Shades from Ellison eyewear proved to be the perfect accessory at The Kensington Roof Garden & Lounge (812 N. Orleans) July 27. The summer sun beat down as 200 guests turned out to celebrate the launch of the local sunglass line and shop the brand’s selection of 16 styles, all sourced in Italy and handcrafted in Greece. Supporters sipped specialty cocktails provided by The Kensington, fueled up with bites from 25 Degrees, Barn & Company and Hubbard Inn and paused to hear company founders Chris Grigoriou, Aristotle Loumis and Ravi Patel — all looking dapper in custom suits from local bespoke menswear line J. Toor — speak about their journey building Ellison. The afternoon also made a philanthropic impact: Nonprofit event partner Selfless was on-hand taking donations, which will provide seven children with prosthetic eye surgeries. Splash was the media sponsor of this event. Photos by James Atkins
• “Sigharitiria” to Grecian Delight founder Peter Parthenis Sr. and his son Peter Parthenis Jr., who are celebrating 40 years of dishing out mouth-watering gyros to restaurants around the country. The Elk Grove Village-based company has grown to include more than 400 distributors since its founding in 1974.