Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Second City Styles Fashion Birthday Bash!

RSVP Today For Second City Style's Fashion Birthday Bash! Join Second City Style to celebrate three years of the best in fashion & beauty reporting with a birthday party redefined. Delight in decadent sweets, fun fashion inspired party games, hors d’oeuvres and of course, cocktails. Meet the designers of the and get a peek at must-haves for fall.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Place: W Chicago - City Center
172 W. Adams

Admission is free, but you must RSVP! Attendees must be 21 years of age or older and I.D. will be requested at the door. RSVP by September 15, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Martini's in the City

Martinis & the City re-invigorates the traditional girls’ night out in a smart and sexy fashion. Every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., Martini Park will host a new partner that will cater to the unique lifestyles and interests of Chicago women.

Nikki Vain, a Chicago based jewelry and accessory company, kicks off Martinis & the City with an exclusive trunk show. The girls will have the opportunity to shop this unique line of fun and sophisticated gold, silver, leather and charm pieces, including an assortment of necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and trendy wraps not available anywhere else.

To celebrate the launch, A:M Vodka, the world’s first ultra-premium caffeine cocktail, will provide complimentary cocktails.

Indulge on the Terrace at the Peninsula

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Disarita Summer Soiree

RSVP here:

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Satellite Party Invite for LOLLA

Lollapalooza Afterparties

Friday's after party at Reggies. Sponsored by Spin


Perry Farrell Beatport's Satellite Party
Belvedere vodka bar / Deadmau5, Danny Masterson / 11pm-5am
Golan Studios
1501 N. Magnolia Ave.,
No-Man's-Land East of Wicker Park

Print out the official invite for admission.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Capture the Night - Gen Art Event on Thursday July 31

Join us for free cocktails atop the W Hotel Lakeshore as we show off our skills in Acura's national campaign for the TSX coupe entitled "Capture the Night." Darkroom Demons has been selected as one of the 6 emerging Photo talents to convey the sexiness, mystery and energy of Acura's newest coupe. The gallery show also includes work from NYC's Nikola Tamdzic, Ben Ritter, and LA's Ellei J of Shadowscene. This is an exclusive opportunity to see the country's finest nightlife photography blown up and in one room. Tyler Curtis and Matt Reeves will be shooting on site, uploading the results in real time on plasmas for your viewing pleasure. The Party coincides with the One Year Anniversary launch of, so come support the "artists" that are always taking your picture!

Event time- 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

must rsvp to

Thursday, July 24, 2008

OAR plays for free today

Free concert today with OAR from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. today at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thrillist Launch Party

Thrillist the daily email that gives you very interesting ideas about new things popping up in Chicago is having their launch party next Wednesday. You must RSVP on their website to attend!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thought for the day

The Warehouse Sale- This weekend

The Warehouse sale is back and its not to miss!

The Warehouse Sale's Designer Denim Sample Sale
McCormick Place Chicago
2301 S. Dr. Martin L. King Dr.
South Building - S105
Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12

For 2 days only, L.A.’s largest premium denim sale will be in Chicago at McCormick Place. Don’t miss your chance to buy high-end designer jeans for men and women at bargain basement prices. At The Warehouse Sale, receive up to 80% off top designers and over 20,000 items for you to choose from.

Designer collections will include: 1921, 2B Free, 7 For All Mankind, AG Jeans, Antik Denim, BCBG Max Azria, Chip & Pepper, Christian Audigier, Citizens of Humanity, Diesel, Ed Hardy, Evisu, Frankie B, J & Company, Rich & Skinny, Rock & Republic, Taverniti SO, True Religion, WeSC and William Rast.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Date My Ex Party @ Lumen July 15th

Come celebrate the premiere of BRAVO'S new dating competition DATE MY EX. Recycle your ex by putting them up for auction to benefit a good cause- the Natural Resources Defense Council.

VIP Open Bar Provided By Date My Ex- With RSVP Only



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Thursday night fun at Enclave

Thursday, July 10th, Enclave and Rubi Rey present The 86Collective!! Join us for COMPLIMENTARY RUBI REY COCKTAILS FROM 7-10PM!!! The 86Collective comes to Enclave in Chicago and promises to alter your existing impression of art. This event is one to stimulate your every sense and feeling. Innovative European technologies will showcase the unique digital artwork and create an interactive experience for you to become part of the work. RUBI REY RUM will astound your taste buds with extraordinarily infused foods and selectively crafted cocktails.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Free Starfruit for Independence Day Weekend!

Starfruit is giving out free tasty yogurt this holiday weekend :-)

Please print this coupon and bring in to Starfruit July 4-6 and receive FREE red, white and blue toppings.

Lollapalooza Ticket Giveaway:

Lollapalooza might be over a month a way, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning how to score some FREE tickets. Enter Starfruit. Now through July 27 when you buy a $30 value cosmic card you are entered to win 2 Lollapalooza tickets. The winner will be announced on July 27 (a week before the concert).

NEW Summer Toppings:

Looking for a great summer treat? A big scoop of summer fruit cobbler goes perfectly with frozen kefir. Starfruit will offer a different summer fruit cobbler topping each week. Cobbler toppings will range from cherry to peach to whatever the fruit of the day!

