I On The Scene

“Toast to the Coast” at the Racquet Club in Chicago

Once again upholding its outstanding image in the Gold Coast community, the Gold Coast Neighbors Association recently held its annual “Toast to the Coast” event. Founded in 1869 by a hundred upstanding citizens of the Gold Coast area, and surviving despite the small setback of the Chicago Fire in 1871, …

White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Obama Shines at his Final White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a night to remember. Barack Obama’s swan song was filled with some of his best gags and jokes. Maybe after he leaves the White House, he’ll consider a comedy tour. The event also helped put a positive note on Obama’s relationship with the …

Our Top Five Tribeca Film Festival Picks

The Tribeca Film Festival is underway, continuing through April 24, showcasing the newest in cinema from around the world. This year’s festival includes the Tribeca Festival Hub where attendees and spectators can experience interactive installations, virtual reality, and special discussions with some of the world’s best storytellers. It’s also the …

Superdelegates

Superdelegates: The Last Defense Against Political Parasites

The way the talking heads discuss them, you’d think superdelegates were some magical and inscrutable species. Numerous shows and articles have been devoted to discussing the strangeness and specialness of this class of party delegate. Yet they are quite mundane. Superdelegates are simply the party officeholders and officials who make …

Democratic Party Civil War

The Coming Democratic Party Civil War

“Party powerbrokers seek to stop the grassroots surge.” “Establishment candidates accused of conspiring to steal delegates.” “Candidate’s supporters feel cheated by an unfair electoral system.” “Campaigners claim primary opponent is bought and paid for.” “Party Establishment facing revolution from the grassroots.”   These are the kinds of headlines that have …

Glitz & Glamour

A Spectacular Glitz & Glamour Celebration

The Grand Ballroom at the Peninsula Hotel was the perfect setting for the Second Annual Glitz & Glamour event, which benefits A Silver Lining Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of Barbara Bradford and Robert L. Sherman, owners of A. Marek Fine Jewelry, 100% of the proceeds generated from the ticket …

Cari Meyers

The Chicago Pet Project : Cari Meyers’ New Book

The Chicago Pet Projectinspired by a story she read on the internet in 2009, The Puppy Mill Project Founder and President Cari Meyers discovered some eye-opening facts: dogs are being bred commercially across the U.S. in terrible living conditions. Even more astonishing, apparently no one was doing anything to prevent …

Republican Establishment

The Long, Slow Death of the Republican Establishment

The deaths of Nancy Reagan and Antonin Scalia have come to be emblematic of the death of that age-old beast: The Republican Party Establishment. These two figures, deeply embedded in the conservative hierarchy for many decades, were some of the last figures of a bygone era in GOP politics, one …

Dennis Andritsis Hits a Grand Slam in 16” Softball

Congratulations to Dennis Andritsis: from the streets of Chicago to the 16” Softball Hall of Fame! Over an outstanding 15-year athletic career spanning 1963 – 1978, Dennis Andritsis played 16” softball for one of the greatest softball teams in the history of the game: Sobies Sports Tap from Cicero. On …

The Magic of Kris Kristofferson

“I always try to be as honest as I can in the songwriting, otherwise there’s no point in doing it…” – Kris Kristofferson Country music’s greatest stars gathered Wednesday night in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to pay tribute to one of the industry’s most beloved artists – Kris Kristofferson. The Life …