s just one artisanal pancake. It’s not a flimsy one that needs to be stacked; it’s like a beautiful UFO saucer that’s crispy and soft. And I’m not even a huge pancake person. “The new Xoco (1471 N. Milwaukee Ave., 872-829-3821; rickbayless.com/xoco) in Wicker Park is great for winter—it’s three times the size of the original, so you can really spread out and stay awhile. It’s the only place in the city that does hot chocolate from bean to cup—roasting the cacao beans, winnowing them, conching them. They grind them for two days and make three different hot chocolates—authentic, Aztec, and classic. It’s got a thick, almost tarlike consistency that is great for dipping churros into. “Tank Noodle (4953-55 N. Broadway, 773-878-2253; tanknoodle.com) in Uptown is another

Maude’s Liquor Bar serves up French classics in a stylized bistro setting.

Quaint North Pond, tucked away in Lincoln Park, offers a roaring fire and comfort food to warm you.

ultimate comfort food [destination]. The pho—Vietnamese noodle soup—is like the ultimate facial in a bowl. It’s got sliced brisket and a really intense broth that’s been simmering for hours. This is where you go to eat like a local—you’re getting home cooking. The pho here is as good as any in Houston or Orange County or anywhere with a thriving Vietnamese community. “North Pond (2610 N. Cannon Dr., 773-477-5845; northpond restaurant.com) is so Chicago—you’re tucked into Lincoln Park, and it’s one of the only restaurants you can’t

drive up to. They’ve got a great fireplace for winter, and they always have some kind of softboiled egg with sweet potato or mushroom that is cooked perfectly. “In winter, I love ordering drinks that remind me of summer. I refuse to give up! So I try to drink daiquiris. Billy Sunday (3143 W. Logan Blvd., 773-661-2485; billy-sunday.com) is a great throwback cocktail lounge, and their daiquiri transports me. It’s nice to occasionally have that reminder that it’s warm somewhere. The rums rotate but they have fresh lime, fresh grapefruit, bitters, and a

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teve Dolinsky has been reporting on Chicago’s food scene for almost 20 years and has tried nearly every restaurant out there. And while Chicago has an abundance of delicious offerings, Dolinsky—aka ABC-7’s “Hungry Hound”—has specific requirements for winter dining: “I want two things in winter,” says the Bucktown resident. “I want warmth and comfort, but also a reminder that there is summer down the road and light at the end of the tunnel.” Such are the guiding principles that keep him coming back to these seasonal food and drink favorites. “I will only eat cassoulet in the winter, and the first place I go is Chez Moi (2100 N. Halsted St., 773-871-2100; chezmoichicago.com). Chef Dominique Tougne is French, and cassoulet is in his DNA. He uses pork, lamb, and duck and serves it in a cast-iron skillet. You’re essentially eating his childhood comfort food, but in Lincoln Park instead of Lyon. Maude’s Liquor Bar (840 W. Randolph St., 312-2439712; maudesliquorbar.com) also has great cassoulet. It’s a shallower pan, with three different types of sausage, red wine, and garlic. It’s a soul-satisfying, rib-sticking dish. It’s a different vibe at Maude’s. At Chez Moi, you’re in a neighborhood restaurant; at Maude’s there’s the brick, the votives, the candles, the music. The atmosphere is very cool, but they don’t compromise on ingredients.

comfort food chic A hearty dish can warm the soul in winter like nothing else. Dig into these four grown-up twists on childhood favorites.

Alaskan king crab black truffle gnocchi at Mastro’s Steakhouse: It’s like mac and cheese but even more addictive—a skillet of gnocchi, smothered in cheese, and topped with breadcrumbs. (520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100; mastrosrestaurants.com)

Spiked hot chocolate at HotChocolate... what could be better?

Grilled cheese at Little Goat: This isn’t your mom’s Kraft singles concoction. Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard uses Gouda and Montamore cheese, pork guanciale, and smoked tomato. (820 W. Randolph St., 312-888-3455; littlegoatchicago.com) Meatloaf at The Local: Dry-aged prime beef, wild mushroom jus, and tobacco onions ratchet this meatloaf up a few notches from what you’re used to. (198 E. Delaware Pl., 312-280-8887; thelocalchicago.com)

Decisions, decisions: a selection of desserts at Avec.

little bit of maraschino liqueur. It comes in a big goblet with crushed ice and an umbrella—the whole shebang without the 1970s shortcuts. No grenadine, no artificial anything—this is how it was supposed to be made. “For dessert, Avec (615 W. Randolph St., 312-377-2002; avecrestaurant.com) is great in winter. It’s extremely cozy and communal, so it has lots of body warmth. It can be too loud to do a full meal, but they always have one or two sweets that are perfect. Not too much; no overkill. I like to sit at the bar for a treat at the end of the night.”

super sipper When it comes to winter, warm drinks are where it’s at for Bridget Albert, mixologist at southern Wine & spirits and the author of Market-Fresh Mixology. Of her Hot Apple Crisp cocktail, which blends cognac with seasonal flavors like cider and ginger, Albert says, “The hot tea–cider [combination] highlights the warmth and flavor of the cognac and ginger liqueur; it’s the perfect drink to get you warm and cozy on a cold Chicago day.” Hot Apple Crisp Cocktail 1 oz. Pierre Ferrand ambre cognac 1 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur 1 oz. fresh lemon juice 1 ½ oz. hot apple cider 1 ½ oz. hot double-strength orange ginger tea