About Starfruit:

While similar in tart taste and creamy texture to typical yogurt, Kefir boasts ten live or “probiotic” cultures to yogurts two or three. Probiotic cultures encourage the growth of good bacteria in the digestive system and ultimately prove to enhance the immune system, fight fatigue, promote weight loss, aid in vitamin and mineral absorption, and ease lactose intolerance. Offering options consisting of everything from customized Kefir parfaits, and blended Kefir smoothies, for early risers, to frozen kefir confections for those craving a late-night sweet treat, Starfruit satisfies the pickiest of palettes.

Spring/Summer Store Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 8 am – 11 PM, Friday – Saturday 8 am – 2 am.

Starfruit is located at 1745 W. Division Street in Chicago, IL 60622. On the internet, please visit

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Heath Ledger Oscar Buzz

Forget Sex and the City, the most anticipated movie of the summer is The Dark Knight and critics are already saying that Heath Ledger should win an Oscar for his performance in the flick.

Peters Travers from Rolling Stone said Ledger was mad-crazy-brilliant as the Joker and creates "a joker for all ages."

Heath Ledger died in January and will be honored in the end credits of the film.

This just makes me so more excited to see this movie!

Wednesday night parties

Last night checked out the SHE Boutique anniversary party at their store in Lincoln Park. A dj provided some great tunes to listen to while all the chicago trendy girls shopped. I have to say everyone was dressed so well. It made me feel so proud of all the fashionable women in Chicago. I did see some horrible outfits though.. like the lacy number that looked like lingerie with a sweater over it and the worst a grey pantsuit with skinny belt. As a friend of mine critiqued our dislike for the ensemble my friend Kristin chimed in with her genuine "I like it though.. I really like it"

Outside we were approached by an "editor" of Chicago Collection magazine thats having a sample sale of all the beauty products she has gotten from companies by working at the magazine. This girl sketched me out so much! Not only is it illegal to sell promotional items from companies but her whole awkwardness bothered me. Maybe it was the million questions I started to ask her, I don't know. But anyways, they will be setting up a stand at the Bucktown Library on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

After the SHE Party, we headed to Violet Hour for their One Year Anniversary hosted by Don Julio and Esquire. I tried some expensive tequila and had an awesome brovo tequila cocktail - very fruity but with hints of bitters. Cocktail waitresses were walking around with interesting appetizers my favorite being a banana peanut butter bacon dessert. I know it sounds so weird but it was amazing!

So, it was a great party night and the plus side of it was that I made it to work this morning :-)

Lots is going on in Chicago this weekend.

A couple things I'll highlight for you...

Friday night-
1.) Castaways is having a party with Too White Crew playing
2.) Avenue M is hosting there one year anniversary

1.) Cubs and Sox are playing at the Cell. I'll be there cheering on the Cubbies!
2.) Stevie Wonder is playing T.O.C. (I'm so sad I will miss seeing my idol)

1) Gay Pride parade is going on!

There's just a few for you. There's so much more going on.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Back in Chicago!

Got back to the city Late Saturday night and although I had a great time in LA, its nice to be back home. I missed my dog Francie a lot! It was weird to wake up and not have to take her out, etc... I wasn't used to it. It was also hot as hell in LA. The temps were over 100 degrees inland. Closer to the water it was more manageable! I'll be back this afternoon with some stuff going on this week!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Get Smart

I had the chance to go to pre-screening of the movie Get Smart last night and the movie is hilarious! I definitely recommend this as a good classic action/funny movie. Steve Carrell plays the funny/action man part well and Anne Hathaway was a lot better than I expected her to be. I give the flick a thumbs UP! The movie officially opens on Friday!

Monday, June 16, 2008

US Hot Hollywood Party

Lumen is hosting the US Hot Hollywood Party on Thursday...

Nice Weekend - Nice Week!

I had a nice, relaxed weekend AWAY from my apartment and from the city which I can tell you was very relieving. It's nice to get away and RELAX. I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets and got to play with my dog Francie on the beach. You know, sometimes you need to just get away. Your phone is off and you can just chill and relax. Anyways, I caught the tail end of the Wells Street Arts Festival with some friends had a nice sushi dinner on Sunday and got back to work this Monday. I'm leaving for LA on Wednesday so it looks I'll be missing some fun stuff going on in Chicago this week, but posting for ya anyways...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gen Art Film Festival June 23-27

Giving you all a heads up that the GenArt Film Festival is coming up soon - with quite a few good flicks to check out!  I'm zeroing in on The Last Word on 6/24 with afterparty at Zed 451.

Tonight :-) @ Empty Bottle

dancing machines unite!

Tasteful Art of the Avenues This Friday June 13th

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bad Tomato!

Well, I'm staying away from one of my favorite fruits right now.. :-(

About 70 people across several states have been diagnosed as having been infected with Salmonella Saintpaul. The Center for Disease Control has identified consumption of raw tomatoes as the likely source of the problem.
Roma Tomatoes Judy Hedding The specific type and source of tomatoes aren't yet certain, but preliminary data suggest that large tomatoes, including Roma and red round are the source.
Many people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12–72 hours after eating infected foods. The illness usually lasts several days to a week. Most people recover without treatment. Infants, the elderly, and people with impaired immune systems are especially at risk to develop more severe infections.

Ribfest Roundup...

Went to Ribfest on Irving/Lincoln this weekend.  Left with  a stomach full of em.  I would have to say my favorites were:

Winner: Gage Street Inn
tender, fell of the bone, great smokyness

Runner Up: Chicago Joes
extremely tender, fell of the bone, great bbq sauce

Ribfest was a lot of fun!

