When I tweeted the question, “What is the secret of happiness?” I was immediately hit with a full spectrum of responses. Many said, “To love yourself”, “Doing what you love,” “Having courage” and, unsurprisingly, some said, “Alcohol.” This question is, of course, subjective for each person, but I wanted to find out if there was one real, tangible secret to happiness.
“Chicago doesn’t get enough credit for being fashion-forward,” says David Arbuthnot, CEO of men’s brand GANT. Arbuthnot is certainly doing his part for our city’s sartorial reputation: GANT Rugger, a fashion-forward arm of GANT, opened up its largest U.S. shop — and its first Midwest outpost — in Bucktown in July.
Chicago native Aimee Garcia, currently starring in the eighth and final season of “Dexter,” has come a long way. “I started acting in McDonald’s commercials with Michael Jordan and Sammy Sosa when I was a kid,” she says. Now, at 34, Garcia is thrilled to have a role she can truly sink her teeth into: that of Jamie Batista, nanny to Dexter Morgan’s son Harrison. According to Garcia, this season may be the most intense yet for Jamie, who’s forging a deeper relationship with the surreptitious serial killer.
The folks at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) have never been afraid of a bold move, whether it’s setting up shop on Navy Pier or developing the richly varied “World Stage” series, which brings major companies from all over the globe to Chicago. So perhaps it’s not surprising that when the organization decided to launch a free summer program last year, it went at it full-bore.
Will Yun Lee is not a bad guy — though one look at his film resume might lead you to believe otherwise. He’s portrayed a colonel hell-bent on world domination in “Die Another Day” and an evil, mystic warrior in “Elektra,” and now, he’s ninja leader Harada in this summer’s blockbuster “The Wolverine.”
Diane Khania and John Lourmas first met as college students in 2002 at a beach party in Chicago, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2010 — when Khania tapped Lourmas’ Greek side to help write a toast for a Greek-speaking friend’s wedding — that things turned serious. The couple tied the knot May 18 and enlisted the help of event planner Penny Anadiotis to fuse their Persian and Greek cultures throughout the celebration. “Food and family are important to both of us, so we welcomed them with open arms,” says Khania.
It’s natural to want to compare Mott St, the latest venture from chef Edward Kim, with its slightly older, award-winning sibling Ruxbin (851 N. Ashland). Both restaurants feature the chef’s wildly inventive dishes, as well as reclaimed interior design elements in effortlessly cool atmospheres. But Kim is quick to point out what makes Mott St unique: “It’s a much bigger space, and the food is visceral, playful and meant to be shared.”