The city of Evanston warmly welcomed a new addition to its community Aug. 15 at the grand opening of the Amli Evanston apartment homes. Guests kicked off the bash with a Champagne toast on the building’s rooftop terrace, then sipped drinks and snacked on appetizers courtesy of Koi and Oceanique while listening to the smooth sounds of the Jerry Tiberi Jazz Trio.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stepped off the field and onto the philanthropic scene Aug. 14 for his inaugural Cook-Off for Cancer event at Café Brauer (2021 N. Stockton).
The Langham Hotel Chicago recently swung open the doors, making it the brand’s third U.S. location (330 N. Wabash), and Aug. 12, the luxury hotel welcomed 200 guests to celebrate the opening of its second-floor restaurant, Travelle. Attendees joined the hotel’s architect and grandson of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Dirk Lohan, Managing Director Bob Schofield and General Manager Joe Aguilera and snacked on savory Mediterranean-inspired bites by chef Tim Graham, including chickpea panisse with harissa aioli and smoked whitefish rillettes. Later, they enjoyed pastry chef Scott Green’s lime tamarind panna cotta with sour cherries and ginger tuile. Local band Lake Effect topped off the night by performing in Travelle’s lounge, which overlooks the Chicago River. Photos by Jack Edinger
Last August, I was having breakfast with Justine Fedak at East Bank Club when she told me she had quit drinking. She found herself having to explain to people she barely knew that her MS medication had restricted her ability to enjoy alcoholic beverages – thereby outing her as someone who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for more than a decade. (As a long-distance runner and high-energy bank executive, her “invisible disability” was easy for her to hide.) “That’s a story,” I told her, asking her to write a Daily Splash column for the Sun-Times. An hour later, it arrived in my inbox.
Grammy-winning artist Sheryl Crow rocked the house at Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, held Aug. 9 at Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph). Nearly 2,000 guests attended the annual bash, which has raised more than $50 million to fight childhood illness, cancer and HIV/AIDS over the past 31 years. Macy’s VP Andrea Schwartz walked the red carpet with Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren, who later introduced the runway show, packed with fall fashions from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Jules, Tommy Hilfiger and more. After the show, guests joined co-chair Candace Jordan, WMAQ-Channel 5’s Alicia Roman and Platinum Events’ Justin Jacobson for the rooftop after-party, where they sipped Patron-based cocktails. The event raised more than $250,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Photos by Sofia Spentzas
For 19 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State) has been hosting the Black Harvest Film Festival, a month-long movie series that celebrates the African diaspora. On Aug. 2, more than 200 guests joined board member Chaga Walton, event chair Ellen Sandor and the film center’s Executive Director, Jean de St. Aubin, to kick off the festival with Black Harvest Feast, a program of four short films produced by up-and-coming talent. NBC-Channel 5’s LeeAnn Trotter served as emcee and Deloris Jordan presented this year’s Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership to installation artist and activist Theaster Gates, who works to revitalize inner city neighborhoods.
It’s hard to imagine a more stylish afternoon than the Service Club of Chicago’s annual Day on the Terrace fashion show, held Aug. 5 at the Peninsula Hotel Chicago (108 E. Superior). This year’s event — themed “Disco: That Was Then, This is Now” — was the largest yet, featuring more than 80 looks from top clothiers, including Escada, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang, as well as local lines Elda de la Rosa and Starr Couture.
Famed British designer Antonio Berardi joined 100 women for an elegant evening hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue in the Library Room at Public Hotel (1301 N. State) July 30. Models donned tailored, feminine pieces from Berardi’s fall and resort collections and mingled with guests who sipped cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres such as miso salmon tartare by chef Moosah Reaume. After the party, Berardi joined an intimate group, including Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director Julie Saunders and Onward Luxury Group’s Ladan Amin, for dinner in the Pump Room.
To raise awareness for ovarian cancer, the leadership committee of the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) welcomed 150 guests to the inaugural Susan M. Roman Scholarship Awards Dinner, held July 21 at The Signature Room at the 95th (875 N. Michigan).