Pistachio s’mores bar at State and Lake Tavern: The toasted marshmallow fluff and graham cracker crunch satisfy your inner child, while pistachio custard and Valrhona chocolate mousse cater to any sophisticated adult. (201 N. State St., 312-239-9400; stateand lakechicago.com)

Add all ingredients to a cinnamon-and-sugar-rimmed coffee mug. Stir. Garnish with an orange wheel and candied ginger on a pick. Little Goat’s grilled cheese.



seasonal style There’s no better winter pick-me-up than great style. From a local jewelry designer to a clothing chain with extra edge, these offerings selected by Luxury Garage Sale’s Lindsay Segal and Brielle Buchberg will keep you on trend.


hildhood friends and business partners Brielle Buchberg and Lindsay Segal are the co-owners of upscale consignment boutique Luxury Garage Sale (1658 N. Wells St., 312-291-9126; luxurygaragesale.com). But the two don’t just sell high



fashion—they embody it. Buchberg, a former events manager at UBS, and Segal, a stylist who’s worked for publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, always look the part, mixing vintage statement pieces with more modern classics. Though they’re usually helping customers find the

perfect outfit (this winter, they’re loving studded moto boots and cozy fur vests), when it’s time to shop for themselves, the Glencoe natives hit up these local offerings. “We absolutely love the jewelry from Dana Rebecca Designs (676 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 3610,

312-751-1773; danarebecca designs.com). It’s where both of our husbands go for holiday, anniversary, and birthday gifts. This year, for our anniversaries, we both got the same ring—the Sophia Ryan. For the holiday season, the Lindsay Allison studs are on the top of my wish list—a little sparkle makes for a great winter pick-me-up. Brielle’s husband got her the initial cuff when her twins were born, so she’s hoping for another one for baby number three. She’s due in January!” –Segal “I shop for my twins at Monica & Andy (2038 N. Halsted St., 773-697-7968; monicaandandy.com), and I buy all my baby gifts there, too. My kids both have the Organic Luxury Muslin Always blanket— my son’s has gray elephants, my daughter’s has purple ones. They got so many blankets when they were born, and they’re all tucked away in a drawer except these. Not only do I think they’re adorable, but my kids are obsessed with them. They’re soft and cozy for winter. The kids take them everywhere and need to be tucked in with them every night.” –Buchberg “We both get our warm winter staples from Zara (700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-255-8123; zara.com)— sweaters, leggings, blazers. They have really cute and stylish basics that we can truly indulge in.” –Segal “A lot of my house is furnished with Jonathan Adler (676 N. Wabash Ave., 312-274-9920; jonathanadler.com). I love his fun, kitschy tchotchkes and bookcase fillers. I hibernate when winter gets bad, so it’s nice to have his quirky designs to keep me smiling—even when the weather has the opposite effect. Brielle and I have such similar taste that we both have the same Jonathan Adler media cabinet and the same bath mat. It’s not normal. The Find (1819 W. Grand Ave., 312-226-8557; thefind-antiques.com) is another great home store. It’s all vintage and antique pieces—a mix of midcentury and Hollywood Regency.” –Segal

this page: photography by aleks kocev/bFanyc.com (interior with couch). opposite page: photography by emilia schoberi (meers)

Luxury Garage Sale is an upscale consignment boutique. below: The Jonathan Adler store features quirky designer kitsch.

The pool at the Chuan spa at the Langham Hotel. left: The spa’s spirit suite.

indulge yourself PrettyQuick CEO Coco Meers swaps wind and snow for self-heating lava, warming ginger, and the perfect tan with these luscious beauty treatments.


oco Meers has made a career of finding the best places in Chicago to get pampered. The Lincoln Park resident is the founder and CEO of PrettyQuick, an app and a website that allow users to book nearby beauty and spa services (Meers calls it “Open Table for the beauty industry”). PrettyQuick vets all of its salons, which means Meers and her team of beauty editors do a test run before recommending a service provider to clients. So when Meers needs a winter pick-me-up—be it a hot lava-infused pedicure or the ultimate spray tan—she knows just where to go. “Chuan, at The Langham Hotel (330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-7650;

chuanspa.com), is my favorite spa in Chicago. The way they’ve integrated Eastern healing into a contemporary spa is really impressive. I love the Ginger Renewal treatment for dry skin in winter. It’s a full-body exfoliation that incorporates warming ginger and warm healing stones. I also love The Elysian Spa at the Waldorf Astoria (11 E. Walton St., 312-6461310; waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com), where they’ll incorporate lava shells into any service for increased heat. I especially adore the Elysian pedicure—the shells are self-heating, and they use it for the foot massage. It’s incredible. “The Elemental Manicure at

