Where should you go? What should you order? What should you drink? Keeping pace with Chicago’s ever-expanding social and dining scene is dizzying. For your next big date, power dinner or cocktail hour, catch the buzz at these emerging hubs.
With its laundry list of documented health benefits, breakfast’s status as the most important meal of the day is hard to dispute. But there’s more to the first repast than just its feel-good possibilities. To wit: the power breakfast, that pre-work one-two punch meal that combines business and pleasure and gives new meaning to the phrase “the early bird gets the worm.”
You can call them hobbies, passions or even diversions. When the workday is done, many Chicago men spend their free time pursuing an interest that enriches not only their lives, but also the city. We present a few Chicagoans taking their contagious enthusiasm to a whole new level.
Be it 1963 or 2011, people have always been fascinated by the concept of liberation. We’re simply hard-wired to crave freedom, despite the many forces within and outside of ourselves that attempt to corral us. This fall, NBC plays to our yen for broken rules with The Playboy Club, an hour-long drama set inside Hugh Hefner’s original Chicago hotspot of the same name.
Most nightlife entrepreneurs would look at a space like O’Connells and think it’s a lost cause. The notorious dive bar in Linda Vista isn’t exactly a hipster mecca and is probably best known for grizzled regulars who’ve been parked at the bar since morning. Still, Chris Martin and Joe Gleason saw unlimited potential.
“We saw gold,” says Martin, who proved his nightlife mettle as the GM for Bar West in Pacific Beach.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Just ask Sin City born-and-bred Melissa Akkaway, who opened her first Beckley boutique—now starlet central!—a ways away on L.A.’s swanky Melrose stretch. This fall, she’s launching her inaugural line, Beckley by Melissa. Still, Akkaway is not only an L.A.
As a 40-something writer and a lover of all things printed—magazines, newspapers, books, even photos—I have a love-hate relationship with the digital era. J’adore my laptop and the Internet for allowing me to work from anywhere, and for satisfying my constant craving for news and communication. But I have not yet “Liked” (virtually or otherwise, pardon the Facebook pun) reading articles on my laptop or iPad—especially when it comes to the topic of interior design.
They are five women who express their unique, feminine perspectives through art that is compelling and bold. Cecilia Paredes uses her body as a canvas and then places herself against a background—wallpaper or chintz, maybe even a landscape—to create an image that is sensual and evocative. Brooke Shaden, a photographer, shoots conventional photographs and then alters them digitally to convey a message or mood: “I make images that are beautiful but that some might also find disturbing.
Last June when word of the “split” between Talley Dunn and Lisa Brown reached the local art community, the speculation began. What? Why? But this month, with the grand reopening of Talley Dunn Gallery, all the seditious rumor-mongering is past tense. “I really wouldn’t use the word ‘split,’” Dallas native Dunn explained recently at her eponymous gallery, still at 5020 Tracy St., the site formerly known as the revered Dunn and Brown Contemporary. “Lisa and I are going in different directions, following what our passions and our strengths are.
Tiffany Lonsdale-Hands has Salma Hayek’s exotic beauty and a soft British accent worthy of Keira Knightley. She’s a head-turner, yes, but it’s Lonsdale-Hands’ rising film career that’s garnering attention of late. After taking up acting only three years ago, the 20-something landed a leading role in I Become Gilgamesh, which is making rounds on the indie circuit, including the USA Film Festival’s Tex Fest, and has won honors at Park City and Tupelo festivals.