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PhiLiP POteMPA, a Shore contributing editor, is also the daily food and entertainment columnist for The Times, where he’s been on staff since 1995. In this month’s issue, he has the scoop on the new rapidly expanding popular Chicago oasis for food and entertainment, City Winery, along with a second feature about the return of kitchen queen Julia Child, now as the subject of a remounted stage treatment coming this fall in Chicago at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. As the author of three published cookbooks, chronicling stories, recipes and memories from his personal and professional experiences, he remains especially fond of Child, and cherishes fond stories of spending time with her, included his cookbooks, along personal anecdotes and photos with Child in each of his three culinary book volumes. Child died at age 91 on Aug. 13, 2004, a Friday the 13th, which happened to be Potempa’s 34th birthday. He is also an adjunct instructor in communication at both Valparaiso University and Purdue University North Central. When not at his desk in the newsroom or lecturing in a classroom, Potempa divides his time between his family’s farm in Northwest Indiana and his home in Chicago.
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he memories photographer Carmen heller-Chariton has of climbing up apple and cherry trees during the warm summers in the small villages of Poland have greatly influenced her photography style as an adult. “that’s why i love old, rustic—so run down but yet so lovely. those are my favorite memories. that falling apart stuff,” says Chariton. “there is always something, somewhere. i find beauty in everything.” Chariton lives in Crown Point and has two businesses: ChC Photography, inc. and tales of a dream, which she has been running with her friend and photographer Jamie skripac for the last four years. Chariton grew up in Germany and Poland and says something artistic was always happening in the house as her mom loved to draw and her dad made home décor items out of wood. Chariton was able to take her first photography class in 1999 in Michigan while she worked as an au pair. Chariton was hooked after the first class. “i took as many classes as i could fit in,” says Chariton. “My dad had an old camera, that i would take pictures with, but in Germany you can’t just study photography—classes are based on training for a skill. i got accepted into a school, but i didn’t have enough money to attend. i went to the United states to visit my mom’s cousin for a month and i really liked it.” Chariton says as she refines her approach to photography she likes to keep things simple. it’s because of this that some clients call her a magician. dara Grady, of Crown Point, says Chariton has been photographing her family for the last 8 years. “Carmen is masterful at capturing those candid moments where children are being children. And that’s what pictures are about—memories.” Business partner skripac says there can be a lot of stress when you are photographing little kids. “But it never mattered how crazy it felt, if my kids were awesome for one second Carmen was on it. And i’m thinking, did we get anything? then she will send me our pictures, and i’m always near tears looking at them,” says skripac. “she just magically gets those awesome shots.” skripac agrees with Grady regarding Chariton’s skill with candid moments. “Women can be very critical of themselves but Carmen knows how a woman wants to look. she knows how to pose someone the right way and she does the right amount of retouching—you still look like yourself but just way better,” says skripac. Chariton says she likes to keep the pictures about the people. “i like to keep it natural, not unattainable. After a few hours with a family, magic usually happens. i don’t mind if kids are pouty or walking around. i like to accommodate my clients but still have my style,” says Chariton. to learn more about Chariton and her photography businesses visit chc-photography.com -trish maley
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ntrepreneur Michael Dorf’s surprise gift arrived a month early to mark his one-year anniversary creating Chicago’s newest cultural and culinary venue. Dorf’s creative mind launched City Winery at 1200 W randolph St, which opened its doors August 1, 2012. He opened his first City Winery flagship location in 2008 in New York City, with the Chicago West loop neighborhood address as the second location, while using the same successful formula offering a winery, restaurant and concert hall melded as a one stop hot spot. His better-than-can-be-believed early anniversary gift to celebrate his Windy City success came at midnight June 30, when Prince dropped by following a sameday notice, to do an afterhours concert for a capacity, standing-room-only crowd of 400 at City Winery Chicago. the recording artist was in Chicago to perform at the wedding reception of film director-producer George lucas and Ariel E ry CIT y w In h st Investments President Mellody Hobson. He arrived on stage just lp do 1200 w ran chicago after 2 a.m., joined by his trio 3rdeyeGirl, the 22-piece New Power west loop ofE (9463) Generation band and the model Damaris. the nearly two hour set in w 3. 312.73 coming up of included such classic hits as 1999 and Glamorous Life. t lis a For ormances “We got the call that he would be coming at 2 p.m. Saturday musical perfinery.com visit cityw and agreed to the stipulations we were provided,” Dorf says. “By 4 p.m., we were able to announce the limited tickets available and they sold out in 33 minutes. this is exactly the kind of special impromptu events, along with the announced programming, I’ve always imagined for this space.”
Dorf, who founded the Knitting Factory music venue in the late ’80s in New York, uses his many connections that come from his 25 years in the entertainment field to assure the stage offerings at his venues are unique and diverse. “I say starting these City Winery locations amounts to one of the most selfish things I’ve ever done for myself, because the idea for this project came from what I wanted create to satisfy what I’ve always thought a night of entertainment and fun should be,” he says. “When I’m out, I don’t want to stand to watch a performance I’ve paid for and I don’t want the stage space to be in a smoky bar. I want a nice selection of wines, served in a nice wine glass and I want the food to be as special and unique as the talent I’m seeing on stage.” In the past year, Dorf has booked an amazing range of names at City Winery Chicago to entertain guests. From the comedy of Sandra Bernhard and Saturday Night Live funny gal Julia Sweeney to a dinner and movie discussion night with actor and director ed Burns to the music of rosanne Cash, Dave Mason and Mavis Staples. “I’ve brought in many of my own favorites at our locations, from elvis Costello to comedian lewis Black,” Dorf says. “But what people sometimes don’t realize is we are a fully operational winery, restaurant with our own outdoor patio and private event space, in addition to the main 300 seat concert hall.” He says he’s found one of the reasons so many guests return for repeat visits is the chance to be up and close with favorite famous names, who often mingle with guests or sign and pose for fan photographs following a performance. “I like to say it helps that we fill the artist up with great food and drink right here at the performance space, so there’s no reason for anyone to want to rush off,” Dorf says. Up next, Dorf says he’s opening another City Winery in Napa, California in February 2014, following by a location likely in Nashville in Fall 2014. “to explain everything a City Winery location offers for guests is really a mouthful, which means we’re doing everything right,” Dorf says. -philip potempa
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Me anD My 65-year-oLD SeLf Why did you call me Andrew? Because that’s what i call you when you ask dumb questions. You know how old you are. yes and no. i mean, my 65th birthday was in June, but it actually marked the beginning of my 66th year, so maybe i’m 66. What do you mean? You’re confusing me here. i mean that families mark a baby’s first birthday—the day when they’re a year old— after they’ve lived one year and are about to begin their second. So are they one or could we say two? Andrew. ok, the real issue is that 65 feels old. Old? They say 65 is the new 45, so you’re young. Then why do my hips and knees and legs and back hurt? Because you’ve been running for 40 years and that wears out your lower extremities, and you’re exercising your core muscles for golf. What did you expect? No pain, no gain. But you said i’m virtually 45, and nothing ached back then. “Back then” you were the new 35, OK? ok, so as i was saying, i’m feeling old. i have grandchildren now. Big deal—lots of people have grandchildren, and some are only in their 40s. right, but i want to live long enough to see them married and having their own children, but i’ll have to be 90 for that to happen. Ninety, Andrew, is the new 70. ok, enough already. i’m outa here.
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aul McCartney characterized “old age” as 64 in his iconic Beatles song, but he was British, and we knew the real beginning of obsolescence for Americans was 65. that’s when you retired, started collecting social security and getting health coverage through Medicare. But that prediction turns out to be as accurate as the picture of 21st century earthlings flying around their neighborhoods in jet-propelled space suits. I’m still working as hard as ever, and Mary, the Shaw family CFO, says I’m not collecting social security for a few more years because waiting increases the payout. So Myth #1—the retirement game plan— has been shattered. Sixty-five is also when I told Mary I would start smoking again, after several decades of abstinence. When I said that, a couple decades ago, I still considered 65 old enough to re-start a bad habit without appreciably shortening my life because it would almost be over anyway. Now I know better—I could live another two or three decades—so I’ll never resume that nasty habit, mostly because it’s so nasty, but also because it could still kill me prematurely. And I’m really the new 45, right? And I want to enjoy the grandchildren and their parents, so I have to maintain my abstinence. there goes Myth #2. there are a few other things I know now that I wouldn’t have predicted accurately a decade or two ago: • I need less sleep—five or six hours a night instead of eight—but the repose is generally interrupted by a 3 a.m. potty call. No parsing needed here. • I still jog most mornings, but not far and not fast—a couple tenminute miles four or five times a week—so it’s more of a slog than a jog. • My metabolism has slowed down so it’s no surprise I’m ten pounds heavier than I was at age 60. thankfully I was trim at 60, so I’m
less trim at 65 but still OK. • I make more email mistakes than I did a few years ago, so I should slow down and proofread better. In that same vein I need Señor Google a lot more often when I’m doing crossword puzzles. I just can’t access the answers like I used to; I know I know them but they don’t move from my brain to my erasable pen very quickly. • I enjoy my grandchildren more than I ever imagined, partly because I can borrow them for a few hours or a couple days of fun, and then return them to their rightful owners for the heavy lifting. And also because it brings back the joy of raising my own children, which was one of my most satisfying, albeit challenging, life experiences. Hey—I’m 65. I think we’ve been here before. So it’s only a number, but it connotes things that are obvious, surprising, counterintuitive or all of the above. that’s profound, Andrew. Andrew again? OK, we’ll go with Andy here because your column may be trite and light and lacking in bite, but it comes from the heart, and that’s all right. What’s with the rhymes? I’ve been listening to Jesse Jackson tapes. Jesse Jackson? that’s my old political beat, when I was young and strong and fast and trim. What do you know about him? As much as you do pal. I’m your alter ego, and I love you, so Happy Birthday. 65 and still very much alive. -andy shaw
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Am I really 65? yes andrew, you really are.
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shorelines Julia child, played by karen Janes woditsch, and paul child, played craig spidle, are the focus of To Master the Art, the timeline theatre 2010 chicago world premiere play about the couple’s cherished relationship.
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recreated everything Actress Karen Janes learned during Woditsch is used cooking class, to a to hearing stage room where Paul directions such as was grilled by U.S. “stand up straighter” agents about alleged and “remember to Communist contact, tower.” Woditsch describes it Woditsch is 5-ft-9broadway in chicago brings return run of as an epic love story inches. But she’s of the larger-than-life playing kitchen icon ‘to master the art’ to broadway playhouse culinary icon and her Julia Child, who was a remarkable husband sky-high 6-ft-2-inches. as they struggle to “Not only was she find themselves as larger-than-life in Americans abroad. her height, but she “Never in a had a larger-than-life million years was this role playing Julia Child ever on my radar,” personality to match,” says Woditsch, who is reprising her role as Woditsch says. Child when Broadway In Chicago hosts a return run of To Master “Growing up, she was on our tV all the time and my grandma the Art to play the Broadway Playhouse at Water tower Place, Julie and my sister Julia were always big fans. So when I said 175 e Chestnut, for a limited engagement beginning September yes to this play, I knew the toughest critics would be my own 10, 2013. the Chicago Commercial Collective is producing this family members.” run of hit by William Brown and Doug Frew from timeline Woditsch says she accepted the role shortly after the play was theatre, which had its world premiere in Chicago in 2010. written in 2008 as a Chicago-born play and then workshopped. Directed by William Brown, six of the 10 cast members are the initial idea of To Master the Art came from timeline returning from the timeline production including Woditsch as Company members during an artistic retreat in the summer of Child and Craig Spidle returning as her husband Paul Child. Other 2006. An official commission in 2008 with Brown and Frew returning cast members include Jeannie Affelder, Ian Paul Custer, culminated in the developmental workshop and in the play’s timeline Associate Artist terry Hamilton and timeline Company world premiere in 2010. the development of To Master the Art Member Juliet Hart, joined for this run by Sam Ashdown, has been partially supported by the Dramatists Guild Fund. timeline Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks, Heidi Kettenring “this play was already in the reading stages before Meryl and Brian Plocharczyck. Streep became Julia on the big screen with Stanley tucci as her Commissioned by timeline theatre Company, To Master the husband Paul in 2009 in Julie & Julia,” Woditsch reminds. Art recalls the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child’s “So I purposely never saw the film when I was preparing for journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s. From the bistro this role, to assure my style and characterization would be my where Julia fell in love with food, to the kitchen table where she
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own. What I did is watch many, many episodes of her PBS series. I was both honored and terrified with the thought of playing Julia Child.” She says three traits of the late Child, who Julia child died at age 91 in 2004 and would turn 101 in August 2013, helped her find the proper persona to portray Child on stage. “It helped to wear what: To Master the Art a short string of pearls when: september 10 like Julia would and for an open run with also to follow her same performances at 7:30 p.m. stance and movements tuesdays through Fridays, in the kitchen,” she with special 2 p.m. says. wednesday matinees on “She would often september 25 and october stand with her hands 2), 2 and 8 p.m. saturdays and 2 p.m. sundays behind her back while with additional 6:30 p.m talking.” sunday performances on As for her unique september 15 and 22. voice, Woditsch says she used Child’s how much: $25-$75. warbling of the word Fyi: tickets available at all “potatoes” to inspire broadway in chicago box her stage vocals offices (24 w randolph delivery. st, 151 w randolph st, 18 w monroe st and 175 e I was very careful at chestnut), the broadway the beginning, to not in chicago ticket kiosk come off sounding like at water tower place Dan Aykroyd doing his (845 n michigan ave) Saturday Night Live or call 800.775.2000 or impersonation. So I broadwayinchicago.com. started out easy. I loved the way Julia would say the word ‘potatoes,’ using big vowels. Before every performance, that’s the word I say and think of before I go on stage.” timeline theatre Company Artistic Director PJ Powers says not only did Child revolutionize the world of food and “teach many how to live life more fully with fearlessness and grace,” but he says she continually reminded others about “the sacredness of the kitchen table.” timeline theatre Company was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. “We applaud Brian loevner and Aurélia F. Cohen in creating the Chicago Commercial Collective and their collaboration with timeline to make this return of To Master the Art possible,” says lou raizin, president of Broadway In Chicago. Chicago Commercial Collective is a commercial theatre company focused on producing Chicago theatre of quality and commercial appeal so support Chicago’s vital non-profit theatre scene. -philip potempa
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wo all-new models for 2013 have made Cadillac the fastest growing major automotive brand in the U.S. Since the turn of the last century, Cadillac has broadened their image with a return to racing and performance-tuned rear-wheel drive offerings. the 2013 Cadillac AtS is the culmination of this, and has racked up numerous awards and accolades. Believe the hype. However, there is still a legion of front-wheel drive customers out there and Cadillac has turned its attention back to them. First, the SrX crossover moved from a rear-wheel drive platform to front-wheel drive and became an instant hit. Now for the traditional full-size flagship sedan comes the other all-new model, the 2013 Cadillac XtS. It replaces both the DtS and StS, which frankly were not delivering the best of Cadillac’s cutting edge styling and technology. that has all changed. the XtS is a real knockout. Just when it looked like Cadillac was about to exhaust their “Art and Science” design language, its long, low and wide shape is an ultra-contemporary take on the classic big Caddy. My test car was the top trim level, a loaded XtS Platinum Collection, featuring a unique grille and 20-inch chrome and polished aluminum wheels, finished in Graphite Metallic. And the great styling doesn’t end in the interior. Jet Black leather with Wheat accents made for a dramatic two-tone treatment, complemented by a finely-crafted uplevel wood trim package on the tester. Old World craftsmanship in the interior meets the future in the CUe system, which stands for Cadillac User experience. While other automakers’ touch screen infotainment interfaces begin to look like variations on a theme, CUe has completely rethought this technology. Based on a clean looking eight-inch
screen and a few hard buttons in the center of the instrument panel, it combines excellent graphics and an intuitive layout. It also gives you touch feedback, like a smartphone, on both the screen and the buttons. that acknowledgement you have triggered a selection reduces the time you need to take your eyes off the road; of course, there is natural voice recognition as well, for hands-free operation. Other systems either bury common functions in multiple steps, or else display numerous selections resulting in a busy appearance. CUe has the perfect solution. Minimal information is shown on the screen until you reach for it, at which point it senses your hand and lights up the options you choose for the home screen. Premium and Platinum Collection also features a 12.3-inch screen with a reconfigurable gauge cluster for an additional high-tech look. technological advances also abound in the safety department. the Driver Awareness Package warns you of imminent forward collisions, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic. the new Safety Alert Seat vibrates in these events; different parts of the seat vibrate to indicate which direction something is being detected. It’s an interesting and effective approach. An excellent 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing powers the XtS, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. If its 304 horsepower isn’t enough, a twin-turbo version with 410 horsepower will be available in 2014. the tester had the available smart all-wheel drive system with an electronic limited slip differential; it can transfer power front to rear based on traction, or side to side in the rear axle. Standard Magnetic ride Control reacts to changing road conditions in five milliseconds and delivers that smooth Cadillac ride you expect, without feeling mushy when cornering. this system is lifted straight from Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series, as are the Brembo brakes. -andy mikonis
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2013 cadillac Xts
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cadillac hits the road with a smooth, but powerful ride
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this supercharged 3.0-liter v-6 becomes the new base engine for the XJ lineup. derived from Jaguar’s naturally aspirated 5.0-liter v-8, it offers comparable performance and better fuel mileage. an automatic start/stop system helps save gas by shutting the engine off when the car is stopped. the accessories still operate and the engine automatically restarts when you take your foot off the brake pedal. offered only with the v-6, the new “instinctive” allwheel drive system feeds power primarily to the rear wheels during normal driving to retain the XJ’s rearwheel drive handling characteristics. in the event of slippage, up to 50 percent of power can be delivered to the front. selecting winter mode will divert thirty percent of the torque to the front wheels automatically. the system is electronically controlled and monitors driver inputs and traction levels for the most effective application of power for best traction; it also works in conjunction with the stability control and antilock braking system, which can also apply brakes to individual wheels to correct a skid. having driven a few examples of previous generation XJs back into the 1980s, i’ve always appreciated their sporting character. the 2013 XJ did not disappoint. the 340-horsepower v-6 delivered ample power in a much quieter fashion than supercharged Jaguars of years past. it helps that the new eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF always has the right gear to make use of the engine’s wide power band. my week with the XJ included only dry road driving, though i did do some exercises in reduced traction conditions at recent Jaguar consumer event, so i have had a taste of the all-wheel drive’s effectiveness. the XJ exhibited great grip and balance when cornering, making it feel exceptionally nimble for its size. Wrap this package in a streamlined shape and around an interior with materials and finish quality rivaling fine furniture, and you have a vehicle at home in a snowy commute or on a transcontinental trip. -andy mikonis
Returning for its ninth annual edition, the Concours D’Elegance of Southwest Michigan will take place once again at Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph on August 10. This charity event continues to grow with over 100 vehicles this year, compared to 40 when it first started. The featured marque this year is Cadillac, with several examples on display including the invitational field’s oldest vehicle this year, a 1912 Cadillac 30 Phaeton. Vehicles from a variety of makers up through the 1970s make up the rest of the concours participants, with a few newer and special-interest vehicles on exhibit as well. Three Pass-in-Reviews will take place, where each concours vehicle will be driven down the street, with the elucidating commentary of F. Edward Lucas, well-known announcer for the Meadowbrook and Amelia Island concours. Another featured class will be Lady Owned vehicles. “I’m most excited to have Margaret Dunning of Plymouth, Michigan attend,” said concours founder and chairman Dar Davis. “She is 103 years old and regularly drives and shows her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.” The featured designer this year is William Porter, who had a 39-year career as studio chief at both Buick and Pontiac. His work spanned from the 1968 Pontiac GTO and LeMans to the 1995 Buick Riviera with lots more in between. “His biggest claim to fame might be the second generation Firebird and Trans Am of 1970,” said Davis. A 1973 Trans Am will be there, along with some other vehicles Porter was responsible for. He will give a talk on the night before, after the welcoming reception entitled “Bombs and Fins: Auto Design of the 1950s.” “One of the most elegant vehicles you’ll see is a 1937 Railton limousine,” said Davis, who scoured the Great Lakes region and beyond to stock the show with accurately restored vehicles. “It’s British, one of a kind, built on a Hudson chassis and engine...It’s stunning, it was the ‘It’ car at Hershey last year.” Admission charge remains $5 per person or $10 for families with school-age children, with proceeds benefiting Hospice at Home and the St. Joseph Library. According to Davis, the concours has donated nearly $50,000 to local charities and nonprofits over the last eight years. Once again Shore Magazine will present the award for Design Excellence as one of sixteen awards. Gates open at 10:00 a.m., with pass-in-reviews taking place at noon, 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. -andy mikonis
a luxury liner from the other side of the pond, the Jaguar XJ launches into the 2013 model year with a new V-6 engine, new eight-speed transmission and available all-wheel drive. after decades of evolutionary styling, the XJ dropped jaws for the 2011 model year with an all-new look.
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where to eat now in new york city
Filipino pork sisig at pig & khao
in my role as a travel writer, food critic and blogger, i am often asked for my recommendations for the best places to eat in the most popular destinations. there are amazing restaurants in most american cities, though i would say that new York City tops my list as the city with the most diverse offerings and a restaurant scene that never ceases to impress me with each visit.
y wife elena and I have visited the city several times this past year since our daughter, Margaux, attends NYU. My younger brother, Brian, and cousin, Sean, like Margaux, live in the city as well. Between the three of them and my past culinary exploits, we have compiled some of our favorite restaurants that we have visited this past year.
parsley and garlic escargot at Jean claude in soho
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Kuma inn – It is very easy to miss this hole-in-the-wall located above a bar in the lower east side. But the food by Filipino/thai chef King Phojanakong is outstanding. Chef King acquired his love for cooking while spending his summers during his high school years in the Philippines where his mother is from. He is an alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America and some of the most reputable restaurants in the city including Jean-Georges and the Grocery in Brooklyn. I was amazed at how his team produced such amazing dishes such as Pan roasted Ocean Scallops with bacon, kalamansi (native Filipino lime) and sake, Sauteed tofu with thai basil and his signature Adobo (soy, vinegar, garlic, bay leaf) Chicken Wings in an open kitchen the size of
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Jean claude – If you are looking for a place that will transport you to one of those neighborhood restaurants you discovered while strolling some of the intimate streets in Paris, then you don’t need to go further than Jean Claude on Sullivan Street in Soho. everything about Jean Claude is French bistro—the intimate dining room, the empty wine bottles that line the walls, the accordion playing in the background, and definitely baked eggs at the menu. there is roasted monument lane Quail with glazed apples, Foie Gras with a Sauterne sauce, escargot smothered in parsley butter, steamed mussels with pomme frites and a hanger steak partnered with amazing dauphinoise potatoes. 137 sullivan st, 212.475.9232, jeanclaude.com
a hallway. there is no need to worry about which wine or liquor to order since Kuma Inn is BYOB. 113 ludlow st, 212.353.8866. kumainn.com monument lane – We discovered this charming Greenwich Village restaurant during one of our haunts for a perfect brunch locale. Start with a glass of their signature Bellini, a basket of fresh Currant Scone, Heirloom Carrot Bread and Chocolate Muffin and a copy of the Sunday New York times in the bar. While reading the travel section, order Monument lane’s Brioche French toast, Duck Confit Hash or their crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken. As you gaze around the dining room clouded by wooden beams, don’t be surprised if you recognize some of the clientele on Bill Cunningham’s style page in the Times. Finish your meal with a glass of champagne. Cheers! 103 greenwich ave, 212.255.0155, monumentlane.com an choi – the haze of red lighting lures you in from the streets as if you are about to enter a questionable establishment in Saigon. Upon entering, the aroma of steaming bowls of Pho fills the air. Nostalgic Vietnamese war posters and other Asian paraphernalia adorn the walls. the place is packed to the gills with what appear to be regulars enjoying their ration of Banh Mi and Goi Cuon Salad. the menu has everything you might crave in a Vietnamese restaurant—Shrimp & Green Papaya Salad, lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli, Crispy Pork Belly sandwiches to name a few. 85 orchard st, 212.226.3700, anchoinyc.com For the best
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pig & Khao – It eataly in midtown didn’t take long for our For authentic entourage to fall in love chinese dumplings with this place. What’s Joe’s shanghai not to love when in chinatown there is a self-serve, bottomless PBr draft For late-night for $15? You might libations recognize the chef in employees only in the open kitchen as Top the west Village and the Chef contestant, leah living room inside the w hotel times square Cohen, who opened this Filipino/thai/Asian inspired restaurant about a year ago. Her food doesn’t hold back on tradition and spices. On our last visit, I believe I ordered everything on the menu; from the Crispy red Curry rice Salad to the Sizzling Sisig (pork cheeks and ears in chilies and garlic) to the Crispy Pata (pork leg with green mango and dipping sauce). And how can I forget the Steamed Mussels with the most addictive Mantao buns on the side. 68 clinton st, 212.920.4485, pigandkhao.com
he recently served as a judge at Shore magazine’s Fashion on the Shore, an event that featured the best of the top student designers from colleges and design schools in the region. Shatar talked with Shore about her work and the promise she sees in new artistic talent emerging in Northwest Indiana.
artist uses ‘boldly creative ideas’ to produce art in all its forms
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To many, she’s known only as Shatar. To many more, she’s known as a brilliant artist who has a passion for dabbling in many mediums and turning her ideas into fortified success stories. ¶ Ask those who know Shatar about her talent, and they’ll all likely say the same thing— they’ve never known anyone like her. ¶ Shatar, who legally has just one name, lives in St. Joseph and operates a voiceover business called Shatar’s Voice. It encompasses commercials, narrations, original music compositions and movie trailers. She’s also committed to several other forms of art, from sculpture to fashion and interior design.
do you operate your own business where you dabble in each of these areas, or do you concentrate in one over the others? I am very committed to every form of art that I am involved with. I focus very seriously with each and every client and their artistic and design needs—making sure that every detail is expressed. that may mean that on a given day I am involved with several aspects of the arts. you were a professional athlete— what sport did you play? I picked up a tennis racket for the first time at age 13. I was awarded a tennis scholarship to Arizona State at age 17, and continued on to la Costa, Carlsbad, Calif.—training under Poncho Segura—being groomed for Wimbledon. what caused you to gravitate toward the arts field instead? An
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what are some of the different art mediums you practice and how did you get involved in so many? Since early childhood, I have had a passion for graphics, design, original art, sculpture and music. I was always creating new ideas. I remember—at the age of 8— building a movie camera out of building blocks and proceeding to “film” my own movie. At that same age, I was known to paint any children’s furniture I could find at home. In my 20s, I designed a series of one-of-a-kind modern dollhouses—complete with tennis courts and pools. I also created a line of handpainted clothing that I sold while living in Colorado. It was at this time that I got focused on painting very large modern canvases—usually on commission. With no formal training, I was hired by clients to design homes—and I have continued on with that to the present day, loving every aspect and challenge of it.
ankle injury and multiple surgeries gave me the opportunity to refocus my talents from athletics back to the arts and design. training as a professional athlete teaches one the skills of focus and discipline in every aspect of your life—skills that I apply daily with the arts, design, business and my personal life.