Friday, June 6, 2008


It's finally the weekend.  So many fun things planned and I'm really just looking forward to not going to work for a couple days.  Enjoy the fantastic weather!! Do you even remember how bad winter was anymore with days like this?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Domino Design District 2008- June 7th & 8th

Domino Design District 2008 is going on this weekend with lots of fun events and stores giving discounts on Armitage and Halsted in Lincoln Park. It will definitely be an event not to miss!

Here's some info of events going on but be sure to check out the website for more information and downloadable pdf maps!

Not For Tourists : Chicago Party

Not For Tourists will be hosting a party at Gold Star for their book launch in Ukrainian Village. Free PBR and books for all!

Where: Gold Star Bar, 1755 W Division St in Ukrainian Village
When: June 6, 6-9 pm
What: Free NFTs and Beer

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I'm very happy today because it was announced yesterday that Barack Obama will be the democratic nominee. How long have we waited for this? My excitement was shared with thousands of others who went to Millenium Park to watch Death Cab for Cutie. Ben Gibbard, lead singer of Death Cab shared in the excitement. "You all should be very happy today. It looks like your senator is going to be the next president of the United States." The crowd cheered. Looking forward to the change he can bring after the worst 8 year presidency in history. Three cheers for OBAMA!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ribfest - Chicago

Ribfest Chicago is going on this upcoming weekend. This year celebrates the 10th annual Ribfest in North Center where local restaurants offer their barbecued fare. Live music on two stages. 65,000 lbs of ribs! Nada Surf is playing Sunday @ 9 p.m. !

June 7 : 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.June 8 : 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
$5 suggested donation benefits the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce
Event Phone Number:

Find out more here:


What a great idea. I was watching Nightline last night and saw this website profiled with Death Cab For a Cutie. It's cool and I think you should check it out!

As quoted on their website:"One Song. One Take. One Cab."I'm talking about the Black Cab Sessions ( bunch of independent groups (some unknown, some more popular) playing one song for the duration of the cab ride through out the streets of London.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Death Cab plays Millenium Park tomorrow!

With much excitement and anticipation, Death Cab will be playing Chicago's Millenium Park tomorrow, June 3rd. Death Cab has risen from indie-rock obscurity to mainstream success especially with their recent release of Narrow Stairs. The show is rated to be one of the ten shows to be seen in Chicago this summer by Trib Music Reporter, Greg Kot. I can't wait!!

Back to the Grind

Back to work and trying to get my brain back on track from the amazing weekend I just had. Verona Red played Elbo Room Friday. The rain stopped so I could have a barbecue in honor of my best friend Marie on Friday... Saturday was a perfect 10 weather day in Chicago. Pretty much every girl I saw at the Belmont/Sheffield fest was looking adorable in a summer dress. I think it was a collective yes! from the entire city & state that we had the great weather like we did. Oh yeah, and the CUBS won!! Bully in the Hallway played an awesome show at Elbo Room on Saturday night and Sunday was a FUN DAY with bloodies and some wind on the rooftop. Later on we checked out some Ted Leo and Aki Sushi. Aki Sushi is the best! Now, its back to work though and looking forward to another great weekend this weekend. I'll be updating the blog a lot this week so keep checking back!! Have an awesome week xoxo Amanda

Friday, May 30, 2008

Come Dance with Bully in the Hallway tomorrow

Come see them at Elbo Room tomorrow... 

Mayfest in Lincoln Square

In case you didn't know A LOT of street festivals are happening in Chicago this weekend. Let's hope we have some good weather to go with them. Tomorrow I'm hitting up Mayfest with friends and Sunday going to check out Ted Leo and the 1900s at Do-Division. This is absolutely one of my favorite things with Chicago summers.. All the great street festivals,music, food and beer.

Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the rain holds out for the Rooftop BBQ tonight... It's okay.. we are going to get through Friday-ness.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sex and The City Party tonight

Enclave is hosting another Sex & The City party tonight... Let's hope its not as awful as the last one they hosted.. The one word in this whole invite that is attracting me to this event is M-O-J-I-T-O!!!

Official After Party for the Sex and The City Movie premiere!

Cosmopolitan Magazine, Bacardi Silver Mojito and Enclave are hosting this soiree at Enclave (220 W. Chicago) directly after the movie premiere at AMC River East.

Doors open at 9 p.m. and guests can indulge in massage stations, free astrology readings, delectable desserts and various raffle prizes including Cosmopolitan gift bags and a $1000 gift certificate to Jimmy Choo!

Guests can RSVP for complimentary cover before 11 p.m. and enjoy special Bacardi Mojito signature drinks from 9 p.m. To 11 p.m. To RSVP go to For more information call 312-654-0234.

Verona Red plays Elbo Room 5/30/08

Come support the awesome Chicago Band Verona Red on Friday night! They are really good friends of mine and really know how to put on an awesome show...

Hello, Thursday

Well, the week after Memorial Day is turning to be out pretty short. Just one more day left! I spent pretty much my whole Wednesday on an airplane to Dallas.. We had a stop in Denver there and on the way back. It's cool to be in three cities in one day. Yesterday was pretty long and I am pretty tired today..but hopefully I'll have some good stuff for you all later.

But here are some of my questions for you....

Do you plan to go check out this awesome band Bully in the Hallway on Saturday night?

