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Indulgence First Fridays at the MCA

First Fridays at MCA

December: Indulgence

Friday, December 2, 2011 from 6:00PM-10:00PM

GA: $18; online advance tix: $14; MCA Members: $10


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.

All tickets include museum admission, live entertainment, and complimentary Wolfgang Puck hors d’oeuvres. Doors are open from 6 to 10 pm with a cash bar until 9:30 pm. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.

NEW! Buy your tickets in advance to save money and get VIP admission to the event. The MCA Box Office closes ticket sales at 3 pm on the day of the event.

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Art, Social


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“Masquerade” Lil’ Black Dress Event @ MCA


“Masquerade” Lil’ Black Dress Event @ MCA

Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-2643

Masquerade at the MCA — First Fridays. Come get dressy and check out all the really cool stuff the MCA has to share with us!

Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Relax after work after a long work week with a cash bar featuring specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers.

Enjoy live music from local Djs, the world’s only iMac G5 dating bar, creation stations, and more. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest UB 12×12.: New Artists/New Work exhibition. This month’s theme is MASQUERADE.

To Fully Participate in “Masquerade” we are encouraging participants to buy/decorate a mask prior to arriving at the event. (for ease in walking about at the function, it is recommended that your mask be of the variety that is on a stick which you can hold up to cover your features) There will be a contest judging the best designed/decorated mask. Don’t forget this is a wear a little black dress event, so women pick out one of your favorites, and gentlemen dress to impress!

Everyone who has attended past Lil’ Black Dress events has said they’ve had a wonderful time and the people who could not attend keep coming up to me and saying they’re kicking themselves for not being able to come… Don’t let this be you—don’t miss out! This event is being listed on several of my meetup groups and posted on eventbrite so that members can get a better idea of who will be attending and whether anyone is looking to carpool. This event usually brings out about 65 of our members.

General Admission: $18; Advance tickets: $13; MCA members: $10

Purchase Tickets HERE:

then; RSVP/Register on Eventbrite (so we can see who all will be attending)

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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Philanthropy


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Weekly Rewind, June 13, 2011

It’s time again for the Weekly Rewind from nowYOUknow where each Monday we recap the week’s events so you know exactly what’s happening and where you need to be.  Get your calendars ready because here we go:

Monday, June 13

Meet Designer Reza Feiz of Phase Design.  Come to Haute Living and meet designer Reza Feiz of Phase Design while sipping cocktails from 5-7pm.  Haute Living is located at 222 West Kinzie Street in Chicago.  RSVP before June 9.  RSVP & More Info.

Tuesday, June 14

In Chef’s Hands Launch Event/Fundraiser at Old Town Social – 455 W. North Ave. – from 6-8pm.  Join In Chef’s Hands as we introduce the new foodie-driven non-profit organization founded by Chef Rodelio Aglibot, Chef Todd Stein, Jeremy Dubin, Scott Crane, Chris Considine, Josh Daitch and Mike Crane.  Enjoy drinks, passed appetizers, & charcuterie stations.  Tickets are $25 in advance & $30 at the door.  Tickets & More Info.

Jesse Chicago One Year Anniversary Party at Jesse Chicago – 745 N. Wells St. – from 5-8pm.  Refreshments provided by Cafe Iberico.  RSVP & More Info.

Just for Laughs begins today and runs through Sunday throughout Chicago.  Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on four major focal points: festivals, television production, live shows, & talent management.  With a rich history in comedy, especially improv and sketch, Chicago is the perfect location as TWIX® PRESENTS: TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO. From historic nightclubs to the hottest modern theaters, check out some of the amazing venues in which we’ll be tickling funny bones this June.  More Info

14-19: Fiesta Puertorriquenas (FREE)

Wednesday, June 15

Fashion Salvation Benefitting Dress for Success.  Y.E.S! (Young Executives for Success) & CS Magazine bring you “Fashion Salvation,” a fashion show and cocktail fundraiser benefiting Dress for Success. The event will be from 6pm to 9pm at brand new Tzar Ultra Lounge in River North (215 West Ontario).  Tickets are $50 hors d’ouvres and cocktails.  Also enjoy music & a silent auction.  100% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success.  Tickets & More Info.