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you were a judge in Shore magazine’s recent Fashion on the Shore event. as you watch young talent explore their creative disciplines, is there anything that you have seen that has inspired you as an artist? I am so impressed with the new talent emerging. they seem to understand the concept of mixing textiles with objects to create new forms of wearable art. where are some of the places your work has taken you, and how have those experiences touched you as an artist and woman? I have enjoyed wide exposure of my voice, artwork and designs from coast to coast—including California to Santa Fe, Australia, Colorado, Michigan Avenue in Chicago—and most recently the Arts District in Benton Harbor. One of my art pieces is now part of the Krasl Permanent Collection. And I have pieces that are part of the Benton Harbor Public library Permanent Collection also. each experience is unique and meaningful. taken together they form the tapestry of my creative life.
in what ways do you work with others to help them reach their artistic potential? I feel my love for delivering wildly brave and boldly creative ideas encourages others to look at those incredible places inside ourselves that house our unrealized potential. I work at being involved in the arts wherever I live and make a point of having my pieces on public display for all to enjoy. to find out more about Shatar or get in touch with her, visit: shatarsvoice.com and movemodern.com -christine bryant
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Dress code for the golf course
hen we became adults, my generation rebelled. We were against the “stuffedshirts,” against the tyranny of formality, and we changed the rules of society. We did it so thoroughly and successfully, and brought the “dressing up” quotient down so low, a new dress code had to be established that never would have been necessary for our parent’s generation. We became the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” generation. that was probably our lowest moment as dress code protesters; a bit of an eye-opener about how low we had gone. We had made pants the only necessary item of clothing. Can’t go much lower than that. When we became more responsible adults, we began to see some exceptions to our dress code absolutism. Sure, a lot of us showed up to work dressed far more casually than
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our parents did, but we really didn’t want to see our bankers or financial advisers dressed in flip-flops. there were certain industries where the workplace dress code still made sense. And we also didn’t have a problem with dress codes in really expensive places trying to maintain a certain image. For instance, going to a casino in Monte Carlo shouldn’t feel like going to a riverboat in tupelo, Mississippi. Dress codes still seem to work when they are applied judiciously and appropriately. But there’s one place where the dress code has never worked, and seems like it will never work, unless drastic steps are taken. that place is, of course, the golf course. Most golf courses still insist that their golfers wear collared shirts and appropriate shoes, but yet, you’ll never see a collection of more hideously dressed people accumulated in one place at one time. I think it’s because focusing on collared shirts and appropriate shoes isn’t addressing the actual problem. With that in mind, I’ve taken the liberty of putting together a short list that should be added to the collared shirt and appropriate shoes requirements. these rules are presented free of charge to golf courses across America as a public service. In no particular order, they are… • no lime green slacks (this will put the lime green slacks-makers out of business, but shouldn’t they already be out of business?) • no checkered slacks (Save those for Bingo Night in the church basement.) • no checkered shirts (Unless you are also going to be a tablecloth after your round.) • no tassels (this really should be a world-wide rule, but we have to start somewhere.) • no knickers (Note: It’s not 1927.) • no safari hats (Unless, of course, you are golfing on the Serengeti.) • no shorts with dark socks (1967 called to say that your grandfather wants his look back.) • no sock suspenders for men (I’ve seen it. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, but I really did.) that’s a good starting point I think. I’m sure those of you who golf more often than I do have even more items to add to the list. Feel free to send me your suggestions. I’m accumulating the list for the betterment of society. No need to thank me. -rick kaempFer
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i have fought on the front lines of the dress code wars for many years now. My generation was forced to dress up for every “special” event when we were young. we dressed up to go to school, to restaurants, to movie theaters, to travel (bus, train, plane), to anywhere outside of our own homes, and we did it because our parents insisted on it. That was simply the way things were done.
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DUNE ACRES. For the creative spirit. If you love architecture, inspiring setting & intimate living quarters, youâ€™ll want to preview this home. An angular design that creates unique spaces with walls of windows to enjoy the wooded dunes landscape. Both gathering room w/fireplace and den open to spacious screened porch. White on white chefâ€™s kitchen roomy enough for harvest table to seat 10. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, unique 2 car garage. Hardwood, tile & carpet. Vaulted & beamed ceiling. Couple of blocks to the beach. Enjoy the many Dune Acres amenities: log clubhouse, outdoor ice rink, tennis courts, beautiful beach, hiking trails thru the Natl Lakeshore and so much more. Duneland Schools. One hour to downtown Chgo. $603,000
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The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, held the Beaux Arts Ball on June 7. Benefits from the Beaux Arts Ball help support and grow the South Shore Arts everykid program, which provides art opportunities to over 28,000 children and youth every year.
1 John and Dr. Pam Seaman of Munster 2 Zoe and Mike Mintz of Munster with Catherine Kroczek of Crown Point 3 Jerry & Debra Carrington of Miller Beach, Gary 4 Scott and Karen Lauerman of Highland with Gary and Marilou Quaranto of Homer Glen
5 Bill and Linda Favors of Dyer 6 Mario Minotti and Erica Sullivan of Chicago
7 Kurt and Joyce Koch of Hammond 8 Kim and Tom Keilman of Crown Point 9 Julie and Chris Mallard of Crown Point 10 Scott Feck of Valparaiso, Maria McShane of Munster with Rick Soria of Valparaiso
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1 Joni Cook and John Newland of Saugatuck 2 Jennifer Zeerip of Saugatuck with Jill Goodwin of Douglas 3 Mark Putnam, Sandy Jo Shanahan and Adaire Putnam, all of Saugatuck
4 Krystal Mosser of New York City, Trisha Rapier of Brooklyn, NY and Danny Kuenzel of Saugatuck
The Summer Solstice Benefit at Saugatuck Center for the Arts took place June 15. Proceeds from the event benefitted free childrenâ€™s programming at the center.
5 Shelly Windemuller of Holland with Laura Camarata and Denise Dedic, both of Saugatuck
6 Lara and Jamie May of Portage 7 Merrill Taylor of Holland with Amie Shanahan of Douglas
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2 Jack Strode and Diana Twyman of Miller Beach, Gary
3 Charlene Wright of Portage, Judge Diane Boswell, with Irene Smith-King both of Miller Beach, Gary 4 Hilary Carpenter and Jim Pappas, both of Miller Beach, Gary 5 Steven Marcus, Lakia Manley, Cloteal LaBroi and Joseph Van Dyk all of Miller Beach, Gary 6 Ellen Fox and Bernie Kiernan both of Arlington, Virginia 7 Cynthia Pruitt of Miller Beach, Gary and Dan Vicari
Many gathered outside of Miller Bakery Cafe on Friday, June 14, including the familiar face of Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, for the grand opening of the bakery. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a celebration inside.
1 Karen Lauerman of Highland, Mark and Christine Maassel, both of Valparaiso
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tasting for a cause
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wine tasting & auction | chesterton photography by gregg rizzo
The annual Crisis Center Wine Tasting & Auction was held at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton on June 13. Guests sampled “endless” wine and beer, enjoyed hors d’ouevres, and bid on hundreds of exclusive silent auction items, culminating in an exciting live auction for the finale. All proceeds benefited the Crisis Center of Northwest Indiana, which provides shelter and resources to those in need.
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Save the Dunes at Washington Park in Michigan City, was held on June 1. Guests enjoyed a music festival to celebrate lake life.
1 Scott Goddard of Highland and Danna Southard of Chicago 2 Paula and Michael Deiotte of Porter 3 Cathy Martin of Sawyer with Tom Johnson of Michigan City
2 1 Carla Houck of Hobart with John Diederich of Crown Point 2 Jim and Lisa Fitzpatrick of Chesterton 3 Tom and Kate Marencik of Crown Point
4 Brandi Anstine of Valparaiso, James Muhammad of Crown Point with Ed Thompson of Munster 5 Carolyn Ribordy of Ogden Dunes with Nadine Ribordy of Valparaiso
6 Frank and Julie Bensema of Tinley Park
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On June 27 a group of familyowned farms, vineyards and small businesses hosted a Super Farmer’s Market with a bounty of produce, artisan goods and more.
1 Matt and Julie Clancy of Benton Harbor 2 Bill and Jeanette Leahey of St. Joseph
3 Kathy Kniebes-Walmot of Coloma with Meleta Galles of Benton Harbor
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The John G. Shedd Aquarium’s annual black tie gala took place on Saturday, June 8 from 6pm-midnight. The gala was attended by approximately 850 of Chicago’s philanthropic leaders for a night of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing. This year’s event carried a theme of spy secrecy, and was entitled Be Like Bond: The Stingray Affair. Guests enjoyed action-packed, cinematic experience as well as dinner, dancing and cocktails. 1 Kristin and Mark Mahr of Chicago
2 Michele Bush and Michael Cooper both of Chicago
3 Mike and Karol Delfini of LaGrange 4 Thomas and Heather Smith of Chicago with Chrissy and Robert Geraghty of Northfield 5 Paula and David Epstein of Chicago
6 Sandy and Andy Marek of Chicago 7 Madeline Feldman of Chicago and Barbara Feldman of Hindsdale
8 Dede and Tom Reedy of Northfield 9 Will Feldman and Alison Seyfarth, both of Chicago with Zach Von Eschen 10 Dr. Sheryl Murray and Dr. Jeff Foreman of Highland Park 11 Brad and Samantha West of Chicago
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roan & black grand opening | saugatuck
Roan & Black Gallery in Saugatuck, held its grand opening on June 8. Guests enjoyed a sneak peek at the new gallery, which features local and artisan objects perfect for Southwest Michigan.
shakespeare festival gala | chicago
1 Sandra Hopwood with Brian Merucci, both of Grand Rapids
2 Shelby Baker of Wayland with Judge Bill Baillargeon of Saugatuck and Cindy Baker of Wayland
3 Bob Karls of Douglas with Andrew Bowen of Grand Rapids
Chicagoâ€™s civic and cultural leaders gathered at Navy Pier for the Chicago Shakespeare Festival Gala 2013. Living art installations and theatrically-inspired dĂŠcor served as the backdrop for this unique entertaining opportunity. Highlights of the event included the presentation of the third annual Spirit of Shakespeare Awards, honoring those who keep the spirit of Shakespeare alive. 1 Greg and Erin Mathurin of Chicago 2 Mac and Mariam MacLellan of Chicago
4 Mark Epstein, Ricki Levine and Bill Galligan, all of Saugatuck
3 Lytle Smith of Evanston, Michel DesJardins and Candace Jordan, both of Chicago
5 John Newland and Doug McIntosh of Saugatuck
6 Steve Mottram with Anne Corlett, both of Saugatuck
4 Richard M. Daley, Barbara Gaines and Stephen Sondheim 5 Nicholas and Jacqueline Apostal of Chicago 6 Barb Zicar and Jay Kloesterboer of Downers Grove
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It’s always so nice to get away — whether for a week or a weekend. It revives your soul and refreshes your mind. But you can also make your home a pleasure to come back to with a visit to HarborTown Interiors.You’ll find so many fun, beautiful, one-of-a-kind fabrics, furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories that will make you feel like you’re ALWAYS on vacation! Come home to HarborTown Interiors — and relax! Your HTI design team: Kerry, Stephanie, MaryKay and “Jack”
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Have you ever taken a bite of a just-picked peach? Not a store-bought peach, but a sun-ripened, juicy, sweet, just-picked-from-the-tree peach? It’s a taste sensation you’ll never forget.
Pop into Southwestern Michigan for farm-fresh deliciousness.
Down-on-the-farm fun for all ages
One of our members, Big Dan of Big Dan’s U-Pick ‘em & Farm Market in Hartford, tells us how surprised some children are to actually see peaches hanging from tree branches. So much of our food experience is grabbing up fruits and vegetables from the store that we don’t always realize how many children never see where their food is grown.
Get a wonderful night’s sleep After a day full of fresh air and fresh food, you’ll also enjoy resting at the amenity-filled hotels, lakeside cottages, quaint bed & breakfast inns or campgrounds near Southwestern Michigan’s farms and shoreline. Visit swmichigan.org, facebook.com/swmtc or call 269-925-6301 for great places to stay, a list of upcoming events and bushels of memorable ways to spend time together.
This year it looks like we’ll have a plentiful harvest. Here’s a sampling of what you can find at farms in Southwestern Michigan and when to come. For a more comprehensive list visit piggottsfarmmarket.com.
What’s in season? apples Beans Blueberries sweet Cherries Corn Cucumbers grapes Peaches Pumpkins raspberries
For help planning your farm-to-table itinerary, visit the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council website, swmichigan.org. It has one of the most comprehensive lists of farms and wineries in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties.
What are you hungry for?
Cider Mill presses apples from early September through November (you can watch from a 50-foot-wide window). One taste and you will see why visitors bring home gallons of the delicious juice.
So this summer and fall, come to the farm. Many families in Southwestern Michigan open their orchards, fields and vineyards to visitors so they can pick their own food. Others offer barns and farm stands filled with harvestedtoday fruits and vegetables. When you come, bring a picnic lunch. Most farms will let you spread a cloth under a tree in the orchard, and several offer covered picnic areas and playground equipment. More and more farms sell fresh-made donuts, fruit pies and caramel apples, so there is no need to pack a dessert. Many u-pick farms offer wagon rides and several have animals to pet. Jollay Orchards in Coloma has a Ferris wheel and has opened a new fishing pond — they provide the bait and poles, you just come and have fun! Several farms ramp up the entertainment with harvest festivals on summer and fall weekends, providing live music, cornfield mazes and haunted barns and houses. Have you ever seen how cider is made? Grandpa’s
Here’s an invitation to come savor all that fresh goodness and so much more in the coming weeks in Southwestern Michigan. This is one of the best areas in the nation for growing food thanks to Lake Michigan tempering our climate. So not only can you enjoy our soft, sandy beaches, but from mid-summer to mid-fall, our farms, community farm markets and roadside stands brim with picked-today fruits and vegetables. Now is a perfect time to pop over for the most flavorful treats nature offers!
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Where freshness pops up all along our shore! Plump, juicy blueberries, peaches and crisp apples are popping up now in our countryside. Come to our farms and roadside markets to gather a cornucopia of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Many of our farmers welcome you to pick your own food (can’t get fresher than that). Join the sing-alongs on our hay wagons. Visit our wineries and breweries. Frolic at our harvest festivals and fairs. Then snuggle in at our lodgings along Lake Michigan’s shores … after watching a breathtaking sunset.
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aug 22-25 michigan city in-water boat show
Noon-8pm Thu-fri, 11am-8pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, Washington Park, 200 Heisman Harbor Rd, Michigan City michigancityboatshow.com Boating enthusiasts will enjoy this show, which features all of the newest powerboats, sailboats and personal watercraft; daily flyboard demos and the return of Twiggy the water skiing squirrel.
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Through Aug 16 summer rhapsody music Festival, Porter Health Amphitheatre, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. From classical to jazz, this musical festival offers a feast for senses of musical lovers of all ages. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic, a blanket and chairs to the event. Jul 17: Middle of the road Band; Jul 24: Middle School Band; Aug 8: Chicago rat Pack; Aug 16: Spazmatics. Through Sept 26 hobart summer market on the lake, 3-8pm Thu, Festival Park, 111 E Old Ridge Rd, Hobart. 219.942.4511. cityofhobart. org. this summer market offers fresh produce and handcrafted products, as well as sweet treats and live entertainment all evening. Through Sept 28 2013 Farmers market, 8am1pm Sats, S Main St, Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov/farmers. Produce, cheese, baked goods, flowers, home goods and accessories are available at this weekly farmers market.
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Through Oct 26 chesterton’s european market, 8am-2pm, Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. dunelandchamber.com. Artists, chefs, merchants and farmers from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois offer an array of products and services—artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers—at this market. the day also features food vendors and live performances. Aug 2-11 lake county Fair, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.3617. lake-county-fair.com. this familyoriented annual county fair boasts more than
30 rides, hundreds of concessions, horse shows, contests, live entertainment and motorsports, as well as thousands of exhibits and all types of food. Aug 3-4 55th annual chesterton art Fair, Hawthorne Park, 105 Ackerman, Porter. 219.926.4711. chestertonart.com. Set in the treelined Hawthorne Park, this juried art fair draws artists from across fifteen states, as well as Northwest Indiana residents. Attendees can view 100 artists’ mini galleries—including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and more—during the event and the fair also offers a public project for everyone to create, a children’s art area, music and more. Aug 17-18 lakefront arts Festival, 10am6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, Washington Park, 115 Lakeshore Dr, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. the very best of art and fine crafts are on display along Michigan City’s lakefront Washington Park at this popular annual event. Attendees can meet with the artists who come from across the country while shopping for a wide range of one-of-a-kind items at every price point. Aug 31 taste of duneland, 11am-11pm, Thomas Park, Calumet & Broadway, downtown Chesterton. 219.617.1742. dunebig.com. Duneland celebrates the last official weekend of summer with tasty food from local eateries and non-profit groups, a beer and wine garden, live music from local and regional acts and a bounce house for kids. Sept 6 2013 casino gala, 6-11pm, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. this third annual gala benefits the theatre at the Center and features free casino entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an oxygen bar, and a silent bar. Sept 21 bizarre bazaar, 10am-5pm, Harrison Park & Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.512.4298. downtownhammond.org. this unexpected,
outrageous and whimsically bizarre extravaganza offers something for everyone—live music; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; kids’ games; art activities; a motorcycle, hot rod and custom car show; a 5k walk/run; contests and more. Sept 21-22 25th annual celebration of the arts, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Schoolhouse Shop of Furnessville, 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.2136 ext. 200. Schoolhouseshop.com. every third week in September, the Schoolhouse Shop welcomes more than 30 artists—painters, photographers, jewelers, tailors and potters—from across the Indiana Dunes region—to the shop’s wooded grounds. Sept 27-29 covered bridge harvest Festival, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.661.3071. coveredbridgeharvestfest. org. Honoring the only “covered bridge” in lake County, this festival focuses on family fun, handmade crafts and entertainment. Friday evening begins with the Pumpkin Bash and silent auction, while Saturday features arts and crafts, pumpkin games and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the development of the Special Olympics lake County training Facility and improvements at the lake County Fairgrounds. Sept 28 hooked on art—live street art Festival, 9am-5pm, Thomas Centennial Park, 176 Broadway, Chesterton. 219.728.1638. hookedonartfestival.com. this community-wide family event presents a variety of artistic talent from across the region. In addition to live street art, the event features interactive family activities, music, shopping and more.
Through Aug 29 riverfront concert series, 7pm Thus, Riverfront Park on Water St, South Haven. 269.637.0772. south-haven.com. During this summer long concert series, concert-goers
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The information presented in essential events is accurate as of press time, but readers are encouraged to call ahead to verify the dates and times. Please note that illinois and most indiana events adhere to central time, and Michigan events are eastern time.
can experience a variety of musical performances—including jazz, classical, folk and contemporary—while enjoying views of boats traveling on the river and fantastic sunsets over the lake. Concerts are free to the public and attendees should bring their own lawn chair or blanket, as well as a light coat. Through Sept 29 allegan antiques market, 8am-4pm, last Sun of every month, Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan Co Fair Dr, Allegan. 616.735.3333. alleganantiques.com. Antique hunters can browse the wares of nearly 400 antique dealers—including furniture, jewelry, collectibles, rugs and linens, silver and more—at this indoor-outdoor market. Through Oct 6 antiques on the bluff, 10am-5pm, first Sun of every month, Lake Bluff Park, downtown St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. stjoetoday.com. this annual fair on the shores of lake Michigan is a premier event for antiquers, featuring more than vendors from around the Midwest. Aug 3 summer Jam, Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach, 101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.925.1111. summerjam.com. Country star Casey James headlines this annual summer concert event, which features a family fun zone with activities for the entire family to enjoy. Aug 3-4 art & music in the Vineyard, Round Barn Winery, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 800.716.963. roundbarnwinery.com. this two-day event showcases the works—including pottery, glass, metal sculptures, paintings and more—of more than 35 of Michiana’s finest artists. Attendees can enjoy sipping on a glass of wine, beer or spirits while shopping and listening to live music. Aug 8-11 blueberry Festival, South Haven. blueberryfestival.com. each year nearly 40,000 people join together in celebration of all things blueberry during this festival. Highlights include blueberry pancake breakfasts, a parade, a fish boil dinner, an arts and crafts show, the annual pageant, a 5k run, a blueberry bake-off competition, kids’ activities, free concerts and more. Aug 9-11 ship & shore Festival, downtown New Buffalo. newbuffalo. org. For three days, downtown New Buffalo hosts the largest street fest in Southwest Michigan. the streets are packed with great live music, food, kids’ activities and more. the highlight of the weekend is a floating parade through the harbor where yachts, sailboats and more transform into floating works of art and fireworks on the beach follow. Aug 17-18 grandJazzFest, noon-10pm Sat, noon-7pm Sun, Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids. grandjazzfest.org. Now in its second year, GrandJazzFest has expanded to a two-day festival with 10 diverse jazz bands and performers, both Michigan and nationally-known. Headliner Nick Colionne is joined by Deon Yates, the Paul Keller At SUNDOWN Quintet, Sheila landis & Brazilian love Affair, the Kinsey report, randy March Organ trio, Mind’s eye and more. Aug 31 tri-state regatta party, St. Joseph River Yacht Club, 1 Lighthouse Ln, St. Joseph. 269.983.6393. sjryc.com. each year this annual sailboat race draws around one hundred teams of sailing enthusiasts together to compete. For the entire day, the clubhouse pool and
facilities will be open to the racers and the public. the day features a pancake breakfast in the morning and riverside dinner and entertainment in the evening. Aug 31-Sept 1 all-crafts Fair, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Stankley Johnston Park, Dyckman Ave, South Haven. 269.637.5171. southhaven.org. Hundreds of arts and crafts exhibitors display their wares and food booths offer gourmet selections and more causal fair at this free fair. Sept 1 buchanan harvest Jazz and art Festival, noon-9pm, Buchanan Art Center, 117 W Front, Buchanan. 269.697.4005. buchananartcenter.org. Buchanan transforms into a cultural and cuisine capital the first day of September with jazz musicians, visual artists displaying their talents, and evendors of some of the best locally produced art, cuisine, wines and beer. Sept 7 art & all that Jazz/douglas wine stroll, 6-8pm, downtown Douglas. 269.857.1438. saugatuck.com. Douglas galleries, shops and restaurants open their doors for an evening of shopping, browsing, wine tasting, dancing, live music and delicious food. Sept 13-15 grand haven salmon Festival, downtown Grand Haven. visitgrandhaven.com. For the last 10 years, this outdoor waterfront festival celebrates the fall harvest season and salmon migration. Highlights include live jazz music, a Michigan winetasting pavilion, a gourmet salmon cook-off contest, a fall harvest beer and entertainment pavilion, a downtown merchant market, a fine art fair on the waterfront, a fishing contest, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, and more. Sept 28 wine and Food Festival and public art auction, 4-9 pm, Whirlpool Centennial Park, St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. stjoetoday.com. Attendees can sample regional wines and local cuisine while bidding on their favorite piece of art during the public art auction at this festival in the park. Sept 28 weko beach brewers Festival, 1-7pm, Weko Beach, Bridgeman. 269.925.6301. wekobeachbrewersfest. com. Brew lovers can savor award-wining Michigan beers on the picturesque Weko Beach while enjoying an afternoon filled with sun, sand, tasty cuisine from local restaurants and live music.
Ongoing chicago trolley and double decker hop-on hop-off signature tour, 9am, various designated stops. Chicago. 773.648.5000. chicagotrolley.com. Available year-round and covering 13 miles with 14 stops, this tour takes passengers to Skydeck Chicago, the famed museum campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium), the historic Chicago theater, Millennium Park, Water tower Place, the Art Institute, Navy Pier and the John Hancock Observatory. Ongoing randolph street market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. chicagoantiquemarket.com. this europeanstyle, indoor-outdoor urban antique market features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”— including furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more.
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essential events Through Sept 15 chicago summerdance, 6-9:30pm Thu-Sat, 4-7pm Sun, Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space with the sounds of 44 different bands throughout the summer. the first hour of the event features a dance lesson followed by two hours of live music and dancing. Aug 3-4 wrigleyville summerfest, noon-10pm Sat, 12-9pm Sun, 3300 N Seminary, Chicago. starevents.com. this out-of-the-park festival features live music, a kid zone with interactive games, familyfriendly activities and food Chicagoans know and love. Aug 7-11 tall ships chicago 2013, noon-10pm Wed, 10am-9pm ThuSat, 10am-6pm Sun, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. navypier.com/ tallshipschicago. Navy Pier proudly welcomes an international fleet of tall Ships during this five-day festival. Visitors can walk the grounds and visit the tall Ships, board a tall Ship for a dockside tour and get a taste of life at sea with sail-away cruises on the tall Ships. the nautical event also includes fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities for the whole family. Aug 9 glamorama—Fashion in a new light, 8pm, Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. harristheaterchicago.org. With a red-hot runway, power packed performances, and an outrageous after-party, this is a can’t-miss event. this glamorous night features the hottest styles for fall and performances by Sheryl Crow, Cirque du Soleil and the Summer Set. Proceeds benefit the ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Aug 17-18 chicago air and water show, 10am-3pm, North Ave Beach, Chicago. cityofchicago.org. this annual show is the largest free show of its kind in the country and features a variety of ships and aircrafts from the U.S. Navy and Army, as well as parachuters and aerobatics teams. the show can be viewed best along the lakefront. Aug 17-18 chicago Fashion Fest, noon-10pm, 1725 W Division St, Chicago. 773.772.2772. chicagofashionfest.com. Fashion, music and shopping unite at this two-day fest featuring Wicker Park Bucktown’s most electric summer trends on the runway and in the streets, plus live music, family entertainment and food from nearby restaurants. Aug 29-Sept 1 chicago Jazz Festival, noon-3pm Thu, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago; 5-6pm Thu, Roosevelt University Gantz Hall, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago; 6:30pm Thu, 2-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat-Sun, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago. cityofchicago.org. A favorite labor Day tradition, this festival showcases Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists.