Are you excited for Ted Leo and the 1900s at Do- Division on Sunday?

Do you wanna dance like me in celebration for warmer weather and another weekend?!

Also, Frontier Airlines is a whole different animal.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stevie Wonder is coming to Chicago

I just got news of this last week and it made me squeal like a little kid. Stevie Wonder is playing a free concert in Grant Park on June 28th. I'll be fulfilling a life long dream by seeing him... oh, my cherie amour....

Saturday, June 28, 2008
City of Chicago and U.S. Cellular present
5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

B.Y.O.B.--Bring Your Own Blowdrier at Salon O Sixty-Five

Always wanted to learn a top stylist's secrets when it comes to the perfect blowout or style? With your own styling tools and the knowledge of the Salon O Sixty- Five staff, you will learn how to achieve the "I just left the salon" look on your own. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine while you practice hands-on. Space is limited, so RSVP at (312) 943-4555 to reserve a spot with a stylist.

When: Wednesday, June 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Salon O Sixty-five; 65 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Early Warning : Do-Division Street Festival

So just wanted to fill you all in (just in case you already didn't know already) that the awesome Do-Division street festival is happening next weekend, so keep your calendars clear! I can't wait to see Ted Leo on Sunday!

Oh yeah, and I guess they have VIP tickets going for $100... I'll gladly take gen admission at $5 a day though.


Saturday, May 31
Mucca Pazza
Tally Hall
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
Tight Phantomz
The Muldoons

Sunday, June 1
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Gil Mantera's Party Dream
The 1900s
Frightened Rabbit
Bear Hands
Tully Monster

Bubble Beat DJs
in the Wicker Wash car wash & detail center
2123 W. Division St.
programmed by LAVA, Funkshion Clothing & Image Chicago

Saturday, 5/31
The Sound Republic
Dj Pickel
Nathan Scott
Jordan V

Sunday, 6/1
Victor R
The Beat Giants
J Funk

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Rock on, STP.

STP will be in Chicago on Thursday at the Charter One Pavillion. I am so excited for this show. Chicago will be the third stop on their 65 city tour.

After the complete their tour, STP will be heading into the studio to record a new album. That's when it really gets serious. Let's not forget, they've already sold over 20 million records worldwide, and that's even including "Shangri-La Dee Da."

WGN is doing a Sex and The City Contest

Read the Rules below and hope you win!


Material Terms:
No purchase necessary.
Enter by going to and choosing the movie club icon. From there, viewers can send an e-mail to SexandtheCity.WGN (AT) gmail (DOT) com through the site starting Monday, May 19, 2008 through Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

After WGN Morning News on May 21, the first fifty (50) entries drawn in a random drawing of all entries will be deemed the winner(s)

Contest is open to legal residents of IL and NW Indiana, 17 years or older at the time of entry.
At the end of the contest entry period, fifty winners will receive tickets for two (2) to a screening of "Sex and the City."
Complete rules available at

1. TO ENTER: For your chance to win 2 tickets to an advance screening of "Sex and the City," email your name, age, address, home phone number and email address to SexandtheCity.WGN (AT) gmail (DOT) com through All entries become the property of WGN-TV, and none will be returned. WGN-TV is not responsible for entries that are lost, incomplete, late, or misdirected for Internet problems or other difficulties in email transmission or reception.

2. ENTRY DEADLINE: The contest begins on Monday, May 19, 2008 and ends on Wednesday, May 21, 2008. All entries must be received by noon CT on May 21, 2008.

3. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: After WGN Morning News on May 21, the first fifty (50) entries drawn in a random drawing of all entries will be deemed the winner(s), which is subject to eligibility verification. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Winners will receive tickets to the screening via US mail. Entrants agree that WGN-TV has the sole right to determine the winners of the contest and all matters or disputes arising from the contest and that its determination is final and binding.

4. THE PRIZE: The fifty (50) winners will receive a movie pass for two (2) to the screening of "Sex and the City" on Tuesday, May 27th, 7:30 p.m. at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611. No substitute prize will be awarded. Approximate retail value: $20. WGN-TV is not responsible for seating; seating is not guaranteed, so winners must arrive early. WGN-TV will not be responsible (and will not issue refunds or replacement tickets) if the tickets are lost or stolen or if the movie is postponed, canceled or cut short for any reason beyond WGN-TV's control.

5. ELIGIBLITY AND RESTRICTIONS: a. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of WGN-TV, Warner Bros., AMC, and their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising agencies, and their immediate families, are not eligible to participate. b. Entrants must be 17 years of age or older, a resident of Illinois or Northwest Indiana in order to participate.

6. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: a. Use of winner's name: By entering, each entrant grants permission, without further compensation, to Contest Sponsors and their agents and licensees, to use the entrant's name, voice, photograph, likeness and biographical material for broadcast and promotional purposes in connection with the contest. b. Release Station and Sponsor of Liability: By entering, entrants agree to release Contest Sponsors from any claim, loss, liability, damage or injury of any kind arising from their participation in the contest or their receipt or use of the contest prize. c. No Prize Substitutions: No substitute prizes, cash redemptions or transfer of prizes are available, except at Contest Sponsors' sole discretion.