HGTV’s House Hunters Open House at 235 W. Van Buren Street from 5:30-8:30pm.  Silestone by Cosentino invites you to come and view the Penthouse before it debuts on HGTV’s House Hunters this fall!  More Info.

15-Aug. 20: Grant Park Music Festival (FREE)

Thursday, June 16

Rea Frey’s Book Release Party at Tocco – 1266 N. Milwaukee Ave. from 5:30-8:30pm.  Celebrate the release of Rea Frey’s new book: The Cheat Sheet.  The first 50 purchases receive a free glass of Proscecco.  Cash bar.  More Info.

Time Out Chicago Presents Boat Party 2011 from Ogden Slip at Navy Pier from 8-10pm.  Set sail with Time-Out Chicago & SubT for the hottest party on Lake Michigan.  Enjoy cocktails, hors d’ouvres, & music.  Tickets & More Info.

CISC Summer Kick-Off Event.  Join the Chicago Interactive Social Club for our Summer Kick-Off Event at NV Penthouse Lounge starting at 6 PM.  RSVP & More Info. Presents The End of Prohibition featuring cocktails, hors d’ouevres, glamour and goodie bags at the Red Canary – 695 N. Milwaukee Ave. – from 6-9pm.  VIP check-in begins at 5:30pm.  Tickets are $35-$45.  Tickets & More Info.

Chicago Rum Festival 2011 presented by the Ministry of Rum & Bottom Lounge taking place at Volcano from 6-9:30pm.  Press & VIP 5pm – 6pm.  Sample some of the best rums from around the world & cocktails from some of Chicago best bartenders.  Tickets are $40.  Tickets & More Info.

Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash Sample Sale at Venue One – 1044 W. Randolph – from 5-10pm.  Gen Admission Tickets are $10 & Sassy Tote Tickets are $20 & includes reusable tote filled with goodies.  Pinaccle Vodka is sponsoring the event.  Tickets & More Info.

Colombia Vive Chicago 10th Anniversary and 3rd Annual Fundraiser at Rumba – 351 W. Hubbard St. – from 5pm-1am.  Come and enjoy live entertainment, music, cocktails and good networking; while supporting a great organization.  Enjoy an open bar from 5-6:30 with a small $10 donation.  More Info.

Macy’s Passport GLAMORAMA 2011 invites you to an Exclusive Launch Party at Room 1520 (1520 W. Fulton) hosted by the lovely Candace Collins Jordan of Chicago Now starting at 7pm.  Only the first 350 Glamorama ticket holders will be allowed entry into this event.  More Info.

Juneteenth Legacy Creative Arts Festival celebrating Black American artists & Filmakers.  Shop with talented artists on Thursday at 1008 W. Lake St. from 10am-8pm.  More Info.

Network After Work at the Mid – 306 N. Halsted from 6-9pm.  Sponsored bar by YES Vodka 6-7pm.  Complimentary Snacks from Kind Bar & Pop Chips.  Complimentary chair massages from Red Door Salon.  $10 prepay; $15 at the door; $20 w/o rsvp.  Tickets & More Info.

Summer Mix, Mingle, & Martini at Vertigo Sky Lounge – 2 W. Erie St. from 7-10pm.  Please join us for our monthly apres-work networking night at Vertigo Sky Lounge.  Mix and mingle with Chicago’s smartest, best-looking, most sophisticated just all around awesome international professionals.  More Info.

Friday, June 17

The 2nd Annual Rainbows Uncorked Wine Extravaganza on the Terrace at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (1431 W. Taylor) in Chicago’s historic “Little Italy” neighborhood from 6:30-9pm.  This unique event promises to be a remarkable evening filled with great wine and great food, all for a great cause.  More Info & Drink On Deal.

