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  • BIO Thanks to a childhood on the North Shore, Lauren gained an appreciation for the finer things in life at a very early age and grew up immersing herself in as much of Chicago’s nightlife, theater, and cuisine as possible. From brunching at Bongo to cinnamon spice mani/pedis at Mojo, she can usually be found somewhere in her haute Wicker Park ’hood. Currently working in digital marketing, she is pursuing a master’s degree in E-business from DePaul University. An extreme go-getter, globetrotter, and cultural connoisseur, Lauren is actively involved in the DePaul MBA Association and a PR and Web volunteer for the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, she is also an avid Chicago sports fan and loves rooting for the Bears, Sox and Blackhawks. And yes, having lived in Colorado, she is also a Jay Cutler fan, don’t hold it against her. Connect with Lauren on Twitter @laurenmonitz or on the web at www.laurenmonitz.com

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Sir Richard Branson, Adrian Grenier and Friends Rock the Windy City for Virgin America Launch

The stars came out in droves last night to celebrate the inaugural flight (VX) from Virgin Airlines who began their exclusive Chicago O’hare service yesterday. Led by Sir Richard Branson donning a feisty boxing getup (they were really pushing the Rocky theme as the challenger airline), Adrian Grenier, Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Naturi Naughton (3LW), Colin Egglesfield (Melrose Place), Creed (The Office) and two pilots clad in Blues Brothers gear took the Windy City by storm to commemorate the occasion. As both West Coast flights landed in tandem, the crew was greeted by a grand water canon salute and then ushered to the after-party at ROOF at the Wit for a bumping good time. From the people to the signature drinks and cotton candy, no detail was spared. Read More


Top Five 24-Hour Diners in Chicago

3 am and out on the town? Sometimes you just crave that post-bar pancake or egg dish to help lull you to sleep. So bring on the sheep because here are your best greasy spoons for a late night bite. Read More

10PIN Hosts Pro Bowling Event for PBA Shootout

A unique sporting showcase will take place over Memorial Day weekend when 20 of the world’s greatest bowlers return to downtown Chicago for a unique team competition at upscale 10PIN bowling lounge in the landmark Marina City complex. The GEICO PBA Team Shootout, the fifth annual PBA Summer Series special event, will result in more than 15 hours of national television on ESPN and ESPN2 over the summer and will be the first PBA event held in Chicago in 47 years. Read More

Perennial’s Vibrant Relaunch with a Virant Touch

Post Chef Ryan Poli’s departure, Perennial was prepared to do damage control. The former Lincoln Park hotspot was completely gutted, redesigned, re-conceptualized and relaunched in under 4 months. Reopening this week to rave reviews, gone are the memorable birch tree ceilings, nautical vibe and clean, American contemporary eats. Read More

The Peninsula Celebrates 10 Years with 10 Deals

The Peninsula opened its doors to the city of Chicago on June 1, 2001.  Now, 10 years later, The Peninsula Chicago is recognizing the milestone of its first decade with a series of anniversary offerings and philanthropic initiatives. Guests are invited to take advantage of special room rates, inviting incentives at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, and creative menu selections in the hotel’s four award-winning restaurants and The Bar.  Each promotion provides a great way for guests to re-discover why The Peninsula is one of Chicago’s most celebrated hotels. Read More

Gleeks Rejoice: Matthew Morrison Headlines at the Goodman Theatre

In honor of Goodman's 10th Anniversary in the Chicago Loop, screen and stage star Matthew Morrison takes a break from his Glee Spanish classroom to headline at the Goodman Theatre’s for one night only. The May 21 Gala celebrated “One Enchanted Decade” on Dearborn Street. Prior to Glee, Morrison was a regular on Broadway performing in Footloose, the Rocky Horror Show, and as heartthrob Link Larkin in Hairspray. Read More

Nick Cannon’s Favorite Baby Product

Nick Cannon was gifted two Nap Nanny Chills for his newborn twins on the Insider last week. A gracious Cannon jokingly asked if they made one in an adult version it was so comfy. The Nap Nanny Chill is a portable recliner unlike any other on the market safe to use on any floor of the house and is great to keep them at arm’s length while doing chores. Read More


The Top 5 Hibachi Restaurants in Chicago

Literally meaning “fire bowl” hibachi is style associated with the Japanese art of Teppanyaki cooking. While most are found outside of city proper, these little gems are worth the drive. Perfect for a group gathering and when your dinner’s a full on production that involves cooking in front of you, who turns down dinner and a show? Read More

Oprah’s Final Episodes Include a Star Studded Cast- Do You Know Who’s in Town?

She’s powerful enough to make the NBA change their primetime playoff schedule. After an emotional 25 seasons, Oprah is taping her final two episodes tonight at the United Center which holds 20,000, a close second biggest event ever when she shut down Michigan Avenue. Kicking the #1 seeded Bulls out of their practice, everyone’s abuzz with what Oprah’s Final Big surprise is. Set to air Monday and Tuesday, the number of celebs in Chicago this week is nothing short of epic. Read More