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Sept 7-8 honey bee weekend, 7amsunset, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle. 630.968.0074. mortonarb.org. In celebration of National Honey Month, Morton Arboretum hosts a weekend of fun and educational activities—a honey bee expo with honey and bee-themed products, a honey-themed lunch buffet featuring entomologist and author May Bernenbaum who will present on the health of honey bee populations, a family honeybee hike, beehive tours, a honey competition, the second annual Honey Mead Dinner and more.
Sept 12-22 chicago world music Festival, various locations, Chicago. cityofchicago.org. this city-wide, multi-venue festival spans 11 days and attracts more than 600,000 concert goers to its concerts—both traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures—and family-friendly activities. Sept 19-22 expo chicago, noon-6pm Thu opening preview, noon-8pm Fri-Sat, noon-6pm Sun, Navy Pier Festival Hall, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. expochicago.com. this four-day art event features more than 120 leading international galleries representing 16 different countries and 35 different cities and offers a curated blend of contemporary and modern art and design. Sept 27 the devil’s ball, 7:30pm, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. Presented by the Auditorium theatre Junior Board, the third annual Devil’s Ball includes a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, theater tours, an auction and the return of the ever-popular Smilebooth. Sept 27-29 oktoberfest chicago, 5-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-7pm Sun, Southport & Lincoln Ave, Chicago. oktoberfestchicago.org. Festivalgoers can satisfy their hunger with homemade bratwurst and other traditional German fare and quench their thirst in the beer garden. the festival also features music by German bands and top area headliners, interactive entertainment and activities for kids on Sunday.
Through Aug 19 bird exhibition, Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. this exhibit by artist Melissa Washburn features a series of mixed media pieces depicting some of the migratory bird species that can be seen in the Dunes area of Northwest Indiana. Through Sept 2 super-ficial! a chris cosnowski retrospective, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. the fourth exhibit in the South Shore Arts Outstanding Midwest Artist Series features Chicago artist Chris Cosnowski, painter of iconic Americana in a photo-realistic style. lifelike in detail and humorous in content, Consnowski’s artwork recalls classical art through its use of figurative sculpture as subject matter. Also, through Aug 4: Industry of Now—Works by Judit Mullen; Jul 19-Sept 7: Three is a Magic Number— Works by Brandon Ellis, Julio Guerra, Liz Mares, Martin Martinez and Larry Mickow (Substation No. 9, 435 Fayette St, Hammond); Jul 26-Sept 7: Eclectic—Works by Joseph Perryman (Crown Point Branch, 123 N Main St, Crown Point); Aug 9-Oct 6: True to Form—Paintings by Carole Stodder. Aug 2-Sept 30 photography exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. southshorecva.com. this fourth annual exhibit features photographs taken in the area—from Chicago to Michigan along the South Shore—by local photographers. Aug 4-Oct 27 magical realism, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter. org. Visitors to this exhibit can explore the realm of magical realism at this exhibit, which features highly detailed, realistic
painted images invaded by something “not quite right” or “too strange to believe.” Aug 4-Oct 27: The Documentation of Nature and Water Wrackets.
Ongoing st. Joseph’s lighthouse legacy exhibit, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at the Priscilla U. Burns Center, 601 Main St, St. Joseph. 269.983.1191. heritagemcc.org. Visitors to this exhibit can learn about St. Joseph’s five lighthouses, the lights and the people who kept them in working order. Through Aug 4 michiana annual arts competition, Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. this 11th annual competition features 404 entries from local artists in a variety of media—drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass art and more. Also, Aug 16-Sept 22: Mindi Bagnall, Fred Zemlick and 2 Sisters/2 Lenses. Jul 19-Sept 1 drawings and maquettes by ‘sculpture Fernwood’ sculptors, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. After viewing the sculptures on exhibit in the Fernwood gardens, view the planning drawings and maquettes used to make the sculptures, as well as a slideshow of the 2011 installation of Sculpture Fernwood, at this exhibit. Jul 26-Sept 8 Face Value—the art of mimi peterson, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl. org. In her first solo exhibit, Chicagobased artist Mimi Peterson works with synthetic and fragmented surplus materials that hold urban connotations to address issues of ecology, social justice, violence and the cycles of life. Also, Sept 13-Oct 20: American Painting Today— Physical & Visceral. Aug 9-Sept 22 wild & wooly—the art of barb bare, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. southhavenarts.org. Barb Bare’s collection of work features traditional wet felted wall pieces and primitive rugs, both abstract and realistic in style. Bare shears the wool herself from sheep she raises on her farm, and then cleans it, spins it into yarn or hand presses it into felt, and then dyes it by hand. Also, through Aug 4: Formed/Fired—An Invitational Ceramic Exhibition; Sept 27Nov 10: 4th Annual regional Juried Show.
Through Aug 23 planetary machines, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.7827. adlerplanetarium.org. Visitors will marvel at the planetary machines—mechanical devices showing the movement of planets—and artwork featured in this exhibit. Through Sept 2 animal inside out, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. msichicago.org. this exhibit explores the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures—from goats and giraffes to octopuses and ostriches. From creator of the trailblazing BODY WOrlDS exhibitions, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, this exhibit showcases more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of plastination, which replaces the body’s fluids with plastics to incredibly detailed effect. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle.
Through Jan 5 creatures of light— nature’s bioluminescence, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org. From glowworms to deep-sea fishes, this exhibit features the mysterious and magical world of bioluminescence. Visitors can discover the thousands of living organisms that blink, glow, flash and flicker. Also, through Aug 18: Fashion and The Field Museum Collection—Maria Pinto; through Sept 8: Scenes from the Stone Age—The Cave Paintings of Lascaux; through Jan 20: Fractured—North Dakota’s Oil Boom. Jul 20-Oct 6 beyond the great wave— hokusai’s images of mount Fuji, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. this internationally acclaimed exhibition is the first to uncover the fascinating relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s through mid-1880s as Paris became the style capital of the world. the exhibit features 75 major figure paintings by Caillebotte, Degas, Manet, Monet, renoir and Seurat, including many never before seen in North America. Also, through Aug 11: Kara Walker—Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! through Aug 18: Sharing Space—Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design; through Aug 25: late roman and early Byzantine treasures from the British Museum; through Sept 2: Abelardo Morell—The Universe Next Door and Fashion Plates—19th Century Fashion Illustrations; through Sept 22: Zarina— Paper like Skin Jun 26-Sept 22 impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. this internationally acclaimed exhibition is the first to uncover the fascinating relationship between art and fashion from the mid1860s through mid-1880s as Paris became the style capital of the world. the exhibit features 75 major figure paintings by Caillebotte, Degas, Manet, Monet, renoir and Seurat, including many never before seen in North America. Jun 29-Oct 13 modern cartoonist— the art of daniel clowes, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org. the first museum retrospective of cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ work, this exhibit features more than 125 original drawings and artifacts in an elegant, inviting installation combining today’s graphic style with shades of a Victorian parlor. Clowes is an acclaimed comic book artists and graphic novelist with nearly fifty publications to his credit, as well as a highly reputed magazine illustrator and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. Also, through Sept 8: Gaylen Gerber; through Sept 29: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction; through Oct 6: Theaster Gates—13th Ballad; through Nov 10: Think First, Shoot Later, Photography from the MCA Collection; Jun 29-Oct 13: Homebodies; Jul 2-Dec 3: José lerma; Jul 23-Nov: Amanda ross-Ho.
chicago street theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CSt presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. Sept 14: The World’s Worst Fairy Godmother.
Footlight players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. this community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. Aug 2-4, 8-11: Dearly Departed. horseshoe casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoehammond.com. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-squarefoot casino. the Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Aug 9: Amy Schumer; Aug 16: Gladys Knight and the Ojays; Aug 23: Jay leno; Sept 6-7: Jeff Dunham; Sept 14: ron White. laporte county symphony orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. this exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family. Sept 14: Hoosier StAr 2013 (la Porte Civic Auditorium, 1001 ridge St, laPorte). the memorial opera house, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. this renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Aug 9-11, 1618: The Importance of Being Earnest. star plaza theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Sept 27: Paul revere and the raiders, Mitch ryder and Jimmie “JJ” Walker.
towle community theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. to honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the towle Community theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. Sept 6-8, 13-15, 19-22: Pursued by Happiness.
the acorn theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. acorntheater.com. the 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. Aug 3: Complicated. box Factory for the arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. the Berrien Artist Guild has converted an old box factory into a multidisciplinary arts resource, housing galleries, studios, an art shop and a café. Visitors also can take advantage of the Box Factory as an entertainment venue, attending stage performances by singers, musicians, poets and actors. Frederik meijer gardens & sculpture park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. meijergardens.org. the garden and sculpture park’s annual concert series features beautiful terraced lawn seating, food and beverage concessions, and major artists like Bonnie raitt, Huey lewis & the News and lyle lovett. Aug 1: the Beach Boys; Aug 2: John Butler trio; Aug 3: Grizzly Bear; Aug 5 Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour; Aug 8: randy Newman; Aug 11: Owl City; Aug 15: Big Voodoo Daddy; Aug 21: Michael McDonald; Aug 24: lyle lovette and his large Band; Aug 28: Smokey robinson; Sept 5: Indigo Girls. grand rapids symphony orchestra, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.454.9451 ext 4. grsymphony.org. recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras, this Grammy-nominated symphony provides the orchestra for Opera Grand rapids and the Grand rapids Ballet Company. the orchestra’s eight concert series with performances designed for young children through adults feature a wide range of repertoire. Aug 1-2: ABBA—the Concert (Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg rd Ne, Belmont); Sept 20-21: The Rite of Spring at 100; Sep 27: Boston Pops tribute Show. silver creek event center, Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/events. the Silver Creek event Center is a 1,500-seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 70,000-square-foot event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences and banquets. Aug 1: the Fixx and Wang Chung; Aug 3: lynyrd Skynyrd; Aug 8: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; Aug 23: tony Bennett. southwest michigan symphony orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. smso.org. this versatile orchestra offers a traditional Mendel Mainstage Series, small ensemble works in the Around town Series, and the Performing Artists series, which showcases a wide range of styles with guest artists. Aug 10: The REEL Score Part II (Jean Klock Park, Jean Dr, Benton Harbor); Aug 17: Shrek The Musical (Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach County Park, 101 Broad St, St. Joseph). Van andel arena, 130 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6600. vanandelarena.com. ranked second on Billboard Magazine’s 2003 top 10 Arena Venues for its size, this $75 million 12,000plus capacity arena offers world-class family shows, concerts and sporting events to the increasingly popular Grand rapids area. Sept 19-22: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—Dragons.
west michigan symphony, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave, Muskegon. 231.727.8001. westmichigansymphony.org. With eight pairs of concerts a year, the West Michigan Symphony has played a leading role in the region’s cultural community for almost 70 years. It has helped bring a renewed vitality and life to the center of Muskegon and with it, the historic Frauenthal theater, a 1,729-seat venue with extraordinary beauty, excellent acoustics and sight lines. Sept 27-28: Cirque de la Symphonie.
broadway in chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively loop. bank of america theatre, 18 w monroe st. through Oct 6: the Book of Mormon. broadway playhouse, 175 e chestnut. Jun 15-Sept 1: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; Jul 9-Aug 4: The Australian Bee Gees Show. cadillac palace theatre, 151 w randolph st. Jun 18-30: Buddy. chicago shakespeare theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. the theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. the architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater. Jul 13-Sept 1: Shrek The Musical; Jul 26-Aug 25: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks—The Comedy of Errors. the chicago theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. thechicagotheatre.com. the Chicago theatre has been a prototype for area theaters since 1921. With its lavish architecture and an elegant stage, the Chicago theatre seats 3,600 and stands seven stories high. Aug 20-21: the Allman Brothers Band; Sept 4: Il Volo; Sept 7: Corey Holcomb and Deon Cole; Sept 12: Kevin James; Sept 18: Joe Satriana; Sept 20-21: earth, Wind and Fire; Sept 27: Iron and White; Sept 28: Bill Burr. court theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago. 773.753.4472. courttheatre.org. the Court theatre is a not-for-profit, professional regional theater that is located on the campus of the University of Chicago. Its mission to “discover the power of classic theater” is realized in its intimate, 251-seat auditorium. Sept 6-Oct 14: Jitney.
art theater guarantees that the audience will enjoy a wide variety of performances in an intimate setting. Aug 9: Glamorama— Fashion in a New Light; Sept 21, 25, 27, 29: Chicago Opera Theater—Joan of Arc. museum of contemporary art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.397.4010. mcachicago.org. reflecting the modern atmosphere of the adjoining museum, the state-of-the-art MCA theater features elegant oak-paneled walls and tiered seating, which guarantees that every one of the 300 seats can boast the best seat in the house. Jul 31, Aug 1, 3: Chicago Human Rhythm Project—JUBA! orchestra hall at symphony center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. cso.org. the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. led by renowned Italian conductor riccardo Muti as its tenth music director, the CSO is working to fulfill his vision for the Orchestra-to deepen its engagement with the Chicago community, to nurture the legacy of the CSO while supporting a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with visionary artists. Performances held daily, except Wednesday. Jul 31: ravinia— Mozart in the Winds; Aug 3: Ravinia—Aida in Concert; Aug 4: ravinia—tchaikovsky Spectacular; Aug 7: ravinia—Itzhak Perlman; Aug 8: ravinia—Perlman Conducts; Aug 15-16: ravinia—Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; Sept 13: SCP Special Event—Sonny Rollins; Sept 18: CSO Special Event—CSO Community Concert; Sept 19: CSO—Muti Conducts Verdi and Brahms; Sept 28: CSO—Muti Conducts Verdi’s Macbeth; Sept 29: SCP Special Event—Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. pheasant run resort, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 630.584.6342. pheasantrun.com. Acclaimed throughout Chicago and the Midwest for its entertainment, Pheasant run resort features theater at its Mainstage and Studio theaters, comedy at Zanies Comedy Club, and live music, entertainment, art exhibits and shopping at its own version of Bourbon Street. Aug 2-11: Defending the Caveman; Aug 16-17: TV & ME; Aug 23-24: The Best of the Second City; Aug 29-Oct 20: Let’s Misbehave! steppenwolf theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.335.1650. steppenwolf.org. the Chicago-based cast is an internationally renowned group of 43 artists, committed to the art of ensemble collaboration. Now in its 35th season, Steppenwolf continues to fulfill its mission by offering intriguing performances and taking artistic risks. through Aug 25: Belleville; Jul 29-Aug 25: Buena Vista; Jul 31-Aug 25: Annie Bosh is Back; Aug 2-25: The Gospel of Franklin.
the goodman theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. goodmantheatre.org. Since 1925, the Goodman theatre has provided entertainment to the Chicago area; however, a new, state-of-the-art twotheater complex was completed in 2000— 75 years to the day after the dedication of the original—and resides in the vibrant North loop theater District within walking distance of fine hotels and restaurants. Aug 11: The Jungle Book.
Victory gardens theater, various venues. 773.871.3000. victorygardens.org. As one of the country’s most respected midsized professional theater companies, this tony Award-winning theater is dedicated to serving playwrights and producing world premiere plays. Programs include five mainstage productions with emphasis placed on the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of arts. Jul 12-Aug 11: Mojada.
harris theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. harristheaterchicago.org. Now in its fifth season at its home in the Harris theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, this modern state-of-the-
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the theatre at the center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. this theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. through Aug 18: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Aug 23: Mark Salem—Mind Over Munster; Aug 28: Indiana Comedy Festival; Sept 12-Oct 20: Godspell.
dunes summer theatre, 288 Shady Oak Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7509. dunessummertheatre.com. the Dunes Arts Foundation provides this venue for the performing arts, which also furnishes classes for children, youth and adults. Aug 9-25: The Marvelous Wonderettes.
From string to Fringe, swimsuit styles range From retro to modern this summer WOrDS BY tArA MCelMUrrY PHOtOS BY tONY V. MArtIN
he itsy, bitty, teeny, weenie, yellow polkadot bikini may still be the go-to for many when building a summer wardrobe, but this summer’s trends have a wide range of styles and patterns, featuring both old swimsuit fashions and new modern ones. When thinking about swim style, one cannot help but to first think of the designers who made real strides in shaping what our beach bodies wear today. Dating back to 1913, Carl Janzten came out with the first two-piece “bathing costume” for women competing in the Olympics to enhance their performance, according to an Elle Magazine timeline. the costume ruffled some feathers, as its tight fit showed off women’s figures. In fact, in Chicago during that time, women could be arrested for wearing swimsuits that had necklines that were too low, according to the Chicago History Museum. Fast-forward to the time when designers began getting more adventurous with small amounts of fabric, and the timeline leads to France. listed together in TIME Magazine’s All-Time 100 Fashion Icons, Jacques Heim, a French designer, and louis réard, a French auto manufacturer and designer, came out with their designs of what we now know as the bikini
Overall, timchenko says the trends this year are differing in both the silhouette of the suit and the patterns and colors. As far as Chicago trends go, timchenko says the fringe style was really big around the area last year, and she believes it’s catching on even more this summer. the nautical trend is also big around Chicago because of the boating culture and being near the lake. the retro swimsuit style, which timchenko says is beginning to hit the mainstream stores, is also growing more and more popular. She says she’s seen retro style at Banana republic and also at Forever XXI, showing these suits are now available at all price points. “I think the retro swimsuit is coming back into to style because more people are willing to explore fashion and more willing to take risks,” she said. “And for our generation, we weren’t around when retro was in style, so these are unique styles to add to our wardrobe.”
in 1946. Heim introduced the “atome” (atom in French) swimsuit, which he dubbed, “the world’s smallest bathing suit.” A short time after, reard designed an even smaller swimsuit, which he called “bikini” after the Bikini Atolls in the Pacific. According to reard, a bikini is not a true bikini, “unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring.” Ashleigh timchenko, vice president of the Chicago Fashion Foundation, says some styles have changed in the decades after the first bikini was created, but that classic bikini has stuck around. “the string bikini has stayed the same, and it will always stay the same,” timchenko says. “It’s the style that works for everyone.” She says over the years, the swimsuit styles have varied. the 50s and 60s featured high-waisted suits, while the 80s got skimpier with the look. In the 90s, suits started to become more detailed adding jewels to the tops and bottoms, or metallic accents. Now, timchenko says, swimsuits are even more fashion forward. “they are really an extension of our wardrobe,” she says. “today’s styles are following runway fashions with those patterns and colors.” With today’s trends being such a large part of our summer wear; timchenko shared some of the styles du jour: • neon – she says the neon colors were big last year, but this year they are getting brighter. “Neon can only get so bright,” she says. “So, neon is being used in more subtle ways this year.” Such subtleties include the neon colors being used in accent pieces, straps or on the piping of solid color suits. • Fringe – another trend that was big last year is back again this year. last year featured bikinis with fringe on solid colors. this year, timchenko says the fringe may be printed with a pattern and laid over a solid color base. • cutouts – timchenko says these cutouts can range from a laser cut on the sides of a suit to a tie-twisted look using knotted fabric. • retro – the high-waisted bottoms and fuller, molded tops are being revived and seen more frequently. • nautical – another trend from recent years that is back again, timchenko says this years nautical trends are featuring more navy and white stripes, and not using as much red. • Full-suits – new trends with this style suit can be found in the exotic flowers patterns featured this year, timchenko says. • miX and match – becoming more frequent is mixing and matching both different patterns and colors of bikini tops and bottoms. • ruFFles – suits that have ruffled edges on top and ruffled edges gathered at the back on the bottoms are also popular this year • hardWare – though not really for swimming, timchenko says more necklace-like chains and gold and silver pieces can be found on swimsuits.
RevIvIng a l st aRt Making my own clothes with the help of Pinterest and a 1967 sewing machine
words by Kathleen dorsey • PhotograPhy by tony V. Martin
t’s no secret that handmade fashions and do it yourself couture are making a comeback. Just look at Pinterest if you don’t believe me. Half the posts in the Fashion tag have to do with a no-sew ruffle scarf made from a T-shirt, or seven patterns to make a lattice back fashion statement out of a tired tank top. This idea is anything but new. Although today’s women are used to shopping at boutiques and department stores to pull together the perfect outfit, there was a time when none of that existed. Especially in the wilds of America, far from the east coast ports with their
European-inspired dressmakers and tailors, women especially had to be selfsufficient for their fashion needs. I’m not sure when it was, but sometime before the 1980s, any thought of mending clothing if it was damaged went out the window. And so today we only know of fashions that last a season, or clothing that wears out within a few trips through the washing machine. This is all I’ve ever known. I remember thinking of sewing as some kind of lost art only known to the elder coven of women in society—not unlike witchcraft, crochet and how to properly debone a chicken. My grandmother had an old sewing machine—the kind that folded down
into a mid-century side table with a matching chair. Though it was rarely used when I was around, I regarded this piece of furniture with boundless curiosity. Because I knew that my grandmother could make, with this machine, nearly anything my little heart desired—whether it be a new fleece bathrobe or a prom dress for Barbie. I’m not sure where that old sewing machine ended up after she passed away. I was too young and preoccupied with the styles available in the juniors’ section at Kohl’s to care much about what happened to it. But in the years since, I’ve often wished I had staked my claim while I had the chance. Especially since I joined
tara mcelmurry models the infinity scarf kathleen made from knit spandex.
boatneck tank top
kathleen traces a t-shirt onto fabric in order to get the pattern for a new boatneck tank.
Iâ€™ve always loved boat nec k tops, and I tend to go through a lot of solid color t-shirts and tanks through out the week. What better way to hav e an unlimited supply than to make the m yourself? this project involves a littl e more hemming, but the hem is the most difficult par t. you need One yard stretch knit fab ric (with spandex blend) Chalk or non-permanen t marker Scissors Matching thread
kathleen cuts out a shape of fabric to be sewed.
kathleen begins sewing.
One snug t-shirt in sim ilar fabric (just for tracing, the shirt wil l remain intact) directions First, lay the fabric out, folded in half, on a clean smooth surface. turn the t-shirt inside out and lay it flat on top of the fab ric. Fold the arms of the t-shirt in so that only the seams of the sleeves are aga fabric, not the sleeves the inst the mselves. With chalk or non-perma nent marker, trace the bottom, sides and arm holes of the shirt. trace about one inch from each shoulder on the top of the shirt. then remove the t-shirt you were just tracing. Freehand a slight curve from one shoulder line to the oth er. the curve should be relative ly flat to create the boatneck sha pe. Cut along the lines you just traced so that you now have two identical halves of the tan k top. With the fabric wrong side out and both halves pressed aga inst each other, stitch the sides and shoulder pieces together. Make sure to reinforce the shoulder pieces by backstitching to make them more stu rdy. Create a small hem on the neckline and arm holes; no more than half an inch. Create a larger hem at the bottom of the shirt and stitch. turn the tank top right side out, and itâ€™s ready to we ar.
this scarf is very easy to make out of any fabric, but I love the knit spandex for its softness and stretchiness. this design is also entirely customizableâ€”length and width can be adjusted based on personal preference. Any number of embellishments can also be added easily. you need Half yard of stretch knit fabric Matching thread Sewing machine directions Cut a strip of the fabric as wide as desired. I used about six to eight inches. trim the fabric to the desired length of the scarf. My strip was about 60 inches long, the typical width of a standard bolt of fabric. Place the two ends of the fabric strip together, wrong side facing out. Stitch these together using a matching thread to create a large loop. turn the loop right side out.
PRoject 3: convertible tube dress/maxi skirt
this is a great and amazingly comfortable wardrobe piece. It can be worn as a tube dress, possibly accessorized with a wide belt, or the top can be folded down (like yoga pants) to become a maxi-skirt. the knit fabric used in this skirt is very forgiving and allows for stitching that is less than precise.
I had been eyeing a skirt like this on etsy for some time, but could never manage to pull the trigger. luckily, I devised a way to create one for myself. this is a simple circle skirt with some layers of tulle overlay and an elastic waistband.
you need two yards of 60â€? wide stretch knit fabric (something with spandex)
you need two yards thick stretch fabric (a polyester blend will do)
eight yards soft tulle to match Matching thread
Sewing Machine directions lay your fabric out on a smooth, flat surface and fold in half. First, take the measurement of your hips and divide by two. If your fabric is very stretchy, you may want to subtract an additional two to five inches for a secure fit. Mark off this measurement at the top of your fabric. Mine is 15 inches across.
take the measurement of your waist divided by two, from above, and add about five inches to create a bit of a flare at the bottom of the skirt. Mark this width on the fabric.
Scissors Chalk or non-permanent marker tape measure directions First, lay out your liner fabric flat on a clean surface, folded in half.
Measure your waist and find the radius. Hold down one end of the tape measure on the fold of the fabric and, pulling it taut, move the tape measure in an arc, making small marks at your desired inch length. then, using your waist radius measurement, repeat this process at the correct inch length to create the top of the skirt.
trace an outline of these measurements on the fabric, with the fold along the length of the skirt.
Hint: You can either swing the tape measure in a full arc (from folded edge to folded edge), or you can stop when the tape measure is perpendicular to the folded edge. I used the half circle method.
Cut out the outline.
turn it right side out so that the seam faces in. Since this is a knit fabric, hemming is not necessary, but can add stability.
Measure the length you would like your skirt to be. Make it a little longer than you think you need; I used 23 inches, but I wouldnâ€™t have minded it a little longer.
then, measure how long you would like your dress to be. Mark this measurement on the length of your fabric.
Using a sewing machine, stitch one long seam about a half inch wide on the open end of the fabric opposite the fold. You should have one stitch going down the length of the skirt.
three-inch wide elastic
Once this is marked, connect the dots with your chalk or marker. kathleen dorsey models the maxi dress, which if folded down, can be worn as a maxi skirt.
Carefully cut along the lines to create the lining. Keeping this piece folded, pin it to itself so that it stays folded with matching edges. You will use this template to create the rest of the lining (if the half-circle method was used) and the tulle overlay layers. Once the lining is cut out, lay out your tulle, folded in half, on the flat surface. lay your template on top of the tulle and cut around the template (it may be too difficult to mark the tulle). repeat this process until you have one full liner and two to four full layers of tulle. My skirt uses four layers of tulle.
kathleen adjusts the tulle on the skirt tara is modeling.