Indira (375 W. Erie St., 312-9518255; indirasalonspa.com) is one of the most indulgent in the city. It’s 45 minutes for only $40—and their paraffin execution is the most luxurious I’ve ever had. They heat up the paraffin, and my hands have never felt so soft. “There’s nothing better in winter than giving yourself a glow so you feel like the healthy summer version of yourself. But the tan should never look overdone. Riane, the owner at Glamour Girl Airbrush Tan (1 E. Delaware Pl., Ste. 215, 312-7878677; glamourgirltan.com), never makes me look orange—if anything, she’d rather pull back on color than overdo it. I have pale skin, and this

gives me just enough glow. It’s a huge mood booster for winter. “Winter gets busy with holiday parties, and Arch Apothecary (1359 N. Wells St., 312-291-9750; archapothecary.com) is my favorite place to pop in to get my hair or makeup done before going out. They have a brow bar, blow-out bar, and makeup station, and they carry niche products that are usually hard to find outside of New York or LA. I love the Eve Lom skincare and the extensive By Terry makeup lines—especially the Baume de Rose for winter. When my skin is looking ruddy and pale, I always stock up on moisturizing bronzer and cream-based blush.”



cold-weather culture Cutting-edge theater and classical music, daring dance and puppets aplenty—for arts expert Angel Ysaguirre, this winter offers a cornucopia of cultural options.


hether he’s hosting a conversation on drag and gender at a Ukrainian Village bar or in discussion with author Michael Chabon at the Harold Washington Library, Angel Ysaguirre lives and breathes Chicago culture. The executive director of the Illinois Humanities Council loves winter in the city—both for the new and exciting exhibits that open each year, and the reliable mainstays that usher in the season. And one of his favorite parts of winter? Tourists. “Chicago has such a great cultural scene, and I do like to show it off, so I love that winter brings visitors to the city. “I love the Gilbert and Sullivan canon that The Hypocrites theater company (1329 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-525-5991; the-hypocrites.com) is doing—they’ve been adding a new Gilbert and Sullivan musical to their winter season over the past few years. This season they’re putting on H.M.S. Pinafore, along with The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance from the last two years. For huge Gilbert and Sullivan fans, it’s cool to see all three in one day. I’m usually not a lover of musicals, but I enjoy these because they’re irreverent and really fun. Instead of seats, the audience walks around the whole time, or sits on a piece of the stage. If the actors need to be where you’re sitting, they point at



you so you know to move. Now that this has become a tradition, the arrival of the new show always signals the beginning of winter for me. “I’m really excited about the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival (chicago puppetfest.org), which is being held January 14–25. Blair Thomas & Company puppet theater put it together, but institutions like The Field Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater are all collaborating. There will be 15 different puppet theater companies doing more than 50 different performances at venues all across the city—and this isn’t Sesame Street stuff. Most of the performances will be for an adult audience. “From February 5–7, David Roussève/Reality is coming to The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago (1306 S. Michigan Ave., 312-369-8330; colum.edu/ dance-center). Roussève is an African-American choreographer who tends to have a lot of storytelling and talking in his pieces, and this performance, Stardust, should be fantastic. “The International Contemporary Ensemble—a New York- and Chicago-based classical music ensemble—is doing a performance of pieces written for

David Roussève’s Stardust, a “coming of age story for the electronic age,” tells the story of a gay African-American teenager using his tweets and text messages.

duo violins called ‘Ceremonial Magic’ at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave., 773-227-4433; hideoutchicago.com) on December 14. Both violinists are incredible, and the music was written for them. The Hideout is where people usually go to hear rock shows, and I just love the idea of hearing chamber music in unexpected places. It will be cool to see it in a setting where you can

drink beer and eat tamales instead of behaving like you have to in a music hall. “On the weekends of December 5 and December 12, The Chicagobased dance company The Seldoms will be performing at Links Hall (3111 N. Western Ave., 773-281-0824; linkshall.org), a small space in Roscoe Village that presents the most cutting-edge and up-and-coming art

family classics The whole clan can enjoy these Chicago holiday traditions.

Macy’s on State Street: Take your little ones to Santaland in the fifth-floor kids department through Christmas Eve to get their picture taken on Santa’s lap. (111 N. State St., 312-781-1000; macys.com) Christkindlmarket: The annual GermanAmerican market at Daley Plaza boasts a model train, a Santa house, baked goods, ornaments, and plenty of last-minute gifts. (50 W. Washington St., 312-494-2175; christkindlmarket.com) Caroling at Cloud Gate: Each Friday, sing along to holiday classics with a different choral group at The Bean at Millennium Park. (North Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street; choosechicago.com)

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ZooLights: The Lincoln Park Zoo lights up for the holidays, and kids will love the live ice-carving shows, animal encounters, and rides on the Endangered Species Carousel. (2001 N. Clark St., 312-742-2000)

in the city. The Seldoms will be premiering a new piece about rock music and how it has impacted popular culture. It’s exciting to see really well-trained dancers—ones that you’d usually see on the stages of the Harris Theater—in such an intimate space. And with rock music! “One of my most favorite winter activities—and one that’s great for my whole family—is the Dance-Along