7. INTERNET/FORCE MAJEURE: If for any reason, this contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, tampering, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause which corrupts or threatens the administration, security or integrity of the contest, WGN-TV reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate or suspend the Contest or any portion of the Contest. ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE FAIR AND LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE CONTEST. Information submitted in Internet entries, including entrant's name, address, e-mail address, etc, shall become the property of WGN-TV, and may be used by WGN-TV for marketing or promotional purposes. Contest shall be governed and enforced pursuant to Illinois law, excluding choice of law provisions.

8.COPY OF RULES is available online at and can also be obtained by writing to WGN-TV "Sex and the City" Screening Sweepstakes, 2501 W. Bradley Place, Chicago, IL, 60618.

9. WINNERS LIST: for a complete list of winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: WGN-TV "Sex and the City" Screening Sweepstakes Winners list, WGN-TV 2501 W. Bradley Place, Chicago, IL, 60618 after May 27, 2008 and before June 24, 2008.

Monday, May 19, 2008

New Bars and Patios - Chicago 2008

I've compiled a list of new bar patios and restaurants with a little help from metromix chicago. :-)

All these new places.. now where is the summer weather?

Angels & Mariachis
1721 W. Division St., Chicago
Look for a Latin-themed patio featuring a full menu and seating for 40 when this spot opens April 28.

The Boundary
1932 W. Division St., Chicago
The wide, full-service sidewalk patio seats 56. There are even designated curbside tables for smokers.

Harry Caray's Tavern
3551 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
This new Wrigleyville bar’s glass facade opens to a non-smoking sidewalk cafe with tables and seating for 30.

The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division St. , Chicago
This spacious 70-seat sidewalk patio will cater to crowds with a plasma TV, a full menu of barbecue-inspired eats and beer cocktails.

The Orbit Room
2959 N. California Ave., Chicago
Music piped outside sets the tone for nights on the 2,000-square-foot wood deck. The beer garden, open weather permitting, accommodates about 150.

Juicy Wine Company
694 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Owner Rodney Alex is set to fully launch his 35-seat “urban wine garden” by early May. Located behind Juicy, the patio also features daily grilled specials.

Vines on Clark
3554 N. Clark St., Chicago
This Italian-American resto-bar turned half of its south parking lot into this spacious outdoor area for more than 150. Top that off with a roofdeck for 50 and a patio for 35 and you’ve got your alfresco options covered.

Gossip Girl Finale is tonight

I can't wait!!!!

Here is the Season Finale promo poster for the May 19 episode of Gossip Girl.

Season 2 of Gossip Girl is confirmed to return in the fall. E! News reports that the show will have a 24-episode season, making it longer than norm 12-16 episodes.

Also, Michelle Trachtenberg’s role as Georgina Sparks will become a regular one when GG returns.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Future Skyline of Chicago

I think it just looks weird with that giant corkscrew.    What do you think?

Free Ice Cream at Bobtail Saturday

Yes, an old favorite in my former neighborhood!

What: Single scoops are gratis (try Signature Sunset, a merlot flavor with chocolate chips); donations support Nettelhorst School and Central School.
Why: Something cold, something new.
When: Sat. Central, noon-3 p.m.; Broadway, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Bobtail Ice Cream Company, 1114 Central Ave., b/t 11th St. & Wilmette Ave., Wilmette (847-251-0174); 2951 N. Broadway St., at Wellington Ave. (773-880-7372).

Amanda's Must Haves For Summer

Hello, its Friday. So I should be busy working right? Nope! Instead I'd rather tell you my top six must have items in your closet this summer and why for every Chicago girl!

Stylish Sundress you can never have enough of! Have a couple that work for beach, heals to dress them up. A couple for the stylish summer weddings your attending. And one for the summer day trips you plan to escape the city. Definitely go for classic, black and white and dress it up with some funky earrings, bangles and necklaces. Then go for some color. Summer is all about sparkle and bright colors. My personal favorites are bright green, blue, and purples. This seasons sundresses run the gamut from girly girl to fabulously flirty so you will have lots to choose from!

Strappy Sandals. Are The perfect accompaniment to any sundress or skirt. You can even wear sandals to the office these days (if you are lucky enough to work in a more stylishly progressive environment like me :-)), just keep them within the realms of proper business attire. Nothing too overtly sexy. Sandals with substantial heels and wider straps are ideal, as is a sleek platform. For weekend wear, a pair of sexy t-straps or a sassy little espadrille is perfection, and this pair of carved heel wedges is sublime! And for party time I'm all about skyscrapers!

Sassy, Sexy Flirty Tops. Once again, so many gorgeous styles, so little time! I recommend the stylish numbers like the modified halter top or racerback style blouse. Sexy sleeveless tops and shimmery tanks look fabulous too. Sheers are also very hot this summer—featherlight fabrics which float and skim your shape. And don't miss out on the gorgeous one shoulder styles.

Essential Crops. And you thought crops were just for weekend wear! Try a great pair of sleek crops or perhaps a pair of pinstriped gabardine for work, or a dressier pair for an evening out. They are also perfect for casual Friday. A pair of relaxed, rolled-at-the-cuff crops makes a great beach look, especially when slipped on over a bikini. But my all time fave for summer is a pair of crisp, white denims.

Go Anywhere Handbag. Roomy enough for all your girly essentials, but not so big as to be mistaken for airline carry-on. From an unstructured artisan bag for casual excursions to a sleek and chic patent leather when you need to bump up the volume.

