Archive for May, 2009


Marcus Riley, NBC Chicago Street Team

Is there anything that screams an American summer more than a fat juicy hamburger?

Rockit Bar & Grill is kicking off the season with its annual Burgerfest.

This week at the restaurant’s River North and Wrigleyville locations, Executive Chef James Gottwald will feature a different burger each day.

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candace-small2Candace Jordan, NBC Chicago Street TeamBill Kurtis and Honoree Donna LaPietra

Local icon and all around incredible woman, Donna LaPietra, was honored Thursday night  by the Apparel Industry Board at the Casino. The event benefited the Stanley Paul-Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to college students from Greater Chicago and/or Illinois who are studying in a fashion design program. The evening’s master of ceremonies, a legend himself, Bill Zwecker, called Donna “Chicago’s treasure” and Leslie Hindman called her MC Bill Zwecker, Leslie Hindman, Michael Kutza and Judy Niedermaier“the Mrs. Potter Palmer of our time.” I agree wholeheartedly on both counts. Her list of philanthropic endeavors are too numerous to even mention but suffice it to say Chicago would be lost without her. Her significant other, Bill Kurtis, recounted their lives together in a humorous video presentation that included testimonials from Maggie Daley, Gary Sinise, John Bryan, Rick Bayless, Paul Sereno, Victor Skrebneski, Walter Jacobson and Bernie and Jane Sahlins. Special guest Grace Barry, Alderman Ed Burke and Judge Ann Burkeentertainers included 11 year old piano prodigy Emily Bear and Asya Taylor who wowed the crowd with their unique abilities. Over 250 friends attended this joyous celebration of Donna’s amazingly full life including Alderman Ed Burke and Judge Ann Burke, Shelley Farley, Grace Barry, Ginger and Dell Hall (who produced the wonderful video), Michael Kutza, Lynne Jordan (who performed), Peggy Lombardo, Dennis Minkel, Carol Prins, Abra and Tom Wilkin, Dori Wilson, Helen Melchior, Amelia Silva, Myra and John Reilly, Mamie Walton, Hazel Barr, Zarada Gowenlock, Susan Ellefson, Greg Hyder, Jim Smith, Skip Grisham, Andrea Schwartz, Richard and Michelle Klarcheck, Boots Nathan and many more. May it never end! Congrats Donna! We love you and thank you for making our world a better place! J

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Marcus Riley, NBC Chicago Street Team

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:35 a.m. Saturday nights.

Here’s the thing about wine — there’s always something new to learn. Taht’s it’s always helpful to have an expert show you thed ropes. The Belmont location of WineStyles Chicago is on a mission to help increase your wine knowledge. Check out their “Wine Made Simple” educational series, which teaches you how to taste and experience wine, and the differences between the many regions. Log on to their Web site for information on class availability.

Is there anything better than fine wine? OK, we can think of one thing — free fine wine! Many wine stores all over the city have certain nights set aside for you come in and check out something new, like Tuesday tastings at the Poison Cup on Armitage. Every week they feature wines from a different region, sometimes poured by the actual winemaker. It’s a great way to taste your way around the world without ever leaving Chicago.

What if you’re not into wine at all? If bubbles are your thing, there’s plenty of champagne events all over the city. One of the best places to relax and drink champagne is Pops for Champagne, but it’s also a great place to learn more about it. Pops also hosts a number of educational classes. Log on the
Web site
for more information. We have a feeling you’ll be feeling a little more “bubbly” when you leave than when you come in.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank, NBC Chicago Street Team 

When the NBA Draft Combine rolled through Chicago this week, you could have mistaken the Second City for Beverly Hills. Strolling through Michigan Avenue’s Westin Hotel where the draft combine’s media activities were held, we encountered some of basketball’s heaviest hitters, including the entire Chicago Bulls front office, Detroit Pistons GM Joe Dumars, NBA coaches Mike D’Antoni and Mike Dunleavy, legendary talk show host Larry King (twice) and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. And that was just the first hour.

During the actual interview sessions, a draft combine reporter gets up close and personal with every former college basketball star soon to be drafted in a couple weeks. Each player gets his own table in the conference room and journalists rotate like speed daters to obtain quality face time with everyone. Conversation is much more in-depth than post-game press conferences. It’s about the big picture here — no time to waste on the boringly banal queries from newspaper beat writers.

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Marcus Riley, NBC Chicago Street Team

One of the hottest restaurants in the city has unveiled a new feature just in time for the hot weather.

HUB51 (51 W. Hubbard) now offers a 40-seat outdoor patio. But just in case the weather isn’t cooperating — which is more often than not in Chicago — the restaurant has just the fix.

HUB51 is offering complimentary Snuggies for guests who get too cold — or who just want to look cool. After all, if you’re going to be eating and drinking, don’t you need a blanket with sleeves?

Click here to read the rest of this post on NBCChicago.com and watch video of the Snuggie Pub Crawl!

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Reggie Brown, NBC Chicago Street Team

Treat yourself  to a night of  pampering and glamorous  accommodations at  Personal Privilege’s Glam Revamp party this Saturday from 6-10 pm. Owners Avanel Hart and Tracy Lemke are opening the doors to the men’s and women’s boutique to pamper their patrons with an all out array of indulgent activities.

For starters, be the first to peep and scoop new arrivals from Laguna Beach Denim, True Religion and Jay Shoes. Make sure to check out their  $25 and under rack stocked full of women’s dresses and tops to help round out your Spring/Summer wardrobe.

With 25% off all denim for a limited time and free first-time alterations on all denim purchases,  Personal Privilege is trying their hardest to ensure that you’re dressed to impress.

Grab a glass of champagne, lean back and take full advantage of the complimentary airbrush makeup sessions, manicures and mini facials. There’s also a raffle and gift certificate giveaways of up to $200.

Oh, and did I mention that the evening is sponsored by Hypnotiq?

Part of the proceeds of all sales from 6-10, including all raffle ticket sales will be donated to the Network of Strength breast cancer foundation. 

Roll out, I’ll see you there!

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Spend a night out next week with Chicago’s OTHER basket ball league, the Sky. The Swish Dreams Celebrity Allstar Game takes place Tuesday June 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. It’s the first-ever basketball battle of the sexes. The WNBA Chicago Sky will take on an all-male team. No mercy will be spared on the fellas-this game will be played complete with WNBA official rules, including WNBA referees, three-point line, shot clock, and an official WNBA basketball. So, go get ‘em girls!
Chicago Sky

The E -league roster includes Chicago natives Michael Clark Duncan, Larenz Tate, grammy nominated artists Brian Mcknight and Nelly, actors Donald Faison, Frankie Muniz and comedian Bill Bellamy. To purchase tickets go to http://www.chicagosky.net and enter the promotional code “swish.”

The Swish Dreams Fundraiser, now in its third year, is a mentorship program that integrates reading & math with basketball.

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