Summer may be but a distant memory, but it’s always sunny at Lettuce Entertain You’s latest restaurant, Summer House Santa Monica. A beachy California vibe pervades both the décor and cuisine of the new Lincoln Park spot, owned by RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman, along with chefs and partners Jeff Mahin (M Street Kitchen, Stella Barra) and Francis Brennan (L2O, Do-Rite Donuts).
I shop — a lot. I can rationalize my habit because I start each morning on TV (WFLD-Channel 32’s “Good Day Chicago” at 9 a.m.) and host nighttime events throughout the week, so I need a lot of clothes. But I’m not wasteful; you’ll often spot me in a dress I bought five years ago that (hopefully) looks just as current as the one I bought last week.