CHSO — April 2012
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Korey Huyler


Kerry Wood

Cubs fans breathed a sigh of relief in January when Kerry Wood signed a one-year contract to play with the North Siders for the 2012 season. After all, Wood will always hold a special place in our hearts after helping take the Cubbies to the playoffs in 2003. Spending the off-season running the Kerry Wood Foundation with his wife Sarah, this dad of three is gearing up for the season opener this month. In his rare free time, we asked him to unveil some of his favorite things. –Elise Hofer

Spend a Day Off

“Fishing with my son, Justin. We keep a boat in the harbor. Otherwise, I love taking the kids to the Museum of Science and Industry ( and Shedd Aquarium (”

Chill Out

“I love to chill out at a good concert. So many incredible performers come through our city in the summer at cool spots like Aragon Ballroom, Congress  eater, Riviera and House of Blues. I just saw Buddy Guy at Legends. We shared a bottle of whiskey.”

A Cool Cocktail

“You can have a nice glass of wine at any Chicago restaurant, but for a crazy cocktail, I’d have to say The Aviary in Fulton Market (theaviary. Com)... and the downstairs ‘speakeasy’The office afterwards is an experience.”

Indulge in Something Sweet

“I like Pinkberry for Frozen yogurt and Sweet Mandy B’s for cupcakes, but Mo’s Bacon Bar (vosgeschocolate.Com) is my favorite sugar fix.”

Work Out

“I spent the winter working out at the Jim Karas studio in Lincoln Park ( Personal trainer Phil Chung has worked his tail off with me. I feel better this off -season than I have in years.”

Night Out With the Guys “that’s easy... A Bulls or a Hawks game. Also, Benchmark ( in Old Town and The Fifty/50 ( are cool hangouts. They take good care of us there.”


Legendary Chicago Blackhawk Bobby Hull dining at Prasino. Kerry Wood picking up treats at Lakeview’s famed Dinkel’s Bakery. Giuliana and Bill Rancic unveiling their new restaurant, RPM Italian; shortly after opening, RPM hosted a crew of Chicago Blackhawks including Jonathan Toews and Daniel Carcillo. The Bachelor Ben Flajnik snapping photos with fans outside Portillo’s in River North. The assistant coaching staff for the New Jersey Nets having lunch at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap while player Kris Humphries was mobbed by fans outside on the sidewalk. Spotted in the back booths of Old Town Social was Chris Culos, drummer for O. A.R., celebrating his birthday. Katie Couric at Pump Room. Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith hanging out at Studio Paris, where, on a separate night, Chicago Bear Lance Briggs and New York Giant David Diehl enjoyed a night out with friends. Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns lunching with his girlfriend at Le Colonial. Chicago Bulls’ Omer Asik dining at David Burke’s Primehouse. Ronnie Brewer having drinks at Market. Modern Family’s Ty Burrell exiting Exhale Spa.


A Piece of the Action

Like father, like son. Now? Like grandson. Noah Himmel, the third generation of Bravo Restaurants Inc., which includes Gino’s East, Edwardo’s Natural Pizza, Ed Debevic’s and Mitchell’s Ice Cream, is now the vice president. The 32-year-old downtown native (who attended Latin School of Chicago, followed by Brown University) joins his grandfather Ivan, chairman of the board, and father Jeff, president, and he brings a new philosophy focused on the customer’s overall sensory experience, from the ambience to the service. Noah’s first order of business was opening Eduardo’s Enoteca, a cozy Gold Coast wine bar serving rustic Italian fare, and this month, he debuts a new Gino’s East in Printer’s Row. the restaurant is more personalized to the neighborhood, featuring a beverage program geared toward what locals in the ’hood prefer, new salads like caprese layered in a Mason jar and gourmet deep dish pizza. “I try to make things accessible,” says Noah. “It’s about incorporating really healthy, light flavors that are reasonably priced, and you feel good about eating them.” And though Je and Ivan are supportive of Noah’s new recipes, according to grandpa, there’s no topping the original: Edwardo’s spinach sourcé stuffied pizza. –Katie Schroeder