Flirty Flats. Let's face it girls, as much as I adore and love a great pair of heels, there are times when I feel like a fabulous pair of flats is definitely the way to go. I just love a pair of sassy sneaks paired with capri's or cropped jeans. And an adorable pair of t-straps looks fab with a flirty little cotton skirt.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Free Iced Coffee at DD

It's free iced coffee day at Dunkin Donuts. French vanilla is available and you can also get toasted almond, raspberry, hazelnut, coconut, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, and blueberry. They're hyping "berry berry," which is made with the flavors of berries both rasp and blue.

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to get one yet because it's not the nicest day in Chicago..but maybe....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Green City Market Opens today

So, happy that its finally open. A true sign that sprin is here. The green city market offers locally farmed prodce, baked goods, dairy meats, flowers and more.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lakeview East Fashion Show

I had to promote this event, just because its steps from my old apt and hood. Oh, the memories of my studio in Lakeview last year! And its at my favorite Sura Thai Bistro. I would be going, but a girl can't be in two places at once!

Splendor of the Palace Fashion Show




Where: Alhambra Palace 1240 W. Randolph Street ( )

When : Sunday, May 18th, Doors 5:30 Runway 7:00 PM

Travel to an exotic destination that flourishes with fashion with your hosts AKIRA, Hennessy and Steve Madden. Immerse yourself in another world as Alhambra Palace will transport you to a place of mystery, and intrigue. A storm of dazzling, sultry FORD models present: ‘Splendour of the Palace’ on a Copper clad runway featuring the hottest Spring/Summer footwear from Steve Madden.

Alhambra Palace inspired by a 13th Century fortress in Spain, features 24,000 square feet of exquisite architecture from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. Mingle under the sweeping archways and marble accents. Surrounded by mosaic tiles, crystal chandeliers and hand carved sculptures , this setting is befitting of royalty.

Patrons can sip Hennessy cocktails at a cash bar exclusively serving Hennessy, Moet White Star Champagne and a selection of wines.

Dine in Alhambra’s lavish restaurant featuring French Moroccan tangine and the bold flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. To round out the indulgent evening, guests will savor the sights and sounds of live musical entertainment and Alhambra’s captivating belly dancers.

Shop with AKIRA in the Marrakesh Room, showcasing the latest trends from AKIRA Men’s and Women’s stores. Sip Hennessy cocktails as you await the presentation of Splendour of the Palace.

VIP Gift Bags by Steve Madden & AKIRA

RSVP is required for entrance. VIP Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to: or contact Lisa @ 312-238-9314

Monday, May 12, 2008

Stop the Promoter's Ordinance!!!!

Please go to and sign the petition!

Imagine a Chicago with no Metro or Double Door or Schuba’s. Imagine a Chicago with no Royal George or Bailiwick or Athenaeum. Imagine a Chicago where local music is only heard in the suburbs and theater is limited to Wicked and Jersey Boys.
Scary thoughts. But if the City of Chicago’s City Council doesn’t hear your voice by Wednesday, May 14, they’ll become reality.
On that date the council will vote to approve an ordinance that has the power to stifle creativity in Chicago’s musical, theatrical, and general cultural scenes. With no public discourse or commentary, this proposal has been approved by the City Council Committee and is on the fast track to be pushed into law. It is up to us to let our elected officials know that Chicago’s creative scene is too rich, too varied, and too vital to be regulated in such a blanket fashion.
The details:
The “Event Promoters” ordinance requires any event promoter to have a license from the city of Chicago and liability insurance of $300,000, but that’s just the start:
The definition of “event promoter” is so loosely defined it could apply to a band that books its own shows or a theater company that’s in town for a one-week run.
“Event Promoter” must be licensed and will pay $500 - $2000 depending on expected audience size.
To get the license, applicant must be over 21, get fingerprinted, submit to a background check, and jump over several other hurdles.
This ordinance seems targeted towards smaller venues, since those with 500+ permanent seats are exempt.
Police must be notified at least 7 days in advance of event.
For the complete ordinance, check out Jim DeRogatis’ blog on the Chicago Sun-Times.
We are collecting signatures to present to the council voicing our opposition to this ordinance. YOUR VOICE IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE CHICAGO’S CULTURAL SCENE CONTINUES TO THRIVE. Please leave a comment as your expression of disapproval. These will be presented to the City Council and to all Chicago Aldermen prior to Wednesday’s vote.
Thank you for helping to protect Chicago’s Culture.

Food Arts Barbecue For Share Our Strength

Hi Everyone,
Let me know if you can help out. This is going to be a great event and we can use some more people to help check in.
Email me at - for more info! I will be helping out :-)


