Museum of Contemporary Chicago’s Art June Gala Photos

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrated the 15th anniversary of its performance program, the MCA Stage, at the remixed/reimagined: 2011 MCA Performance Benefit on June 23, 2011. More than 300 guests arrived to commemorate the longevity and innovation of the MCA Stage with a lively evening that raised more than $300,000 for MCA programming.

The evening, which was was co-chaired by Sara Albrecht and Jay Franke, commenced outside plaza of the MCA with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of some of Chicago’s most notable food trucks: The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck, 5411 Empanadas, and the Hummingbird Kitchen. As guests enjoyed their bites and sips amidst stage road cases for seating, impromptu performers treated them to surprise entertainment. Redmoon Theater delivered a “mini-opera” amidst attendees, while drum ensemble JASC Tsukasa Taiko delighted with pulsating beats from the museum’s steps. To conclude the cocktail hour, punk circus marching band, Mucca Pazza, permeated the crowd with energetic melodies and ushered everyone into the theater.

HMR Design Group and Event Creative “re-mixed” the setup of the theater to a color-blocked creation that allowed guests to dine onstage. Bright pink box centerpieces and electric orange table covers from HMR Design Group adorned tables and vibrant pink lighting courtesy of Event Creative welcomed attendees to their seats. A projected image by Sterling Ruby dripped colorful ink onto a large backdrop.

Wolfgang Puck Catering prepared a summer-themed feast, featuring a pre-set first course, tapas, and an entrée. During the seated dinner, a surprise performance from the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus delighted guests, as the entertainers appeared from the dark wings of the theater and took position in the audience seats for four songs and a medley, re-mixing the traditional idea of a performance on stage. Following the meal, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus led the group to the freight elevator, which opened to reveal another bar for guests while they were transported to the Kovler Atrium.

For dessert and dancing, guests arrived on the second floor, which featured crisp, white lounge seating, tall tables, silver bars and alternating lights from HMR Design Group, while Event Creative mastered sound, the DJ stage and lighting. New York DJs Eclectic Method mixed upbeat music while rotating visuals and videos of the cocktail reception and past performances from the MCA Stage were displayed on large screens. DanceWorks Chicago members danced throughout the galleries as guests enjoyed the dessert bar of buttermilk cake with strawberries and crème fraiche and warm chocolate truffle cakes with whipped cream and spun sugar. Passed treats paired with liqueur included lime bar squares with shortbread crust and a shot of chilled tequila; warm zeppolis with raspberry jam and espresso shots; and “sweet tarts” of lemon curd custard profiterole with lemon icing and a shot of chilled limoncello. Finally, as the evening concluded, iced coffee and biscotti were served to go.


SELF Workout In The Park: San Francisco Event Photos

SELF Magazine’s 18th annual Workout in the Park event brought the pages of SELF to life in San Francisco April 30, 2011, with a day of the hottest new exercise trends, invigorating classes from CRUNCH gym, beauty and fashion consultations, nutritional know-how, tons of freebies and giveaways. This high-energy event is an annual favorite of 12,000+ women across the country and made its debut in the Bay Area this year.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., San Francisco ladies had a fun-filled fitness sesh at Little Marina Green and enjoyed a special appearance by Alison Sweeney, host of the Biggest Loser and author of “The Mommy Diet”.

Ticketholders were given the choice of 17 different fitness classes like Retro-Robics, Beach Body, Masala Bhangra and many others, which featured top instruction from San Francisco’s innovative fitness leader Crunch Fitness. There were even unique classes inspired by TV shows Glee and Dancing With the Stars.

Event sponsors included Garnier, Jockey, Reebok, Asics, Athleta,, Puma, Nivea, Luna Bars and more.

Guests not only got a work out- with the $20 tickets came freebies, beauty consultations, a subscription to SELF Magazine and a contribution to nonprofits Cancer and Careers and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The Bedford’s Under Lock and Key Event Photos

Different than a soft opening, friends & family night or publicly marketed preview event, Wicker Park’s newest hotspot The Bedford had 150 brand ambassadors come in to test out the space before it opened to the public, on April 26, 2011.

