Most women I talked to didn’t have a problem hiring a hot sitter. Their defense was, ”good babysitters are hard to come by and most cute college girls seem trustworthy.” Sure, trustworthy with your baby — but what about your spouse?
Val Warner lights up the set of WLS-Channel7’s “Windy City Live” every morning, but on Feb. 15 she shined even brighter than usual when she hosted 150 friends and fans at Hotel 71 for her engagement party to Illinois State Police Special Agent Jeff Cartwright. Just weeks prior, the duo had set the wedding date on-air during a special segment. “The viewers love to be involved, and this was my way of letting everybody in,” she says. The momentum of the announcement gave her the boost she needed to plan the bash along with help from the show’s entertainment contributor, Debi Lilly. The pair’s efforts paid off: The party was packed with Warner’s colleagues, both from “Windy City Live” and her previous gig on the WGN Morning News, including Ana Belaval and Pat Tomasulo.
Sundays have always been a day to dine with family, and nobody understands that better than Wood co-owners Franco Gianni and Gary Zickel. The pair have been partners in business and in life for nearly 10 years — their past projects include Sushi Wabi and Tank Sushi — and chose the name of the restaurant as an homage to Gianni’s father, who died shortly before the spot’s launch last summer. “He was in the woodworking business, and he always wanted me to be a part of that,” explains Gianni. “This is my tribute to him.”
No one would blame Ian Schrager for being exhausted. The hotelier has spent decades revolutionizing the way we sleep while away from home — in fact, he’s credited with creating the boutique hotel, opening The Morgan in Manhattan in 1984 and making what was once a relatively staid enterprise into a hip destination.
When a woman has the daring to ditch simple styles and show off a little skin, a form-fitting and strategically slashed dress is the way to go. Chicago beauties have opened up to keyhole bodices, barely-there sleeves and creative shoulder cuts (appropriately called “cold shoulders”) in what might be the season’s sexiest on-the-town trend. Not for wallflowers, it’s a look that takes bravery and a trained eye, as it’s easy to leave a little too much on the cutting room floor. Keep the reveal tasteful with simple makeup, accessories and, of course, a megawatt smile. It’s a look that’s shear perfection.
River North got a rustic Italian makeover Feb. 15, when former “Top Chef” contestant Fabio Viviani and partners David Rekhson and Lucas Stoioff of DineAmic restaurant group celebrated the grand opening of their new concept, Siena Tavern. The Splash-sponsored event was packed with famous faces like “Chicago Fire” stars David Eigenberg and Monica Raymund, as well as “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Heather Dubrow. Partygoers mingled with Viviani while sipping on spiked punches and snacking on inventive Italian food, like Kobe beef meatballs and tuna sashimi with rosemary and garlic.
Last month’s Single Girl vs. Married Girl was such a success that married girl (@SurferWife) and I decided to get even more personal. We are giving up the details on what happens in our bedrooms. Certainly we single girls can’t be so different in the sack than you married girls. Or can we?