Ali Larter cringes at the memory of her first dinner party, a disastrous affair she threw as a “young, struggling actress” in New York City. “I wanted it to be chic and I wanted everyone to relax, so I didn’t start cooking until 10:30 p.m.,” she recalls over lunch at Fred’s at Barneys in the Gold Coast.
More than 3,000 Chicagoans helped set the stage for the opening of The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 59th season. The Oct. 5 bash began with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s rendition of “Otello,” starring Johan Botha, Ana María Martínez and Falk Struckmann, at the Civic Opera House (20 N. Wacker).
There’s no doubt that pink is October’s hottest color, as it’s the designated hue for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But it strikes more than just a charitable tone: Pink is rocking the Chicago party scene, popping up in flirty cocktail dresses and embellished gowns.
Summer festival season is over, but don’t put your concert-wear away just yet: There are a slew of spectacular live shows set to rip through Chicago this fall. From neo-soul to noise-pop, don’t miss these must-see acts, hitting town through the end of November.