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Weekly Round Up, November 28

Hello Monday!  It’s that time again for The Weekly Round-Up.  Check here for a quick overview of all the events happening each week.  Click on individual event links for full details.  You can also view the full month’s events by clicking the calendar link near the top of our menu bar on the right.


This week’s on-going event.

One of a Kind Show Chicago 2011 – The 11th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago® is Chicago’s holiday shopping show! A refreshing alternative to traditional retail, the show is the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. More than 600 talented artists from across North America will bring their imaginative, handmade creations to this year’s show offering a wide range of media and categories. Speak with the artists individually, attend artist demonstrations, and join in a crafting workshop. Enjoy gourmet cafes, fashion shows and live music. This is a one-of-a-kind experience – and you have four days to enjoy it! Details & Tickets.

Monday, November 28

Chicago Cares Star Awards Gala – Chicago Cares Star Awards Gala – Each year, we celebrate our volunteers and leaders at the Star Awards Gala. This is our chance to say, thank you, for building a better Chicago through your commitment to the children, seniors, adults and environment of our city. On this exciting evening, Chicago Cares will toast our volunteers, leaders, community partners and sponsors. Be inspired as we share stories of how volunteer service is making a difference throughout the city of Chicago. See details: Here.

Second Annual PIC – Celebrating ‘Photographers In Chicago‘ – Join the Red Carpet Concierge of Chicago Chair Committee as the celebrate Photographers In Chicago (PIC). See outfits by local designers Complimentary Event ~ Valet Parking Available Further information, phone and RSVP – Steve – 773-252-5171 ~ Javier – 773-910-4663 ~ Sandra 773-495-5201 Cash Bar ~ Complimentary superlative Tocco pizza and hors d’oeuvres served from 6-9PM Complimentary “Photo Shots” at bar for photographers More Details.

Tuesday, November 29

No events listed.

Wednesday, November 30

Small-Biz Calendar: Exporting for Growth, All About Franchising, & More – When: 2-3 p.m. How to Become Certified for Doing Business with the City of Chicago – There are different types of procurement opportunities with the city. Learn what it takes to become a certified city of Chicago vendor. When: 4:45-8 p.m. All About Franchising: Fast Track to Owning a Business – Learn about franchising as an alternative to starting a new business. Explore opportunities, learn myths, realities and regulations as you look for a franchise that’s right for you. When: Noon-1:30 p.m. Leveraging Mobility for Your Business – By 2013 mobile devices will create more Internet traffic than PCs. Learn about some of the best apps to reach out to customers, support employees and streamline access to new prospects. More Details.

CitySwarm Holiday Events – Help us kick off the Fireplace Series at this Old town spot that’s sporting a newly-installed “floating” fireplace! We’ll enjoy hot toddies and Fireside Nut Brown ales from Leinenkugel’s – both perfect for sipping next to a hot fire – as we mingle in our private area near the fireplace. Tickets are $10-$15. More Details.

Thursday, December 1

Glitter: A Holiday Shopping Event – This year, shop local and get unique gifts in a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Glitter is the perfect place to get great holiday items from approximately 24 local fashion designers and independent retailers. Meet Chicago’s finest in fashion while shopping for accessories, apparel and jewelry. This is the perfect opportunity to score the perfect holiday find, and support Chicago’s local fashion community. As an added special touch, there will be complimentary gift wrapping with purchase, and holiday treats and light refreshments for all attendees. Details.

Susan Fredman At Home Holiday Trunk Show – Enjoy sweet treats, drinks, and a selection of perfect gifts. The event is free but you must rsvp to: A portion of proceeds from purchases this evening will be donated to Designs for Dignity. More Details.

CHEVY CHASE COUNTRY CLUB PRESENTS SEASON’S FIRST HOLIDAY PARTY – For only $20 per person, partygoers will enjoy an array of food stations by Chef Walker, comedy by Chicago’s own Mike Toomey and opening act Mike Preston will present an original stand-up comedy performance, followed by a live DJ spinning tunes for guests to let loose to on the majestic ballroom dance floor followed by coffee and dessert. Plus, all guests will have a chance to win big in a complimentary raffle with a variety of prizes, including hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and rounds of golf at Traditions at Chevy Chase Golf Course. Details & Tickets.

