Category: Entertainment

Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala

The 26th annual Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala recognized the newer, younger face of early onset Alzheimer’s last Saturday, raising over $1.2 million for medical research and care giving programs. A record-breaking 900+ guests gathered at the Hilton Chicago for the event, enjoying cocktails, dinner, dancing, auctions and a special live performance by Grammy award-winning artist Richard Marx.

Gabby Wild: Meshing Fashion & Conservationism

When Gabby Wild was 20 years old, she traveled to Thailand where she met a baby elephant “who fell madly in love with me.” The elephant, who had been stolen from his mother in the jungle, wouldn’t take milk from anyone and was expected to die until Wild arrived and got him to drink from a bottle. After Wild left Thailand to continue her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, the baby elephant passed away. “He stopped eating, became very depressed, broke one leg, broke the other, and then died. It was horrific.”

Chicago’s First Martha Stewart Wedding Party

For the first time ever, Chicago brides-to-be were able to experience Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party, an event that has been held annually in New York City for over a decade. About 365 soon-to-be brides, grooms, friends of engaged couples and wedding planners enjoyed cocktails, live music and a showcase by top Chicago wedding vendors in a ballroom at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on Sunday, March 10.

Katie Jackson-Meara’s Rise to the Top of The Event & Bridal Industries

What does it take to be labeled one of Refinery 29’s Hottest 30 Under 30 in one of the biggest cities in the country? Ask Katie Jackson-Meara, who made this prestigious list this past year in Chicago for her entrepreneurialism and success within the event and bridal industries. Katie, who is a planner, stylist and founder of So Dressed Up, hit the ground running after graduating college.

Betsy Stewart: Capturing the Microscopic Cosmos

Not many artists can say the specimens they draw inspiration from can fit into a petri dish, but then not every artist is Betsy Stewart. Her abstract paintings depict the microscopic life found in pond water. “In my new series, "Biocriticals", I am interested in creating an ambiguity between micro and macro: what is happening in microscopic water as well as events in the cosmos,” she says.

Norman Gitzen: Heeding the Siren’s Call

For decorative metal sculptor and naturalist Norman Gitzen, a good day for him is when he doesn’t need to leave the driveway of his South Florida home. The Liverpool NY native is up very early, drinking his skinny coffee while he sits by his pond feeding the turtles, koi, rabbits and squirrels. He then “downs a quick eggnog” and tries to decide which of the twenty or so projects, some he has already started, to work on that day. “Paying jobs and commissions come first of course,” he laughs.