Haute Author

  • NAME Lauren Monitz
  • 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

Articles By Lauren Monitz

Chicago Restaurant Week: Feb. 17-28, Prix Fixe Dining at All Your Favs

Chicagoan’s rejoice- our favorite holiday is upon us- Restaurant Week. For ten days, February 17-28, over 200 restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus starting at $22* for lunch and $33/$44* for dinner. Restaurant Week 2010 proved to be the most successful Restaurant Week yet with 177 participating restaurants (a 23% increase over 2009), 335,000 diners and $11.6 million in revenue. 2011 promises even more with over 200 of Chicago’s finest culinary talents participating. Read More

The Big Game: The Top 5 Sports Bars in Chicago

Even though Bears fans are still a little salty with who ended up in the Superbowl, we can still do what Midwesterners do best- drink. Because let’s be honest, if we wanted winning sports teams, we probably wouldn’t live in Chicago. So here are your best bets for places to grub and talk smack or if you’re not in to that, watch the commercials on a really big screen. Read More

Chicago’s First Concierge Hall of Fame

You’ve heard of the hall of fame for athletes. And maybe even restaurants. But concierges? By official proclamation from Mayor Richard M. Daley, the City of Chicago celebrated its first-ever “Concierge Day in Chicago” on January 27, 2011. Read More

Haute Event: Celebrate the Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears

This Sunday, February 6, Chicagoans are invited to join the former 1985 Chicago Bears Champions and Otis Wilson and Friends in the support of the Otis Wilson Foundation for The Big Game Celebration. In addition to giving guests the chance to watch The Big Game and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Chicago’s 1985 Big Win alongside current Bears players, celebrities, athletes and other guests, the event will also raise funds for the Otis Wilson Foundation (OWF). Read More


Oh-La-La: The Top 5 Lingerie Stores in Chicago

With V-day fast approaching and your man scrambling to stock up on the chocolates, flowers and rose petals, why not surprise him with a little somethin’ somethin’? There’s nothing spicier than lace, leather or negligees whether you’re looking to make it a racy, classy or spicy night. Read More

How to Beat the Winter Blues with the Blues

Approaching one of the most epic storms in history, fight the winter blues by some groovin’ authentic blues in the Windy City. As legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson noted, “SWEET HOME” Chicago is one of the country’s premier cities to experience authentic blues music and a fun weekend stay-cation to beat the snow. Read More


Lick Your Lollipop: Top 5 Candy Shops in Chicago

I'll take you to the candy shop, let you lick the lollipop, keep going 'til you hit the spot. From gum drops to jawbreakers, candy is a that little extra to make your day a whole lot sweeter. It's nostalgic, infused with carefree childhood memories, and let's not forget the bonus sugar high. Here are the top spots to get your sweet on. Read More