Nutcracker at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630; cityofchicago.org). It’s a fun alternative to seeing the show at the theater, because kids participate. There’s a live orchestra, and students from Ballet Chicago teach little kids—anyone who shows up—basic ballet positions. Seven-hundred kids in tutus or white tights come to Preston Bradley Hall and take ballet

lessons for an hour, then the orchestra plays and the kids dance. Anyone can go—the parents and grandparents and the whole audience go crazy for it. My 5-year-old son has a friend who dreams of being a ballerina, so we’ve been going for the past few years. She has a great time—it’s your dream come true if you’re a 5-year-old girl. Plus it’s really a blast to watch, even as an adult.” MA

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a ChiCago auto baron shares his drive to restore his historiC division street greystone to its original glory. by judith nemes Steps from Lake Michigan, among a cluster of distinguished landmark row houses on East Division Street, one home jumps out from this Gold Coast block’s predominantly redbrick structures. Done in pristine cream-colored brick and limestone, its exterior is punctuated by a tall glass-paneled front entrance with decorative iron grillwork on the door and an arched window above it—both re-creations meant to summon the home’s glory days at the turn of the last century. “I fell in love with the outside of the home and the way it stood out from the

rest of the block,” says owner and local auto dealer Bob Loquercio of Bob Loquercio Auto Group. “The grand entrance always caught my eye, and I knew the last owners [Morton G. Neumann’s family] had stored one of the world’s largest private Picasso collections there at one time.” From the street, one can see the 13-foot ceiling, ornate triple-crown moldings, and wall paneling that rings the front room of the Georgian-style row house. It exudes glamour and beckons much as it did more than 100 years continued on page 132

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“WE WErE insPirEd By THis ProjECT, and WE MadE iT a PrioriTy in our LivEs To MakE iT as PErFECT as WE CouLd.” —bob loquercio ago, when Chicago society was celebrated in this same home. Built circa 1906 and measuring an expansive 8,000 square feet, the row house was designed by famed architect Jarvis Hunt as a gift to his newly engaged younger sister. (Hunt gained renown for grand buildings like Kansas City’s Union Station and the clubhouse for the prestigious National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York, of which he was a founding member.) The once-glamorous East Division Street home had been unoccupied for years

Painstaking attention was given to re-creating the original splendor of the front room, entry, and stairway.

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and lay in disrepair until Loquercio began his selfdescribed “labor of love” in 2006, with the goal of restoring the residence to its early-20th-century grandeur—and boosting it into the 21st century as well. Loquercio commissioned Patrick Plunkett of Patrick Plunkett Architectural Design Ltd. in Hinsdale (630-789-8100; patrickplunkett.com) to design the home renovation. Painstaking attention was given to re-creating the original splendor of the front room, entryway, and stairway, recalls Plunkett. “You could feel what the house was built for when you walked in, and what [Hunt] was going for,” he explains. “The house was about urban elegance reminiscent of the late-1800s-era Gold Coast homes.” Plunkett also repurposed original elements of the home where possible, including leaded-glass doors with inlaid stained glass that were restored and installed in the kitchen. The architect then transformed the upper floors and kitchen area to incorporate state-of-the-art modern furnishings. The overall interior design was supervised by Arlyn Goodman of W.W. Design (312-644-0278). The results are stunning—particularly the first floor’s expansive front room (a combined living room and formal dining area), which boasts intricate triplecrown moldings, including piano-key details that were a Jarvis Hunt hallmark. Picture-frame moldings adorn the walls, and elaborate pilasters jut out in various spots. These dramatic features are softened by muted wall colors, clean-lined Holly Hunt furniture, and a silk rug from Oscar Isberian. A Sergio Bustamante headless torso sculpture from Mexico

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architectural frm Treat and Foltz, the fve-bedroom “Gardiner House” mansion is one of few Gold Coast homes with a façade of red-fruit-colored sandstone— not to mention views of the lake. Price: $2.79 million. Listing agent: Meladee Hughes, 312-636-8020; meladeehughes@yahoo.com 2142 N. FremoNt Street: This four-bedroom, threeand-a-half-bath Lincoln Park row house was built in 1876 by architect Edward Burling as part of a massive housing rebuilding effort after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Price: $1.995 million. Listing agent: Rachel Krueger, 312-802-0082; rachel.krueger@cbexchange.com

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The Power of Persuasion

from far left: Staci D’Ancona; Hillary Levy; D’Ancona persuaded a reluctant client to buy at 77 East Walton (shown here)—and he’s still thanking her months later.