Using your waist measurement, cut the correct length of elastic for the skirt and set aside. You want to stretch the elastic slightly to cut the correct length. First, stitch the sides of the lining and hem if necessary. Since mine was a knit fabric, no hem was necessary. While the fabric is still facing wrong side out, stitch the first layer of tulle to the lining. Do not stitch the sides of the tulle together, just let them flow free. When all the tulle layers are stitched to the lining, turn the skirt right side out, flipping the tulle layers to cover the lining.
lay the elastic over the top of the skirtâ€™s current waistband so that the top of the elastic matches up with the top of the skirt. Using elastic thread (if possible), stitch the elastic to the top of the skirt using a zig zag stitch. Keep the stitches as close to the edge as possible. Stitch the elastic to itself securely to create a seam. Flip the elastic up to create a waistband.
or anyone with even a touch of creativity, certain sewing projects can be extremely easy and yet fashionable. Plus, a sewing machine allows the owner to repair or customize clothing to fit their individual needs. That is not to say that making your own clothes is any more cost-effective than shopping for them. In purchasing supplies for the sewing projects I listed below, I discovered that, in terms of price alone, I might as well have gone to a high-end department store to buy the same amount of clothing items. But the good thing about making something for yourself is not only the sense of accomplishment, if not frugal success. With locally-sourced or ecofriendly fabric, any amateur clothing maker can be certain his or her new garments are both fair trade and green, without troubling elements of unethical labor involved. Elsewhere in this issue, you will see designs by some of the regions foremost up and coming designers, who undoubtedly know their craft better than anyone. I don’t claim to be a fashion designer—far from it. I’m just a person that was lucky enough to find a magical sewing machine. And now I know the secrets that my grandmother’s generation knew—with enough determination and patience, you can make anything.
PRoject 5: Ke lp scarf
I like this scarf be cause it’s very uniqu loo e
king. You can actua lly make this one out of old t-shirts instead of purchasi ng a bolt of new fab ric. this one can inv olve minimal sewing, or if machine within ea there is no sewing sy access, the sca rf can be secured by tying a spare piece of fabric around the bundle of ruffles. you need two yards stretch knit fabric (or several old t-s hirts) Scissors directions Using chalk or a no n-permanent marker, draw a sp iral on the fabric, starting from the inside and moving to the outside. Yo u ca spiral’s width to cre n adjust the ate a wider ruffle . Cut around the sp iral, being careful to create a fluid line. Gently stretch ou t the spiral to create a ruffle. repeat this as ma ny times as desired to add ruffles to the scarf. Cut spirals of different sizes to create a more varie d look. When finish ed, line up all the ruffled lengths of fabric, gather in the cente r and tie together wi th a spare strip of fabric, or place so me stitches throu gh all pieces of fabric so that they are secure .
an actual ink and paper pattern—it’s more online diagrams and series of instructions. I’ve found this is much less confusing than cutting out a pattern, pinning it to the paper and trying to decipher the draconian instructions. It’s worse than putting together an Ikea bedroom suite. I’ve also found that I very much like sewing knit fabrics. Although the stitches are harder to pull out when you screw up, the fabric itself is much more forgiving. Plus, it usually sticks to itself pretty well, thus minimizing the need for tedious pins.
Pinterest and learned about all the amazing range of things one can make with access to a sewing machine. I’ve found tutorials for shirts, dresses, skirts, hoodies, scarves—you name it, people are sewing it and posting it on Pinterest. Ever since I joined the social network pinboard site, I had been studiously ignoring the DIY projects that involved a sewing machine— which so many of them seem to. Until mid-May, that is. You see, in mid-May, my mom and I went to a large neighborhood garage sale and bought an old-fashioned sewing machine for $25. Not the black cast iron decorative sewing machines from early in the 20th century, but a very mid-century-style sewing machine that folds down into a side table, just like my grandmother’s, with a fabulous 1960s storage seat included. To be more precise, the machine is a Singer Fashion-Mate 237, made in the late 1960s. It includes zigzag capability, side-loading bobbin, adjustable needle and stitch position, reverse feed, and feed dogs drop capability. This particular machine was purchased by the former owner’s husband as a wedding gift to her in 1967. In the storage bench was a turquoise oval case in space-age bakelite containing a button holer (which I have no idea how to use) and a tin can of sewing machine oil that looks to be as old as the machine itself. We forked over the cash, loaded the machine into my mom’s truck and went directly to JoAnn Fabrics to pick out patterns and fabric. I chose a deceptively simple yoked skirt template for my first project. I say deceptively simple because it involved zippers, a waistband and several different pieces to jigsaw together. For my first project, I should have probably made a simple circle skirt or a tank top, but I’ve never been one for baby steps. Making things even more complicated was the fact that the pattern was incorrect. The skirt itself fit, but the waistband was far too small to even fit onto the skirt. Needless to say, this experience rather soured me on patterns. Luckily, during my Pinterest trawl, I noticed that most projects don’t have
kathleen models the kelp scarf, which can be made from worn t-shirts instead of brand new fabric.
interiors Photographer Barbara Karant reveals what more than twenty years as an architectural and interiors photographer have taught her about home design. words by Gina Grillo PhotoGraPhy by barbara Karant
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n the words of Edith Wharton, “a house should be an event,” and when we consider the array of architectural designs and interior styles where humans reside, from shelter to palace—it’s hard not to include in this conversation the work of Chicago based photographer Barbara Karant. PhotoGraPher barbara Karant In this contemporary era of image-saturation and the mainstream photographer, the photographic image has become as central to our everyday communication as the spoken word. Surprisingly then, in this climate, Barbara Karant has found a professional and artistic niche, making photographs of architectural and interior style. What is a house, after all, but a sanctuary, a home port, a reflection of the aspirations of the owner, or those who inhabit the space? As a photographer myself, I was interested in Karant’s views on how the art of photographing architecture and interiors differs from other forms of photography. “Architecture and interiors photography
“It certainly is easier getting up a ladder to a roof or running to catch the light on a perfect exterior shot with a small format camera,” she says. These days, in order to ensure the best results, she shoots tethered to a computer, checking each image capture and making changes the same way she did in the past when using Polaroid. Her lighting approach is not formulaic, and uses tungsten “hot lights” or strobe lights, or combination of these, depending on the main ambient light source in the interior. Interior style can express many things about the people living in the space, whether they are formal, uptight or relaxed, playful or eclectic, concerned about comfort or design, or both, cluttered or a minimalist, vintage or modern, loner or communal, monochromatic or colorful, feminine, masculine or androgynous.
arant believes there are basic ways that an individual can bring their own style to any space. “Keep it simple and start with a few key pieces of furniture and objects you love and then build off of that aesthetic. Don’t try to furnish a whole space at once, but live in the space and see how the light moves—use color either sparingly or aggressively, but whatever you do, sample it on the walls first, and see what the light in your environment does to the color.” Interior style often exists as a result of the relationship between the objects, and the architecture, and the environment they create. An interior can also be a place for the development of a private or a public identity. So what would be the “ultimate” interior photographic assignment? Karant hesitates at first, and then smiles and says, “something over the top, someone else’s creation of an environment, like the ICE-HOTEL,” (a tourist hotel in Jukkasjärvi, northern Sweden), with interior rooms made from ice, snow, and water from the Thorne River. “A chance to do photographic justice to the creation of another artist, now that would be fun.”
concerns itself with scale, spatial interplay, structure, color, light, transparency, and solidity,” says Karant. “It’s about dimension and depth, and in many ways doesn’t differ from other disciplines at all.” When photographing interiors, Karant first determines what is most important about that room, the architecture, the furnishings, a collection of objects, the geometry of the space. Then she decides the best angle to use in order to capture the “intent of that room,” and depending on whether she is shooting for a client or selfassignment, “this has much to do with the amount of personal vision I will impose on the space,” says Karant. “The biggest compliment I can get from a client is when they tell me that I have found an image they never saw before. My goal is to always try to show people something new, in a new way. It’s a hard task to accomplish.” In the summer between high school and college, Karant’s mother sent her to the The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, to take
classes in ceramics and photography. “I couldn’t throw a pot to save my life,” says Karant, “but I fell absolutely in love with photography.” At SAIC she met her future mentor Harold Allen, who would have great influence on her understanding of the camera and of photography as an art form. Later, at the Rhode Island School of Design, Karant learned the basics of photography, working primarily in black and white and alternative processes. When it came time to choose a graduate school, she went back to the SAIC in order to pursue studies with Harold Allan and Joyce Niemanas, Bonny Donahue and Barbara Crane, a group of esteemed Chicago artists. The guidance of these teachers and her study of the color photography of Karen Savage, inspired Karant to find a true calling and gravitate towards her flamboyant use of color. “Since the beginning of my engagement with photography, I have always had an intense affinity for the interior,” says Karant. “I used to shoot a variety of subjects, but kept coming back to architecture and interior imagery. I enjoy seeing different environments and how people adapt to these living or office spaces. I also enjoy the documentary aspect, when there is a time limitation on the existence of the space, then the photo can be the only thing that remains of that environment.” The list of photographers Karant admires is long and includes Henri Cartier Bresson, (known as the father of photojournalism and creator of the theory of the decisive moment). “With architectural or interiors photography, there is absolutely a decisive moment when all the elements coalesce—this happens when the light is perfect on the building or streaming into a room, or when the dusk is the consummate shade of blue.” That being said, Karant jokes, “Buildings and interiors don’t move, they aren’t selfconscious and cannot talk back.” For many years, Karant used 4x5 and 8x10 large format cameras exclusively, finding it difficult to make the transition to digital equipment as she always thought of a camera as something weighing at least twenty pounds.
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wordS by marcia Froelke coburn // PhoTograPhy by tony V. martin
when it comes to grooming, most men fall somewhere between grizzly adams and don draper. one is all wilderness style with shaggy hair and an untrimmed beard; the other is super slick—and slicked back, literally, thanks to pomade—with a structured haircut and a razor shave. but your everyday guy lands somewhere in-between.
From beard trims to manicures, men are not aFraid to do what it takes to keep their look Fresh
Nowadays men are looking for target-specific services. A case in point: the rapid growth of HALO [For Men] Salons in Chicago. Started in 2005 by Robert Patrizi, who bought a unisex salon and turned in to a “Guys Only” place for hair and spa services, HALO now has salons in six Chicago neighborhoods. “The idea was that Bob wanted to create a place where men could feel comfortable getting any grooming service they needed, from cut to color to manicures,” says Liz Vitellaro, Patrizi’s business partner. While Vitellaro admits that the recent rocky economy has resulted in less men going for more extraneous services like paraffin hand dips and manicures, HALO’s hair cutting business is strong. “Our average client is any guy who wants a great haircut,” she says. At Maxine’s, the age of the male clientele runs from college age to men in their 70’s. “It doesn’t matter what age, they are concerned with looking good and camouflaging their gray hair,” says Bennett. L’Oreal has now developed an in-salon color called Homme that blends out grey subtlety and washes out gradually. “It doesn’t have that red/ orangey obvious fade out like hair color in the past could have,” says Bennett.
fact, judging from the photos that often accompany print and online articles about men’s grooming, George Clooney is viewed as the ideal poster boy. He’s kempt, but not afraid to show off some salt-and-pepper hair and an occasional five o-clock shadow. At this year’s Academy Awards, he wore a neatly trimmed beard and mustache with his tuxedo, causing Esquire to name him “the silverest fox.” Not every male may want to be that silver or that hirsute, but men are increasingly open about embracing the opportunities for specialized hair and skin care that women enjoy. “We absolutely see more men visiting the salon these days, for both cut and color,” says Aaron David, a stylist at Maxine’s, a full-service salon on the Gold Coast of Chicago. Their biggest concerns, according to David, are thinning hair and receding hairlines—regardless of the age of the client. “Men are definitely taking better of themselves,” agrees Robert Bennett, a colorist at Maxine’s who works with a large number of male clients. “That stereotype that only ‘metrosexuals’ care about grooming is gone.”
But while some men are going the salon route, others are heading back to the roots of men’s grooming: a barbershop. “All we do is haircuts and shaves,” says Josh Cooley, owner of the Belmont Barbershop in Chicago. Started in 2005, the Belmont Barbershop has been named one of the top sixteen barbershops in the country. Cooley opened it after finishing barber school and becoming frustrated with the lack of places a man could get a good classic haircut. “Most times, the best look is keeping it simple,” he says. “And we can do that. We aren’t applying styling techniques for women’s haircuts. We do tapered cuts that last longer because they grow in more smoothly.” The shop’s specialty is high-and-tights (think Don Draper’s perfect look), but they can do pompadours, short cuts or just about anything a guy can ask for. Including a razor shave. “It’s almost a lost skill, doing a razor shave,” says Cooley, “but there is nothing closer or better.” For those who want to learn how to do a razor shave at home, the Merz Apothecary offers an evening called The Great Shave every fall; it’s a fun night dedicated to teaching the best methods of the wet shave and grooming. If you can’t wait until then, the Belmont Barbershop has a curated collection of its favorite shaving tools available online at the apothecary.
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interested in shaving? Beards do appear to be trending. It wasn’t just Clooney who wore one at the last Academy Awards. So did Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Keith Urban. “We see an increasing number of men coming in for mustache and beard grooming,” says Cooley. “Some guys are going with the big elaborate mustaches and they wax them, but most men are trying it out with a classic simple mustache and sometimes a beard. It ‘s a good look, but it has to be groomed.” David at Maxine’s agrees. “I see men growing out their beards into a fiveo’clock shadow look,” he says, “ a scruffy look.” But even deliberately scruffy needs hands-on attention. “Men are actually coming in more often for their grooming,” says David. “Sometimes as often as every two weeks.”
A New vINtAge comB by JaCob SwEEnEy-SaMuElSon
not all of today’s new business ideas are high-tech. • at first glance, a company that makes only combs might seem as low-tech as it gets. But behind the simple stainless steel design of chicago comb co.’s “Model no. 1” is an advanced laser cutting system, sales boosted by digital word-of-mouth, and two entrepreneurs inspired by the design of modern tech.
The company’s founders, Tedd Strom and John Litwinski, have always loved high-end design, but they also feel connected to manufacturing values that have gone by the wayside—longevity, sturdiness and products made locally from local materials. Their desire to create their own madein-Chicago product culminated in 2011 with the creation of Chicago Combs first rigid steel straight-toothed comb. And customers are responding. After selling around 200 combs in the last few months of 2011, Chicago Combs went on to sell more than five times as many in 2012, with a burst of sales during the holiday season bringing the total to nearly 1,100 sold. The company’s goal in 2013 is to sell 5,000 combs, which is realistic given the performance so far this year, according to Strom. The small plastic comb—the competition—is priced at around three dollars, less than a tenth of their comb’s price. Despite the price difference, Strom and Litwinski are enjoying sales growth thanks to a customer base that has no problem paying for very re-usable product. Brittany Jones, who ordered a monogrammed brushed-finish comb directly from Chicago Comb’s website as a Hanukkah present for her boyfriend, was drawn by the “sleekness” of the steel, and how well the comb matched the 30-year-old recipient’s style. “I really like the look. It looks traditional and vintage, and it just looked like a really solid product,” Jones says. Though the comb cost her around $55 with the monogram, she felt the price was justified by “the material, and the fact that it would last.” But Jones, who lives in Los Angeles, sees the price as a little high for most people to buy for themselves. “He had mentioned the comb and said he couldn’t justify spending that much. But I
edges are smoothed and a finish applied at could justify spending that much, for a holiday Clybourn Metal Finishing, a process that is gift,” she says. done by hand on manual grinders and buffing Having developed a comb with great appeal wheels. to a very narrow section of the population, The contrast between high- and low-tech the partners have to face the problem: Once processes is natural to Strom, who says they customers have non-disposal combs, how will chose whatever method would create the best Litwinski and Strom grow their business big product regardless of price. “We wanted the enough to quit their jobs as a lawyer and senior highest-quality everything; we don’t skip a step.” manager, respectively, and pursue Chicago Along with custom packaging from Chicago Comb Co. full time? Paper Tube and Can Co., Strom says the cost The answer may lie in the comb’s lack of of manufacturing adds up, though it reflects 20 competition and singular design. Like many percent to 25 percent of the retail one-of-a-kind products, Chicago Combs cost of the comb, a figure Strom have a stylish cachet of a describes as comparable with budding luxury brand. similar quality products. Litwinski is convinced Strom and Litwinski say they that Chicago Combs’ are constantly looking for new product is uniquely retailers to grow their sales. modern, though metal Merz Apothecary, with combs were once the locations in Lincoln Square norm. “There was no and the Loop, has been the other company in the company’s biggest-selling world we could find retailer, but the combs are who was making metal sold in stores all over the combs,” he says. “All the U.S., from North Carolina to combs around had no design Kansas to California, as well elements. They were either as through various outlets basic, ugly or both.” online. “The comb doesn’t have Steven DiRamio, who lives to be such a disposable item, in Duxbury, Massachusetts, like a toothbrush,” he adds. says he saw the product The appeal for the two on the Kickstarter website partners, friends since earlier this year. DiRamio junior high school in says he’s attracted to the Downers Grove, was to use durability of the comb: not only a very long-lasting “You’d never have to buy material, but a material a comb ever again, and sourced from the local it’s cool,” he says. But region. All Chicago Comb he is holding out for the Co. combs are made from John liTwinsKi, chicaGo coMBs co-ownEr company’s upcoming beard U.S. stainless steel located and moustache comb, since by their manufacturing he shaves his head but grows partner, Humboldt Park’s his facial hair out once a Triton Industries Inc. Triton year for “Movember,” a makes every effort to buy men’s health awareness event. material from local sources, including most Litwinski says he believes the company’s of their cold-rolled steel from Indiana mills; product appeals equally to men and women, the stainless steel for the combs comes from but that women are often purchasing the Kentucky. comb as a gift for a man. Comb sales have “We’ve always been really interested in also been supported by the movement toward manufacturing and doing it locally, but also locally-made products. The “local-conscious” really loved well-designed products,” Litwinski movement supports limiting the use of fossil explains. fuels used in transportation of materials, and One potential for growth is expanding the focuses on manufacturing employees being product line beyond this first grooming tool, paid a fair wage. which Strom and Litwinski plan to do this year. Litwinski thinks men are increasingly willing A finer-toothed comb in the same design is to spend more on style and grooming products. one option on the table, as well as a smaller He noted that his company’s combs cost “about beard and mustache comb designed to be as much as a haircut or two” at some of the more precise. higher-end men’s salons in Chicago. Triton Industries cuts the combs from a “It’s got a masculine vibe, but we never sheet of standard 304-grade stainless steel thought consciously of making a product just with a thickness of about one-tenth of an for men,” Litwinski says. “A comb is a comb, inch. An industrial laser follows a program to and certainly there are women who have bought automatically zip through the steel, cutting the it for themselves.” combs’ basic shapes. From there, the sharp
the comb doesn’t haVe to be such a disposable item, like a toothbrush.
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Varsha shivakumar is wearing a sarah lyons design.
Fashion ON The Shore Local fashion students impress and inspire with stunning designs words by Marcia Froelke Coburn photography by tony V. Martin
participating models: courtney antczak Brooke cobb autumn cole alexis Davenport Leslie Doneff Sarah Dwight Julia golden chloâ€™e harris kourtney hitchcock heather hoskins Brandi kading Sailor keaton alexia knoblock Sarah Mallek robin Miller Dakotah olah Jaclin owen kaitlyn Pentecost Ty Pond Jessie ramsay Jami ritchea Monica robinson angela rosaschi Varsha Shivakumar chloe Smith aliyah Spencer Morgan Voss
designers: Brittany rapala gabrielle Zwick holly Vlasak izzy heras Sarah Lyons Megan knape Susila rindu caitlin andrews allison Blakely Jason Phillip gagnon angela elizabeth Brower Beronica garcia erin Johnson Lauren korolowicz Meghan Madden kristine opaleski Sylvia Paladino kaitlyn Michele Slack
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We loved it so much last year that we just had to do it again. The second annual Fashion on the Shore (FOTS), a runway event showcasing the top student designers from the Lake Michigan area, took place April 26.
his year it featured student designers from five area schools: Central Michigan University, Dominican University, Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, International Academy of Design & TechnologyChicago, and Western Michigan University. Presented by Shore magazine, along with the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, the event moved to a Friday evening at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. Guests could kick back and enjoy food and wine from the Boulevard Inn & Bistro and Kilwin’s Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Shoppe; HarborTown Interiors was a sponsor for the festive event. Enthusiasm for the show, coupled with an early sunshine-warmed day, swelled the audience to overflowing. Broadcast personality Robin Van Dyke expertly kept the entertainment lively, even if there was a momentary pause once in while for a collection to hit the runway. In the end, 24 talented student designers presented an amazing array of clothes—from rompers to brocade short suits to wedding dresses. The audience learned about draping, ombre-dying and corset construction. And the 30 local models rocked the runway, looking absolutely fabulous thanks to Reva Salon & Spa. At stake were cash prizes of $1500, $1000 and $550 for the top three designers, but also bragging rights for every student presenting a vision in the show. ›››
Second Prize Winner
First Prize Winner
hat moves Sarah Lyons [pictured center], 20, are details: delicate gold braiding or lustrous ombre pearl beading. She showed all of this, and more, in her collection at FOTS. Inspired by the regal combination of navy and gold accented with gold, Lyons put three gowns on the runway, plus a sea foam green dress and a corset-and-pants outfit. Each piece demonstrated how stunning understated glamor could be. “I am very interested in patternmaking and detail work,” says Lyons, who is currently studying at Western Michigan University. “The questions of how and why things work grab my attention.” Her recent work showed off her flair for mermaid hems, pin-tuck pleating and graceful flow. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she learned to sew by the time she was eight. In the future, she would like to pursue a career in bridal designs, putting her love of luxurious detail to good use.
Growing up on a horse farm in Riverdale, Michigan, Jason Gagnon, 30, drew comic books all the time. “I spent an inordinate amount of time detailing the clothes of the characters,” he says. Still, he started off trying a career in interior design and then segued to hair school. “I’m creative, but those weren’t the right fits for me,” he says. Eventually he settled on fashion design at Central Michigan University, although he had never touched a sewing machine. “But I really did like drawing those clothes in the comic books.” At FOTS, Gagnon presented a collection based on his interpretations of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. There was a double lace overlay kimono coat, a textural gold jumpsuit with leather trim and lots of flowing bell sleeves. He ended his presentation with a wedding dress, its high-low hem revealing a sumptuous red lining. For all of his designs, Gagnon used elaborate draping techniques and subtraction cutting, an experimental approach to pattern cutting that allows for random discoveries while cutting quickly. In the future, he would like to work on his own ready-to-wear women’s line.
Third Prize Winner
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Laura Korolowicz, 23, was a tomboy when she was growing up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. But even so, she made her own soccer jerseys. “My mother is a wonderful artist and she was a big influence on me,” says Korolowicz. The collection she showed at FOTS was inspired by New York City, where Korolowicz, after graduating from Western Michigan University, recently got a job at Gill Apparel Group, working in the Vince Camuto and Jessica Simpson divisions. “Everyone comes to New York to follow her dreams, but it can be a rocky road. So my inspiration was about a young girl dropping everything and moving to the city to chase that dream.” Her looks included a black twist silk dress and a dress made out of silk charmeuse that was printed with an original design by Korolowicz. The sweater that went with the dress was two-layered, with one layer was composed of tinsel/ eyelash fabric that was hand-pulled through the sweater knit holes to achieve a textured look. Currently, Korolowicz plans to stay in New York, pursuing her dream of working for a high end women’s contemporary sportswear brand.
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ith all the backyard summer barbecues and meals picked up at drive-thru windows, it’s not as common to see people spreading out blankets on the ground and pulling out a meal from a wicker basket for a summer picnic. But a carefully planned and packed picnic can bring the best of gourmet cuisine to the great outdoors. Depending on where you plan to picnic, there’s also the beautiful natural scenery of a green field, buzzing bees, blooming flowers or glistening bodies of water. Amy VanderLugt of Portage suggests several parks in her city that she enjoys. The Portage Lakefront site of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the 15,000 acre federal park. “Lakefront Park has trails and free parking,” she says. “Imagination Glen has a playground and hiking/biking trails. Countryside has the old homestead and a fishing pond.” The Lake County Parks system of Indiana offers a variety of settings, from open recreation areas to shady groves to lakefront spots. Visitors can learn a little history along with lunch by visiting Deep River Park or the Buckley Homestead or add a game of mini golf to a visit to Cedar Creek Family Golf Center. Fishing can be paired with lunch at Oak Ridge Prairie or Lake Etta County Parks. Because of the abundance of parks and other scenic areas, we have compiled a list of go-to places for your next or first picnic. Here are a few places to consider for a good old-fashioned summer picnic: centennial Park, 900 n centennial Drive, Munster With playground equipment and Maynard Lake as a backdrop, you can make lunchtime into an afternoon outing. Bring some fishing poles or a soccer ball. Picnic shelters can be utilized if the sun gets too hot or the rain starts to fall. Allow a little time for a walk around the lake or through the Veterans memorial across the street. Portage Lakefront site of indiana Dunes national Lakeshore, Portage Swimming is allowed at this beach—all areas of the national lakeshore allow swimming—which is a 57-acre parcel owned by the National Park Service. It is a former industrial site and has an enclosed pavilion with concession stand, restrooms, trails, a fishing pier and spot for kayak launching.