Seeing Stars

The spring season starts with a bang as major productions and renowned visitors take to the city’s stages. Our list of people, performances and places not to miss... Thomas Connors

Angels in America

Court theatre, through June 3,

Tony Kushner’s two-part epic—Millennium Approaches and Perestroika—examines the social and political realities that arose as the AIDS epidemic grew in the 1980s. Combining fact and fantasy—and a cast of characters that includes attorney Roy Cohn and a closeted Mormon with a pillpopping wife—it is a wildly imaginative document of the American conscience

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Auditorium Theatre,
April 11-15,

Revelations will always be this troupe’s signature piece, but newly named Artistic Director Robert Battle is wasting no time adding fresh work to the repertoire, including Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 (set to a score that runs from Dean Martin to techno-pop), Paul Taylor’s Arden Court, and Home, from hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris.

Chicago Opera Theater

Harris Theater,
April 14-May 2,

In his final season, longtime COT General Director Brian Dickie goes out with a bang, showcasing his love for Handel and 20th-century masters with the local premieres of the former’s Teseo (with Chicago’s own Baroque Band in the pit) and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Moscow Cheryomushki, a comedic tale of love and chronic housing shortages.

The Iceman Cometh

Goodman Theatre,
April 21-June 10,

In one of the season’s hottest tickets, Broadway vet Nathan Lane joins Chicago favorite Brian Dennehy in Eugene’s O’Neill’s epic drama. Robert Falls will direct.

Timon of Athens

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, April 24-June 10,

Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine of the Star Wars franchise) takes the title role in Shakespeare’s disquisition on wealth, power and betrayal. “I first played him in my early 20s,” says the Scotland native. “And returning to the play now, in my late 60s, I’m struck afresh by its dark ironies, but, in particular, by its many human qualities.”

The News by JacobTV, a Reality Opera

Park West, May 4

Tweaking newscasts and riffing on various musical modes, Dutch composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) creates a multimedia satire in which world leaders (President Obama) and wannabes (Sarah Palin) are among the cast of characters. The show is performed by Fulcrum Point New Music Project.


Orange Juiced!

Ever since the word came out from the Pantone Color Institute that tangerine tango (Pantone 17-1463) is the 2012 color of the year, we’ve been seeing a parade of carrot, ginger, persimmon and other bold riffs on the citrusy shade. One of our favorite interps is the new Cassidy orange porcelain lamp by Arteriors. A fresh take on coral without going into overdoneness, the eye-popping base takes the trend from “so-so” to sexy. $360, at Creative Visions in Marketing, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1599, 312.467.1177 –Connie Dufner


Foodie Frocks

Thursday, 12:30PM

At the first Feast of Fashion event of 2012, more than 100 fashionistas dressed in their afternoon best for a lunch and fashion show at Balsan restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. While the ladies dined on Caesar salads and cauliflower soup, models sporting spring looks from Sarca boutique roamed between the tables. –KH


Gold Coast, VP of sales, Noblivity “I work with over 250 emerging designers from all over the world and was thinking about how they all would love to be featured in an event like this.”


Bucktown, partner, Boldface Communications Group “I died over the blue bow Viktor & Rolf heels, but my ‘Hello, lover!’ moment was when the Alexis pleated wide-leg pants and matching top came out on the model. It was like the room dimmed and there was a light shining on it.”


Streeterville, television personality, host of Chitown Countdown “I sat with my two best girlfriends, Katlin Gnojek and Kate Pankoke, the creative director of Elaya Vaughn. We talked about the Sarca collection from the moment we sat down to the minute we walked out the door—and for a whole week afterward!”


Hinsdale, Board of Directors and community outreach director for the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation “My friends and I were talking about sending our kids to college, what campuses we were visiting, what’s hot, what’s not.”


West Loop, owner, Luxury Garage Sale “We couldn’t stop chatting about our new obsession—the Céline Luggage Bag!”