In thIs stIffly competItIve market, a hIghly convIncIng broker can help clIents snag the rIght place. by lisa skolnik In an impressive feat of persuasion, Baird & Warner broker Hillary Levy convinced 23 condo owners to sell their well-sited Lincoln Park building to the same buyer for just over $7 million in August—a sale that took more than a year to realize. Also that month, Chicago-area home sales took the biggest hit in three years, falling more than 13 percent compared to August 2013. The steep downturn has continued, but Levy says she’s still doing deals in a lagging market, thanks to persistence. But what does that really mean? Levy and Coldwell Banker broker Staci D’Ancona fill us in. The market is down and likely to stay that way for a while, which indicates that there’s currently more supply than demand. So how can persistence and persuasion facilitate a sale, especially in the luxury market? Hillary Levy: Even though the market has slowed, anything over 4,500 square feet is going fast. That segment of the market is strong, and there’s virtually no inventory on the market. Staci D’Ancona: Coupled with the downturn, sellers don’t want to lower their prices because they’ve gotten used to that rosy market with more buyers than properties. And, of course, buyers want a deal because demand is down. So you need to convince sellers to lower prices and buyers to come up? SD: Yes, but everything is situation-specific, and it’s more complicated than that. It can also mean convincing a seller to do work on his or her place, or getting a client to consider a place you think is right for her—but she doesn’t. In all cases it takes incredibly trusting relationships with your clients, which are hard to forge. And it calls for managing expectations, so clients are pleasantly surprised rather than disappointed. Give us examples. SD: I just had a condo sale fall through when the sellers wouldn’t listen to me and refused to do the work it needed. A couple was about to make an offer after three showings when a perfect unit for $150,000 more in the same building came up, and they bought it. But I also had great success with a client who was divorced and wanted to buy in a

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“There’s a way To be aggressive wiThouT being like a used-car salesman.”

—hillary levy

building where he could start over. I showed him a large three-bedroom, three-bathroom at 77 East Walton, and I knew it was perfect for him, but he felt it was too isolated and sedate. After four showings and many long conversations on the building’s strong points, I convinced him to buy it. He’s still thanking me profusely months later. HL: She’s right. Trust is critical. But right now, it also means going to great lengths to even find places to buy. Almost every deal I’ve done this year has been for properties that are off the market. How do you do a deal for something that’s off the market? HL: There’s so little inventory and it’s so hard to find larger properties—especially in the Gold Coast—that a good agent has to be dogged. That means working your network and reaching out to people you know who have great places and may be ready to sell, but haven’t gotten there yet, or don’t want to move, but may reconsider for the right price. That takes persistence, persuasion, and tact. How often does that really happen?

HL: More often than you’d think, especially at the luxury level. I just had that happen at 30 West Oak with clients when I sold their Lincoln Park single-family home. I couldn’t find anything large enough on the market for them to buy, so I called a broker who had an inside track on the building, and I was able to get them into a unit before it went on the market; they bought it days later. Is there any approach that works best for you? SD: My number-one rule is to treat everyone—from building staff to clients—the way I want to be treated. You never know who can help your cause when you need it. HL: There’s a way to be aggressive without being like a used-car salesman. I work from positives, and I know my clients appreciate my straightforward approach and that I’m out there hustling for them. Hillary Levy, 312-981-2382; hillarylevy.bairdwarner.com; Staci D’Ancona, 312-560-5111; staci.dancona @cbexchange.com ma

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Dine A10 Chef Matthias Merges inspires Hyde Park foodies with plates small and large. 1462 E. 53rd St., 773-2881010; a10hydepark.com Acanto With salumi and suckling pig, Billy Lawless leads an Italian renaissance in the former Henri space. 18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763; acantochicago.com Bar Takito Ceviche and shared plates from the Takito Kitchen team. 201 N. Morgan St., 312-888-9485; bartakito.com Bohemian House Central European fare (grilled chicken paprikash with potato dumplings, anyone?) from chef Jimmy Papadopoulos. 11 W. Illinois St., 312-955-0439; bohochicago.com Boltwood An Evanston trifecta of fish, meat, and veggies from former Publican chef Brian Huston. 804 Davis St., 847-859-2880; boltwoodevanston.com Bottlefork Four Seasons alum Kevin Hickey teams with Rockit Ranch Productions for creative cuisine and cocktails in River North. 441 N. Clark St., 312-955-1900; bottlefork.com Chicago Chop House Go old school at this clubby River North steakhouse classic. 60 W. Ontario St., 312-787-7100; chicagochophouse.com Chicago Cut Steakhouse Colossal steaks and shellfish in a sleek riverside location. 300 N. LaSalle St., 312-329-1800; chicagocutsteakhouse.com Chicken Shop Even if you’re not a member of the chic creative club Soho House, you can still get your poultry fix at this UK import. 113–125 N. Green St., 312-754-6941; chickenshop.com/chicago Current Seasonal Italian and scenic views in the W Lakeshore Hotel. 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-255-4460; currentchicago.com Eddie V’s Prime Seafood The