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coffee creek watershed Preserve, chesterton If you’re looking for a serene, quite spot where you can sit in the grass and enjoy nature, Coffee Creek is a great spot to do so with a pond, green space, wildflowers and miles of trails for walking or biking. ogden gardens Park, 451 harrison Blvd, Valparaiso If you enjoy a backdrop of blooming flowers, this is a good spot
to consider. This four-acre park is full of perennials, annuals, rose gardens, shrubs and trees. Highlights are a Japanese Garden with trails, streams, bridges, ponds (with resident Koi fish) and a tea house and a gazebo that makes for a nice photo setting after lunch. central Park Plaza, Valparaiso Lay down a blanket and enjoy lunch in this new downtown setting. Check for events such as lunchtime zumba and the Central Plaza Market. Cool off in the splash pad and then stroll downtown to enjoy a sweet treat. Lake View Picnic area, Beverly Shores Ok, this is more a sit-at-picnic-table place than sit-in-the-grass-on-ablanket type of place, but with spectacular views. It’s the only area in the National Lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake. Be aware that there is not a huge amount of parking, so you may want to get there early. Taltree arboretum and garden, 450 w 100 north, Valparaiso This place does have an admission charge, but it’s a great way to spend a summer day. The Pavilion Garden area provides a lovely setting to have a packed picnic lunch. When you are done, take a walk and explore the Railway Garden. Blueberries of indiana, 2388 w 1000 n, LaPorte Combine a family picnic with an afternoon of blueberry picking at Blueberries of Indiana. The picking season will be starting shortly and lasts for several weeks. Pack up lunch and select a shady spot near the parking lot to enjoy a sandwich. When you’re done, lather up with sunblock, grab a bucket and set out to pick some berries bring home and bake some dessert. -carrie steinweg
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ooking for the perfect afternoon getaway, an incredible date night, or girls’ night out? Look no further than Theatre at the Center, Northwest Indiana’s only professional theatre. That magical moment when the lights go up on a live performance with Equity actors and top-tier directors and designers, special events featuring renowned entertainers—all that and more are at Theatre at the Center. “We’re bringing professional Chicago theatre to everyone’s back yard,” exults Theatre at the Center’s marketing director Patty Bird.
mainstage productions Make sure you catch the Tony Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee running through August 18. In this tale, six young people in the throes of puberty learn that winning isn’t everything, and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The performances continue September 12-October 20 for Godspell, one of Broadway’s biggest
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Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo – Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
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must for everyone’s fall calendar is the indoor Harvest Festival Fine Arts Fair in Portage Parks and Recreation Department’s Woodland Park, for artwork and fun samplings of wine, cheese, and chocolate—all underscored by music from popular local performers. This is the third year for the free event, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct 6 from noon to 5 p.m., for all ages. The juried art show with more than 20 artists is “the best of the best,” says Pam Passera, recreation program coordinator for Portage parks. “People will be able to buy any pieces they like, too.” It’s a thoroughly upbeat event, with wine tastings for those 21 and over, from at least five wineries also offering wines for sale: Butler, Buck Creek, Anderson Orchards, Madison County, and Easley Winery. Sample and/or buy artisan cheeses and luscious Kim Specialty Chocolates! A popular favorite from last year returns: Good-to-Go by Lucrezia. Live entertainment by popular local performers: Saturday: Candee Sweet, 10 a.m. to noon; Chris and Lou, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Ronn Barnay, 3 to 5 p.m. On Sunday: Dave Hutchins, noon to 2 p.m.; Johnsie and Christina Mays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Joining the park’s support for the event is a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Signage will help guide you to the venue, which is handicap-accessible.
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hen Jane Elliott arrives at Anthony’s Salon in Valparaiso, Ind., she’s living her dream of a career in hair care. The salon’s new stylist from Paul Mitchell “always had an interest in the fashion world.” “After attending Culver Academies I decided to pursue a career in the fashion industry,” she says, “which in turn led me to the exciting world of hair care.” She also brings a wealth of experiences. “I was able to work backstage high-fashion hair during fashion week in New York City, for Emerge Fashion through Paul Mitchell. I was also a part of Paul Mitchell’s huge show in Las Vegas.” It’s given her the invaluable opportunity to do backstage work with some the top experts in the industry. That makes her a perfect fit at Anthony Voltattorni’s salon, where high-fashion savvy and exacting experience mean customers enjoy truly wonderful service and satisfaction. Elliott is thrilled. “After working in Chicago for some time I made the decision to come home to my home town of Valparaiso. It’s fantastic to work at Anthony’s Salon, one of the top-notch salons in the region. I chose Anthony’s because of his extensive history in the industry: With more 55 years in the business, he knows how to run a successful salon.” The apprenticeships for staff as well as ongoing education and training are an important part of ensuring that customers have an outstanding experience. Elliott credits a positive workplace atmosphere for the great sense of staff loyalty and retention, and why customers feel relaxed and cared for. Says owner Voltattorni, “Once our staff members come to work here, they want to stay.” Elliott also has excellent training in high-fashion makeup and airbrush, offering that extra service Anthony’s Salon clientele appreciate. Anthony’s full-service salon includes individualized hair care, with consultation and an emphasis on cut and color. For the best results, top-quality products are always applied, including Aveda and Sebastian hair care products, Wella hair color, and OPI brand nail care. Owner Voltattorni, who has attended international conferences and given demonstrations, says “A great cut and a great color can really re-energize people’s whole outlook on themselves, and make themselves feel wonderful about their appearance.” The highly skilled staff and top-notch services draw clientele from many miles away for the superb experience. That same commitment is extended to the community Anthony’s serves: For those needing extra care, Anthony’s Salon brightens the outlook for those in nursing homes, and contributes its expertise to various charities, such as Locks of Love, “so that cancer patients can feel good and look good during a very difficult time,” says Voltattorni. At the salon, clients appreciate the availability of reflexology as a complementary health therapy through different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears. The holistic approach for those who desire it sends clients out the door feeling so wonderful, from the anthony’s salon inside out. With a specialty in custom 2500 Calumet Ave color and services like waxing and nail Valpariaso, Ind. care, Anthony’s is truly dedicated to 219.465.1525 making clients feel absolutely beautiful. anthonys-salon.com
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ocktail hour can be refreshing and relaxing, but for those of us counting calories or trying to cut out artificial additives, that hour may be turned into a stressful treasure hunt in search of health-conscious drinks. • Luckily, here in the Region, we don’t have to look very far. Many south shore restaurants have extensive summer cocktail menus, many of which are made with natural and fresh ingredients making them lower in calories and tastier to sip. • Tammy Pham and Sam Chung, owners of Asparagus in Merrillville, are responsible for the creative cocktail creations that fill the drink menu. • To sweeten or flavor the cocktails on the menu, Chung says he uses honey, lychee juice, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fresh herbs. • “We try to stay away from the triple secs and artificial flavoring that is not very good for you,” Chung says. “Honey is good for you.” • Chung says he and Tammy come up with more than 90 percent of the cocktails on the menu. • “We have so many cocktails on the menu that we want each one we create to be totally different than all the others,” Chung says. “Coming up with a new drink is like writing poetry. It can take a long time, or it can come really quick.” • The list of cocktails features many house specialties, which Pham and Chung were eager to show off.
pacific blue martini
The signature martini is none other than the Asparagus martini made with Midori, Grey Goose Orange Vodka, and lychee juice. The green colored drink is topped off with purple sugar lining the rim, which Pham says is used to mimic the look of the asparagus’ stalk.
The lemongrass cosmopolitan is one of many variations of the classic drink Asparagus offers. To make this drink stand out, Chung uses Kai Vodka. Kai comes from Vietnam and has only been becoming popular in the United States over the last couple of years. The vodka is made from rice, and this variation uses a lemongrass infusion to give the cosmopolitan an essence of lemon ginger.
This martini is made with fresh cucumber, Tanqueray gin and lime juice, but the part that makes this cocktail different than others is Chung’s use of Shochu, a type of sake. Sake or a rice-wine liquor from Japan is becoming more popular in the United States within the last couple of years. The fresh cucumber and lime flavors provide for a crisp taste against the gin and sake, and to top it off, Chung sprinkles fresh cilantro to float on top.
This classic drink of a wine medley is name after Chung. A mix of red wines, apple and peach liqueur, passion fruit and lychee juices, and slices of fresh fruit make this cocktail one of the most flavorful sangrias around.
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One of the Asparagus’ most popular cocktails, Chung says it is a summer drink, but he also gets a lot of customers asking for it all year round. This cocktail is made with Cuban rum, kumquat, lime, lots of fresh mint leaves muddled throughout and a splash of soda.
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Green tea is not something you expect to see on an alcoholic beverage menu, but Chung and Pham were able to work it into theirs. With fresh green tea leaves grown and ground by Chung and Pham, the green tea martini is smooth and sweet with bite of lemon juice and Citron vodka.
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Made with apple liqueur and fresh ginger, Chung uses a little bit of honey to sweeten this drink. He says it’s somewhat healthy, too, with all the strips of freshly grated ginger right on top. The apple and ginger flavors complement each other nicely and give one the feeling of the holidays with the warm apple taste and spiced scent.
A different take on a dirty martini, this cocktail gets its gluten-free label from being crafted with Tito’s Vodka. Tito’s is made from corn, and after it is distilled it is completely gluten-free. Fresh olive juice is mixed in to create the classic martini taste.
Pomentini Pearl pomegranate vodka, Pom juice, Cointreau and lime
With its brilliant blue hue, this martini can make you feel you’re in the tropical South Pacific. Chung uses Island Blue Pucker, which is a mix of different tropical fruit flavors, as the base of this drink and adds Citron vodka and fresh lemon to finish off the island flavor.
This martini uses Pama Liqueur, Cointreau, Malibu Rum and fresh lime to give the drink the pomegranate taste, but Chung adds tequila as twist, which give the usually sweet pomegranate martini a surprising, but welcome bite. The variety of the drinks on the menu can make for a hard decision, but Chung and Pham are always there to offer suggestions or make something you suggest. One thing is for certain. Though these cocktails may be missing some calories and additives, they are definitely not lacking any flavor or taste.
Perfect Cosmopolitan Smirnoff, Cointreau, rose’s lime, cranberry juice and a lemon twist caFe borgia Munster, Ind. stoli noli vodka infused with fresh pineapple French Stoli, raspberry liquor and pineapple juice bistro 157 Valparaiso, Ind. “Mojito”tini Cachaca, a Brazilian sugarcane brandy, shaken with fresh lime juice and a fresh mint infused syrup Mangotini Belvedere orange, Cointreau, fresh lime, mango puree and splash of cream served in a glass rimmed with powdered sugar the bouleVard inn & bistro St. Joseph, Mich.
Blushing Peach Chambord, vodka, peach with a splash of orange and cranberry
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strawberry Field Journeyman white whiskey, fresh Michigan strawberries, local honey and fresh basil
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412 State St, St. Joseph 269.281.0320. eatatthebuck.com Originally known as the Silver Dollar Cafe, the restaurant was referred to by regulars as “The Buck” until it closed in 2009. The newly reinstated Buck Burgers and Brew promises to offer a new, affordable burgers-and-beer experience at a slightly more upscale version of the original Silver Dollar Cafe. The brewpub is focused on serving Michigan draft beers and ingredients sourced from local growers.
BArTLeTT’S GOurmeT GrILL & TAverN 131 E Dunes Hwy 12, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081. eatatbartletts.com. Bartlett’s is a gourmet grill by husband-and-wife team Gary Sanders and Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders. located in the heart of the National lakeshore, Bartlett’s has a cozy but very modern ambience. the menu is an exceptionally creative take on upscale roadhouse-type food. Starting off the meal are appetizers such as andouille sausage corndogs and surf & turf potstickers, as well as family style offerings like low Country spiced boiled peanuts and smoked venison sticks. entrées include 5-hour pot roast, whitefish fillet and linguine bolognese, ranging in price from $10 to $20. the wine list is modest but well-crafted.
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BISTrO 157 157 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.0992. bistro157.net. trained in Paris at le Cordon Bleu, chef and owner Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders has created a menu of classics—like a decadent sautéed veal and gulf shrimp, a pork rib chop with apple horseradish ham, and an herb-rubbed roasted half chicken—combined with her own creative takes on nouvelle cuisine with a number of fresh fish selections. Desserts include black chocolateinfused confections that have become standard for fine dining, and also sorbets and ice cream made from fresh fruit. there are some treasures on the extensive list of bottle wines, and many solid choices by the glass. BLAcK eyed p SmOKehOuSe cANTeeN 110 West 9th Street, Michigan City. 219.809.2045. the Black eyed P Smokehouse Canteen of Michigan City is the home of the gourmet woodfire turkey. the owners have created a special cooking technique with a custom-made smoker and combined good old-fashioned cooking with innovative technology to create a delicious and juicy turkey. the signature woodfire cooking process is also used for turkey breasts, Cornish hens, chicken wings, and ribs. turkey
and chicken can be ordered with one of three distinct flavors—herb and garlic, Caribbean jerk, or Cajun. BOArdwALK BAr ANd GrILL 3000 E Shore Dr, Culver. 574.842.5386. culvermarina. com/bwbg.html. the BoardWalk Bar & Grill offers live entertainment and private parties along with a thoughtful and popular menu. located at the Culver Marina, the restaurant boasts plenty of family seating at the gazebo, offering a great view of the harbor. BuTTerFINGerS 2552 45th Street, Highland. 219.924.6464. 921 Ridge Rd #D, Munster. 219.836.4202. every day, Butterfingers prepares a selection of ready-to-heatand-eat entrées, along with freshly baked breads and salads, all without preservatives. the chicken almond salad has long been a crowd favorite, but the rest of the lunch menu is equally gratifying. What Butterfingers is best known for, however, is their famous desserts. the restaurant’s two pastry chefs-whose training hails from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and Johnson and Wales in rhode Island-create an array of gourmet desserts, which includes beautifully decorated and delicious cakes (the double chocolate mousse cake is a must), and an assortment of cookies and brownies, all of which have been satisfying dessert lovers for more than twenty-five years. And to every party planner’s delight, Butterfingers does offer catering. cIAO BeLLA 1514 US 41, Schererville. 219.322.6800. ciaobellaonline.com. The cuisines of three different regions of Italy are featured at the newly opened Ciao Bella, a ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar. Patrons can sample a 12-inch gourmet pizza with a creative array of toppings like the Pizza Quattro Stagioni— tomatoes, artichokes, prosciutto and black olives—or the sauceless Pizza Al Fichi topped with goat cheese, figs and onions and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. For those who like more traditional pies, there are thin-crust options with toppings such as sausage,
fresh garlic, salami and jalapeños. Or try such entries as Ciao Bella’s signature dishes, rigatoni Boscaiola— spicy Italian sausage and rigatoni noodles topped with a tomato cream sauce—and the Chicken Pollo Ala romana, a chicken breast sautéed in a white wine sauce with roasted tri-color peppers and then sauced in a tomato cream. there’s also a great selection of seafood, pork and beef. Desserts change frequently, but the tiramisu is always on the menu. the extensive wine list focuses on european and Californian wines. Delivery and take-out available. dON QuIJOTe 119 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.7976. donquijoterestaurantandimports.com. Proprietor Carlos rivero’s authentic Spanish cuisine, lively and friendly atmosphere, and conviviality with his return customers make this downtown Valparaiso restaurant a destination for Chicagoans and Michigan residents alike. the exciting menu features dozens of small courses, including a well-known classic paella with saffron rice and fresh-grilled seafood chunks. Grilled steaks and lamb and veal chops are abundant and cooked according to family recipes handed down for generations. the house specialty is a flan-textured vanilla cake. lunch entrées average $15, dinner $25. duNeLANd BeAch INN 3311 Pottawattamie Tr, Stop 33, Michigan City. 800.423.7729. dunelandbeachinn.com. Duneland Beach Inn is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood just outside of New Buffalo, Michigan. the newly remodeled circa-1924 Inn houses eight guest rooms as well as the superb restaurant, catering to loyal locals and Chicagoans. Begin your Duneland Beach evening by unwinding in the cozy bar with one of their signature ice-layered martinis, or select from an extensive wine list like none other in the region (prices range from $26-$336), or simply relax with a cold craft beer after a day at the beach. For dinner, choose the tranquil outdoor patio or the comfortable dining room. the dinner menu includes special chef’s features such as prime steaks, fresh
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GAmBA rISTOrANTe 455 E 84th Ave, Merrillville. 219.736.5000. gambaristorante.com. the former owners of the Venezia Bar & Grill and Venezia Café, Benito and Hilda Gamba, have combined their efforts into the grand Gamba ristorante. located in Merrillville, this restaurant is housed in an architectural masterpiece, which is hard to miss with its circular design and copper roof. Modeled after upscale restaurants in exotic european locations, the menu offers classic Italian cuisine. the risotto alla Milanese features Arborio rice with saffron, “just like in Milan,” and the wine room boasts storage space for 1,000 bottles. A banquet hall holds up to 200 people and looks out onto an open courtyard. GAuchO’S 597 US Hwy 30, Valparaiso. 219.759.1100. gauchosvalpo.com. At Gaucho’s, diners enjoy delicious and unique cuisine invented by the Gaucho cowboys of southern Brazil, who provided meats for the people of Brazil with their famous “Churrasco” barbecue. At Gaucho’s, this centuries-old traditional feast is created tableside as servers bring such offerings as filet mignon wrapped in bacon, chicken parmesan, pork sausage, garlic-roasted turkey breast, merlotmarinated leg of lamb, and a variety of other meats, during Gaucho’s traditional Brazilian-style dinner experience for $39.95. Seafood selections on Wednesday and Friday—just $29.95—include crab legs, shrimp, tilapia, perch, tuna, mahi mahi, salmon and clam strips, or add the meat selections for $45.95. All dinners include a 35-item salad bar, Brazilian mashed potatoes, and fried bananas. the lunch menu offers a large selection of sandwiches and salads. Start or finish dinner in the twisted Martini lounge upstairs for cocktails, cigars and live entertainment in a modern, intimate setting.
KeLLy’S TABLe 5 7 2 7 N 6 0 0 W, M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.872.5624. kellyscreekwood. com. tucked away amidst 30 acres of woodland, the Creekwood Inn, built in the 1930s as a second home, is a delightful spot for those wanting to get away. But you don’t have to spend the night to enjoy a great repast at Kelly’s table, located inside the inn. It’s here that chef/proprietor Patricia Kelly Molden creates a seasonal menu using the local bounty of the neighboring farms and orchards. recent appetizer offerings include a rich Onion Soup Savoyarde with egg yolks and cream, topped with Gruyère toast as well as crabmeat and artichoke-stuffed mushrooms. entrées range from the simple but delicious chicken tetrazzini to grilled cumincrusted tuna with a mango habanero salsa, and rabbit braised in wine and served with summer vegetables. Fresh pumpkin custard—topped with whipped cream and flavored with Grand Marnier and crystallized ginger—and chocolate mousse served in chocolate tulip cups accompanied by a berry sauce are among Molden’s to-die-for desserts. For cocktails, consider Kelly’s table Cosmopolitan: a delightful concoction of Absolut Citron, triple Sec, Chambord, lime and cranberry or a capirinha made with Brazilian cachaça, fresh limes and turbinado sugar. LIGhThOuSe reSTAurANT 7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.374.9283. cedarlakelighthouse.com. Stunning water views through floor-toceiling windows are perfect for sunset aficionados and are just one more reason to stop at this restaurant nestled on the eastern shoreline of Cedar lake. executive Chef Ken Mcrae draws upon his 25 years of culinary experience in creating a menu with such signature dishes as steaks—offered blackened or Cajun style upon request and served at a sizzling 500 degrees for the ultimate in flavor— plus lake perch and Chilean sea bass. For more casual fare, offerings include burgers, salads and pastas. there’s an emphasis on local products from nearby farms and ice cream from Fair Oaks Dairy Farm. Bottles of wine are half price on No Whine Wednesdays. LucreZIA 428 Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.926.5829. 302 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.5829. lucreziacafe.com. lucrezia has been a Northern Italian favorite since owners Michael and Nada Karas first opened it in the mid-nineties, in a historic downtown Chesterton
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GINO’S STeAK hOuSe 1259 W Joliet St, Dyer. 219.865.3854. 600 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.4466. ginossteakhouse.com. the chefs at Gino’s, who have more than thirty years of combined experience, use only the freshest ingredients in their homestyle cuisine. Starters include traditional minestrone soup from a family recipe, salads with fresh, locally grown produce, and crusty bread with crocks of butter. the nine-ounce prime steak tops the menu and is itself topped with roquefort cheese in its most popular rendition. All main dishes are served with the restaurant’s signature marinated peppers, and entrées include fish and lobster delivered daily. the dessert menu features créme brûlée and various cheesecakes, but the housemade tiramisu is the highlight—a rich blend of coffee, chocolate and cream cheese flavors. A premium selection of wine, beer and cocktails is available at the full-service bar, and there is a special children’s menu so the entire family can enjoy the dining experience.
GIOvANNI’S 603 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.6220. giosmunster.com. this classic upscale Italian bistro is a local favorite, with charm, gracious service and an extensive menu. Innovative selections include a variety of appetizers, and specials are paired with recommended wine by the glass. A crab cake salad with fresh mozzarella and Bibb lettuce is a staple for lunch, and all entrées are accompanied by hot and crusty garlic Parmesan cheese rolls. You can indulge in a traditional multi-course Italian dinner or order by the item. For lighter fare, soups, salads and pizzas are served with cheerful dispatch. Sumptuous dinners include a renowned Veal Scallopine Piccata, served in a white wine sauce, and scampi sautéed in garlic, lemon, thyme and butter. the wine list is extensive but educational, and the desserts range from classic tiramisu to real Italian gelato. lunch entrées average about $12, while dinners cost $18 to $25.
fish and seafood, and seasonal cuisine. Culinary staff uses the freshest ingredients available for dishes like seared ahi tuna with soba noodle salad, veal chop Wellington, Maryland-style jumbo lump crab cakes, wasabi-coconut-encrusted Florida grouper, seafood risotto with black truffle oil, grass-fed filet of tenderloin, or a small plate designed for those with a lighter appetite. looking for a casual dinner? Choose the best fresh burger in the area, tender smoky baby-back ribs, or the best fried chicken. For the total experience conclude the evening by reserving one of the restful, reinvigorating Jacuzzi suites with private bath and peeka-boo shower in the inn.
bite & sip building. Several years later, the couple renovated the William Barringer Brown Mansion just off the downtown square in Crown Point, continuing their fine dining tradition. (In fact, lucrezia won a 2006 and 2008 rOSe Award for “Putting Porter County on the Map.”) Signature dishes include chicken Vesuvio—slow cooked chicken served in a rosemary garlic sauce with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables—and roasted lamb shank braised in its own juices accompanied by roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage. Specials include veal medallions with mustard and mushrooms topped with a roasted brandy cream sauce. Not to be missed is the zuccotto, a sinful domedshaped chocolate sponge cake filled with white chocolate mousse and pistachios and sauced with both chocolate and raspberry. lunch entrées average $20, dinner $30. mILLer BAKery cAFe 555 S Lake Street, Gary. 219.427.1446. millerbakerycafe.com. Veteran restaurant manager Jack Strode has brought the historic Miller Bakery Café back to life featuring creative small plates, fresh seafood and the finest grilled meats. Savor original recipes like Scallops with Soft Polenta, Pepperonata and romesco Sauce, red Chili Glazed Salmon with Israeli Couscous, Spring Peas, and Golden Pea Shoots, or a classic NY Strip grilled to perfection with custard potatoes and fresh veg du jour. For more casual fare, our MB Burger is made with fresh ground beef, bacon jam and smothered with crispy Fontina onions, great with a Bell’s Beer, Sparkling Bourbon lemonade, or a glass of one of our boutique wines. For dessert, try our Signature Bread Pudding Made with Buttery Croissants, Golden raisins and toasted Pecans Served Warm with Fresh Blueberries, Whipped Cream and Whiskey Caramel Sauce. enjoy a fresh approach to New American Cuisine with beautiful food and creative cocktails in a fun atmosphere of artistic design, casual elegance and warm, attentive service in the newly renovated historic Miller Bakery. STONey GArdeNS 110 W 9th Street, Michigan City. 219.879.8997. stonygardens.com. Dedicated to creating moist, flavorful meats, the founders of Stony Gardens decided to take advantage of their engineering background and their passion for great flavor. the Stony Garden co-owners created a special smoker that would allow for the poultry to cook thoroughly, yet remain flavorful and juicy throughout. Stony Gardens also offers catering services with a variety of southernfusion choices such as greens, Caribbean salad, pasta salad, rice and beans, cornbread, peach cobbler and more.
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STOp 50 wOOd FIred pIZZA 500 S El Portal, Michiana Shores. 219.879.8777. Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizza offers fresh, quality italian foods and a neighborhood gathering atmosphere. their specialty is the authentic Naples Style Pie prepared and cooked just as it was 168 years ago in a wood fired hearth oven at over 900° F. their mission is to provide guests with authentic Napoletana pizza, house made gelato, fresh salads and unique sandwiches using only the finest fresh ingredients, cooked using time honored traditions and served in a warm inviting atmosphere. the restaurant also offers the finest micro-crafted beer and wine. STrONGBOw INN 2405 E US 30, Valparaiso. 800.462.5121. strongbowinn.com. the menu at this classic institution still includes a wide variety of turkey selections, but with daily specials that include barbecued pork ribs, seafood choices, prime rib and other comfort foods,
one would never guess that the bakery and restaurant started as a sandwich stand during the Depression. Many families have had thanksgiving catered by Strongbow— the meticulously prepared traditional meal that can be ordered as take-out is virtually indistinguishable from that produced by a family team working in the kitchen for ten hours. Also, the bakery has exploded with a range of treats created daily, including cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, brownies, fruit tarts, truffles, crème brûlée and strawberry napoleons. lunch entrées average $8, and dinner is $18. TeQuILA reSTAurANTe 110 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.8226. tequilarestaurante.com. Striving to exceed any and all expectations of a typical Mexican restaurant, tequila restaurante offers a revolving menu that pairs fresh, seasonal offerings with the staff’s longtime traditional family recipes prepared in a scratch producing, labor-intense kitchen. Hearty plates are delivered to white linen, flower and candle adorned tables by devoted professionals. there’s something for everyone, starting with tableside guacamole, hand-cut carne asada, a build-your-own-plate of tacos, tostadas, sopes, enchiladas, tamales and flautas, as well as fresh ahi, mahi mahi, and sea bass tacos, to 21-day aged filets, one-pound pork chops and bone-in rib eyes. the seasonal cocktail selection boasts scratch-made 21-ounce margaritas and house drinks as well as a boutique of perfectly paired wines. established in 2009, tequila restaurante takes great pride in its current “on the square” location, offering a one-of-akind “Mexperience” in its eclectic social dining room (children’s menu available), tequila cantina (21 and over) or outdoor seating (weather permitting). reservations strongly suggested. veNIce ITALIAN STeAK hOuSe 275 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.322.8565. veniceitaliansteakhouse.com. A quality restaurant with pickup and delivery services available, Venice Steakhouse offers a wide array of cuisines, from Italian-inspired meals to steakhouse classics. the menu includes dinner house specialties such as chicken saltimbocca, veal medallions, and roasted whitefish. In addition to a variety of dishes, the eatery provides a stylish atmosphere for socializing and dining. Guests can mingle in one of the two outdoor dining areas—a glass-encompassed patio and an open-air patio—as well as enjoy a marble bar indoors. wILLIAm B’S STeAKhOuSe at BLue chIp cASINO 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City. 888.879.7711 ext 2118. bluechipcasino.com. Named after Boyd Gaming Corporation’s chairman and CeO William S. Boyd, William B’s is a world-class steakhouse in the tradition of the Stardust Hotel in las Vegas. executive Chef rudy Paniuagua advises that you should not over-grill a great steak: “the flavor of the meat and the marbling should speak for themselves.” rib eyes, t-bones, filet and porterhouse are the centerpiece of the menu—and all the little extras are available, including creamy horseradish, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and au poivre sauce with shallots, butter, cracked peppercorns and cognac—but you will also find fresh seafood, occasional exotic selections like ostrich, and exquisite pasta dishes, prepared in-house. there is a complete cocktail menu (the traditional martinis are excellent), as well as a fivestar wine list and complete appetizer and dessert selections. the average cost of dinner is $25, and reservations are highly recommended.
