If you do feel like getting out, check out a couple of the hotel's Paul Frank bikes to cruise around the city, or take a customized running tour — yes, running — through the city.
Since Nate Berkus launched his eponymous talk show in New York this September, he's been spending more and more time on the East Coast and thus put his Chicago apartment on the market. The interior design and TV personality purchased his 3,980-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 4-bath Gold Coast condo for $500,000 in 2003, and has marked up the listing price to $2.65 million.
The condo building dates back to 1928 but was renovated in the '40s by renowned architect and interior decorator Samuel Marx (and treated to his signature wood panelling). While Berkus was keen enough to preserve the original, Art Deco, hunter green, St. Charles kitchen cabinetry, he did make some terrific updates of his own, including new hardwood floors, a completely rehabbed master bath with a custom English tub, a reconfigured master suite, two-zone AC, new electrical, and new kitchen backsplash with classic white subway tiles. If that isn't enough to woo you, the property was also featured in Elle Decor in 2008. Check out some more photos below and then head over to Elle Decor for a full tour!
The holidays are here and there's no better job that captures the Christmas spirit than dressing windows for the season! This week's In Her Shoes crown goes to Meghan Lorenz, a Chicagoan who styles windows for a living.
SavvySugar: What's your style like?
Meghan Lorenz: It's very reminiscent of the things that inspired me as a child. I love iridescence. I love glitter. I like using cardboard and building things. Honestly, my style reminds me of Barbie’s clothes and Care Bears. I’m trying to have it evolve a bit, but it is kind of young. You know I like making pastries and foam installations which is why I like bakery jobs because they are very playful. So my style is very playful and it’s feminine also. I love pinks, I love sea foam green.
SS: How did you get into this?
ML: Originally I was planning on doing costume and set design so I moved out to LA when I was 18. I planned on doing that, and I started working at Fred Segal so I started working more with fashion and I realized that window display would be a great way to incorporate art and fashion. That’s sort of how I got into it and as a kid my favorite movie growing up is Mannequin, and I’ve always enjoyed window display so it kind of made sense.
To find out more about her job and see pictures of her lovely holiday windows, read on!
One of my lovely clients came to me for help in designing her new Chicago high-rise apartment. Some of her requirements were: fresh, clean lines, modern, not too many colors, soothing, and relaxing. In her bedroom, in particular, she wanted to feel relaxed after a long day at work. Through layers of soft intricate textures and clean lines in the furniture, we were able to create a subtle soothing effect. Soft curves in lamps and bedding, and details in pillows, art, and the headboard all create interest and contrast each other, while feeling warm and welcoming without being overpowering. The clients favorite color purple is the paint in the room. The perfect shade of this tone creates a soothing backdrop while being fresh, soft, and soothing, while adding a kiss of color to the space.
Despite its muddled preparation, and its Joe Francis-ish moniker, this cocktail is pure and clean. With a blush color and juicy flavor, it's a more herbaceous cosmo, only made with farm-fresh ingredients and a hint of juniper-scented gin. Like the sound of it? Then get the recipe now.
I had all but given up on the chef from Chicago when I realized that he would be discussing his dramatic weight loss. Since the doctor recently told my dad he should shed some pounds, I thought I would check out Smith's demo to see what he had to say. The entertaining chef, who has cooked for everyone from the Obamas to Oprah, was an inspiration. To find out how he lost 95 pounds in a little over a year, keep reading.
We live in a Timber Loft. My husband Sheldon and I love the rustic brick from the original antique store built in 1927. We love modern furniture mixed with a little granny and a space that looks lived in. We have been all over the world and have taken pictures and brought back trinkets to display our love of travel. We have updated the kitchen and bath and would love to show you what we have done.
The first, to be called Next Restaurant, will serve four menus per year from what the website calls "great moments in culinary history — or the future." The second, Aviary, is being described as "a cocktail bar, redefined" and will entail chefs, not bartenders, producing cocktails and food pairings in what's being termed a "drink kitchen."
Both Aviary, which will allow walk-ins, and Next, which will require tickets, are currently on target to open this Fall. Get a better sense of both concepts when you watch the restaurant's trailer, after the jump.