Shops at North Bridge gets a new big fish, featuring Scottish salmon and Chilean sea bass. 521 N. Rush St., 312-595-1114; eddiev.com Fig & Olive The French Riviera meets the Gold Coast at this new eatery overlooking Oak Street. 104 E. Oak St., 312-445-0060; figandolive.com Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Enjoy the finest people-watching in town. 1028 N. Rush St., 312-266-8999; gibsonssteakhouse.com Green Street Smoked Meats Texas-style brisket tucked away from Restaurant Row. 112 N. Green St., 312-754-0431; greenstreetmeats.com Hubbard Inn Head to Hubbard Street for small plates like baconwrapped dates and grilled chili shrimp. 110 W. Hubbard St., 312-222-1331; hubbardinn.com IO Urban Roofscape Ascend to the Godfrey Hotel’s fourth-floor rooftop lounge for an unparalleled vantage point. 127 W. Huron St., 312-649-2000; godfreyhotelchicago.com The Kitchen Chicago The Rockies meet the Reid Murdoch Building at this Colorado-based, communityinspired concept. 316 N. Clark St., 312-836-1300; thekitchen.com/ the-kitchen-chicago Les Nomades Fine French fare in a turn-of-the-century Streeterville brownstone. 222 E. Ontario St., 312-649-9010; lesnomades.net Masada Logan Square’s highly anticipated new Middle Eastern oasis. 2206 N. California Ave., 773-697-8397; masadachicago.com Mastro’s Steakhouse A glitzy River North destination for steaks and sushi. 520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100; mastrosrestaurants.com Mercat a la Planxa Don’t miss the Paella Negra, a hearty mélange of black Calaspara rice, lobster, scallops, clams, octopus, and

mussels. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524; mercatchicago.com MFK Serious seafood, like crunchy prawn heads and salt-cured anchovies. 432 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-857-2540; mfkrestaurant.com Oak + Char Lamb sweetbread and skate schnitzel by chef Joseph Heppe (Untitled). 217 W. Huron St., 312-643-2427; oakandchar.com Parachute Korean-American dishes by Top Chef alum Beverly Kim and husband Johnny Clark in Avondale. 3500 N. Elston Ave., 773-654-1460; parachuterestaurant.com The Promontory The team behind Dusek’s and Longman & Eagle creates a community dining experience in Hyde Park. 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-801-2100; promontorychicago.com Pump Room A Chicago icon returns to its former glory under Ian Schrager. 1301 N. State Pkwy., 312-787-3700; pumproom.com Reverie This multilevel,

Dove’s Luncheonette Chef Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality Group continue their hot streak with this new ’70s-inspired diner in Wicker Park; try the smoked brisket taco Norteño (pictured). 1545 N. Damen Ave., 773-645-4060; doveschicago.com Asian-inspired lounge in River North is the latest concept from “Food Buddha” Rodelio Aglibot (E+O, Yum Cha). 414 N. Orleans St., 312-467-4141; reveriechicago.com RPM Steak Bill and Giuliana Rancic throw their hat into Chicago’s steakhouse ring. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990; rpmsteak.com Salero This Spanish spot adds to Restaurant Row’s sizzle. 621 W. Randolph St., 312-466-1000; salerochicago.com

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PArlOr PizzA BAr This West Loop behemoth draws a lively neighborhood crowd with creative Neapolitan-style pizzas like I Feel Like Bacon Love (leek béchamel, Nueske’s bacon, Yukon Gold potato, white cheddar, and scallions; pictured). 108 N. Green St., 312-600-6090; parlorchicago.com

Travelle A stunning Mediterranean destination in the super-chic Langham Hotel. 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988; travellechicago.com Untitled Come for American whiskeys and stay for hearty fare like the pork-shoulder spoon bread. 111 W. Kinzie St., 312-880-1511;

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untitledchicago.com White Oak Tavern Alinea alumnus John Asbaty plates dishes like duck liver mousse with plum jam, mustard greens, and sherry vinegar at this farm-to-table nook in the former John’s Place space. 1200 W. Webster Ave., 773-525-6670

Drink Adamus Savor the raspberry-ginger mojito at the Silversmith Hotel’s crown jewel of a lounge. 10 S. Wabash Ave., 312-372-7696; silver smithchicagohotel.com Analogue Sip inventive libations at this Logan Square hot spot. 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-9048567; analoguechicago.com The Aviary Twenty-first-century cocktails from the Next team. 955 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-0868; theaviary.com ¡Ay Chiwowa! The Rockit Ranch nightspot serves up killer tacos and more than 80 tequilas. 311 W. Chicago Ave., 312-643-3200; aychiwowa.com The Berkshire Room Old-world cool meets modern mixology at the Acme Hotel’s lounge. 15 E. Ohio St., 312-894-0800; theberkshireroom.com Billy Sunday Imaginative drinks from Yusho chef Matthias Merges and mixologist Alex Bachman. 3143 W. Logan Blvd., 773-661-2485; billy-sunday.com Bordel Black Bull makes room for this new cocktail bar and cabaret. 1721 W. Division St., 773-227-8600; bordelchicago.com The Brixton Bar bites and bubbly in Andersonville. 5420 N. Clark St., 773-961-7358; thebrixtonchicago.com CH Distillery Tour Chicago’s first vodka distillery and try The Tradition, a shot of vodka with a side of rye bread and pickles. 564 W. Randolph St., 312-707-8780; chdistillery.com Drumbar Creative cocktails by Alex Renshaw atop the Raffaello Hotel. 201 E. Delaware Pl., 312-924-2531; drumbar.com DryHop Brewers Raise a glass to hop-centric ales in Lakeview. 3155 N. Broadway St., 773-857-3155; dryhopchicago.com

