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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.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CONTINUOUSLY CHECK THE ROUND-UP SECTION DURING THE WEEK FOR NEW ADDITIONS AS WELL AS OUR CALENDAR AT THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF OUR PAGE.  OCCASIONALLY WE ADD SOME EVENTS TO THE CALENDAR ONLY (NOT THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP) TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK.

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: ifields@susanfredman.com. 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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Second Annual PIC – Celebrating ‘Photographers In Chicago’

Join the Red Carpet Concierge of Chicago Chair Committee as the celebrate Photographers In Chicago (PIC). 

Monday, November 28, 2011 from 6:00PM-9:00PM

Tocco
1266 north milwaukee avenue
773-687-8895
Dress ~ Cocktail Attire ~ Black and White Theme
 

Gowns by Anna Fong ~ Boris Powell ~ Elda De la Rosa ~ Karol Barrero
Models – Nicole Townsend ~ Beba Georgieva ~ Cassandra ~ Freida Medina 
Entertainment ~ Steve Biossat Trio sponsored by Amir Attaie of BCMS
Drawings of guests by Rosemary Fanti
Publicity – Margaret O’Connor of MarCon Communications
Couture Coordinator ~ Julia Jacobs-Sanford
Floral Designs – Events Galindo sponsored by Gary Kahn
Black and White gift bags courtesy Mark Roscoe Design, with gifts from Leah Chavie Salon,
Arbonne courtesy Cheryl Wedell and Ladies Night Chicago courtesy Shari Duffy
Photo Video – Joe Black
Vintage snapshots display courtesy Lincoln Antique Mall
Black Lincoln Town Car provided by Uber.com
Rolls Royce provided by ElegantMotoring.com

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

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Free, Holiday

 

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M. Go Brought the Circus to Town with an Array of Colorful Fashions

In lieu of my typical Thursday night running around to make an appearance at mulitple events I was forced to limit my stops for the evening.  As few of you know, I have a full-time day job as a high school counselor on the southside where I have been providing social emotional support to the entire student body for the last four years.  Last night, my seniors (who I have been working with since their freshman year – yes, four years!) graduated last night.  So the first half of my evening I sat in the Harold Washington Cultural Center alternating between beaming with pride and crying tears of joy as my seniors crosed the stage and received their high school diplomas (an incredibly fete for the majority of them when the odds have been stacked against them for so long).  I am so incredibly proud of the entire class of 2011 – in total (out of approximately 112 students), they had a graduation rate of 92%, were accepted into over 100 colleges, and received over 1.2 million dollars in scholarships (some receiving full rides).  Yes, in the words of Drake, my babies are “…gonna be successful!”

Okay, enough bragging about my amazing students.  After witnessing my seniors cross a significant milestone in their lives and snapping a bunch of photos, I headed off the Tantrik for the 3rd annual M.Go Cirque de la Moda Fashion Extravaganza hosted by the lovely Jaslene Gonzalez – winner of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) Season 8.  Natalie Martinez of NBC also assisted in hosting the evening.  And celebrity model Betzaida Ramirez of Mega 95.5 graced the runway.

Representing colorful fashions and vintage wears during the evening were M.GO Fashion and Company (Circus Theme Collection), XIT Euro Boutiques (Trendy Spring/Summer Wear), and Le Thrift (Upscale Designer Vintage).  Also, Absolut provided a hosted bar from 7:30-9pm and Moonshine Chicago & Fashion Fest 2011 provided appetizers prior to the show.

In addition to all of the people and places mentioned, there were several other VIPs in the house including photographers Steve Starr, Javier Enriquez, and Danielle Sanders; William Holdeman of My Drink On, Julian on the Radio of CBS Radio, Sandra Smith Doghmi of Red Carpet Concierge, and Erick Moreno of Eureka Chicago.  And please let me not forget the lovely ladies I had the honor of sitting next to during the show: Zee Gustafson of Z Artistry, Carrie Wenzel of Chicago Fashion Resource, and Sarah Zakareckis of Hush Chicago Magazine.

Great people plus Great fashion equals a Great evening in my book.  Here are some photos from the show.  To view the entire album please LIKE NYK on Facebook!  And to check out even more photos please visit the talented Steve Starr’s gallery.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Fashion, Where We've Been!

 

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