Wright in the City Holiday Open House – FREE Event With Free Champagne, Appetizers, and Invite Only X-Mas Shopping New ShopWright Store at The Rookery / Wright in the City Holiday Open House. •Live Music •Complimentary champagne and appetizers •Complimentary tours of the Rookery Vault •10% discount on all merchandise •Product giveaways at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30. More Details.

I-GO’s Chicago Shares Celebration – Celebrate the Spirit of Sharing with I-GO! Hobnob with fellow members and Chicago’s leading sharing institutions at I-GO’s “Chicago Shares Celebration!” Amid festive entertainment, get a sneak peek of I-GO’s exciting plans for 2012, our 10th anniversary! New to the party this year, a Sharing Fair provides you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the many facets of Chicago’s emerging sharing economy. Enjoy savory eats, responsibly crafted drinks, and amazing raffle prizes. As always, attendees will receive FREE entry to the Mart’s One of a Kind Show and Sale. Bring your friends, family, and colleagues who want to join I-GO: The first 10 people to join at the party pay only a $25 application fee ($50 savings) and receive a bonus, $50 of driving credits! Details & Tickets.

World of Chocolate—10th Anniversary – World of Chocolate is the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) annual holiday fundraising event held in commemoration of World AIDS Day. At this festive event, guests will sample scrumptious chocolate creations from more than 30 of Chicago’s finest restaurants, caterers, and chocolatiers. Chocolate vendors creating the delicacies will compete for top honors in several categories as judged by local celebrities. Other components of the evening include entertainment, a raffle, an open bar, gift center, $50 punch board, and a light buffet. Tickets & Details.

Argentina Chicago Foundation Annual Benefit Concert 2011 – Argentina Chicago Foundation invites you to its Annual Benefit Concert Featuring distinguished Argentinean – American concert pianist Ana Fau in a program of Spanish, Latin American and European composers with works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Albeniz, Granados, Ginastera & Lecuona. Reception to follow. More Details.

Ballroom Dance Chicago Presents: Sips & Dips – BYOB Latin Dance Party – Bring your favorite refreshments and enjoy an evening of a fun Latin dance class, professional performance and open dancing. More Details.

Indulge Your Sweet Side with Truffle Truffle at Chicago’s Holiday Markets – Treat yourself – and your friends & loved ones! – to some of our delicious & decadent seasonal creations! our newest collection of truffles, caramels & confections reinvents the classic flavors of the season, capturing the warmth and comfort of beloved autumn & winter treats in new forms that make perfect stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or party favors! with flavors like pumpkin spice, eggnog, peppermint & hot chocolate, these are holiday treats that everyone on your gift list is sure to enjoy! Our holiday selections are beautifully finished in your choice of colors: persimmon with purple details, pool with red details & antique white with gold details. please indicate your color preference when selecting your item. More Details.

Distillery No. 209 Chicago Launch Party – Distillery No. 209 invites you to an evening of good food, great company and your new favorite spirit. Our Master Distiller (aka Ginerator) Arne Hillesland will take you through our “Gin Experience” and answer your questions on how he hand-crafts our spirit on Pier 50 in San Francisco. More Details.

Friday, December 2

Barton Perreira Trunk Show – Barton Perreira Trunk Show. Cocktails Provided by glasses ltd. Jimmy Conyack will be spinning. More details.

Lincoln Park Young Professionals Present Peppermint Bash 2011 – Enjoy Peppermint & Chocolate Martini Bars, Holiday Classic Cocktails, Wine Tastings, Great New Chicago Liqueurs, Great Chicago Chefs, Chocolate & Candy Companies, Hoiliday Cheese Tables and The Melting Pot Chocolate Dipping Fountains, Cupcakes, Holiday Cookies & Adult Chocolate Milk Cocktails. Dewars Tasting & Bourbon, Scotch & Whiskey Tastings. Raffles by Pratesi Linen, Charles Ifergan Spa for a Day, Wineries & More. Details & Tickets.