BISTrO ON The BOuLevArd 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn.com/bistro. this American Bistro on lake Michigan has a welldeserved and unrivaled reputation in Southwest Michigan. the view through the French doors overlooking the bluff is spectacular no matter what season, though dining outside on the porch has its own special charm, particularly at sunset or on a starry summer night. the interior of the dining room and cozy adjacent bar is impeccable. the menu changes frequently to accommodate seasonal, fresh and available fruits and vegetables, much of which are grown locally, but the basic entrée list—created by executive chef ryan thornburg, who worked as the restaurant’s sous chef for three years when it first opened—is extensive. thornburg’s menu items include horseradish crusted salmon accompanied by sautéed spinach in a Michigan cherry vinaigrette, steak frites—a tallgrass 8-ounce top sirloin with pomme frites and herb butter—and crispy duck confit with sweet potato perogies, micro greens, and walnut vinaigrette. Prices are reasonable, starting at $14 for the All American Burger with bacon, smoked gouda, lettuce, and tomato, to steaks for around $30. Be sure to check out the last Wednesday of the month sushi menu for such delights as seaweed salad with sesame dressing, shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber with wasabi topikiko—as well as the choice of sakes. reservations are always helpful, especially on the weekends. BreAd+BAr 645 Riverview Drive, Benton Harbor. 269.757.7219. breadbarbh.com. bread+bar uniquely rests in the rising art community of Benton Harbor, Michigan. the restaurant’s large windows open you to a spectacular water view of the St. Joseph river. bread+bar’s location boasts beautiful sunsets and alfresco dining. A seasonal patio is perfect for a hand-crafted cocktail. the restaurant décor utilizes natural materials, giving a feeling of warmth, comfort and ambiance, perfect for good conversations, celebrations, meetings, and small dinner parties. the restaurant also includes a white marble chilled display bar, filled to the brim with delicious ready-made sandwiches and salads for a quick “grab and go” snack. Starting from scratch and crafting by hand, bread + bar prepares healthy, fresh and flavorful meals. Dishes are paired with Bit of Swiss artisan breads that are made fresh daily for lunch and dinner. Craft cocktails are made fresh and micro beers are ice cold, poured through frosted taps. checK, pLeASe! FArm TO TABLe FeSTIvAL The Round Barn Winery, 10983 Hills Road, Baroda. 800.716.9463. redbarnwinery.com. located in the countryside of Southwest Michigan, the Farm to table festival provides an opportunity for award-winning chefs and local, family-owned farms to come together and give festival goers an afternoon of tasting and sipping local fare. there will be more than 40 chefs, farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries at the round Barn Winery. this first annual event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1 12:30-4 pm (eastern time). tickets may be purchased online at checkpleasefestivals.com. cOpper rOcK 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/ dining/copperrock.asp. A meat lover’s delight, this upscale restaurant features Midwestern USDA Prime steaks aged for 42 days in their Himalayan Salt Brick locker
as well as a nice selection of seafood including cold water lobster, fresh seasonal oysters, crab cakes, king crab legs and colossal shrimp. For serious carnivores, there’s the 55-day dry-aged 26-ounces bone-in rib eye while oenophiles will love the 450 selections of wine by the bottle or 40 selections by the glass. Must try sides are the truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese made with aged white cheddar and truffle cheese sauce, cavatappi noodles and chunks of lobster meat and the Copper rock Cheesy Fries—giant fried potato wedges smothered in truffle cheese sauce, crispy pancetta lardons and scallions. the Copper Classic Dinners offer a three-course selection of starters, entrees and desserts from a list including such selections as a grilled Kurobuta pork chop with apples, caramelized onions and mashed sweet potato, roasted chicken breast stuffed with king crab meat accompanied with asparagus, demi-glace and Hollandaise sauces, and chocolate mousse dome and crème brulèe. The GrILLe AT hArBOr ShOreS 4 0 0 K l o c k R d , B e n t o n H a r b o r. 269.932.4653. harborshoreslife.com/grill. the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is the picturesque backdrop for the Grille at Harbor Shores. the new clubhouse restaurant will be open seven days a week during golf season (April-October) and will schedule selected open days of the week in the off-season. executive Chef Mark Smith’s menu plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be focused on locally grown and sustainable food including a range of daily and weekly specials. While the lunch menu will have a variety of sandwiches, burgers and entrée salads, dinner will feature steaks, poultry, dish and signature dishes, also a complete wine list. hArd rOcK cAFe, Four winds 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 800.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/ dining/hard_rock_cafe.asp. Hard rock’s energy pulsates in perfect synergy with Four Winds, making it a must stop for those who thrive on live entertainment, late night dining options, rock and rock memorabilia (nobody does it better than Hard rock Cafe) and well prepared American style food while staying close to the casino action. Adjacent to the gaming area, the two level, 12,000 sq. ft. Hard rock features seating for 275, live entertainment and, of course, a large gift shop area. Beyond their legendary Burgers like the 10 ouncer topped with seasoned bacon, Cheddar cheese, crisp fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles, there’s grilled salmon, smokehouse offerings like BBQ ribs and chicken as well as smoked pulled pork, a weekend breakfast buffet and happy hour. the kids’ menu features crispy chicken drum sticks tossed in their signature sweet Hickory BBQ Sauce, hot dogs and oven roasted chicken salad. For dessert, make the hard choice between such sweets as chocolate mousse, strawberry cheesecake, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and chocolate peanut butter pie. LArK & SONS BArBecue ANd hANd cAr wASh 4 4 0 W M a i n S t , B e n t o n H a r b o r. 269.926.9833. lark’s is known for their fine menu of delicious barbecued seafood, polish dogs, barbecued and jerk chicken, and a variety of side orders. the old-style southern recipes and aromas will take you back to another place and time. Visitors can see for themselves why Willie lark has the reputation of having the best barbecue in the twin cities area. pLAyerS BAr & GrILLe 221 Main St, St. Joseph. 269.982.4000. playersstjoe.com. A great lunch and
dinner destination, Players Bar & Grille offers innovative dishes alongside perennial favorites. their menu includes appetizers like homemade spinach dip, salad selections such as a spinach salad with blackened salmon, and more. the restaurant’s dinner specialties include fried perch or chicken piccata. the restaurant also hosts events such as a weekly euchre tournament, trivia nights and live music. ryeBeLLe’S 518 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.281.0318. ryebelle’s is a romantic and elegant destination for fine American cuisine. the restaurant features a comfortable dining room, exceptional service and fine American cuisine. the menu includes favorites such as juicy burgers and cheesy pizza, fresh seafood and hearty steaks. the restaurant offers rooftop dining overlooking scenic lake Michigan. SIX.ONe.SIX at Jw mArrIOTT hOTeL 235 Louis Campau Promenade NW, Grand Rapids. 616.242.1500. ilovethejw.com/dining.html. Bringing the best through the door on the front end is the hallmark of this luxury hotel, located in this Michigan town on a growth trajectory. the menu is simple, and executive chef Justin Dalenberg satisfies the most discerning palate. Size, freshness and outstanding taste characterize the seafood. the mussels, oysters, salmon, tuna and scallops are cooked flawlessly and served in a variety of ways, including raw, grilled and poached in herb and broth combinations that coax out and mix perfect flavors. locally produced poultry, particularly the duck breast, gets an excellent treatment with specially designed, hand-cut vegetable sides. Steaks, chops and filets are held to a high standard, and the wine pairings exceed expectations. But the extras make the entire experience so memorable: the perfect martini with a choice of olives; spiced butter and cheese selections served with a variety of fresh-baked crackers and breads; a cheese plate presented with separate garnishes for each type and slice; and housemade desserts, including a thick, rich and dense crème brûlée in multiple flavors. even the coffee is a treat, especially when complemented by an aged Porto. the architecture, spacious interior design, orchestrated and technically perfect lighting, and impeccable service combine to create an atmosphere that enhances the experience. entrées average $25-$35. the specialty drink (the bar features a wall of blue Skyy Vodka bottles) and the
wine list, like the menu, are high-quality and carefully chosen. reservations are a very good idea; while the restaurant, Mixology bar and the atrium lounge fill the vast expanse of the first floor, at certain times on the weekends every seat is taken, and there may be a short wait. TABOr hILL wINery & reSTAurANT 1 8 5 M t . Ta b o r R d , B u c h a n a n . 800.283.3363. taborhill.com. tabor Hill Winery’s restaurant is all at once elegant, urbane and semi-casual. Its windows afford ample, rolling vineyard views; the menu is sophisticated. Chef John Paul Verhage, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, gives a modified California-cuisine touch to signature dishes like raspberry chicken and the salmon wrapped in grape leaves. the extensive appetizer menu includes items like mini Morel Mushroom Pizzas and Kobe Beef Carpaccio. though the restaurant is easy to find—just a half hour north of South Bend and 20 minutes east of New Buffalo—it’s not always easy to get in. reservations are suggested—but those who wander in unannounced can sip at the complimentary wine bar or purchase a glass and enjoy it on the stone terrace overlooking the vines. tabor Hill produces a wonderful variety of award-winning wines, but for those who desire a harder libation, a full bar awaits. wILd dOG GrILLe 24 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.2519. thewilddoggrille.com. Sam Kendall, co-owner of the Wild Dog Grille, says their Italian-inspired cuisine, with a newage twist, has been delighting the public ever since they opened their doors in June 2007. Start out with fresh spring rolls stuffed with crab meat and wrapped in a thin rice paper, or try the crab cake served with three dollops of Creole rémoulade for a flavor enhancement. Another tasty option is the pesto spinach cheese dip served with flat breads fired fresh in the stone oven. their trademark stone oven pizzas are fired in the best stone oven on the market for an oldworld, thin-crust flavor. Fresh-cut steaks, such as the popular filet mignon and New York strip, are exceptional. Finish the meal with a vanilla panna cotta made from scratch from the chef’s family recipe, the Oregon berry cobbler or a Key lime tart. the restaurant has a liquor license, and the owners pride themselves on offering a laid-back atmosphere with the quality of high-end restaurants. Prices go up to $25.95 for the filet mignon, with most selections under $20.
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BALAGIO rISTOrANTe 1 7 5 0 1 D i x i e H w y, H o m e w o o d . 708.957.1650. balagio-restaurant.com. Now in a new location, this popular Italian restaurant has changed its menu offerings, with many entrée prices now under $12.95. Some of the specialties created by chef/ owner Mike Galderio include chicken scaloppini-thin breast cutlets quickly sautéed with white wine-Italian sausage and roasted red peppers served with braised escarole, and a salmon club sandwich with broiled salmon, crisp bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato. there are also Galderio traditional family recipes like the chopped salad with chicken, salami and hearts of palm, housemade marinara sauce and spaghetti and meatballs. there’s an extensive wine list as well as live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Private dining is available for any group from 10 to 200, either family style or custom designed. GIBSON’S STeAKhOuSe 1028 N Rush St, Chicago. 312.266.8999. gibsonssteakhouse.com. the traditional fresh seafood and aged steak restaurant’s reputation for quality and service never varies, and the clientele is often as famous as the food. If you are going to have a martini once in your life, the front-room bar would be the right place. (You can also select food from a special bar menu or the dinner menu.) the same can be said for the mammoth portions of layer cake or à la mode desserts that are as daunting visually as they are gastronomically. Start the diet tomorrow, live like a rock star today-you can even choose which rock star from the autographed photos plastered all over the
staircase walls. though the rush Street location is the flagship and standard bearer, there is another Gibson’s in rosemont and related hotspots next door (Hugo’s Frog Bar) and a couple of blocks away at rl (ralph lauren), where a similar menu is the staple. reservations are a must, unless you want to hang out in the crowd, which is plenty of fun too. the array of choices for wine and cocktails is dizzying and so are the portions; be prepared. entrées average about $35, but you can go much higher. Be prepared to valet park-it just makes sense. GLeNwOOd OAKS rIB & chOp hOuSe 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. glenwoodoaks.com. the Jarosky family has been serving a solid menu of steaks, chops, fresh seafood and vegetables for a generation, with specials that reflect newly popular items or vegetables in season. But the clientele returns again and again for the staples, which include Angus steaks and chops, sautéed fresh lake perch, oysters rockefeller done à la Isabelle, and salads of crunchy iceberg lettuce with house dressing. Armadillo eggs—fresh jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheddar, fried and served with salsa and sour cream—are the ultimate in comfort food. Dinner entrées average $20; lunch entrées run in the $12 range. JeNNy’S STeAKhOuSe 20 Kansas St, Frankfort. 815.464.2685. 11041 S Menard Ave, Chicago Ridge. 708.229.2272. jennyssteakhouse.com. the Courtright family has an impressive history and credentials in the culinary world of South Chicago and the nearby suburbs, and the Frankfort location is just the most recent addition to the roster. the
menu has scores of familiar and comforting staples like classic chicken Parmesan and a legendary Gambriliano Italiano with sautéed sausage, chicken breast, Vesuvio potatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and white wine over fettuccini. the signature steak is an 8-ounce filet with garlic and bleu cheese, and you can have it with Jack Daniels sauce. Meals always include soup, potato, vegetable, bread and bruschetta, and the wine list is impressive and right on. The pIcKwIcK SOcIeTy TeArOOm 122 Kansas St, Frankfort. 815.806.8140. pickwicktearoom.com. Food and beverages are part of the experience in this charming and comfortable shop/bakery/restaurant, whether you are browsing antiques or just stopping for a minute as you work your way through the fascinating downtown historic community. But the tea is definitely special; Pickwick serves only Octavia Whole leaf tea, and a never-ending pot for two costs $5.50. the selections are wide-ranging, including black, oolong, green, white, herbal and every flavor from english breakfast to rooibos & roses. A thoughtful menu has a dozen luncheon combinations with salads, sandwiches, cheese plate, quiche, fruit and vegetables, and garnishes averaging about $7. Sides include green salad, fruit salad and soup. Pastries, breads and cookies can be combined or consumed individually. A popular choice is a scone with clotted cream and jam for $2.75. Choose from two dozen kinds of finger sandwiches such as ham and pineapple spread on a corn muffin, spinach and cheese on a filo triangle, or fig merlot spread with cream cheese on white. A dozen breads include chocolate tea and 14 kinds of omemade scones.
SIAm mArINA ThAI cuISINe 16846 S Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park. Chefproprietor tammy Pham has evolved into a legend for her mastery of a full menu with dozens of vegetarian options as well as traditionally spiced and marinated poultry dishes. the spring rolls and peanut sauce are prepared in-house daily, along with special soups. the authentic pad thai has a loyal following, and fresh coconut works in many of the dishes, including dessert. A multi-course lunch averages $12, dinner $15. SmITh & wOLLeNSKy 318 N State St, Chicago. 312.670.9900. smithandwollensky.com. this big-city steakhouse is the most independent-minded, high-quality chain on the planet. Perched overlooking the Chicago river at Marina City, its turn-of-the-century persona with exterior lattice-work trim and interior polished wood floors and brass accessories is a welcome contrast to its futuristic home. the menu is as solid and dependable as jewelry from tiffany’s or a Brooks Brothers suit. the menu includes simply grilled seafood and porterhouse for two when available. there are three 10-ounce lobster tails to choose from-South African, tristan Island and Australian. try not to miss the famous splitpea soup, although, as expected, it’s rich. Full dinners start at $25 and go up. even though there are 450 tables and booths, reservations are strongly recommended.
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Rays of sunshine beam through French doors in the Snapp family kitchen in Valparaiso, brightening up the newly renovated space. â€˘ After years of daydreams and months of planning and construction, Tom and Debbie Snapp finally have a kitchen with lots of light and room for entertaining. WOrDS BY JeNNIFer PAllAY PHOtOGrAPHY BY tONY V. MArtIN
The large island in Tom and Debbie Snappâ€™s Valparaiso home makes a perfect gathering spot for family and friends. During the planning stages of this kitchen makeover, Debbie voiced her desire to have a space where she could mingle with guests as she cooked. The Snapps have a large extended family in the Region and do a lot of the family entertaining. Interior designer Penelope Tanis describes the kitchenâ€™s new look as elegant and classic with a more European feel.
[Clockwise from left] An existing fireplace provided the backdrop for a cozy nook where the homeowners can share their morning coffee. Interior designer Robert Northington said he loves that this space’s new feel appeals to the couple. “It’s like their safe haven where they sit and relax,” Northington says; New French doors bring light and openness to the Snapp’s kitchen and lead visitors to an outdoor patio with views of Aberdeen Golf Course’s fifth hole. Prior the remodel, the kitchen had a single door with a small window. To accommodate the new doors, the backyard had to undergo some transformation as well including new back steps; New countertops and cabinetry accent the kitchen as do the commercial grade subzero freezer and refrigerator. The cabinets were custom made by Plain & Fancy and feature German glass, which highlights Debbie Snapp’s pottery collection.
As they prepared to send their third and youngest child off to college, the couple felt it was time to finally make the change. “Now I have this giant kitchen and practically an empty nest. Hopefully if I keep cooking, they’ll keep coming home,” Debbie Snapp says. the family moved to Valparaiso about nine years ago, transplants from Denver, Colo. “In Denver the light is very different,” Snapp says. the sun is high and intense and Denver logs more sunny days per year than Honolulu, Hawaii. Her Valparaiso kitchen always felt cut off, dingy and dark in comparison and she started to collect magazine clippings of the bright kitchens she loved. Interior designers robert Northington and Penelope tanis used those clippings and the homeowners’ dreams to complete the renovation. tanis describes the new kitchen as elegant and classic with a more european look. Knocking down walls, removing a bank of closets and taking out a small bathroom area near the laundry room maximized the kitchen’s square footage. replacing a single patio door with French doors finally gave them a great view of the fifth hole of Aberdeen Golf Course. the project also included refinishing the wood floors in a darker stain to contrast the new, lighter cabinets. Chandeliers, which the Snapps brought with them from Denver, were repurposed from other areas of the house to create a focal point above the new and improved island. A subzero refrigerator and freezer, the dream appliances of tom Snapp, were also added. New countertops and custom made cabinets by Plain & Fancy, which feature German glass to highlight Debbie Snapp’s pottery collection, complete the look. the couple now spends more time in the kitchen and found a new favorite spot next to the existing fireplace. “the fireplace area has become a cozy area for conversation where the homeowners enjoy their morning coffee,” Northington says. “It’s like their safe haven where they sit and relax.” there’s also plenty of room for company now. Debbie Snapp says she always envisioned busting out of her small, isolated cooking space and interacting with guests as she cooked. Her new kitchen premiered just in time for her to host a Christmas party last year where she was able to do just that. the Snapps have a large extended family in the region, and they do a lot of the family entertainment, she says. Debbie Snapp says she has two favorite parts of her new kitchen, the light from the window doors and the big island. the homeowners and design team are now in the bidding stages of a remodel for their master bath and master bedroom. robert Northington Interior Design is at 3907 Calumet Ave, Ste. 207 Valparaiso, Ind. For information, call 219.465.1000.
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cK BuILdING & deSIGN cOrpOrATION 877.448.1516. ckbuildinganddesign.com. With more than 20 years of experience, the builders at this company specialize in custom homes and green building, as well as renovations and remodeling. CK Building works throughout lake and Porter Counties in Indiana and Will and Cook Counties in Illinois. deAN’S LANdScApING 238 Kennedy Ave, Schererville. 219.864.9078. deanslandscaping.com. Dean Savarino and his team at Dean’s landscaping specialize in designing outdoor rooms for the home. Using a variety of hardscape structures such as patios, walkways and retaining walls, combined with other materials and patterns, Dean’s can create a custom backyard for each customer. Customers should call to schedule a consultation.
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mAruSZcZAK AppLIANce 7809 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. 219.865.0555. maruszczak.com. For decades, this award-winning, family-owned company has been selling and servicing major home appliances in the Munster area. Its broad inventory includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washer/dryers and more, made by virtually every brand in the market. the company is factory-authorized to service everything it sells, and professional in-house delivery and installation services are also available. mIdweST wINd ANd SOLAr 866.430.0518. Midwest Wind and Solar, llC specializes in solar electric, solar thermal and wind systems for the residential, commercial, municipal, educational, and agricultural sectors throughout the Midwest. they also provide grant writing, certified site analysis, design, installation, maintenance, and training. With over 25 years of electrical, automation and project planning experience, Midwest Wind and Solar assures superior results.
STeINer hOmeS 4825 W 100th Ln, Crown Point. 219.916.3744. steinerhomesltd.com. Steiner Homes offers affordable homes throughout lake, laPorte and Porter counties. the in-house residential home designer works with clients’ ideas, either from a previous plan or starting from scratch. Clients can build on their own lot, or Steiner has access to a variety of lots throughout the area. A variety of features are available, and Steiner is committed to keeping those options at the highest quality and most affordable price. SuperIOr cONSTrucTION 2045 East Dunes Highway, Gary, Ind. 219.886.3728. Superior Construction is the premiere large construction firm in Gary, Ind., having built such notable structures as Saint Mark’s Church, lew Wallace High School, the Virginia Hotel, and the Memorial Auditorium. today, that legacy continues, with their safety priority and awards as one of the top companies in that arena in the state.
mc cOLLum ArchITecTS 16109 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier. 269.469.9211. mccollumarchitects.com. this full-service architectural firm has spanned 40 years and 100 miles, and has built everything from urban to second home communities, low to upscale housing, single family to multi-family homes, tiny boutique restaurants and even upscale urban eateries. the firm is involved with renovating and creating new housing, amphitheaters, day care centers, and special community development projects designed to create flexible environments. wATer pLAce 18853 W US 12, Ste 3, New Buffalo. 269.231.5153. the Water Place is a decorative plumbing and hardware products superstore. With whirlpools, faucets and cabinets, this facility has “everything you need for plumbing services.”
ArchITecTurAL AcceNTS, INc 9760 Indiana Pkwy, Munster. 219.922.9333. archaccents.com. this architectural millwork shop specializes in one-piece curved wood molding and radius millwork. In addition to radius casings for windows and doors, Architectural Accents can customize products for any shape and wood specie. The BeAch hOuSe 619 E 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. the 1,000-square-foot showroom at the Beach House features “beachy,” cottage-style home furnishing and accessories. In the store’s lower level, the Wicker Gallery, custom orders are accepted. the store began as and still houses an upscale showroom of very current, high-quality, pre-owned furniture known as like New. cOpper BuTTerFLy 120 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.1506. this hometown boutique with an uptown flair is located in the historic Metcalf Apothecary building built in 1881. the original built-in walnut cabinetry houses trendy fashions, unique gifts, home decor, artisan jewelry, vintage finds, art and fair trade items. Copper Butterfly is a friendly family-owned business and supports “Shop local.” FeNKer’S hOme FurNIShINGS ANd GIFTS 1114 Lincolnway, LaPorte, Ind. 219.362.3538. At Fenker’s Home Furnishings & Gifts, they offer quality home furnishings for every room of the home. Fenker’s carries furnishings for the living room, dining room, den, bar, sunroom and more. they also offer delivery service, clock repair, and design services, and are always available with friendly and helpful advice and recommendations. hOmeNcLATure 1 9 4 8 4 5 t h Av e , M u n s t e r. 2 1 9 . 6 9 7 . 2 5 4 8 . myhomenclature.com. this furniture store’s
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INdIANA FurNITure 1 8 0 7 E L i n c o l n w a y, Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.0545. athomeatlast.com. Since 1980, this family-owned and -operated company has offered quality home furnishings and customer service. A wide range of home furnishing providers are represented here, including Ashley, lane and la-Z-Boy. LIKe New hOme FurNIShINGS BeAch hOuSe & wIcKer GALLery 619 East 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. this home decor store offers gently used high quality furniture in their retail space. the store also offers selection of new furniture in their Beach House and Wicker Gallery. mAry & mArThA hOme AcceNTS 2044 45th Street, Highland. 219.924.3820. Mary & Martha offers a wide selection of home accents to help shoppers find the perfect accent piece. their Highland showroom is filled with gorgeous lamps, unusual wall décor, artful centerpieces and other unique home accents that make a statement in home décor.
hArBOr TOwN INTerIOrS 613 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7774. harbortowninteriors.com. Harbor town Interiors offers home décor items such as furniture, mattresses, bed coverings, rugs, and home accessories. Gift items and full service design consultation are available. red ArrOw GALLery 13648 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.1950. redarrowgallery.com. red Arrow Gallery is the largest gallery in southwestern Michigan dedicated to bringing art lovers a vast selection of art from the most talented and unique artists in the area. the collection includes oils, acrylics, sculptures, jewelry, art lamps and sculptural furniture. the gallery offers a varied collection of fine art by established well-known artists as well as talented emerging artists. Furniture artists are available to design and construct one-of-a-kind pieces that could be the centerpiece of a home. SANcTuAry at cuSTOmS ImpOrTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports.com. Born out of a desire for inner peace amidst the nation’s current economic turmoil is Sanctuary, the new storewithin-a-store at Customs Imports. Owner Dee Dee Duhn has dedicated this space to feature items promoting quiet and tranquility, including art, music, candles, fountains and incense.
mc INTerIOrS 1102 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.872.7236. mcinteriorsin.com. MC Interiors offers a variety of home décor products including window treatments, floor coverings, draperies and upholstery. Services include free in-home consultation and estimates, plus installation of drapery, blinds, carpet, hardwood and ceramic flooring.
SAwyer hOme & GArdeN ceNTer 5865 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer. 269.426.8810. sawyergardencenter.com. the Sawyer Garden Center offers a large inventory of items for the garden, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, plus a variety of high-quality lawn accessories. A large gift shop and gourmet shop—featuring produce, breads, sauces and cheeses—are also on site.
BAyBerry cOTTAGe 510 Phoenix St., South Haven. 269.639.9615. bayberrycottage.com. One of South Haven’s most well-known shops, Gwen DeBruyn’s Bayberry Cottage features home furnishings and accessories which include furniture, wall décor, rugs, florals and bath and body products. Interior design services are also available, and items can be special ordered if not in stock. BLue STAr ANTIQue pAvILION 2 9 4 8 B l u e S t a r H w y, D o u g l a s . 269.857.6041. bluestarantiquepavilion. com. Antique lovers travel from all over to arrive at this Destination mall, voted “Best of the Best” in a fourstate area. BSAP features more than 175 dealer booths of quality antiques, collectibles and other fun merchandise. even non-antiquers will appreciate the diverse inventory. Patrons can also try “Brewtiquing,” at the on-site awardwinning Saugatuck Brewing Company.