West Loop, manager, Nicole Miller boutique “This was actually the third Feast on Fashion I’ve been to! I wore a Nicole Miller Abstract Art printed dress with Pura Lopez pumps and jewelry from Sarca. I knew there would be some great fashion at this event.”



The amount of fundraising dollars The Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board has raised in its 10 years of existence. Celebrate the board’s anniversary at its Spring Celebration Gala on May 6. The evening includes a performance at Auditorium Theatre, followed by dinner and dancing at the Palmer House Hilton. Be sure to pick up the Women’s Board’s Tribute Book marking the occasion. 6:30PM, Tickets $600, –KS


Double Dose of Chic

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents its 78th annual fashion show April 19 at Millennium Park, and alumna Cynthia Rowley and husband Bill Powers will be honored with the SAIC Legend of Fashion Award at the Walk, the evening runway presentation and benefit. Rowley, who constructed her first dress at age 7, has since established a design empire of 70 retail stores worldwide and a brand that includes women’s clothing and accessories, menswear, a children’s line, surf gear, home sewing patterns and five books, not to mention collaborations with artists like Chicagoan Nick Cave, a capsule collection for the Gagosian Gallery and a collaborative exhibit for MoMA PS1. “As a graduate of SAIC, art has always been a part of my life and an inspiration in every collection, so it’s great that the blending of contemporary art and fashion is so culturally relevant right now,” she says. And she plans to show her born-andbred New Yorker hubby around her hometown (her parents still reside in Barrington). “Besides all the landmarks like the Water Tower, Tribune building and observation platform on the Willis Tower, there’s deep dish pizza, Italian Village and the original Garrett Popcorn shop,” she says.

Powers, co-owner of HALF Gallery and a regular on Bravo’s Work of Art, is as much a name in the design crowd as Rowley, but the two keep their work separate. “the only thing we work on as a couple is our website, exhibitiona.Com, which ofers limited edition prints of top contemporary artists’ work,” says Rowley. “It’s really fun to work together, but let’s not push it.” As for the SAIC event, Rowley expects to be wowed by the students’ runway looks. “I hope it blows my mind,” she says. “When I was in school they told us, ‘Do anything you want for this show, anything you can possibly dream of. Do it now because when you get in the real world you might not have the opportunity.’ I’m hoping that credo still exists.” –KS


It’s our annual Men’s Issue and we want to know: In what type of clothing does a man look his best?

“ I appreciate a guy who knows how to lose the tie but not his edge or sense of style. Nothing is more attractive than a welltailored man with effortless attention to a monogram, a double-stitched detail or the timeless fabric selection of his suit.”


“ Nothing looks better than a guy in a great pair of jeans and a white T-shirt! Simplicity exudes confidence and understated elegance.”


“When’s he dressed rugged and simple, but with a street edge and style. A little rebellion meets sophisticated is sexy. A slim fit pair of dark Levi’s and a great tted Vince T-shirt says ‘Steve McQueen classic rebel.’ I also like colorful sneakers, like Adidas or Nike.”


FAB 5!

Green Spas

Celebrate Earth Day by getting pampered with eco-friendly treatments at these five spots. –Lisa Shames

Buff Beauty

This spa partnered with Caudalíe Paris to create four Vinothérapie facials featuring the restorative power of grapes and organic ingredients. 2231 N. Clybourn Ave., 773. 904.8065

The Spa at Four Seasons

The signature facial uses organic blue lotus, cocoa bean and jasmine. 120 E. Delaware Place, 312. 280.8800

SPA at Hotel Felix

Natural minerals, Dead Sea salts and a plant “pure-fume” steam tent exfoliate and refine your skin as part of the Aqua Polish facial. 111 W. Huron St., 312.256.8000

The Peninsula Spa

We’re smitten with their ESPA line of beauty treatment products, which are 99 percent all-natural. 108 E. Superior St., 312. 573.6860

The Spa at Trump

Get a mani/pedi with vegan, organic SpaRitual polishes, including the exclusive Chicago Cerulean deep blue shade. 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312.588.8020