Sunset Jams featuring Too White Crew from 7:30-10:30pm.  It’s that time of year again.  The warm weather is coming & Chicago Sport and Social Club (CSSC) is getting ready to kick-off their Summer Sunset Jam Series at Castaways, on the beach (1603 N. LSD)!  Tickets are $25 & include a 3-hour drink package & concert.  Tickets & More Info.

Summer Lovin’ featuring Chicago’s Most Outstanding Singles of 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art – 220 E. Chicago Ave. – from 7-10:30pm.  Tickets are $85 in advance & $95 at the door.  Tickets & More Info.  Price includes food & cocktails.  Tickets & More Info.

Pooch Prom 2011: A Furry Fairytail at Grubman Studios – 456 N. Morgan St. – from 6-10pm.  Relive your prom experience – without the awkward wrist corsages and the angry chaperones!  Bring a date – canine or human, kids or adults, or fly solo…. ALL are welcome.  Tickets include Mini-photo session, hors d’ouevres, cocktails (muttinis, too), music, goodie bags, a silent auction, & the chance to be crowned Prom King & Queen!  All proceeds benefit the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation.  Come have a blast for a great cause!  Tickets & More Info.

Juneteenth Legacy Creative Arts Festival celebrating Black American artists & Filmakers. See talented film makers at 1008 W. Lake St. from 10am-8pm.  Admission is $5 in advance; $10 at the door.  More Info.

Kenmore Live Productions brings to you…. So You Wanna Be A Designer LIVE at the UNDERGROUND.  9:00-11:00 Reception with Ketel One specialty cocktails & 11:00 So You Wanna Be A Designer Fashion Show RSVP & More Info.

17-19: Peace Fest (FREE)

17-19: Taste of Randolph Street

17-19: Festa Pasta Vino

Saturday, June 18

Windy City Idol Finale at Sidetrack – 3349 N. Halsted starting at 2:30pm.  Come out & show your support for the 12 finalists & vote for your favorite.  There is a $10 cover.  More Info.

Centennial Midnight Cruise Presented by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Rho Gamma Gamma Chapter aboard the newly remodeled Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier from 11:30am-3pm.  Special Guest Host RGG’s own Corey Mays of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Tickets are $50.  Tickets & More Info.

Come celebrate One Year anniversary at Beauty Bar – 1444 W. Chicago Ave. – from 10pm-3am with founder Amy Creyer and the Stic-of-the-Week staff – Chelsea, Lauren and Jean while listening to tunes provide by the hottest DJ’s in Chi-Town.  AND… you can also even get a feather put in your hair by Strange Beauty Show Salon.  Free before 11pm; $3 after.  Free all night if you RSVP to do312More Info

18-19: Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts

Sunday, June 19 Official Launch Party at the River East Arts Center – 435 E. Illinois St. – from 6-10pm.  Tickets are $25 in advance & $40 at the door & include food & drinks.  Tickets & More Info.


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Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Alison Sweeney, and Rachel Roy…. OH MY!

It was a celebrity-spotting, star-filled weekend for the girl’s of nowYOUknow.  Thursday and Friday at the Sear’s Centre in Hoffman Estates we attended live tapings of the X Factor with judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.  We watched as contestants vied for their golden ticket to Hollywood by singing their hearts out.  What makes X Factor different from other reality competition shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent?  There is no age limit and contestants can try-out solo or with a group.  At the tapings, we watched people of all ages try to win over Simon and Paula and the two other judges (Sheryl Cole and LA Reid) and the audience, of course.  It was just like you see on television… you have some people who can actually sing and some who can sing very well and then you have those people who think they can sing but have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever.  When those people hit the stage it was pure torture and I can easily say that I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for Simon.  Simon is not mean or cruel but rather he is honest; and although brutally honest at times, some people need to hear the blunt truth.  I really don’t understand how Simon and the judges have so much patience because if I were sitting in their seats I think I would be a lot more curt and straight to the point than even Simon.  I only had to sit through the torture for a couple hours.  The judges on reality tv have to do that for several hours and days.  Nevertheless, there were some very talented individuals and groups and in the end we all truly enjoyed the experience.  And we were able to snap a couple photos of Simon and Paula.  Now we will wait for the try-outs to air on television and be able to say, “Hey, we got to see him/her perform live” and maybe… just maybe you will hear one of us yelling in the background because believe me when I say we made our presence known!