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ArNeLL chevrOLeT 2 3 9 M e l t o n R d , B u r n s H a r b o r. 219.787.9200. arnellmotors.com. One of Northwest Indiana’s largest auto dealers features an impressive inventory of new and used Chevrolets, Hummers and Corvettes. Parts, servicing and financing are also available. B&e mArINe 31 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City. 888.603.2628. bemarine.com. this family-owned and -operated boat storeslash-marina features a large inventory of new Sea ray and Boston Whaler models, along with an ever-changing selection of used and brokerage boats. Its waterfront location allows B&e Marine to provide on-the-water services, including boat slip rental, storage, hoists and fuel dock. dOrmAN GArAGe, INc 1317 Lake St, LaPorte. 219.324.7646. dormangarage.com. With more than
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cuSTOmS ImpOrTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports. com. this exotic gallery hosts a large, distinguished inventory of global art, furniture and antiques from India, Indonesia, China, Morocco and Vietnam. Dee Dee Duhn’s showroom features teak root benches, textiles, Indonesian pottery, unique new furniture and an extensive mirror gallery. Claudia lobao’s Global Dreams jewelry can also be found here.
SOIree urBAN GIFTS 421 N Main St, Oshkosh. 920.231.2888. Soiree Urban Gifts & Antiques was founded in 2003 by mother-daughter team Karen and Kia Brey. Soiree carries a wide range of eclectic and salvaged goods, new reproductions, and locally made art as well as gifts, home décor, and a great assortment of lake themed clothing and wall décor.
ever-changing high quality inventory includes new and gently used home furnishings-complete living room sets, armoires, footstools, candlesticks and more-and original one-of-a-kind décor. Homenclature offers a range of styles from traditional, modern and contemporary to retro and eclectic.
shore things twenty years of experience, Dorman Garage specializes in classic car restoration. Aside from offering restoration services, there is also a large inventory of restored classic automobiles for sale. hArBOr AuTOmOTIve GrOup 9 9 1 1 W 3 0 0 N , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.6789. harborcars.com. this auto dynamo features new and pre-owned vehicles by Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Honda, Jeep and Pontiac. On-site parts, servicing and financing are also available. The hArLey-dAvIdSON ShOp OF mIchIGAN cITy 2 9 6 8 N H w y 4 2 1 , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.878.8885. hdmichigancity.com. While the Harley-Davidson brand needs no introduction, the Michigan City store stands out in the crowd, being a member of the largest Harley dealer in the state. A large selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles are available for purchase or for rent. the store also offers accessories, repair services and periodic events. LeXuS OF merrILLvILLe 3957 US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 219.769.4545. lexusofmerrillville.com. lexus vehicles and customer-service focused sales teams can be found at this dealership, which features new and pre-owned vehicles— including luxury and sport sedans, SUVs and convertibles. Financing, vehicle services and parts and accessories are also available. SchepeL AuTO GrOup 2929 Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville. 866.724.3735. schepel.com. this renowned auto dealer in Northwest Indiana offers new and preowned vehicles by Cadillac, Hummer, Saab, Buick and Pontiac. the experienced sales staff, plus the extensive online inventory, helps consumers find the car most suited for their needs. repair services are also available.
ruSSeLL’S FOreIGN cAr repAIr 8754 US Hwy 31, Berrien Springs. 269.473.3088. this dealer alternative provides service, repairs and maintenance during the vehicle’s factory warranty and beyond. russell’s Foreign Car repair services all imported car makes, but specializes in upscale european and Asian vehicles.
BArK & meOw 108 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.477.3600. For nearly six years, this pet accessory boutique has featured clothing and toys for dogs and cats. Bark & Meow also carries a large selection of treats like bacon cheese balls, tuna sticks, bagels and, of course, the almighty dog bone.
pOSSeSSIONS 25 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.1925. possessionsdouglasmi.com. Possessions Gift Shop, located in downtown Douglas, is a destination where visitors can find an array of novelty items, as well as necessities. the gift shop holds clothing, jewelry and home accessories. It also features original art by local artists lisa Doezema-Schulist, Krista Ardensen, Brandy Schroeder, eva Snow and Greg Gale. pureLy mIchIGAN 406 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3300. puremi.com. PurelyMichigan, established in May 2012, offers a fun, unique shopping experience. We offer products designed, created, manufactured and distributed by Michigan individuals and companies. their inventory includes items such as jams, salsas and sauces, popcorn, chocolates and cookies, maple syrup and honey products, kitchen items, collections of art from local artists, blown glass and beach glass and t-shirts. whITe pINe wINery 317 State St, St. Joseph. 269 281.0098. whitepinewinery.com. White Pine’s goal is to produce wines from Michigan’s Great Southwest to showcase the region’s wonderful vineyards. Owner Dave Miller’s philosophy is to let the vineyards express themselves in his wines with as little intervention as possible. He also is a firm believer in using sustainable principles in grape production, using the latest methods to reduce the impact on the environment.
FAIr OAKS FArm 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. fofarms.com. this family-owned and operated dairy farm is one of the largest in the United States. the Dairy Adventure gives visitors an up-close experience, including a tour of the cheese factory, where all different types of cheeses are made, and the birthing barn, where about 80 calves are born every day. GreAT LAKeS cATerING 701 Washington St, Michigan City. 219.898.1502. greatlakescatering.com. With a combined 150 years of experience, ed Kis and family have formed one of the area’s leading catering companies. A full range of services is available for all kinds of events, including catered foods and beverages, bands, tents, tables and more. For 10 years in a row, Great lakes Catering has been voted Northern Indiana’s premier caterer and special event planner.
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SchOOLhOuSe ShOp 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.1551. schoolhouseshop.com. this quaint collection of shops—located inside a schoolhouse built in the 1800s—features a wide array of gifts, antiques and home décor. Adelaide clothing boutique and the Magic Pantry—which features Marilyn’s Bakery products—are popular favorites at this shopping destination.
mILLer BeAch mArKeT pLAce 925 N Shelby St, G a r y. millerbeachmarketplace.com. Carmella’s Miller Beach Market Place is a centrally located market place providing healthy, environmentally responsible, and sustainable products. the store is a landmark casual shopping destination for the residents, guests and visitors to Miller Beach lakefront in Gary, Indiana, located just off the beach in Miller Square. Miller Beach Market Place stocks the finest fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables as well as customer-selected products.
whITING FLOwer ShOp 1341 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0326. established in 1900, this reputable flower shop offers a large variety of floral styles, for an equally large variety of occasions. In addition to flowers, the shop carries a wide selection of giftware and collectibles, as well as plants.
SeATTLe SuTTON’S Various locations, Indiana and Illinois. seattlesutton.com. Seattle Sutton’s Healthy eating (SSHe), a family-owned Illinois-based company, offers a convenient no-gimmick approach to healthful eating. the meal program is scientifically designed, tested and has over 25 years of proven results.
SSHe prepares tens of thousands of healthy, delicious meals weekly and its innovative approach has helped thousands of people achieve and maintain weight loss without the planning, shopping or cooking for themselves.
hOT LOGIc hot-logic.com. the Hot logic 400 cooks meals in 45-90 minutes and keeps them at a safe temperature without drying out the food. the shelve sensors detect when your meals are done and holds it at the appropriate temperature until you’re ready to eat. The OLIve cArT 424 Phoenix Rd, South Haven. olivecart. com. the Olive Cart offers high quality extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars in their West Michigan stores and online for the best in gourmet cooking pleasures. the store offers a tasting room with tapenades, glazes, stuffed olives, fresh-baked breads, pastas, pestos, and unique gourmet gifts featuring Michigan made pottery.
ceNTer FOr ImpLANTS, SedATION ANd cOSmeTIc deNTISTry 890 Richard Rd, Ste A, Dyer. 219.227.5084. chicagonodentures.com. the doctors at this state-of-the-art dental office—Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Jasmine Sandhu, Dr. Nilofer Khan and Dr. romal Sediq—specialize in full or partial implant services. the staff at the center is up to date on the latest technology and offers a pleasant, peaceful and even fun experience with friendly service and a gentle touch. cAre pOINTe eAr, NOSe ANd ThrOAT dOcTOrS 801 MacArthur Boulevard, Munster. 219.836.2201. carepointe.net. the otolaryngologists at Care Pointe spend most of their time listening to understand patients’ concerns, and responding with the best treatment options. CarePointe ear, Nose, throat and Sinus Center uses the most advanced and up-to-date techniques and treatments, such as minimally-invasive sinus treatments, in-office Ct Scanning, balloon sinuplasty, and allergy testing to accurately diagnose and quickly treat patients. ceNTer FOr OTOLAryNGOLOGy 9120 Columbia Ave, Ste A, Munster. 219.836.4820. Bethany Cataldi, D.O., specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery. In fact, she is the only female facial plastic surgeon in Northwest Indiana who’s been specifically trained in surgery of the face, head and neck. Dr. Cataldi’s expertise in such procedures exclusively ranges all spectrums, from topical treatments like skin peels, to hair removal, to full nasal construction. cOmmuNITy hOSpITAL 9 0 1 M a c A r t h u r B l v d , M u n s t e r. 219.836.1600. comhs.org. this awardwinning hospital is a not-for-profit acute care facility with 354 beds and a medical staff of more than 530 physicians. Community’s services include a surgery center, oncology center, women’s diagnostic center, pain clinic and rehabilitation center. One of the hospital’s newest endeavors is the daVinci Surgical System, which is a cutting-edge technological system for prostate cancer. FrANcIScAN phySIcIANS hOSpITAL 701 Superior Ave, Munster. 219.922.4200. franciscanphysicians.org. Franciscan
Physicians Hospital offers nearly 50 medical specialties and subspecialties in a 63-bed acute care hospital setting. Physicians and staff provide award winning services, stateof-the-art technology and best-in-region staffing ratios to deliver the highest quality of care. An endovascular program led by world-renowned Dr. Paul Jones provides NWI patients the best in heart care. FrANcIScAN ST. ANThONy heALTh 3 0 1 W H o m e r S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.8511. saintanthonymemorial.org. this acute care hospital, serving laPorte, Porter and Berrien Counties, boasts an integrated health care network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, an emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, medical surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice. FrANcIScAN ST. mArGAreT heALTh 5454 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.932.2300. smmhc.com. One of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest Indiana, Saint Margaret Health offers myriad services in their Dyer and Hammond locations as well as multiple off-site facilities. the hospital offers all private inpatient rooms, a wide variety of health care services, and state-of-the-art technology. meThOdIST hOSpITALS 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4000. 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. methodisthospitals.org. With two fullservice campuses in Northwest Indiana, these not-for-profit, community-based hospitals have a reputation for being one of the region’s leading health care providers. Methodist’s physicians, staff and volunteers proclaim a dedication to quality service, with specialties in multiple areas of physical and mental health, including cardiovascular, oncology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and behavioral health. OBSTeTrIcAL & GyNecOLOGIcAL ASSOcIATeS, INc 1101 E Glendale Blvd, Ste 102, Valparaiso. 877.462.6249. weunderstandwomen.com. the board-certified obstetriciangynecologists—Drs. Murphy, rutherford, Short, and Strickland—at this clinic specialize in pregnancy care, family planning, infertility and menopause, along with general women’s wellness. Patients are made to feel at ease because of the clinic’s state-of-theart equipment and a skilled staff. pINNAcLe hOSpITAL 9301 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point. 219.796.4150. pinnaclehealthcare.net. this acute care hospital prides itself on its small facility; with only 18 beds and 5 operating suites, each patient receives high-quality care and undivided attention. Owned and operated by physicians, Pinnacle offers a full range of specialties, including orthopaedics, spinal surgeries and women’s health, and is the home to the Indiana Breast Center, led by Dr. Marylyn rosencranz. pOrTer reGIONAL hOSpITAL 85 E US 6, Valparaiso. 219.263.4600. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.364.3000. 650 Dickinson Rd, Ste 150E, Chesterton. 219.926.7755. porterhealth.org. the new Porter regional Hospital is a five-story 430,000-square-foot center with all private patient rooms sitting on a 104-acre site with room for growth far into the future. With ten facilities in two counties, Porter provides health care that is recognized on local, state and national levels and offers a continuum of specialized services such as emergency/trauma, cardiology, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, sleep lab, physical rehabilitation care and more.
TrImBOLI chIrOprAcTIc 706 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.8890, or 12732 Rt 41, Cedar Lake. 219.374.4144. trimbolichiro.com. Dr. Nancy trimboli has brought chiropractic services to Northwest Indiana since 1993. trimboli Chiropractic offers many services including chiropractic adjustment using a low-force technique, massage, laser therapy, nutritional counseling, stress management and more.
uNIverSITy OF chIcAGO medIcAL ceNTer 5841 S Mar yland Ave, Chicago. 773.702.1000. discover.uchospitals.edu. Since 1927, the University of Chicago Medical Center has been one of the Midwest’s most reputable hospitals. Aside from basic health care, the Medical Center consists of a children’s hospital, a maternity and women’s hospital, multiple outpatient facilities, and the renowned Pritzker School of Medicine.
peOpLe’S BANK Various locations, ibankpeoples.com. For more than 100 years, Peoples Bank has maintained a philosophy of commitment to the customer, a belief that has allowed Peoples Bank to thrive and continue to serve the people of Northwest Indiana. today, People’s practices banking that is driven by relationships, not just transactions. Because People’s is a locallyowned and managed community bank, they respond quickly and effectively with the service and solutions customers need to meet their financial goals. Headquartered in Munster, Indiana, Peoples Bank provides a wide range of consumer, business, and wealth management products, as well as a tradition of high-quality performance to the residents of lake and Porter Counties. the company operates Banking Centers in Crown Point, Dyer, east Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Merrillville, Munster, St. John, Schererville and Valparaiso, Indiana.
muTuAL BANK, KAThy SeLLerS 307 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.5552. bankwithmutual.com. Kathy Sellers is a Mutual Bank agent who services both first-time home buyers and seasoned investors. Mutual Bank specializes in investments and wealth management for businesses and personal clients.
cOLdweLL BANKer, dAwN BerNhArdT 2 1 1 0 N C a l u m e t Av e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.241.0952. dawnbernhardt.com. Dawn Bernhardt is the go-to agent for homes in Chesterton’s luxurious Sand Creek subdivision, along with other properties
cOLdweLL BANKer, dONNA hOFmANN 219.331.1133. dhofmann.com. Donna Hofmann, Coldwell Banker and residential Brokerage, specializes in residential properties in the Indiana Dunes. mccOLLy reAL eSTATe Various Locations. Since 1974, McCOllY real estate has provided superior service by understanding personal needs. Whether the customer is a first time home buyer, resale, commercial, land, new construction or luxury home buyer, McColly is there to provide the best options. From purchase to financing to rentals and relocating, we provide one stop real estate with you in mind throughout our local communities, nationally and internationally. pArK weST 400 Fisher St, Munster. 219.836.8282. 1stmetbuilders.com. this gated community presents an opportunity to live in one of the premier neighborhoods in Northwest Indiana. each of the 51 estate-sized lots, all 1/3-acre or greater, is bordered by a park, pond, creek or lushly landscaped green belt. Park West has developed the community in partnership with 1st Metropolitan Builders, which is known for building high-quality, custom-built homes, all in a traditional design. SOurce ONe reAL eSTATe 855 E North St, Crown Point. 219.662.5445. source1re.com. this independent real estate company provides residential and commercial real estate sales to individuals, small businesses, large corporations, nonprofit organizations, home builders and developers throughout Northwest Indiana. Owners roger lain and Joe Gambril bring a combined 30+ years of experience in real estate sales and customer service. BrIGATA hILLS 200 W 500 N, Valparaiso. 219.746.6881. Brigata Hills is a luxury new home community located in Porter County, within Valparaiso city limits and just 5 minutes from downtown. Served by the esteemed Valparaiso School System, families living in Brigata Hills have access to academicallyacclaimed high schools, middle schools and elementary education. less than an hour drive or train ride from Chicago or to the lake Michigan’s beach towns, the variety of cultural, environmental and entertainment opportunities is limitless.
AmerIcAN hOmeS, ShArON hALLIBurTON 4532 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville. 269.208.3862. sharonhalliburton.com. For more than 30 years, Sharon Halliburton has specialized in property management, having been licensed as a real estate agent and a broker more than 10 years ago. Her expertise covers residential, lakefront and vacation properties, plus farms, golf courses and vineyards. cOLdweLL BANKer reSIdeNTIAL BrOKerAGe 10 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.3950. coldwellbankeronline.com. New Buffalo’s premier real estate firm features properties in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Both the in-office staff and the Coldwell Banker website offer multiple services and resources for buyers and sellers. hArBOr ShOreS reALTOrS 584 Lake St, Saugatuck. 269.857.3900. harborshoresrealtors.com. Principal broker
tammy Kerr and team specialize in helping their clients buy and sell properties in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. each of the agents are members of the National Association of reAltOrS. hArBOr ShOreS reSOrT 269.932.1600. harborshoresresort.com. Southwest Michigan’s biggest, most talked about project is underway in Benton Harbor. the residential community will include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, marinas, an indoor water park and a luxury spa. the property is surrounded by two rivers and five beaches. Custom home sites and cottages are available. LAKe pArK pLAce 301 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.429.6666. 301lakeboulevard.com. this new, sevenstory condominium development is being constructed in the historic building that was formerly the YWCA. residents can choose from 10 floor plans, each of which come with a private balcony. Other perks include an indoor parking garage, indoor pool and 10 years of free golf at two nearby golf courses. OrchArd LAKe deveLOpmeNT 269.695.9100. Carefully placed among the trees, thirty lakefront homes have been beautifully designed to take full advantage of the peaceful woods and water vistas. to insure comfortable, as well as scenic living, features include vertical cedar siding, huge windows, wraparound porches, and spacious, open floor plans. Orchard on the lake balances high-quality construction with low-impact land development, thus preserving and enhancing the existing natural landscape. prudeNTIAL ruBLOFF prOperTIeS 439 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.8300. rubloff.com. Since 1930, rubloff has been one of the premier real estate firms on the local scene. Serving clients all along lake Michigan’s southern coast and beyond, the certified sales associates at rubloff proclaim great success in buying, selling and renting properties along the lakeshore. ShOreS OF SOuTh hAveN 300 Kalamazoo St, South Haven. 269.637.8555. shoresrealestate.com. this reputable firm provides assistance with development, sales and leasing of condominiums, single-family, vacation and retirement home sales, along with lots, boat slips and commercial property. Shores also manages and leases property for investor-buyers.
dewITT pLAce 900 N DeWitt Pl, Chicago. 312.642.7020. dewittplace.com. this 82-unit vintage building, built in 1924, offers corporate housing, temporary furnished apartment rentals and long-term temporary housing solutions. these studio and one-bedroom apartments come with a variety of amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet access, DirectV satellite service and an exercise room.
ABOuT FAce SKIN cAre 2169 US 41, Schererville. 219.227.8697. About Face Skin Care specializes in a custom approach to treating healthy skin. About Face offers custom facials, microdermabrasion, PCA peels, Swedish massage, airbrush makeup, waxing services and more.
ANThONy’S SALON 2500 Calumet Ave Ste F, Valparaiso. 219.465.1525. For more than thirty years, Anthony Voltattorni has become established in the Northwest Indiana haircare market, with salons in Merrillville and Valparaiso. the salon carries Aveda and Schwarzkopf products and offers full-service haircare—with a specialty in custom color—as well as waxing, nailcare and reflexology. cOSmedIc SKIN & BOdy cLINIc 210 E 86th Pl, Merrillville. 219.795.1255. 58 E Walton, Chicago. 312.377.3333. cosmedicclinic.com. Dr. James Platis, who has been featured on local and national news programs and has been applauded by Dr. Phil, specializes in all forms of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, particularly breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. less invasive procedures include tanning, waxing and facials. eBONy & cO 888.909.5911. ebonyandcompany.net. Ebony & Co. is a licensed cosmetology firm specializing in bridal and special events. they hold special events for clients and anyone interested in their services, and strive to provide the best cosmetology services in Northwest Indiana. eLLe SALON 113 W 8th St, Michigan City. 219.874.3553. this upscale salon, situated in Michigan City’s historic district, offers full-service hair care, plus manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. retail products include skin care, body care, a men’s line, wooden styling tools, a full line of Aveda products, and other calming items such as Aveda teas, candles and oils. pure SKIN, LLc 2 5 0 0 C a l u m e t A v e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.743.5778. Pure Skin offers a unique combination of traditional spa services, m e d i c a l a e s t h e t i c t re a t m e n t s a n d sophisticated cosmetic laser treatments designed to help clients look and feel their best. turn back the clock to reveal younger, smoother, healthier looking skin with Pure Skin’s advanced aesthetic treatments. STudIO ONe 9228 Indianapolis Blvd, Ste 3, Highland. 219.923.1915. Dennis Schram and his staff at Studio One present a home-away-fromhome atmosphere at their salon. Seven stylists work on the floor, and they offer a range of services including hair, nails and massages. vANIS SALON & SpA 221 US 41, Ste J, Schererville. 219.322.5600. 1620 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.6414. 107 N Main St Ste A, Crown Point. 219.663.5200. vanis.net. One of Northwest Indiana’s premier salons, Vanis features a welltrained, professional staff for hair care, nail care and spa body treatments. Group and corporate retreats (for four to twenty people) can be arranged.
heATh & cOmpANy 419 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4247. this Aveda-concept salon is one of the familiar businesses greeting visitors to New Buffalo from the south. Owner rick Heath and his staff gel their expertise and friendliness, making a trip to this salon more of an experience than a necessity. Services include hair care, nail care, massage therapy and waxing.
in Porter, laPorte and lake Counties. the website offers an abundance of resources for both buyers and sellers.
ST. mAry medIcAL ceNTer 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.942.0551. Known for its outstanding patient care, this nonprofit, acute care hospital has 190 beds and a medical staff of more than 300 physicians. Services featured include an award-winning joint replacement program, comprehensive bariatric and weight loss services, women’s diagnostic center with same-day results, acute care rehabilitation, functional/ integrative medicine, heart valve institute, and multiple outpatient facilities throughout lake and Porter counties.
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AvALON mANOr 3 5 5 0 E U S 3 0 H w y, M e r r i l l v i l l e . 219.945.0888. theavalonmanor.com. Along with exceptional service, the Avalon Manor boasts elegant interior décor, exclusive bridal suites and a stunning staircase that leads into a beautiful ballroom. cASA deL rOmA 7 1 2 C a l u m e t Av e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.0478. casadelroma.com. this fullservice banquet facility offers a wedding chapel, catering services for up to 700 people, and a quaint Italian ambience. there are five banquet rooms from which to choose, to accommodate any size and style of wedding. ceNTer FOr vISuAL ANd perFOrmING ArTS 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1950. cvpa.org. Up to 450 guests can share in your joy at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, which features a variety of table options, glass and crystal table settings, and elegant extra touches. the center offers visually stunning elements, including crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor brick terrace. Fred ASTAIre vALpArAISO BALLrOOm 2759 W. Morthland Dr. Valparaiso, Ind. 219.242.8643. fredastairevalparaiso.com. the Fred Astaire Valparaiso Ballroom is the only Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio in Northwest Indiana, with the largest ballroom floor in NWI. For those looking for ballroom lessons, ballroom groups, or ballroom parties or socials, Fred Astaire Valparasio Ballroom is the best selection. their instructors have years of experience and continue their training and education throughout the year.
65,000 square feet of gaming, all on one level, including more than 2,100 slot games and all the classic table games. the 22-story Spa Blu tower features a stateof-the-art hotel, luxury spa and convention center. Dining options include It’s Vegas Baby! and the Game, along with the finedining restaurant William B’s Steakhouse. hOrSeShOe cASINO 7 7 7 C a s i n o C e n t e r D r, H a m m o n d . 866.711.7463. horseshoe.com. the legendary Jack Binion’s Horseshoe is one of Indiana’s largest casinos, located just minutes from Chicago. More than 46,679 square feet of gaming space includes 2,000 slot machines and 49 table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette. the pavilion’s many dining options include Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, JB’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Village Square Buffet and Uno express. pOrTAGe pArKS depArTmeNT 2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.1675. ci.portage.in.us/department. Offering adult programs, youth programs and other special events, there is always something to do at Portage parks. Picnic or play soccer at one of the 11 parks, or go for run or bike on one of the five trails.
FOur wINdS cASINO reSOrT 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com. Four Winds offers 130,000 square feet of gaming. Patrons can enjoy 3,000 slots, featuring the area’s biggest progressive jackpots and a large selection of table games including blackjack, craps and traditional and automated poker in a World Poker tour poker room. Dining includes three restaurants, from Copper rock Steakhouse to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
LuBeZNIK ceNTer FOr The ArTS 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. this art center is a sophisticated venue that can transform a wedding into its own work of art. located on Michigan City’s lakefront, the building features impressive architecture both inside and out. With fine art, photography and sculpture as a backdrop, its three galleries, including the library with its lake view, provide a variety of spaces. Capacity of main gallery: 150 banquet, 250 cocktail.
OuTpOST SpOrTS 3602 N Grape Rd, Mishawaka. 574.259.1000. outpostsports.com. Outpost Sports is a one stop store for extraordinary adventures. they are dedicated to providing customers with high quality products that will enhance outdoor activities. their high quality customer service and friendly work environment allows and requires the staff to participate in all the store’s official outdoor sports, to provide the foremost knowledge to customers.
The BOuLevArd INN ANd BISTrO 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn.com. St. Joseph’s famous hotel is available for small, intimate wedding receptions, as well as for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and morning-after brunch. the inn can also be a place for guests to stay, no matter where the wedding takes place.
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GLeNwOOd OAKS 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. glenwoodoaks.com. the private dining rooms at Glenwood Oaks can accommodate 20 to 250 guests. Valet parking, complimentary wedding cake and free limousine services are available.
