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It was a packed house at the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois) Aug. 15, as 700 guests gathered to celebrate Step Up Women’s Network’s third annual Shine & Dine. Co-chairs Christina Manuel and Marcy Twete joined guests like ABC’s “Betrayal” star Chris Johnson to sample dishes from local restaurants Carnivale, RL and Quay.
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).
Dear Jenny, I am the mother of a 29-year-old son. He is well-educated, athletic, good-looking and has a good job and an active social life. My concern is that he seems to have anxiety when it comes to dating. He’s never had a long-term relationship and will go on a date here and there, but nothing more. He doesn’t seem interested in the dating websites. I try not to say anything, because I don’t want to cause stress in our relationship, and my husband says that we should let it play out, and my son will settle down when he is ready. I think that my husband and I have provided good role models as far as relationships go, but I can’t help but wonder what we could have done wrong to make him feel this way. I need to know what I can do to encourage him, or if I need to stay silent. I have a brother who is 46 and never settled down, and I guess I worry that my son will be the same way. Thanks for any advice! — K in Illinois
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