Our celebrity spotting continued at Self’s annual Workout in the Park at Grant Park.  Every year Self Magazine hits a few key cities – San Francisco, New York, and Chicago to bring thousands of women together for a full day empowering workouts, beauty bests, gourmet goodies, fit fashions, and unbound energy.  From 11-3 mass groups of women were working out in the park with several class options such as PIlates, Yoga, Cardio Tai Box, Masala Bhangra, and more.  The energy level of the instructors and class participants was unbelievable.  Everyone was having a great time and NYK was there to snap photos of all the action.  And in both San Francisco and Chicago, event attendees were treated to a special guest appearance by the host of The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet, Alison Sweeney who showed-up in her work-out gear and jumped in the crowd to do some Cardio Tai Box.  She blended right into the group and stayed focused on her workout even when there were dozens of cameras in her face… mine included.  She was so sweet and humble smiling as one flash after another went off.  When she finished her workout she hung out at the media event briefly taking a few photos with guest.  I was lucky enough to get a photo with her right before she left.


After getting a lot of photos at the Self Magazine event I headed over to Macy’s on State Street to meet one of my favorite designers, Rachel Roy who was making an appearance for Girl’s Night Out Weekend.  I arrived right on time to meet her and chat with her briefly about her amazing designs.  Of course, we talked about shoes!  I had to tell her how much I loved all of her designs, especially her shoes.  And she asked me if I thought they were too high… Could a heal or a wedge really be too high???  Of course not!  We also chatted briefly about nowYOUknow and finding each other on twitter to connect.  She was so incredibly personable and had such a lovely personality and she is absolutely gorgeous.  There were several people who came out to see her and she took her time talking with each of them.  Macy’s is carrying her full line of clothes, shoes, and jewelry.  Pieces from her clothing line were being modeled during the event and there were so  many pieces I wanted to purchase.  I bought a couple things including a really cute pin strip skirt and a top with added jewelry but I will definitely be back to buy more.  I eyed a couple of dresses, a pair of shorts, and some rings that I absolutely loved.  I purposely steered clear of the shoe department because I knew I couldn’t walk away without buying a pair and the only thing that kept me away was that I was on my bike and knew I couldn’t ride my bike home with too many extra purchases.  I got some great photos of Rachel and her designs and again I was fortunate enough to get a photo of the two of us together.  If you are not familiar with Rachel Roy I suggest you head over to Macy’s immediately and see what you have been missing out on.  You will quickly fall in love with her designs!


After a star-studded weekend I had a couple more events to attend.  We (NYK) hosted our first event to introduce Kayoua’s upcoming gallery which should be opening in August so keep your eyes out for an invite.  I also attended Taste of New Zealand at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where I was able to sample delicious delicacies native to New Zealand including meats, seafood, desserts, and wine.  It was a huge turnout and I met some really great people while enjoying all of the delicious treats and walked away with some gifts, too, including a very nice corkscrew.


I can easily say that I enjoyed my weekend from start to finish and wish it weren’t over but as always there is more fun to look forward to as we kick of this week leading to Memorial Day Weekend.  So be sure to check out our Weekly Rewind feature.  To view fill photo albums of all events LIKE nowYOUknow on Facebook.  For those times when you’re away from your computer, be sure to subscribe to our email list or RSS Feed.  And for all our Kindle owners check us out at Now You Know Chicago. There’s never a reason to not be In The Know!

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Where We've Been!


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