Vitaminwater Winter Escape 2011 – vitaminwater® and do312 have teamed up once again this year to bring you a night of killer entertainment and is giving you a reason to get out of your house during the frosty weather. did we mention it is free? we are very excited to announce the lineup for vitaminwater® winter escape. See details: Here.

Indulgence First Fridays at the MCA – Get spoiled at “Indulgence” themed First Fridays event. Robble with the Hamburglars at 7 pm. Listen to beats by Shala. while you explore the exhibitions with a scavenger hunt. Pose for the camera at Magnolia photo booth. Sample a mini cocktail from Brugral Rum and hors d’oeuvre from Wolfgang Puck’s. Let your inner artist shine at our creation station. Details & Tickets.

Meet the Legendary Ron Jeremy & Nikki Benz at Hustler Chicago – Meet the legendary RON JEREMY & Penthouse Pet of the Year NIKKI BENZ as they sign copies of their DVDs! First 20 customers receive a free gift bag! More Details.

Saturday, December 3

Santa Speedo Run Chicago – Santa wants YOU to be part of his SPEEDO…bikini…snowsuit … RUNNING crew! What: Santa Speedo Run (1 mile down Rush street and back up Michigan Ave) Attire: speedos and swimsuits encouraged… snowpants, sweatshirts, and parkas completely acceptable! Wear your best costume underneath and at the stroke of 1pm, we will strip down to the speedos and get our run on! Please note while speedos are encouraged, you don’t have to run or wear a speedo…as long as its festive! Open bar starts at 11am and lasts 3 hours. $40 cover charge includes open bar, snacks and Santa hat. Details & Tickets.

Shavonne Dorsey Holiday Trunk Show – Come and preview the Spring 2012 collection and save on beautiful holiday pieces for your wardrobe! As a holiday gift to you, we’ll be offering 15% off all purchases that evening. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by November 26th. See you there! More Details.

MakeUp & Martinis Chicago Holiday Beauty Extravaganza – Makeup and Martinis Chicago would like to cordially invite you their upcoming December 3rd event. Makeup and Martinis Chicago produces events designed to pamper guests with professional makeup applications, fabulous cocktails, and gifts. With quality services made specifically for the modern day woman, our vendors are experienced in their fields and ready to pamper. More Details.

Pre-Holiday Shopping Extravaganza – Shop local designer favorites Borris Powell, Paoo Jewelry, G.I.A. Luxe Handbags, Kristi O’Sullivan Accessories, and Christopher Augmon Handbags & Accessories. Don’t miss out on great deals including some items discounted up to 50% off! More Details.

Sunday, December 4

No events listed


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Guide to the 2011 Chicago Air & Water Show

Click the banner to get all the details on this FREE event.

This Year’s Line up:

  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
  • U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights
  • U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team
  • Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
  • Bill Stein Airshows Zivko Edge 540
  • Chicago Fire Department Air and Sea Rescue Team
  • Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman
  • The Firebirds (“extreme” style flying)
  • Lima Lima Flight Team
  • Matt Chapman Aerobatics
  • Sean Tucker & Team Oracle

Do you want to live it up?  Take a look at your party options for the Chicago Air and Water Show



By land…..

Bravo Zulu Lounge at the Chicago Air and Water Show – Tickets include beer, soft drinks, water and a beach barbecue buffet; as well as premium show seating with a few extras. For more info: Click Here.

2011 Chicago Air & Water Show CASTAWAYS VIP PARTY – Watch the 2011 Air & Water Show in style at Castaways on North Avenue Beach.  Reservations Available for Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21. For more info: Click Here.

The Navy Pier Chicago Air and Water Show Celebration – You will enjoy VIP viewing of this event at Navy Pier along with unlimited food and drinks, convenient restroom access, discounted parking and even a Ferris wheel ride. Click Here for more info.


By sea….

Chicago Air & Water Show Weekend with Entertainment Cruises From Yacht to Speedboat, The Odyssey, The Spirit, The Mystic Blue and The Seadog are offering fantastic deals for this annual event.  Click Here for more info.

Yacht Chicago, 2011 Air & Water Show Premier Party Experience the 2011 Chicago Air & Water Show as they take in SIX hours of breathtaking views aboard a 59FT Sea Ray luxury party yacht on Lake Michigan with Music, food and open bar that is sure to be this season’s premier party. Click Here for more info.

