The Chicago skyline served as the perfect backdrop to the Celestial Ball (1300 S. Lake Shore), hosted by the Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board Sept. 7. Honorary chair Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. and co-chairs Elisa Primavera-Bailey, Linda Gerstman, Donna Beering, decor chair Rebecca Childers Caleel and more than 700 guests danced to Motown, soul, disco, Top 40 and Big Band hits from local band SWAY Chicago.
Splash celebrated one year of style Aug. 29, surrounded by 300 friends at the Underground (56 W. Illinois). Guests such as Splash columnist and “America’s Next Top Model” winner Jaslene Gonzalez, Macy’s Andrea Schwartz and Rockit Ranch Production’s Arturo Gomez, plus friends Amy Olson, Chris Dexter, Charles Hocevar and Cathie Haley, sipped Peroni and Santa Margherita prosecco and wine while jamming to tunes from DJ Megan Taylor.
More than 300 guests brought their appetites to Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan) Aug. 27 for A Magnificent Taste. Chefs, including Table 52’s Art Smith, Frontera Grill and Topolobampo’s Rick Bayless and Little Market’s Ryan Poli, served up seasonal treats at the food-centric event, which was part of the second week of the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, presented by MasterCard.
Guests turned out to Lulu’s on the Avenue (900 N. Michigan) Aug. 27 for the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival’s Napier Jewelry Book event and perused vintage costume jewelry pieces including pieces from Lulu’s owner Laurie Davis’ private collection. Author Melinda Lewis was in attendance for a meet and greet for her new book, The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry.
Splash columnist Jenny McCarthy wooed hundreds of well-heeled partygoers to St. Charles Aug. 24 for a “Dancing with the Stars”-themed evening benefiting her son’s school, Bridges Montessori Academy. Guests included Jenny’s new love Donnie Wahlberg, [past “DWTS” winners] Kelly Monaco and Drew Lachey, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his wife Kristin Cavallari, and Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp.
The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association kicked off 12 days of the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Aug. 22 with some serious star power. Guest host and Emmy-nominated “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks walked the red carpet at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan) clad in Stella McCartney, Alice + Olivia, Jimmy Choo and local jewelry lines Dana Rebecca Designs and Lana Jewelry.