The business community supporting Chicago’s most celebrated street — the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association — hosted its members at a quarterly luncheon June 26 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 N. Michigan). Local power players, including Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Harry Caray’s managing partner Grant DePorter and Macy’s VP Andrea Schwartz, attended the lunch, which included a discussion with Sun-Times parent company Wrapports chairman Michael Ferro.
Your weekends will never be the same: On June 26, Reader editor Mara Shalhoup and Splash editor/publisher Susanna Negovan welcomed 200 guests to a party celebrating the launch of Agenda, a new Friday section in the Chicago Sun-Times covering arts, culture and events, as well as the addition of entertainment content in Sunday Splash.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State) spread the news June 20, hosting the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights’ Out of Many, One — E Pluribus Unum benefit. Guests, including Amalia Rioja, Lisa Madigan, Toni Preckwinkle and Tom Cross, toasted the organization’s 27th anniversary while Esther Lopez, Clare Muñana and Erku Yimer were honored for their trailblazing work in advancing immigrant rights.
On June 21 guests joined Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, and journalist Peter Gammons to raise more than $150,000 for Chicago youth at the second annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Guests such as Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and actor Joel Murray turned out to Metro (3730 N. Clark) to help make the evening a success. Performances by Poi Dog Pondering and Hot Stove All-Stars rocked the house with a guest performance by Gammons, Epstein and Kasper that stole the show. The bi-annual event has raised more that $5.5 million for the Jimmy Fund and Foundation To Be Named Later, founded in 2005 by Epstein and brother, Paul.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Oscar winner, People Magazine’s 2013 Most Beautiful Woman and — as of June 15 — winner of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s prestigious Renaissance Award. More than 400 guests, including the Film Center’s Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin and Siskel’s widow Marlene Iglitzen, rolled out the red carpet at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson) to honor the movie star, who sparkled in an Alexander McQueen minidress and Pomellato jewelry.
Horticulture met haute couture June 12, when 31 landscape artists and floral designers sent botanical creations down the runway at Fleurotica, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago). Pre-show, models dressed in floral-inspired looks from Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue greeted guests during the cocktail hour, then co-chairs Deirdre Koldyke, Whitney Lasky and Shauna Montgomery helped kick off the runway show, where designers like Jennifer De Muth and Kyle Hustedt of H. Bloom and Jeff Jonas and Jose Llera of Mariano’s Fresh Market showcased garments made entirely of plants and flowers.