Enolo Wine Bar This 64-seat watering hole focuses on small vineyards from around the world. 450 N. Clark St., 312-477-7674; enolowinebar.com Henry’s Swing Club Laid-back ambience meets serious drinks at this new River North tavern. 18 W. Hubbard St., 312-955-8018; henrys-swing-club.com Highline River North gets another sleek sports bar with this debut from Four Corners Tavern Group (Benchmark, Ranalli’s). 169 W. Kinzie St., 773-528-2240; highlinebarchicago.com Jimmy This ’70s-inspired lounge pours clever cocktails in a dark, sultry space. 610 N. Rush St., 312-660-7191; jimmyatjames.com Lagunitas Brewing Company The California import hits Pilsen with a 300,000-square-foot brewery. 1843 S. Washtenaw Ave.; lagunitas.com Le Bar This boîte at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower attracts a premium crowd. 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4000; cafedesarchitectes.com/Le-Bar Links Taproom Craft beer, sausage, and hand-cut fries in Wicker Park. 1559 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-7692; linkstaproom.com Maude’s Liquor Bar This West Loop hot spot offers whisky shots aplenty. 840 W. Randolph St., 312-243-9712; maudesliquorbar.com

Owen + Alchemy Hit refresh at this new Logan Square juice bar, where a rainbow of citrus and nut-seed blends awaits inside a goth-inspired space. 2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-3444; owenandalchemy.com

Max’s Wine Dive Jalapeñobuttermilk chicken meets bubbly. 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-661-6581; maxswinedive.com Packing House New multilevel Mediterranean eatery on Restaurant Row. 1113 W. Randolph St., 312-929-4787; packinghousechicago.com Parliament Opulent River North club. 324 W. Chicago Ave., 312-380-0004; parliamentchicago.com Roof Climb to this sultry bar atop theWit hotel. 201 N. State St., 312-239-9501; roofonthewit.com Real Good Juice Co. With concoctions like Juice Springsteen and Juice-Tin Bieber, this new cold-pressed destination is bringing plenty of personality to Old Town. 1647 N. Wells St., 312-846-1897; realgoodjuiceco.com The Red Lion Pub The beloved British haunt is revived in Lincoln Park. 2446 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-883-2422; redlionchicago.com

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Siena Tavern Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani conquers the Windy City. 51 W. Kinzie St., 312-595-1322; sienatavern.com Sophie’s Savor jumbo lump crab cakes, Wagyu burgers, and a killer view of the Mag Mile at this chic oasis in Saks Fifth Avenue. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 7th Fl., 312-525-3400; sophies.com Spiaggia Exquisite Italian fare in an iconic Magnificent Mile space. 980 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Fl., 312-280-2750; spiaggiarestaurant.com Summerdale A throwback in Andersonville complete with charred bologna sandwiches and root beer floats. 5413 N. Clark St., 773-989-4300

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Tippling Hall This highly anticipated watering hole by Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros. shakes up concoctions like the BBQ Daisy, a mix of Olmeca Altos tequila, chipotle, lime, Combier, and Memphis barbecue bitters (pictured). 646 N. Franklin St., 312-448-9922; tipplinghall.com

The Violet Hour The daddy of Chicago mixology bars. 1520 N. Damen Ave., 773-252-1500; theviolethour.com Webster’s Wine Bar One of the city’s oldest wine bars toasts its new Logan Square location. 2601 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-292-9463; websterwinebar.com

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sHop Alexis Bittar The celebrity favorite makes a sparkling addition to Oak Street. 61 E. Oak St., 312-649-9112; alexisbittar.com Alice + Olivia This witty label makes a head-turning debut on the Mag Mile. 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-273-1254; aliceandolivia.com Barneys New York The Midwest flagship stocks heavy hitters like Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler. 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700; barneys.com Bloomingdale’s Six levels of chic looks by contemporary designers. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-4460; bloomingdales.com BOGA The new West Loop showroom stocks a full range of menswear, from dress shirts and blazers to tees and socks. 133 N. Jefferson St., 5th Fl., 312-801-8662; boga.com Buccellati Handcrafted baubles from Milan. 62 E. Oak St., 312-600-9224; buccellati.com Burberry Chicago finds its London calling at the gleaming Michigan Avenue flagship. 633 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-2500; us.burberry.com CH Carolina Herrera Timeless silhouettes and pops of color in a lovely Oak Street space. 70 E. Oak St., 312-988-9339; carolinaherrera.com Christian Louboutin Paint the town red with fabulous pumps. 58 E. Oak St., 312-337-8200; christianlouboutin.com Dolce & Gabbana Oak Street heats up thanks to this Italian label. 68 E. Oak St., 312-255-0630; dolcegabbana.com Escada Add elegance to your wardrobe with European-inspired designs. 51 E. Oak St., 312-915-0500; escada.com Frederick Lynn Haberdasshere This custom clothier helps Chicago’s gents stay polished. 9 E. Huron St., 312-496-3994; fredericklynn.com Graff Diamonds Brilliant baubles in the Gold Coast. 103 E. Oak St., 312-604-1000; graffdiamonds.com Hermès The ultimate in aspiration, straight from Paris. 25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175; hermes.com Ikram Definitive fashions from Chicago’s own style maven

