Got the post-holiday blues? Lighten up at The Comedy Bar on Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5, where actor and comedian (and Daily Splash columnist) Jim Belushi will be doling out his trademark brand of brash humor. Belushi recently joined co-owner Kyle Lane in relaunching the River North bar (read more about his new project here) located on the ground floor of the Ontourage nightclub (157 W. Ontario). Joining him for the weekend set is headliner and Chicago native Lil Rel, who’s recently been cast in Fox’s reboot of “In Living Color” and was chosen as one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2012. Performances are at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight on Friday, and at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday. For tickets and more info, visit Comedybarchicago.com.
Now that Evan is older, a question I am frequently asked is, “How are you going to handle the situation when Evan starts reading your books, watching your movies, and (gasp!) looking at your Playboy spreads?” To which I abruptly answer, “I discourage his desire to read!” While that is obviously a joke and clearly not the case, I don’t actually know how I will handle these situations. And with the Internet fast becoming a world we share with our children, information about YOU is quite accessible to your little darlings.
A while back I Tweeted this question: Poll: You open your car door and it may hit a nearby car. To save the car door, you must drop your phone. Which do you sacrifice? Why? Answers came in for days declaring your hardcore love for your phones. I mean, you people are willing to take a bullet for your little electronic lifeline, that much was obvious. There were also many of you that reminded the rest of us that karma is a real thing, and to sacrifice your own belongings before someone else’s.
January Wong and Jordan Wishner first met at 16 through a mutual friend, but it was charity work that brought them closer after college. While they were both serving on the junior board for Linda’s Hope — a local cancer nonprofit — they built a friendship that turned romantic in 2007 after sharing a cab ride together from an event. Three years later, Wishner, owner of the Health Insurance Shoppe, popped the question with a custom designed Lester Lampert ring.
We were delighted to learn this gorgeous Organic Coil bracelet ($170) (above), which bends and spirals elegantly around the wrist, is made of 100 percent wood. Chicago artist Gustav Reyes uses a modern “cold bend” technique to create wood jewelry that moves easily when you do. GustavReyes.com
MADE FOR WALKING Chicago-based line Ifeanyi Chuku offers a colorful take on a classic loafer: the Omu ($275) (above). Crafted from suede in Bologna, Italy, the shoes are designed to become softer over time. Both men’s and women’s styles available at Ifeanyichuku.com.
Why buy new? “Besides pristine floors and walls and fresh appliances, the associated costs — from assessments to potential repairs — can be lower because of new state-of-the-art building materials and mechanicals that offer energy efficiencies and sport warranties,” says Coldwell Banker broker Stephanie Englund-Siegel. Unfortunately, new construction residences can be hard to find thanks to the housing market crash in 2008. In fact, last month Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago President John Wozniak noted that new residences have dropped from a high of 36,000 six years ago to less than 3,000 annually.