Yacht Party Benefiting Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G Komen – Your admission ticket will grant you access to this 5 hour yacht party during the Chicago Air and Water show on Sunday August 21stClick Here for more info.

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Social


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Live taping of “Master of The Mix, Season 2”

Tuesday, August 16 from 6pm-9pm at The Shrine 2109 S. Wabash, Smirnoff will be recording a Live Episode of
“Master of the Mix Season 2”.
RSVP to have your chance to be apart of the audience to witness some of the World’s Top DJ’s, battle it out in
a special DJ Challenge while experiencing
 new signature Master of The Mix Smirnoff Cocktails!

With Special Guest DJ’s:


RSVP by going to
And Entering The Code: 752
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Posted by on August 14, 2011 in Social


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Flirty Girl Fitness Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race For The Cure

cure breast cancer

Help Flirty Girl Fitness support those Flirty Superheroes fighting Breast Cancer!

To sign up Click Here.

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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Social


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An Evening of Fashion Under the Stars With Anastasia Chatzka

Local Fashion Designer, Anastasia Chatzka

Anastasia Chatzka is a designer with a broad creative scope and a boundless interest in what garment design can be. Anastasia attended several design schools and eventually graduated from the International Academy of Design in Chicago. Since then she has worked with some of the best and most innovative designers in the world, including Betsy Johnson and Anna Sui. While Anastasia has the ability to design in a broad range of styles, she feels that, ‘designing is a very selfish thing that closely follows (her) mood.’

Anastasia , 2010 Collection

As you can see from her fabric colors and patterns, her designs do change with the seasons.  I think it’s fair to say that her past collections embodied a certain youthful whimsy.  They included layered frills, somewhat conservative lines, and flowered details. This new collection however, hit the runway hard with burgundy infused woolen plaids, stylishly layered over flowing printed silk.

Anastasia decided that it was time to play hard ball. While she’s not totally pulling away from her previous aesthetic (there may be more florals come Spring), Anastasia felt that it was time to show everyone what she’s about with a new luxury line.  Everything has been imported from around the world; From European wool to custom ordered Japanese silk and antique glass buttons this deluxe collection is not to be missed.  It does come at a price though- Literally.  Her earlier collections cost between $100 and $500. Pieces in the new collection will range from $500-$1200.

Chatzka feels that this next step is a vital part of who she is as a designer.  Her goal is to show the local consumer that you don’t need to invest in foreign goods to get a quality product.  The designer plans to build a mini design studio in her wicker park boutique.  There, shoppers will get to see first-hand the detail and the work that goes into luxury apparel. But don’t worry.  If this new collection is a bit out of your price range, you will be able to buy similar pieces at the old prices.

To view the new FALL 2011 collection by Anastasia Chatzka Click Here.

Visit Anastasia Chatzka:

1740 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

(586) 610-4096


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Learn How To Cook Out – The Clean Way With Chef Subido At Wave Restaurant

Chef Kristine Subido is taking it to the streets – err…to WAVE’s new patio, that is – for the next installment of her Chef’s Cooking Class series, Cooking Out – The Clean Way.   Join her for a lesson on the art of the cookout  from a lighter perspective  including tips on grilling techniques and Labor Day Barbecue recipe ideas.

August menu:
Market Nectarine & Mozzarella Salad

Grilled Watermelon Salad, cayenne-lime vinaigrette

Tasting of Tartar and Ceviche: Beef Tartar, chipotle aioli, avocado and crispy tortilla

Hamachi Ceviche, ginger, chili, cane vinegar and chicharon

Bay Scallops with candied kumquats, yuzu and soy

Grilled Flank Steak with Three Sauces (salsa verde, green onion-ginger and soy-sake)

3 Melon Soup with Coconut Sorbet and Fresh Fruit Salad.

In addition to this multi-course meal, guests will receive a welcome cocktail and wine with lunch.

Click Here To Purchase Tickets

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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Dining, Social


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The Original Rock Star Launch Party and Fashion Show

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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Fashion, Social


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