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


The Top 5 Places to Sip Espresso in Chicago

When it’s one of those days and regular coffee’s just not doing the trick it’s time for a shot of the strong stuff. No, get your mind out of the gutter, not that strong stuff- espresso. Here are your top 5 places to get a jolt to kickstart your morning. Read More

Your New Indoor Loop Golf Getaway

Need to work on your spring swing without having to worry about the weather or drive to the ‘burbs? Welcome to your new downtown man cave. A hideout from the office- in someone else’s. Read More

Dine in the Dark for Earth Day

prasino, the first eco-friendly cafe in Chicago’s western suburbs, will turn off all non-essential lighting to celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday, March 26th at 8:30 p.m. in both LaGrange & St. Charles locations. Read More

A Sugary Sweet Fundraiser With the Cub’s Ryan Dempster

Candyality is kicking off the baseball season and hosting Cub’s Pitcher (and candy aficionado), Ryan Dempster at their Southport location for a fundraiser benefitting the Ryan & Jenny Dempster Family Foundation on Sunday April 3 from 4-6pm. Come meet Ryan and discuss your favorite candy as he signs in as Candyality’s Celebrity Candy Specialist for the afternoon. Ryan will autograph Mini Candy Bins filled with the ever popular red, white, and (cubbie) blue-Cubbie Gummie Bears with proceeds from the sales and the Sweetest Cub’s Fan Raffle going to the charity. Only available during the baseball season, this delicious blend of red, white, and (cubbie) blue bears are offered in bulk for you to scoop for your favorite Cub Fan. Read More


The Top 5 Places to Sip Sake in Chicago

Sake refers to rice wine in English. It is naturally sweetened by fruit and can be served warm or chilled to taste for added flavor. Sit back, take a swig, and cheers to restoring glory to Japan. Kampai! Read More

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with the Royal Suite Retreat at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

American's obsession with British royalty is no new trend, but definitely picked up in intensity due to the pending nuptials of everyone's favorite king in training. Prince William and Kate Middleton have been the focus of gossip mags for months now, tracking their every movement, outfit change and sideways glance at each other. If you just can't get enough of the Wales Wonderland, celebrate the festivities with them right here in Chicago. Read More

MLB’s Back, Where to Watch the Game in Style

Aside from the age old debate of which deep dish pizza is the best in town, the other longstanding and very vocal rivalry is tirelessly the Cubs vs. Sox. Northside vs. Southside. The Winners vs. the Lovable Losers (but if you’re asking me, losers are never lovable). Let’s take the debate to the stands to see where the best places to watch the games are because we know you’ll really just be drinking away your sadness anyway. Read More

decadestwo.1 Hollywood Consignment Shop Returns to Chicago

Dreaming of the perfect pair of vintage Louboutins? Chicagoans, get ready for luxury for less as the event that reinvigorated Chicago’s fashion scene in October 2010, is back: the second annual decadestwo.1 Windy City Pop-up, which will be held within space519, a concept store located at 900 North Michigan Shops. decadestwo.1 is the Hollywood based luxury retailer that consigns 21st century designer clothing and accessories from the closets of celebrities, stylists and fashion icons and sells the goods at up to 80% off retail. Last year, the boutique expanded nationally, with pop-up events held in cities around the country, and internationally with the launch of their new e-commerce site. As an added feature to this year’s event schedule, co-owner Christos Garkinos has brought on partner and fellow fashion darling, Cameron Silver, on board to showcase his incredible selection of 20th century gowns, handbags, shoes and more from vintage treasure boutique, Decades, as well as his just-launched contemporary line, decadesdenim. Read More

A New Bar that Combines Beef, Beer and Bourbon

Wow say that title 10 times fast. Fulton’s on the River has always been a swanky after-work hangout between the breeze of the boats on the Chicago River and the glow of the bankers in their shiny suits. But don’t worry, they’re stepping it up a notch. Opening Monday is Bridge Bar, the new top floor bar of your favorite sea level hangout. Read More