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

Designer Gowns at Your Doorstep: Rent the Runway Makes it’s Chicago Debut

With a fabulous event every night of the week, a busy diva may not always have time to feed the shopping habit. Fortunately two cool NYC trendsetters have solved the dilemma- designer duds delivered straight to your doorstep while you sleep. You now have the perfect gown to every black tie gala, wedding or date night and with plenty of options. Rent the Runway is everywhere you are. It’s messengered to your apartment right before girls' night out; it’s sent to your hotel on vacation in St. Bart’s; and it’s perfectly packaged on prom night. Read More

Lux Babies: designer duds for your little ones

Although moms were always fussy about their babies being born into the lap of luxury and only given the best, with the success of Bravo's Pregnant in Heels, a new trend of designer babyware has emerged. From clothing to cribs, designer baby fashion and decor is all the rage. Here are some high-end pieces every affluent, upscale baby needs. Read More

Marshall Pierce offers Great Gifts for Mother’s Day

Nothing says I love you like a little bling. After all, a diamond lasts forever and is the perfect token to reflect your endless appreciation and heart. Marshall Pierce offers a large selection of designer jewelry collections perfect for mom to show her style. Notable brands include A. Link, Dana Rebecca Design, Galatea Pearls, Gumuchian, Honora, Ivanka Trump, Oscar Heyman, Rebecca, Roberto Coin, S & I Creations, and Simon G Fashion. Read More

Haute Secrets: Aaron Crumbaugh

Private chef Aaron Crumbaugh of Home Cooked Catering (“HCC”) is making entertaining easy for Chicagoans on the go and looking to impress. Crumbaugh, a former Peninsula Hotel chef, model and Amazing Race 6 contestant is creating multi course gourmet meals for intimate dinner parties, hor d’oeuvres for celebrations, corporate events and in-home cooking lessons. Together clients work with Crumbaugh to come up with three, five, up to nine course menus or an array of appetizers based on the client’s tastes and budget. He then preps off-site before coming into your kitchen to you cook and brings his own elegant serving ware. Read More

Chicago’s Best Kentucky Derby Parties

Aside from being called the most exciting two minutes in all of sports, the Kentucky Derby is equal parts regal celebration and fashion occasion. If you can’t make the trip to Louisville (it is Mother’s Day weekend after all), here are the best local places to toast with a traditional mint julep. Read More

Mother’s Day Ideas- Primping, Pampering and Princesses

Mother-daughter days are quintessential to growing up and sharing those special moments that only the girls can understand. On mom’s special day, make her feel like a queen with a day of goodies- pampering, feasting and festivities. Here are some ways to look your best out on the town. Read More

Aviary’s Much Anticipated Opening Weekend

Unless you’ve been living in a hole, you knew that once the Next craze calmed down with a few weeks under it’s belt, the obvious next logical Grant Achatz obsession would be the much anticipated opening of Aviary. With no tickets and no reservations, the line started forming at noon for the 6 pm cocktail lounge’s first night and was more reasonable today with the Easter holiday. Read More

Urban Fit Clubs Launches to Offer Urbanites a Comprehensive Workout Network

Urbanfitclubs.com is a new gym membership concept that gives urbanites access to a comprehensive network of workout options located across Chicago. The club network allows members to cross-train effectively, stay motivated and take advantage of quality boutique fitness experiences. Designed for the “urban fitness warrior” or for anyone looking to get out of a workout rut, Urbanfitclubs offers hardcore workouts, attentive instructors, and flexible schedules all around the city. Memberships are flexible and monthly with access beginning at $149 per month. Learn more about founder Charity Gonzalez in Haute Secrets. Read More

The James Hotel Celebrates it’s 5th Anniversary with an Eco Makeover and Bonus Package

To mark its fifth anniversary as one of Chicago’s most celebrated boutique hotels, in April 2011 The James Chicago will reveal a refreshed look, including updated furnishings, the creation of a more open floor plan, new environmentally-thoughtful services and a selection of updated in-room amenities to provide guests with a “luxury liberated” experience. Inspired by the recent opening of its sister property in New York City, The James Chicago will elevate its modern, residentially-styled aesthetic and further its commitment to state-of-the-art technology and guest-centric services. Read More

Fashion Forward: Chicago Spring Trends

East Coast chic defines spring fashion with a plethora of girly floral, cork, plaids and patchwork. If you’re looking to make a scene on the beach and then hit the clubs, here are our picks for day to night accessories to make a killer impression. Read More