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

Haute Event: Martinis and Mutts

On Thursday February 24th, over 150 guests attended the First Annual Martinis & Mutts, a fundraiser hosted by Dominique Scalise with Proof Lounge and Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions for the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. Dressed to impress, guests were greeted with champagne, Absolut cocktails, Swirlz cupcakes and appetizers courtesy of Carmines, Mercadito and RA Sushi at Proof Lounge in the Gold Coast. Chicago legends Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra joined in the celebration with Chicago Wolves players Jason Krog and Darren Haydar as well! Over $8,000 was raised during the evening for the FCACC. Read More

Haute Event: World’s Top Fashion and Lifestyle Brands to Benefit Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, announced today its inaugural “Pink Passions Auction.” The auction – powered by charitybuzz, the leading destination for luxury online charity auctions – is comprised of an unprecedented collection of designer fashion, accessories and home décor items, as well as exclusive beauty treatments, experiences and extravagant trips. Bidding is open through March 23, 2011 at www.charitybuzz.com/perfectpink. Read More

Haute Secrets Chicago: Charity Gonzalez

If you are looking for a place to get fit somewhere in Chicago, then be assured that you are safe at Charity Gonzalez's Urban Fit Clubs. Charity Gonzalez, being the fitness fanatic that she was at an early age, started Urban Fit Clubs. Why? She found herself in a situation that many people find themselves in, she was in a workout rut having been a member of the same gym for five years. Wanting to have the convenience of local gyms but without paying the price of one, she created Urban Fit Clubs using her background knowledge in marketing. What is special about being a member of Urban Fit Clubs is that members are able to access fitness facilities around Chicago with the use of a simple card. They offer an abundance of workout options such as cardio and strength training, spin, dance, TRX, martial arts, pole dancing and more. She has sought out partnerships with TeamIFit, Go Cycle Studio, North Pilates, POW! Kick Boxing, Lincoln Park Crossfit, Yoga Now, and many more locations continuously being added. Read More

Hermès Hosts a Traveling Crafts Festival, March 11-16

The secret language of the Hermès workshops and the words that give life to Hermès objects will be celebrated with its first traveling Festival des métiers (Festival of Crafts). In a thoroughly modern setting by internationally acclaimed Milanese designer Paola Navone, the Festival is a vibrant celebration of craftsmanship and its indispensible knowledge and ability to create by hand. Starting on March 11 at 25 Oak Street in Chicago, the Festival will present weeklong demonstrations by the masterful craftsmen and women from the renowned Hermès workshops in France. Read More


Mini-Bites: The Top 5 Sliders in Chicago

You know the saying the best things come in small packages? In this case, we mean food too. Here are some great spots to fulfill that naughty craving with a bite of goodness minus the overindulging food coma. Read More

Ooh la la: Paris Club Comes to Chicago

RJ and Jerrod Melman are paving their own restaurant legacy in the Chi. The brothers are the sons of Richard Melman, Founder and Chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a Chicago-based corporation that owns over 80 well-known restaurants nationwide. The young entrepreneurs are on their third project with Paris Club. After the wildly successful collaborations of HUB51/SUB51 and LGO in Santa Monica, both have made significant strides from their days of busing tables in dad’s restaurants. Read More

Oscar Fever? Catch All 10 Best Picture Nominees in Style

The Lobby Lounge concept comes from the mind of celebrated restaurateur, Jerry Kleiner, whose venues 33 Club, Carnivale, Marché, Red Light, Opera and Gioco are among the most popular and original nightspots in Chicago. Custom designed furniture, bar, and lighting create a warm, lavish but edgy atmosphere that captures the glamour of Hollywood where guests will enjoy amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Guests 21 years and older may enjoy cocktails, wine, or beer with savory food made from fresh ingredients in the lounge or VIP Premium seating areas. Read More


Culinary Treat: The Top 5 Gastropubs in Chicago

Gastropubs are a rather new genre of restaurant classification combining a depth and quality of beer list with upscale pub food to reach a happy blend of upscale, casual, contemporary dining. Let’s just say this isn’t your grandpa’s dive bar. Read More

Haute Style: Pretty City for Pampering

Propelled by an intense love of all things beautiful, Carolyn Brundage built a Chicago-based online beauty mecca. Its purpose? Serve as a destination for savvy spa and salon goers as well as a regional directory of indulgence. All while offering up beauty bargains on everything from massages to manicures, from Restylane to Reiki. Read More