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

Make-A-Wish Foundation’s 25th Annual Wish Ball Features Dennis Miller, Richard Roeper

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois will hold its key fundraiser the Wish Ball, Saturday May 21, 2011 at UIC Forum with celebrity host and five time Emmy award winning comedian Dennis Miller and celebrity emcee Richard Roeper. Celebrating 25 years of granting wishes after being started by volunteers, the chapter has since granted more than 10,000 wishes across the state. Last year, the Foundation fulfilled 755 wishes, the most ever in chapter history. Read More

Gwyneth Paltrow Hearts the Windy City

Gwynnie snuck into Chicago under the radar and took the city by storm. According to her weekly newsletter, she came to “visit her bff from high school.” Here’s a recap of her fav places straight from the horse’s mouth. Read More

Crosstown Culinary Classic: the fifth annual Sox/Cubs dinner for Common Threads

The Southside and Northside rivalry once again heats up in the kitchen on Friday, June 24th as Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Executive Chef Kevin Hickey – serving up for the White Sox – and avid Cubs Fan Chef Koren Grieveson of avec present a culinary field of dreams in the Fifth Annual Crosstown Culinary Classic hosted by Seasons restaurant to benefit Common Threads. Read More

Memorial Day Getaway: Lake Geneva’s Sunset Sailing Lessons

One of the most refined summertime activities is boating. A quick hour and a half escape from Chicago, Lake Geneva is a sleepy lake town with a rich history of famous inhabitants. The Geneva Lake area is home of cartoonists Joe and Jay Martin and Sidney Smith, Buddy Melges, 1972 Olympic yachting gold medallist and Producers/creators of"The Young and the Restless," William Bell and Lee Phillips. Plan your weekend getaway with the kiddos or as a romantic twosome. Read More

Stefani’s Children’s Foundation Golf Outing

Join Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants this June as they hold their annual golf outing to help raise money Stefani Children’s Charities. Formed in 1988, they donate to a collection of causes centered around children such as Children's Memorial Hospital, Maryville Academy, Ronald McDonald House, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Cystic Fibrosis and United Cerebral Palsy.   Read More

Eat at Union: Chicago’s Newest Haute Spot

As soon as men invented fire, women learned to play with it. Going off of a similar philosophy, welcome Union Sushi & Barbeque Bar, a playfully refreshing twist on the ever-growing Japanese hautes in downtown Chicago. Started by the ever-sassy food blogging duo Mike and Chao, Kushiyaki is the formal Japanese term for grilled meat, poultry, offal, vegetables and fish. Yakitori is the common term for grilled meat – but it actually only refers to grilled chicken. Kushiyaki is the broad term that encompasses all ingredients grilled on a stick – and it is the very heart and soul of Union. Read More


Top Five Wine Lists in Chicago

Cleansing your palate to prep it for intense sensory images, a good wine dinner turns a meal into a celebration. Indulge in these worldly wine menus as a good vino brings out flavor combinations like you wouldn’t imagine possible. Read More

Richard Melman Brings Home Chicago’s Only James Beard Award

Richard Melman, CEO of Lettuce Entertain You finally won his first James Beard Foundation Award for Restauranteur of the Year, after being a finalist since 2005 as their list of 80 properties across the country keeps growing. It’s been a big year for the LEYE group, as Melman’s sons Jerrod and R.J. began to take the reigns with their own restaurant ventures staying busy opening Paris Club, Hub51 and celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first success, R.J. Grunts. Read More

Haute Designers: Winifred Grace’s Fall Lookbook

Growing up in Miami, Florida, jewelry designer Winifred Grace Gundeck spent her days exploring the nature that surrounded her – finding beauty in the movement of rustling trees and palm fronds, the reflection of light off water and the pattern and texture of sand and seashells. At the age of 8, while other kids were selling lemonade, Winifred started making hand-painted barrettes and selling them to a local boutique. Garnering rave reviews, she moved on to hair combs adorned with exotic silk flowers, feathers, ribbons and beads, which her mother proudly wore to all of South Miami’s most stylish dinner parties. Read More