BLue chIp cASINO, hOTeL & SpA 7 7 7 B l u e C h i p D r, M i c h i g a n C i t y. 888.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. the casino portion of Blue Chip features
BLue herON INN 1110 Lakeside St, LaPorte. 800.575.3880. pleastshore.com. Situated on scenic Pine lake in laPorte, the Blue Heron Inn features luxury rooms with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Guests can choose from a variety of room selections and special packages. Floating boathouses-equipped with a queen bed, sofa and outside deckare also available for lodging during the summer months. INN AT ABerdeeN 3 1 5 8 S S t a t e R d 2 , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.3753. innataberdeen.com. located in the beautiful and prestigious Aberdeen neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Valparaiso, the Inn at Aberdeen is a comfortable and convenient place to stay. A variety of unique rooms and suites are available, as well as a Flavia coffee and tea bar, a full gourmet breakfast every morning, and all of the amenities needed for both a personal and business stay. A conference room is available for business meetings and private parties.
peT pALS, INc 1 0 3 8 8 W 4 0 0 N , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.2898. this upscale pet hotel and grooming salon pampers pets with allsuite runs, ample exercise, high-quality meals, modern grooming equipment, flea treatments, hair bows and nail polish. the 6,000-square-foot building features 65 boarding suites, a separate cat boarding area, and a state-of-the-art grooming facility. The rAdISSON hOTeL AT STAr pLAZA 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6311. radisson.com/merrillvillein. this Northwest Indiana staple recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, which means new carpets, wall coverings, draperies and upgraded bathrooms and beds—Sleep Number!—in the guestrooms. the hotel also features modern meeting facilities, a spa, two swimming pools and whirlpools, and several restaurants and lounges.
Be Our GueST 269.487.9530. beourguestmi.com. Be Our Guest has the best in style and comfort that Southwest Michigan has to offer, providing housing and customized concierge services. local housing accommodations range from condominiums and family-style houses to lake Michigan estates. The BOuLevArd INN 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn.com. Warmth and coziness are a theme at this historic hotel in St. Joseph. From the plush furniture in the lobby to the comfort food at the Bistro, to the luxurious amenities in the hotel’s suites, the Boulevard offers more than just a place to stay. Business and fitness centers are also available for use. hOLIdAy INN eXpreSS ST. JOSeph 3019 Lakeshore Drive, St. Joseph. 1.888.465.4329. Overlooking lake Michigan, St. Joseph’s Holiday Inn express location is ideal. Business guests appreciate being near Whirlpool, leco, Bosch, AeP D.C. Cook Plant and lakeland Hospital. the meeting rooms are ideal for business, family reunions or seminars, and the detailoriented staff can coordinate everything for a stress-free event. the hotel offers free Internet access and a business center. Family-fun is minutes away with Silver Beach, the interactive Whirlpool Compass Fountain and a Carousel or a trip to Curious Kid’s Museum. the hotel’s location is near the historic North Pier lighthouse, Four Winds Casino and Notre Dame University. Jw mArrIOTT 2 3 5 L o u i s S t N W, G r a n d R a p i d s . 888.844.5947. ilovethejw.com. Grand rapids’ newest attraction is the luxury hotel JW Marriott, which accommodates 340 well-appointed rooms and suites on 23 floors. Other amenities include wireless Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen tVs and luxurious bedding. Guests residing on the Concierge Floors have access to the stylish Concierge lounge. mArINA GrANd reSOrT 600 W Water St, New Buffalo. Hotel Reservations: 877.945.8600. Condo Sales: 888.630.7770. marinagrandresort.com. Situated on the New Buffalo Harbor, this brand-new, boutique condo-hotel features luxury finishes and fixtures, european kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor seating areas, and stunning lake and harbor views. Pool facilities, fitness and game rooms, and a waterfront restaurant make up an impressive list of amenities. Buyers will benefit from the hotel management’s
maintenance and cleaning services and have the option to rent out their residence when not in use.
INdIANA weLcOme ceNTer 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. lakecountycvb.com. Sandy beaches, four lakefront casinos, arts and culture, family activities, historical sites, thousands of restaurants and year-round events and festivals are all just a short drive away from both Chicago and Southwest Michigan. the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Indiana Welcome Center will help visitors plan their trips to lake County. NOrThweST INdIANA SymphONy OrcheSTrA 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster. 219.836.0690. the orchestra, a group of 75 rostered professional musicians is under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor, Kirk Muspratt. the orchestra plays a full season of subscription concerts, in addition to a number of educational outreach initiatives, designed to allow interaction and personal involvement by students represented in each program. TALTree ArBOreTum & GArdeNS 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. this breathtaking 360-acre reserve is filled with formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Visitors can hike on the trails or view themed displays such as the Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands and—new this year—the railway Garden. Several outdoor concerts and special events take place at taltree throughout the season. TheATre AT The ceNTre 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecentre.com. this resident theater at the Center for Performing Arts puts on five mainstage productions, which attracts an audience of 50,000 annually. the theater also puts on productions just for younger audiences as well as offering theater classes for young people and other special events. vALpArAISO cOmmuNITy FeSTIvALS ANd eveNTS 1 6 2 W L i n c o l n w a y, V a l p a r a i s o . 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. Va l p a r a i s o C o m m u n i t y F e s t i v a l s & events, Inc. is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to sustaining the vitality of downtown Valparaiso through the cultivation of partnerships, the creation and promotion of the many festivals, events, and retail establishments that are a vital part of Valparaiso‛s downtown.
210 ArT SpAce 210 Water Street, Benton Harbor. 269.369.0833. 210 Art Space is a cultural center focused on bringing the arts and artistic events to the community of Benton Harbor. located in historic Benton Harbor, 210 Art Space’s creative exhibitions and events promise something for everyone. ANNA ruSSO-SIeBer GALLery 147 5th St, Benton Harbor. 269.208.4409. annarussoart.com. the ArS Gallery sits in the heart of the Benton Harbor arts district. Opened in 2010 by self-taught artist Anna russo-Seiber, the gallery offers exhibits and educational programs to establish a fulfilling arts and culture experience. BLue GALLery 16 S Elm St, Three Oaks. 574.276.6001. bluegalleryart.com. run by owner and art
The cITAdeL dANce & muSIc ceNTer 91 Hinkley Street (dance) and 204 Water Street (music), Benton Harbor. 269.925.9440. citadeldmc.org. the mission of the Citadel is to develop the skills and character of individuals through dance education and performance, and to offer high quality dance instruction to people of all ages and ethnicities for a reasonable fee. All instructors are professionally trained dancers bringing years of experience to the program. the staff of professionally trained musicians and vocal artists provide private lessons year-round for ages 5 through adult. Kindermusik is offered in terms throughout the year for infants to children age 7. emerALd AveNue 3401 Friday Rd, Coloma. theemeraldavenue. com. A collection of family-owned farms, wineries and small businesses based in Southwest Michigan, emerald Avenue offers the best in gourmet food and drinks and old-fashioned Michigan atmosphere. experience the rich flavors, engaging history and natural beauty of Southwest Michigan with a visit to emerald Avenue. FerNwOOd BOTANIcAL GArdeN & NATure preServe 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. Situated on 105 acres of cultivated and natural land, Fernwood is composed of gardens, forests and trails for visitors to peruse. An art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe and gift shop are also on site, and there are several learning and enrichment opportunities as well. JudITh rAchT GALLery 13707 Prairie Rd, Harbert. 269.469.1080. judithrachtgallery.com. located in an old schoolhouse in Harbert, Judith combines contemporary art with other treasures found at auctions and estate sales. She also shows folk art, furniture and quilts, along with offering interior design services. KrASL ArT ceNTer 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl.org. Owned and operated by the St. Joseph Art Association, Inc., the main gallery showcases a variety of art from historical to contemporary. the artlab is a gallery specific for audio/visual experimentation. Krasl also offers many educational opportunities and puts on an art fair in the summer. New BuFFALO BuSINeSS ASSOcIATION 888.660.6222. newbuffalo.org. the New Buffalo Business Association is made up of more than 100 members representing New Buffalo and neighboring communities.
rOAN & BLAcK 3 3 1 5 B l u e S t a r H w y, S a u g a t u c k . 678.777.8730. roanandblack.com. the vision behind roan & Black is to feature both contemporary art and found objects in the same place. the gallery features established and up-and-coming contemporary artists. SIGNAL pOINT cLuB 1475 W River Rd, Niles. 269.683.7073. signalpointgolf.com. Boasting a beautiful golf course, situated on bluffs next to the St. Joseph river, Signal Point Club is a serene and peaceful destination that compels visitors to return again and again. It is the finest manicured course in the area, with a challenging layout; requiring a variety of shots. the clubhouse, situated near the 9th and 18th greens, has eventhosting capabilities as well as a lovely view. SILver BeAch ceNTer 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.982.8500. silverbeachcarousel.com. Brand new to St. Joseph is this family-friendly center, which features an abundance of fun and unique activities for people of all ages. the primary attraction is the Silver Beach Carousel, a spectacular structure that features 44 colorful, hand-carved horses. Also at the center is Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone, the Shadowland Ballroom, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope. SOuThweSTerN mIchIGAN TOurIST cOuNcIL 2300 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor. 269.925.6301. swmichigan.org. the natural attractions of Southwest Michigan—the dunes, miles of scenic lake Michigan beach, rivers and parks with hiking trails and biking paths—offer beauty in every season. the friendly staff at this nonprofit organization can assist travelers whether they seek solitude or a group learning experience. wATer STreeT GALLery 98 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.8485. waterstreetgallery.com. this contemporary fine art gallery features original work by regional, national and international artists. Works include painting, glass and sculpture. the staff at Water Street will also help select art for private and corporate clients, and works closely with interior designers.
ALBerT’S dIAmONd JeweLerS 711 Main St, Schererville. 219.322.2700. albertsjewelers.com. Besides the fact that Albert’s showcases 12,000 square feet of jewelry, the store in itself is an entertainment destination. A bar, largescreen tV, dance floor and karaoke are among the many ways that patrons can let loose while browsing every type of fine jewelry imaginable. Brands include Cartier, Breitling, Omega, tacori, roberto Coin, David Yurman, Mikimoto, with more than 100 feet of bridal jewelry on display.
dArLING BOuTIQue 418 Franklin Square, Michigan City. 219.210.3298. darlingmc.com. Just opened in Spring of 2012, Darling Boutique works to bring together a unique collection of clothing, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. Jewelry designer Julie Biehl adds to the collection with her handcrafted jewelry. eLeGANce weddING ANd eveNING weAr 2820 Highway Ave, Highland. 219.923.0977. elegancewedding.net. With a dedication to its customers and commitment to excellence, elegance Wedding & evening Wear is a one-stop shop for all bridal needs, including gowns, jewelry and invitations. eNGSTrOm JeweLerS 820 E Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.369.6580. A new fixture of laPorte’s downtown is a branch of the Munster-based engstrom Jewelers. Offering fine-quality jewelry, diamond and gemstones, as well as repairs and custom design, engstrom adds a shimmer where once was a pawn shop. Brands include Gelin Abaci, Citizen Watch and Movado. INdIAN Summer, cheSTerTON 131 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9994. this women’s clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Connie’s Moonlight, Habitat, Miracle Body and San Diego Hat Co. the Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories, while the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory for those on the other side of the lake. Judee’S 1104 Indiana Ave, LaPorte. 219.324.6443. judees.com. Owner Judee Gartland and her daughter frequently travel to the garment districts in New York and Chicago to build the inventory in their store, which is situated in a stately Victorian home in downtown laPorte. Clothing for all occasions is available here, including formalwear. Designers include Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Neon Buddha, Alex evenings and Brighton bags and accessories. LIGhThOuSe pLAce premIum OuTLeTS 6 0 1 W a b a s h S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.6506. premiumoutlets.com. located near the lake in the historic district of Michigan City, this aptly named outlet store has become one of the largest shopping destinations in the region. With 120 outlet stores in an outdoor village setting, patrons will find savings at places like Burberry, Coach, J.Crew, Polo ralph lauren and tommy Hilfiger. mArTIN BINder JeweLer 23 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.5931. martinbinders.com. Martin Binder Jeweler is a family-owned jeweler located in downtown Valparaiso, IN. Since opening their doors in 1940, three generations of the Binder family have helped Martin Binder Jeweler grow from a small watchmaking shop to a destination for the finest diamonds, jewelry, Swiss-made timepieces, writing instruments, and giftware. their services include custom jewelry design, engraving, jewelry repairs and watch servicing. mOrIArTy’S Gem ArT 126 S Main, Crown Point. 800.348.4499. moregems.com. Owners and in-house artists Nancy and Steve Moriarty customdesign jewelry in platinum and 18- and
14-karat gold, using fine diamonds and rare collector gems. With thirty years in the business, world travel to tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and other international destinations, Moriarty’s has been recognized in the trade as one of the finest gem cutters and jewelry designers in the U.S.
creSceNT mOON 413 Phoenix Street, South Haven. 269.637.5119. Situated in downtown South Haven, this boutique features women’s apparel that ranges from dressy to casual to sportswear. Brands include lole, Fresh Produce, and Pure. Also available are shoes, jewelry and home décor items, including Mariposa serving pieces. eve BOuTIQue 318 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.4372. this boutique for women is a longtime favorite among visitors to downtown St. Joseph. Owned by rachel Arent, eve specializes in artisan-designed clothing and trendy jewelry and accessories. Some of the more popular designers found here include linda lundstrom, lee Andersen, Sympli, Painted Pony and Fenini. eve’s selection of linen clothing is wildly popular among customers. INdIAN Summer, New BuFFALO 126 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9994. this women’s clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Connie’s Moonlight, Habitat, Miracle Body and San Diego Hat Co. the the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory, while the Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories for those on the other side of the lake. IveLISe’S yArN ShOp 1 6 0 1 L a k e s h o r e D r, S t . J o s e p h . 269.925.0451. iyarnshop.com. Ivelise’s Yarn Shop is a full service knitting and crochet shop celebrating 50 years of continuous business in Southwest Michigan. the shop offers a large selection of yarns, featuring Madelintosh, Malabrigo, lorna laces, Cascade, Stonehedge, Plymouth and many more. there is also a large selection of both bamboo needles and addi turbos. STudIO K 43 E 8th St, Holland. 616.393.7900. this contemporary women’s boutique adds a spice of new flavor to Holland’s impeccable historic downtown district. Clothing (for work and play) from designers such as trina turk, Fashionista, Hale Bob and Joe’s Jeans are available in sizes two to twelve. A distinctive collection of handmade jewelry, belts and purses can also be found here. ThIrd cOAST SurF ShOp 212 State St, St. Joseph; 110-C N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.932.4575. With two stores a short drive from Chicago in beautiful St. Joseph and New Buffalo, Michigan, third Coast Surf Shop is the Great lakes premier source for everything freshwater surfing. their online surf shop offers the lake Michigan surfing forecast and order surf clothing, accessories, and gear. they also offer Great lakes surf schools, lessons, and rentals for all ages.
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New TerrITOry ArTS ASSOcIATION 210 Water Street, Benton Harbor. 269.926.1926. newterritoryarts.org. the New territory Arts Association strives to create a vital Benton Harbor Arts District through community outreach and advocacy of the arts. they are a 501©(3) grassroots organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Benton Harbor Arts District with a firm belief that Art Builds Community. the association focuses on bringing four main events to Benton Harbor every year: Art Hops, 3rd thursday Film Series, Benton Bizarro and their flagship fundraiser, Artoberfest.
OXBOw 3 4 3 5 R u p p r e c h t Wa y, S a u g a t u c k . 269.857.5811. ox-bow.org. Ox-Bow offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages in their career. With year-round programs that cater to degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow is a protected place where creative processes breakdown, reform, and mature. As much as Ox-Bow is a place, it is also an experience. through its affiliation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow offers one and two-week courses for credit and non-credit for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.
director Judy Ferrara, this well-known gallery features the works of more than 15 artists, including local notables like Joe Hindley and Kellie Pickard. Several art-related events take place here, including a gallery walk every third Saturday of the month, when the facility is open until 9 p.m.
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[libra] sePteMBer 23-OCtOBer 22 Key Words in August: Getting-What-You-Want. Since your ruler is Venus (love and creativity), you always have a number of desires. And this is the month to obtain them. Think this through. What do you want right now? Sidestep a harsh response. Kind words could work wonders.
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[leo] JUlY 23AUGUSt 22 key words in august: center Stage. it’s your favorite place to be—and this month is no exceptional. in fact, august is when the new Moon (new starts) takes place in the sun-sign of Leo, the Lion. and your own personal new year gets underway. Sidestep your well-hidden shyness. key words in September: Possessions and Lifestyle. it’s likely that the search for new sources of income is on your agenda. and it’s back to the drawing board to analyze the ways by which you can make it all happen. Sidestep being the reclusive you—when you should speak up!
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[virgo] AUGUSt 23SePteMBer 22 key words in august: confidential Matters. you do well when you work privately—either by yourself or with someone whom you trust. and this month finds you submerged in a myriad of facts and figures. Just know that the final word is yours. Sidestep any advice that isn’t you own.
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key word in September: Personal efforts. This is just great! The month of September contains the new Moon (new beginnings) in the sun-sign of Virgo, The Virgin. and it marks the start of your personal new year! Time now to luxuriate in detail. Sidestep any pace that isn’t your own.
Key Words in September: Working in Private. Actually, you do this all the time. But September is a special month, for your sense of detail is exceptionally strong now. Go through current situations and discover exactly which one needs your special touch—first! Sidestep hesitation. [scorpio] OCtOBer 23-nOVeMBer 22 Key Word in August: The Top of the Mountain. What’s involved here is nothing less than your career and its advancement. No small matter, at any time, August is the month in which you have significant planetary backup. So, move ahead with confidence. Sidestep direct confrontation.
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[pisces] FeBrUArY 19-MArCh 20 Key Words in August: Your Working Environment. It’s amazing that someone as low-key as you, can be such a dominant force in the workplace. This is due to Leo, the Lion, ruling that very sector. Be a kind and understanding Leader. It’s called for. Sidestep the outrageous idea. Key Word in September: New Alliances and Special Arrangements. Take care that you now advance with a clear understanding of what’s involved in several proposed agreements. A second opinion could prove invaluable at this point. Sidestep conflict to melt a tough situation. [aries] MArCh 21-APriL 20 Key Words in August: Heart Matters. For you, nothing— no person, no project, no situation—is as absorbing as a new challenge. It’s not everyone’s way. But for you, it works, especially when new challenges appear. And now is such a time. Sidestep vagueness and uncertainty.
Key Words in September: Your Secret Agenda. Now that’s something others would like very much to see. But not a chance. Your plans and your close-to-the-heart objectives are truly locked away. And they’re permeated with intricacy. Sidestep disregard for someone else’s feelings.
Key Words in September: The Work Scene. Whenever a work-related situation becomes a major part of the scenario, you’re instantly focused on the core idea. And in the process, you’ll leave no stone unturned in your search for the solution. Sidestep an unwillingness to even try.
[sagittarius] nOVeMBer 23-deCeMBer 21 Key Word in August: New Ideas and New Projects. You’re happiest whenever you’re focused on developing the newest item—whatever form it takes. Now is the month in which all this comes together. And long-distance travel could be part of the scenario. Sidestep game-playing.
[taurus] APriL 21-MAY 20 Key Words in August: Base-of-Operations—where-youlive and where-you-work. It would be worthwhile to step back and look at what exists. Are you happy? If not, work to change it, for you have great planetary backup now. Sidestep total isolation from those who care about you.
Key Words in September: Career and Advancement. It couldn’t have come a moment too soon. You’re more than ready to get on with the business at hand. Just be certain that all your facts and figures are in perfect order. Sidestep being aloof when you should be very interested.
Key Words in September: Close Ties. With exceptional ease, you can adore a flower, a fence, a bag of groceries. But at times, you have difficulty adoring others in your environment. Look within as your heart directs you to act favorably on this endeavor. Sidestep frostiness.
[capricorn] deCeMBer 22-JAnUArY 19 Key Word in August: Renewal. This includes a fresh start— mentally, emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually —in your Life. So, relax and allow the warm Sun of August to heal you thoroughly. It’s an excellent time. Sidestep any doubt about your ability, skill and talent.
[gemini] MAY 21-JUne 20 Key Words in August: Expressing Yourself. Calls, e-mails, text messages, and meetings are activities that you relish. And this is the month when you take center stage, as you reach out—here and at a distance—with new and incredible ideas. Sidestep a reluctance to be optimistic.
Key Words in September: Outlines, Concepts, and Formats. It’s just what you do so well. And so frequently, too, for the detail found it this kind of material—is everywhere in your world (business and personal). Sidestep doubt. Keep your conscious mind where your physical body is.
Key Words in September: Home and Home-Related Matters. Time now to decide on a totally new agenda regarding the care and management of your home. The time is right and the time is now. Whatever you do will have a very favorable effect on your social life. Sidestep impatience.
[aquarius] JAnUArY 20-FeBrUArY 18 Key Words in August: Alliances, Special Arrangements; even, the Sought-After Contract. Tread carefully now, for agreements will be offered to you this month. And you’ll want to check, and double-check, before you say “yes!” Sidestep a tendency to share facts/figures. This is confidential.
[cancer] JUne 21-JULY 22 Key Words in August: Sound Financial Plans. You have a very deep, even passionate, love of cash itself. You could even stare at it. Just be certain, however, that your current records are in up-to-the-minute order. Sidestep rescheduling matters of importance because fun beckons.
Key Word in September: Revitalization, on all levels— mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual. You know the value of this special month, because it’s the time when you can catch-up with yourself and your countless projects. Sidestep any inclination to go into hiding.
Key Words in September: All Forms of Communications. People, of all ages, forever seek you out. You do have a good listening ear. However, you must now seek out someone for the answers, for the go-ahead, or to renegotiate a certain matter. Do it now. Sidestep a tendency to sidestep.
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taste oF michigan city 4-10pm Fri, noon-10pm sat, between 7th & 4th on Franklin st, downtown Michigan City uptownartsdistrict.org Attendees to this event can sample a variety delicious foods from local restaurants, enjoy the beer and wine garden and experience live music and family entertainment along the streets of the Uptown Arts District.
umbrellas oF harbert 5pm, Center of the World showroom, 13400 red Arrow hwy, harbert. 269.469.1950 harbert-michigan.com Beginning June 30th, original, hand-painted, 9-foot market umbrellas designed by various artists will be displayed along Red Arrow Highway. During the event, the umbrellas will be sold at a charity auction. The evening also features live music, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres.
windy city wine FestiVal 4-10pm Fri, 2-8pm sat Buckingham Fountain, 500 s Columbus dr, Chicago 847.382.3270. windycitywinefestival.com. Wine lovers can sample more than 345 wines from around the world at this two-day event. Activities include wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and live music, plus some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers offer their signature dishes.
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Valparaiso popcorn FestiVal Central Park Plaza downtown Valparaiso 219.464.8332 valparaisoevents.com Now in its 35th year, the this annual festival offers fun activities for all ages with more than 200 arts and crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids’ games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, the nation’s first Popcorn Parade and more.
the secret oF cork soles and lucky shoes by PAT COLANDER
Women’s relationships with shoes has long been fraught and pre-dates Imelda Marcos, Carrie Bradshaw and Lady Gaga by many years. My mother routinely wore 3-4 inch spike heels when going out at night and then during the day when she was working part-time in an office.
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y grandmother, a sixth grade teacher, wore sensible pumps to work, but nevertheless heels. Heels came after nylons and garter belts as a right of passage and were about as big a deal as a new pair of Keds. Saddle shoes, Hush Puppies and penny loafers were signals for the status-conscious in my all-girl high school, but those shoes were symbols of how much your parents were willing to spend on a pair of shoes you were still going to grow out of by the end of the year. Shoes that gave your blisters? Shoes that didn’t fit properly? As my mother said, with the authority of the Coco Chanel of Chicago and the experience of wearing spike heels all the time, “You must suffer for beauty.” Chinese kids were already the poster children for starvation, now we had further reason to pray for the girls. “In China, they bind girls’ feet so they don’t become unattractively large,” my grandmother explained.
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Be happy, our rigid, Betty Draper-like women role models told us, you could be in even more pain. Or, you could be tall. Yes, Jackie Kennedy may have size 10 feet, but she can get away with it because she’s beautiful. And, by the way, are you really wearing a size eight-and-a-half already? Do they even make shoes for women in those big sizes? Shoes were not a fashion statement in the 1970s, shoes were a political statement. If I was in a situation that I could not be barefoot, I wore a pair of hippie handmade leather moccasins or sandals with wood platforms crossed by leather straps. Once I got serious about my career I got serious about shoes too. Good-looking high-quality shoes became an increasingly critical part of my wardrobe. My first truly professional shoes were Charles Jourdan, tan suede with a three-inch-wood wedge heel purchased at Bonwit teller. I found them vaguely uncomfortable, but they were a good point of adaptation. I moved in with a roommate who advised us both to wear open toe pumps by Bruno Magli, an Italian designer brand that was very big in the 1980s, because they fit well and looked good. I stuck with this basic idea for many years and still have a fondness for Bruno Maglis. I’ve been told by numerous shoe sales people that even though I wasn’t finding the exact shoe that could replace whatever my current Bruno Magli favorite was at the time, that I should send the old Bruno Maglis off to Bruno Magli heaven even if it meant possibly trying another brand. Bruno Maglis and I were together for a long-time. I once bought a khaki-suit to match a khaki-colored pair of open-toe Bruno Maglis. I was wearing navy blue Bruno Maglis which got soaked by walking in puddles made by rain in New Orleans that would soon turn into Hurricane Katrina. I also rescued two pairs of Bruno Maglis from the New Orleans Neiman Marcus—one animal print, one black and grey suede—which would have been wiped out by the flood if I hadn’t removed them. (there was some intrigue involved with my surreptitious return to the store without my husband. the subterfuge had long since become a way of life when shoe shopping. No husbands, no receipts, no trace of payment.) By the time of the dawn of true shoe madness began at the turn of the century, I was winding down—and so was Bruno Magli, losing market share to Badgley Mischka, Brian Atwood, Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Giuseppe Zanotti and hundreds of other designers. While I still wear high heels, it’s not very often. I frequently have to stand for prolonged periods of time at social events and if I manage to bandage my feet, my back makes sure I do not totally get off the hook without a few days on anti-inflammatories. And yet the relentless lure of the beautiful shoe still hovers: An ill-timed visit to Zappos.com resulting in a pair of unwearables stashed in the back of a closet and more close-calls than I want to think about. (A pair of high-priced, high-quality fringed leather boots by Ash but not in my size, for instance.) the faint hope that springs eternal is the only reasonable explanation for why I continue to occasionally try on a high-heeled shoe. Cork was what drew me to try the lucky Brand high wedge shoe at the department store. (I have been convinced over time that you have to try shoes on, mail order doesn’t cut it.) I was shocked as any one that the lucky shoes were not only inexpensive, a great color and extremely comfortable, I loved them as much as I have ever loved any pair of shoes. the cork wedge is so lightweight it doesn’t bother my tilted foot. My back doesn’t have to curl in pain since my tilted feet are not on fire. A modern miracle. Of course, I did the right thing and purchased the same shoe in two more colors for 25 percent less on the web. And just like that, I’m back in the game.
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