Influencers were mailed an actual lock box key in a clear envelope, which was closed with a wax seal.

The Bedford is a reclaimed bank space (originally the Home Bank & Trust, built in 1925), with the main focal point being a large vault room with more than 6,000 working lock boxes. At the event, guests were encouraged to bring the key they received in the mail to open their own lock box, which had fun takeaways in it for them (including everything from local gift cards to even a few pairs of D/Vision sunglasses – each box was different).

There were three dinner seatings where guests sampled from a special menu based off of Mark Steuer’s actual dinner menu and taste Peter Gugni’s delicious cocktails. The owners of the space – Eric Nordness, Anne Smith and Matt Mering of Salita Development – were onsite greeting each guest and give them special walk-throughs of the space.

After dinner, guests were invited to hang out in the vault room or at the bar for the remainder of the evening.

The Bedford is located at 1612 W. Division. Make reservations online at or by calling  773.235.8800.


Magnificent Milestones Grand Opening Event Photos


Magnificent Milestones, Chicago’s premier paper pureveyor, celebrated a milestone of their very own when they opened their new invitation studio in an eco-friendly River North high-rise in January, 2011.

To celebrate the new elegant, roomy space and ever-growing list of brands and products, the store held an intimate, invite-only affair in their new storefront.

The party, which was attended by city wedding planners, friends, members of the media and industry insiders, featured an exclusive preview of the location. Guests browsed Magnificent Milestones’ custom paper creations, enjoyed cool tunes from a DJ, delighted in cotton candy lollipops and cones of truffle popcorn and sipped Effen vodka cocktails.

All guests left with a custom, Chicago-centric Third Coast Collection greeting card designed by shop owner and designer Kara Underwood Gordon.


Cake Plate and 29 Cosmetics Giveaway Official Rules

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Cake Plate Boutique 29 Cosmetics Giveaway: OFFICIAL RULES


Eligibility: The Cake Plate Boutique 29 Cosmetics Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open to anyone who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Cake Plate Boutique, 29 Cosmetics, and their parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. Subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

Sponsor: Cake Plate Boutique and 29 Cosmetics

Timing: The Giveaway begins on November 3, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“EST”) and ends on November 10, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST (the “Promotion Period”). Entrants may earn Giveaway entries and mail-ins as set forth in the How To Enter section below. Skirt PR’s server and time stamp solution is the official time keeping device for the Giveaway.

How to Enter: During the Promotion Period, visit Complete and submit the Rafflecopter registration. You automatically will receive one (1) entry into the Giveaway by completing the required tasks in the Rafflecopter App. During the Promotion Period, each participant may receive one (1) additional Giveaway entry daily for completing the additional daily tasks listed in the Rafflecopter app.

Drawings: Administrator will randomly select the potential Giveaway winners from all eligible entries received during the Promotion Period, using a moderation system powered by

The potential winners will be notified by email, Twitter or Facebook within fourteen (14) days of the completion of the drawing. Each potential winner will be required to reply within ten (10) days of the date notice. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to reply in the set ten days, potential winner forfeits the prize and another winner may be chosen. Potential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. Giveaway prizes will be fulfilled within 8 weeks after the verification of winners.

Prizes: TWO (2) PRIZES: Two prizes will be awarded. Preserves Skincare Sets include: Winter White Cosmetics bag, Eye Emulsion, Night Moisture, Serum Extract and Skin Sampler Card. Valued of $750 each. Limit: One prize per person.

For all Prizes: Prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Odds of winning a Giveaway prize depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. TOTAL ARV OF ALL PRIZES: $1500.00 USD.

Release: By receipt of any prize, winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the Giveaway constitutes winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Giveaway, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Giveaway, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other Promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Giveaway; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Giveaway; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Giveaway or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Giveaway, provided that if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Giveaway, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor, at its discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.

Giveaway Results: For a list of major prize winners and/or a copy of these Official Rules, send a hand-printed, self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Cake Plate Boutique 29 Cosmetics Giveaway”, c/o Skirt PR, 2320 N. Damen Ave #2D, Chicago, IL, 60647. Winner list requests must be received by December 1, 2011.



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