Ikram Goldman. 15 E. Huron St., 312-587-1000; ikram.com Jayson Home The last word in luxe decor and stylish gifts. 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., 800-472-1885; jaysonhome.com Louis Vuitton Monogrammed leather bags and luxury trunks galore. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-255-0470; louisvuitton.com LuLu’s on the Avenue An unmatched selection of vintage jewelry and couture. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 3rd fl., 312-888-9149; lulusbellekay.com Maje Parisian chic hits Oak Street. 100 E. Oak St., 312-649-9228; us.maje.com Marshall Pierce & Company This family-owned jeweler adds sparkle to Chicago. 335 N. Michigan Ave., 312-782-4403; marshallpierce.com Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Sleek home furnishings in Lincoln Park. 1555 N. Halsted St., 312-397-3135; mgbwhome.com Neiman Marcus Home to haute names like Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen. 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900; neimanmarcus.com Porsche Design Luxe looks in The Shops at North Bridge. 520 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Fl., 312-321-0911; porsche-design.com Saint Laurent The iconic label returns

Bird dog Bay Neckties get the Technicolor treatment at this made-in-Chicago flagship. 117 N. Clinton St., 312-631-3108; birddogbay.com

to Chicago with a sleek boutique. 11 E. Walton St., 312-202-0166; ysl.com Salvatore Ferragamo Put your best foot forward in classic Italian designs. 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-397-0464; ferragamo.com Shinola Bicycles and cross-body bags aplenty. 1619 N. Damen Ave., 844-744-6652; shinola.com Soñador Boutique Stock up on McQ Alexander McQueen and 10 Crosby Derek Lam at this new Lincoln Park destination. 1006 W. Armitage Ave., 773-799-8084; sonadorboutique.com Tom Ford The new king of Oak Street. 66 E. Oak St., 312-605-5041; tomford.com Tommy Bahama Island fever on the Mag Mile. 520 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd fl., 312-644-8388; tommybahama.com True Religion The denim brand finds sanctuary on the Mag Mile. 540 N. Michigan Ave., 844-222-8725; truereligion.com Zadig & Voltaire Rock ’n’ roll looks in the Gold Coast. 114 E. Oak St., 312-643-1240; zadig-et-voltaire.com MA

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Shay A sleek new after-work destination in River North. 222 W. Ontario St., 312-654-1230; shaychicago.com Sportsman’s Club This Humboldt Park tavern offers wine, beer, and cocktails by former Aviary barman Jeff Donahue. 948 N. Western Ave., 872-206-8054; drinkingandgathering.com The Underground Rockit Ranch Productions’ subterranean nightclub smash. 56 W. Illinois St., 312-9437600; theundergroundchicago.com Vertigo Sky Lounge The Dana Hotel’s gravity-defying libation destination. 2 W. Erie St., 312-202-6060; vertigoskylounge.com

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From the lows oF the polar vortex to spirited highs like the little league world series, 2014 has been one For the record books. by paige wiser But rocker Jack White had an experience more foul Photographed at a Cubs game with a spine-chilling scowl The West Loop was booming with rents judged more frugal Drawing tech groups, start-ups, and even (yes!) Google Chicago decided marijuana won’t harm it And received a high number of requests to farm it Soho House opened, and all clamored to join it And hoped Loews and Virgin will be as flamboyant The Cubs marked a milestone with 10,000 losses While a Little League team proved we can be a city of bosses But there’s lots more ahead, you can be sure Like the much-vaunted arrival of a Uniqlo store There’s the mayoral election, looks good for Rahm The chance of him losing? Try never.com We’re girding our loins for Lollapalooza And Dylan’s Candy Bar’s coming—hallelujah! The 606 will deliver a trail, parks, and attractions The Millennium and El are having jealous reactions But we mostly look forward to the NFL draft For a finer ego boost, we couldn’t have asked Yes, out with the old, Chi-town, and in with the new 2015’s got a lot to live up to So as we look to the future, now a year older Raise a glass to our beloved, booming City of Big Shoulders. MA

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2014 is over—the signs are all there The Mag Mile is lit up like that tunnel at O’Hare Festive crowds mob the Christkindlmarket In line at the Schnitzelhaus ’til extremities turn scarlet Soon we’ll celebrate New Year’s back at the Pump Room But now we look back and memories exhume: It was a time of great pride, for Chicago was venerated And grateful we were for the record tourism generated. TripAdvisor declared we have the world’s best museums. The Louvre, the Met—who wants to see ’em? GQ says we are America’s Best Drinking City (Maybe that’s why the Blackhawks tanked. Pity.) The polar vortex? Bad, but its name caused worse hysteria Was it Snowmageddon, Icepocalypse, or hashtag Chiberia? Jimmy Fallon Polar Plunged in suit and in tie And earned a Billy Goat onesie for his baby to try Cardinal George stepped down with congrats from the mayor But we gained another George—that’s Lucas, who’s bringing his memorabilia here Donald Trump slapped his name on his hotel with a sign Locals called it tasteless and over the line There was shock, outrage, and a new brand of fear After someone forgot their ’gator at O’Hare The Chicagoan gored by bulls in Pamplona Only added to the city’s international persona.

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