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for 10th Annual Share Our Strength and Food Arts BBQ - Sunday, May 18th in Chicago.
The 10th Annual Championship Share Our Strength and Food Arts BBQ & Cookout will take place on May 18th 2008, during the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. The nation’s leading chefs will square off in a people’s choice BBQ competition – all to the beat of live music! Proceeds go directly to Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to ensure that no kid in America grows up hungry.
The event is held at Galleria Marchetti each year during the National Restaurant Association show and we hope to raise $110,000 this year. It promises to be a fun afternoon for all. It's a great opportunity for any food lover to go to an industry-only event (tickets are for hotel and restaurant personnel only)and sample food from some incredible chef talent, including:
Randy Zweiban, Nacional 27
David Burke, DavidBurke & Donatella
Rick Tramanto
Marc Valiani, Yahooz Wood Fire Grill
Carol Wallack
Aleksiy Shalev, Sola Restaurant
Martial Noguier, onesixtyblue
David Digregorio, Osteria Via Stato
Takashi Yagihashi
Paul Bartolotta, BARTOLOTTA Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas
Christophe David, NoMI
Jose Garces Amada, Tinto, and Mercat
We are hoping to secure volunteers throughout the day to assist with attendee check-in.
* Volunteers for the event time would help from 3:30 PM - 7 PM.
Additional details:
* The event takes place at Galleria Marchetti, 825 West Erie St., Chicago, IL 60622.
* Dress code is business casual. Shirts will be provided for check-in volunteers.
* Street parking is available but public transportation is encouraged.
* Volunteers must be older than 21 years.
* A volunteer schedule will be created to ensure that each volunteer has time to enjoy the event.

Memory Lane in Chicago

It's near Foster and Canfield.  How funny.  Photo from Chicagoist.

CS Party on Wednesday

Come do a happy hour with me!

Requesting the pleasure of your company

Celebrating Tony Jones

President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, May 21
6.00 – 8.00pm

Bang & Olufsen
609 North State Street

RSVP by May 20 | 312.274.2508
or by email:

Innovation. Persistence. Ambition.

"Bang & Olufsen State Street is bringing state of the art technology and design to the heart of Chicago with the new BeoVision 8. This 32" LCD panel offers crystal-clear picture and an integrated center speaker that delivers powerful sound. If you sounded this good, you'd stick your chest out too."

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bully in the Hallway Tonight

Come have some fun tonight!!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Ellen Degeneres Sighting

As I was just walking back from lunch I spotted Ellen on the patio at Rosebud being interviewed from NBC 5 reporter Alison Rosati.  Ellen is in town to tape a show in Chicago tomorrow on Michigan Avenue.  Hopefully it won't be rained out, otherwise if it is, I suggest she hit up Beerfest at Navy Pier.

Under the weather

I've been sick all week with a cold/sore throat.  Its the Chicago weather!! I'm sick of it.  One day we have a beautiful and gorgeous day and the next its winter again.  Rain is forecasted for the weekend.... I'm ready for some warmer weather to stay!

I'm hoping to get a couple posts up today.  I've just been really sick this week!!

- Amanda

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

DIne Out For Life at Citizen Bar with Me Tomorrow!

Hi Everyone,

I am inviting you to come join me in a really great cause tomorrow on April 24th. I will be a host volunteer at Citizen Bar from 6- 10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds made from Citizen will be donated to AIDSCare and you have the chance to donate a little extra money to be entered to win some fantastic prizes. Citizen Bar is located at 364 W. Erie. Come join me and a great cause! Hope you can stop by for a drink or five! Send to your friends and lets get a big group to support at Citizen!

Some more information about the event is below!


Dining Out for Life is on April 24, 2008 and we are inviting you to dine out with us!

Our participating restaurants will graciously donate a portion of their proceeds to further AIDSCare's mission to assist those living with advanced HIV/AIDS achieve a higher quality of life. By dining out on April 24, 2008, you help create hope and strengthen lives.

At the restaurant of your choice, a host Volunteer will greet you at your table, talk to you about AIDSCare's programs and services and answer any questions you may have about the event. You will also have the chance to enter your name in a raffle for fabulous prizes or even make a personal donation to AIDSCare.

Together, we can support the HIV/AIDS Community in the Chicago area!

Dine Out, Fight AIDS!

This was totally my idea like 5 years ago!!!!

Well, now that someone else is banking off my idea that I had 5 years ago.. I'm back to thinking about how I can make my first million. Well, I guess I will promote their site now, because its cool.

Parking Anytime
Type in a zip/address/point of interest, and this beta site'll kick back garage availability, free parking, metered spots, and permit restrictions.

Soon, they will have sensors to tell you what spots are "available"...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Chicago Earth Day Events

Chicago Earth Day Events

Green Apple Festival
April 20th, 2008
Lincoln Park Zoo
Free Admission
10:30 am,

Event MC – Kyle Orton from the Chicago Bears. Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band,
Meshell Ndegeocello, Bassnectar, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Miss Lori Holton Nash (PBS Kids),
The Gwalla Gwallas.
Smaller Venues and Shows:

Sunday April 20th

Schuba’s – Trever Keith, Say Vinyl
Beat Kitchen – The Epochs, District Somnium, Little Miss Ann
Abbey Pub – Beatnik, Catsplash, Blackout 101, Gidgets Ga Ga, Mac Lethal, Grieves, Verbal
Kent, Soulcrate
The House of Blues – Asia
The Kinetic Playground – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Riviera Theatre – The New Pornographers, Okkervil River
The Tonic Room – The Pod
Martyrs’ – Tributosaurus for Kids
The Metro – Flowers For Dorian, Walrus, TeamOne, Fishing With Spoons
Sonotheque –Hot Reggae Sundays Featuring DJ Slacky J
Smart Bar – Mazi, Mike Brankis, James Lauer
Empty Bottle – Birthday Suits, The Smith Westerns, Thomas Function

