Before there was Lenny Letter and the show, Girls, on HBO, there was Rookie magazine, the online publication geared towards teenage girls about love, life, friends, fashion and pop culture founded by Tavi Gevinson.
I am fascinated with the scoreboard at Wrigley Field. It is made of sheet steel, as are the numbers that are manually adjusted by operator Darryl Willson to reflect the scores of the games going on at any one time in the National and American Leagues during Cubs baseball games.
According to a national study on gratitude, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, it seems that 94% of Americans believe that people who are grateful are more fulfilled and lead a richer life, but less than half of us express gratitude on a regular basis.
You may pick up a few tips for scoring your favorite food from your favorite chef and how being extra nice to a restaurant's executive chef and staff might be the brownie points you've been hoping for.
When I sat down with Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, noted as one of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time by Guitar World book, and his son, Zack Whitford, official photographer for the band, my experience with them couldn't have been more opposite than my expectations.
From the red carpet, minutes before the ceremony, an understated, thoughtful and genuinely approachable, Ruffalo credited his Catholic upbringing for his progressive thinking and support for the underdog.
Humble, unassuming, low-key: these are all words that would describe Chef Chris Gawronski of Acanto. Flying gently under the radar of Chicago's culinary media frenzy, Chef Gawronski is more action than talk, more talent than flash.
Elaine's in New York. La Coupole in Paris. The Pump Room in Chicago. What does it take to be an institution? In business school, I was taught that you never move forward with the business that you want. You move forward with the business for which there is demand.
It is remarkable and commendable that Michon put her labor of love, Muffin Top, together on the smallest of budgets with the smallest of crews, and yet the film overlooks no detail. The result is a film that looks like it was made for 10 times the budget.
We are our history, are we not? On December 9, the Auditorium Theatre celebrates its 125th Anniversary with a gala dinner and star-studded performance, hosted by actor, John Mahoney. Looking back, what kind of city would Chicago be if it didn't have the Auditorium Theatre?
Contrary to most things that I have read or seen, the Billy Corgan I encountered on September 17th was warm, personable, and very thoughtful. It was clear he had spent a lot of time thinking about counter-culture and its mass expectation biases on established art and celebrities.
In a very fun and off-the-cuff interview, I met with funny man, Jeff Mauro, host of "The Sandwich King" and "The Kitchen," and Phillip Phillips whose platinum album, "The World from the Side of the Moon" sold 9 Million copies after he won the 11th season of American Idol.
I am grateful to have been affected by the passion and drive that was Charlie Trotter. As his sister Anne noted during the memorial service last year, Charlie felt that "If you are willing to work hard enough, no obstacle is too big to overcome."
I was honored to speak with him about his mélange of beauty and sorrow, hope and despair, joy and cruelty, and found him to be incredibly unassuming and vulnerable, answering honestly and candidly about his strengths as an artist.