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


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