Other Events
Sunday April 20th

Skokie Lagoons Cleanup Beautify by boat or on foot; gloves, pick sticks, and garbage bags
provided. 9 AM-noon, Tower Road boat launch, Winnetka,
Eckhart Park Earth Week Sponsored by the Eckhart Park Gardeners Club. 9-11 AM, park
cleanup and tree identification walk; 11 AM-1 PM, bike workshop; 1:30 PM, kickball; Eckhart
Park, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553
Brookfield Zoo Party for the Planet Dozens of events, including storytelling, crafts, a
scavenger hunt, a make-believe camp, and a performance by Environmental Elvis. 10 AM-5 PM,
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Gold Rd., Brookfield, 708-485-0263, $6-$10 (Earth Day activities free
with regular admission),
Hubbard Street Mural Project Ricardo Alonzo, one of the project's founding artists, returns to
Chicago after 35 years to repaint the mural panel titled "Picasso's Girlfriend." The public's
invited to watch. 10 AM-4 PM, 1000 W. Hubbard (between Morgan and Sangamon),
Earth Day Cleanup Bring "gloves, shovels, and gardening tools." 10 AM-noon, Unity Playlot
Park, 2636 N. Kimball, 773-478-1410,
Green Apple Music & Arts Festival Deep Fried Pickle Project (followed by an instrumentbuilding
workshop), 10 AM; Ella Jenkins, 10:30 AM; the Blisters, 11:15 AM; the Paul Green
School of Rock, noon; Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2000. See for complete schedule
Film Screening: An Inconvenient Truth Free screening sponsored by the city. 1 PM, Chicago
Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630

Monday April 21st

Used Cell Phone Collection For this city-sponsored program, phones collected through Sun
4/29 will be reprogrammed and given to seniors and victims of domestic violence for use as
emergency phones. Any Chicago Police Department station,
Eckhart Park Earth Week At "Ask Me! Butterfly Gardening" experts will answer questions.
5-7 PM, Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553
Lecture: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World Paul Stamets, president of Fungi
Perfecti, an environmentally friendly company specializing in health-improving mushrooms,
gives a talk. (He also speaks at Green Festival, Sat 3 PM.) 7-9 PM, North Park Village Nature
Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-744-5472

Tuesday April 22nd

Eckhart Park Earth Week Sun photography workshop (a darkroom will be available). 6-9
PM, Eckhart Park Field House, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553

Wednesday April 23rd

Earth Week Lecture "Ecological Justice/Environmental Racism," by Dr. Dwight Hopkins. 7
PM, Zygon Center for Religion and Science, 1100 E. 55th, 773-256-0670,
Eckhart Park Earth Week Experts provide answers at "Ask Me! Clouds." 6-9 PM, Eckhart
Park, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553

Thursday April 24th

Eckhart Park Earth Week Origami pigeon making. 5-7 PM, Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago,

Greening of Ravenswood 20th Annual Arbor Day Party This fund-raiser includes a buffet
dinner, live auction, raffle, and open bar; half of the proceeds go toward redevelopment of the
play lot in Welles Park. 5:30 PM, 42 Degrees North Latitude, 773-907-2226 or 773-549-5010,

Friday April 25th

Eckhart Park Earth Week Council Circle, a story hour for kids. 6-7 PM, Eckhart Park, 1330
W. Chicago, 312-746-5553
Saturday April 26th
Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Collection City-sponsored collection. 8 AM-3
PM, DeVry University parking lot, 3300 N. Campbell, 312-744-5721,

Green and Growing Fair This 15th annual edition features organizations and vendors with
handmade goods, gardening supplies, and plants as well as activities such as tree plantings, a
scavenger hunt for kids, and a silent auction of gardening tools; sponsored by GreenNet. 10
AM-4 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-863-6256,

Eckhart Park Earth Week Closing activities include a tomato plant sale, a tree walk and
naming, a sapling giveaway, a "Hug-a-Tree" booth, and a "Blueberry Madness" pie contest
cosponsored by the West Town Tavern (download entry form at or
pick one up at the field house); celebrity judges include pastry chef Christine McCabe and
others. Pies will be available for sale, along with blueberry tarts baked by West Town Tavern
chef Susan Goss. Proceeds benefit the park's gardening activities. 10 AM-2 PM, Eckhart Park,
1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553

Sunday April 27th

Eyeglasses Collection Donate used glasses to be recycled and shipped to developing countries.
Through Sun 5/6; sponsored by the city. Any LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglass Hut, Sears,
or Target Optical, 312-744-5721,
Morton Arboretum Plant Sale This annual Arbor Day weekend event offers approximately
25,000 trees and other plants across more than 300 types. 11 AM-4 PM (members can also shop
Fri-Sat 4/27-4/28, 9 AM-4 PM), Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, 630-968-

Chicago Fashion Week

Monday kicks off Chicago Fashion Week, previewing the Fall 2008 collections of national and international designers in a series of shows, fashion seminars, and networking events. With the New Generation fashion show, local fashion students are also being given the chance to showcase their work. According to the event calendar, tickets are still available to the week’s receptions and shows, taking place at the River East Art Center.

Chicago Fashion Week will be launched this year at the NV Penthouse Lounge cocktail reception, a chance for designers, models, photographers, and fashion fans to network and strengthen the Chicago Fashion Industry.

Only in its second year, Chicago Fashion Week is a step in the right direction in helping Chicago to become a fashion presence in the world.

I got a bike to get my ass in shape!

So, finally picked up my bike thats been sitting in a box for almost 2 years yesterday.. It's time to get that thing in action!

Wow, I am so excited to ride this thing...