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LaShonda Matlock, NBC Chicago Street Team

It’s been a productive and lucrative year so far for OctoMom Nadya Suleman. Not only did she accept some much-needed help from Angels in Waiting but she’s also scored herself a half million-dollar home in La Habra, CA. The 2583-foot four-bedroom, three-bathroom house boasts a huge yard and is conducive to building add-on rooms. Just perfect for a mother of 14! The official buyer is Nadya’s father, Ed Doud.

Michelle Obama covers The New Yorker’s biannual Style Issue, which hits newsstands this week. To no surprise, much of the article focuses on the First Lady’s arms. This is just days after an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, in which the author proclaimed: “The only bracing symbol of American strength right now is the image of Michelle Obama’s sculpted biceps. Her husband urges bold action, but it is Michelle who looks as though she could easily wind up and punch out Rush Limbaugh, Bernie Madoff and all the corporate creeps who ripped off America.” Well said!

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Comedic political commentator Bill Maher and political host and commentator Ann Coulter will speak at the Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, March 11th. Start time is 7:30 p.m sharp!

And…the word from Twitter to 312Diningdiva is that super group U2 is officially in Chicago right now and the secret location for their highly anticipated appearance tonight is The Metro!  Good luck getting in!

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

Oprah approved celebrity chef and owner of Table 52 restaurant Art Smith knows more than great food, he knows great fashion! Store director Tessa Gillenwater of Louis Vuitton on Michigan Avenue is throwing Art a V.I.P. cocktail reception and book signing tonight (Sept. 18th) inside LV. Can you say WOW!

Michigan Avenue magazine, the most talked-about launch in Chicago officially hit shelves Sept. 15th. The 360-page premier-issue cover, featuring Chicago’s hometown supermodel Cindy Crawford, will be followed by a holiday issue, and then 10 issues in 2009. Now, if I can just get my hands on one…. SUSANNA !

Sunset Tan‘s Olly twins were all the rage on Friday, Sept. 12th, at Bon V nightclub. The twins keep the party hot and looked beautiful!

And big congrats to my favorite spa for men HALO!! They were featured on Fox Chicago Thursday morning!

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The Womens Board of the Joffrey Ballet hosts the must attend event of the season tonight (Sept. 15th) at the all new Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph).

The event simply titled- Couture and Cocktails features an exclusive fashion show by designer to the stars Maria Pinto and guest appearances by Kid Sister and 90210 hottie Ryan Eggold. (yum!)

True to its name, guests will sip cocktails in their evening best while mingling with The Joffrey dancers, enjoying delectable treats and dancing to the latest sounds. There will be both a silent and live auction celebrity auctioneer Ryan Eggold with auction items like a set of  Van Cleef and Arpels diamond earrings valued at over $25,000 and tickets for two to Wimbledon,courtesy of legendary tennis player, Jimmy Connors.

Tickets are still available-$250.00 per person. For more information contact Nicole Patrick at 312.386.8921

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The House of Cartier will host a special private V.I.P. evening to honor rapper/actor Common and kick-off the The Common Ground Foundation weekend festivities on Sept. 26th. The  legendary jeweler has partnered with the Common Ground Foundation for their Love Charity initiative with a portion of proceeds from the new Love Charity bracelet going back to the Foundation. The Common Ground Foundation weekend festivities also include:

Common’s Start the Show n’ Bowl” sponsored by Snow Queen Vodka. Celebrities attending –Common, Pharrell, Will.i.Am, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Bilal and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry and some other surprises!

Common and Friends live at the HOB Sept. 27th, sponsored by Snow Queen Vodka. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available to the public!

Dave Navarro is hosting and guest DJ’ing at Manor on Thursday, September 18th for the Blackberry Luxe Club Series Featuring – DJ Skribble, Dave Navarro, and J Melo

Candace Bushnell hosts a invite-only reception for the television premiere of Lipstick Jungle & to celebrate the publication of her latest novel One Fifth Avenue on Wed., September 24th.

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The new Aritzia (“ah-ritz-ee-ah”) store doesn’t disappoint! The 4,300 square mecca on the third level of Water Tower Place, is a breath of fresh air out of the crowded wannabe NYC styled boutiques.

Aritizia’s PR maven took me on a grand tour of the place and to not say that I was impressed was an understatement! As their press release stated it really was unlike anything ever seen in Chicago before!

The first thing you notice when entering Aritzia is the name brands like Marc Jacobs which is always a great sign due to his cutting -edge designs. Then as you get further inside the store you notice the quality of the garments like wool lined winter coats, satin lined jackets, and then you stop dead in your tracks at the jaw-dropping reasonable prices and your SOLD!

Chicago has a lot of “it” boutiques namely Akira and Intermix which already have a strong-arm on the market but personally I want something more (like high-quality without applying for a loan) and from start to finish Aritzia delivers!

Aritzia‘s has a wide selection of brands which means great choices for us! But, just to name a few Aritzia carries: BCBG Generation, Cheap Monday, Citizens of Humanity, Community, Development, Ella Moss, Habitual, Nudie, Orion, Rock & Republic, Talula, Talula Babaton, TNA, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Vince, Wilfred and select items from Marc by Marc Jacobs and See by Chloe.

The best way I can describe Aritzia is a mix between Barneys and a NYC vintage shop, translation- you can find everything you want from that tailored, sophisticated look but also pick up something ‘Patricia Field’ might find at a vintage shop. It’s the perfect combination, literally!

So take a spin and stop by, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

Bon V (1100 W. Randolph St.) nightclub will welcome Sunset Tan’s Olly twins on Friday, September 12th. A complimentary cocktail reception will be offered from 9 – 10:30 pm. DJ Dante the Don will get the party started, mixing beats onsite, creating the perfect place to see and be seen!

Benji and Joel Madden were doing their thang September 4th, as they took turns spinning at Manor nightclub ( 642 North Clark). Sadly, no where in sight were Paris Hilton or Nicole Ritchie. Dang!

Saturday is the big day for the hottest charity event in Chicago-The Green Tie Ball XVII. This year the mega event is being held at the beautiful all new indoor Chicago Scenic Studios (1315 N. North Branch St.) And if your not familiar with the Green Tie Ball than your definitely missing out! The once a year event features spectacular live entertainment, charitable gaming, fabulous food, VIP Green carpet reception, did I mention fabulous food and libations. This is Chicago’s #1 benefit gala of the year, so don’t miss out! For tickets and more info:http://www.greentieball.org

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

Michigan Avenue Magazine will finally be hitting shelves September 15, 2008.  And may I say it’s about time! The highly anticipated magazine is a knock-out featuring 360-pages of celebs and star-studded contributors like Mayor Richard M. Daley, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Zehme.

The launch issue will be celebrated in-style on Saturday, September 20, 2008 with a red carpet extravaganza at a private location hosted by cover model Cindy Crawford, and topped off with a performance by Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams.

Marcus Riley of the NBC5 Street Team will be live on the scene in full effect and I’ll be there as well covering for Chicago’s hottest new gossip site GossipChicago but you’ll have to wait on the details for that one!

Stay tuned!

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