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Chicago Aids Run Walk October 5 2019

“Live True. Be You” at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

 

On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 18th annual event encourages participants to live true as they raise vital awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and 27 CommunityDirect partners. The proceeds benefit programs and services improving the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS and other chronic conditions.

 

The event attracts thousands of participants annually, who gather at one of Chicago’s most iconic locations for the 5K walk and 5K and 10K runs. Participants travel a scenic route along Lake Michigan and finish at Soldier Field. This vibrant event will mobilize the community under the theme “Live true. Be you.”

 

“The theme this year continues to be “Live True. Be You”, as living each day authentically is a crucial part of embracing who we are as a community and showing how we can make a difference for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS,” said Dustin Erikstrup, AFC’s Senior Manager of Special Events. “It is important to live true and openly each day in this unpredictable climate. AIDS Run & Walk Chicago provides this safe space where people can express themselves.”

 

In addition to AFC, 27 community organizations serving Chicago’s HIV and AIDS population are also beneficiaries of the funds raised at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago as part of the CommunityDirect program. Participating CommunityDirect organizations kick off the event’s fundraising efforts by registering their own team for the 5K walk, 5K or 10K runs. Many of this year’s community partners have been involved in the event for years, providing opportunities for other organizations to participate and support its fundraising efforts.

 

AFC recently joined forces with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and other statewide partners to launch Getting to Zero Illinois. This is a state-wide initiative to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030 with the help of community-based organizations, health care providers, local government agencies and local members of Illinois’ HIV community. The initiative focuses on increasing the current rates of PrEP (a daily prevention pill that is up to 99 percent effective when taken consistently and correctly) and other HIV treatments to attain fewer than 100 new HIV cases per year.

 

In Illinois, an estimated 45,000 people live with HIV or AIDS. AFC, along with community organizations and other partners, are working tirelessly to get this number down to zero through their advocacy and fundraising efforts. The AIDS Run & Walk Chicago provides the ideal opportunity to raise money and awareness for and the groups and individuals who are working to combat the epidemic in Illinois.

 

Since its establishment in 2001, the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has raised more than $6 million to battle the epidemic. For more information or to participate, visit aidsrunwalk.org or call 312-334-0946.

 

2019 CommunityDirect Partners

Michael Reese Care Program at Mercy

Chicago Recovery Alliance

Lurie SID

The Night Ministry

Agape Missions

Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Center on Halsted

Chicago House and Social Service Agency

AMITA Health Housing & Health Alliance

Legal Beagles (Legal Council for Health Justice)

Season of Concern

Open Door

Howard Brown

Sinai/Holy Cross Strolling Bones

SWOP – Chicago (Sex Workers Outreach Project)

CCHE (Chicago Center for HIV Elimination

Pride Action Tank

Men and Women in Prison Ministries

Catholic Charities

Mother and Child Alliance

Team CCHIP (Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center)

DANCE FOR LIFE CHICAGO

Erie Family Health Centers

Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus

Team Loyola

New Ages Services Corporation

Team HAI (Heartland Alliance International)

About AFC

About the AIDS Foundation of Chicago: AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. AFC aspires to create a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. More at: aidschicago.org.

Bloomingdales Chicago now has Hästens Handmade Mattresses from Sweden

Bloomingdales Now Proudly Representing Hästens Handmade Mattresses from Sweden

 

Hästens has a rich history running back through six generations and the journey to where they are now is one filled with passion, skill and the pursuit of making the best handcrafted beds in the world. The bond that ties all of Hästens together is their Spirit of Excellence, a way of working and thinking that brings you the best sleep you’ll ever have.

Hästens was born in Sweden in 1852 and from the day they made their first bed, natural materials have always played a fundamental role. In 1852 cotton, horsetail hair, wool and flax were superior to other materials and, surprisingly, even today… that remains the case. And, then as it is now, the best way to craft using these materials is by hand. This tradition of hand craftsmanship gives their bed makers a deeply rooted understanding and mastery of both their art, and the natural materials that are so crucial to its consolidation.

The Beds: 2000THERLEWINGEALAMARANGA

Bloomingdales is so proud to now be representing Hästens in our Mattress Gallery located in our Medinah Home Store at 600 North Wabash Avenue. Please feel free to come in and feel for yourself what all the buzz is about! My name is Derrick Sorles, a Furniture and Mattress Specialist at Bloomingdales, please reach out and make an appointment and I am happy to showcase how Hästens Sleep Systems can change your life!

Down Syndrome Dance-a-thon Sept 22

For the average family, adding additional educational and therapeutic programs to their child’s life is not necessary. However, children and teenagers with Down Syndrome often require numerous additional programs (both educational and therapeutic) in their daily routine just to keep up with their peers. These programs can be extremely costly, which is why GiGi’s Playhouse, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to offering free programs for individuals of all ages with Down Syndrome.

 

In order to offer free programs, GiGi’s Playhouse relies on donations and fundraising.

YOU CAN HELP!  their next fundraising event; Get Down With Down Syndrome Dance-a-Thon. It is this Saturday, September 22 from 2-5pm at DePaul College Prep in Chicago. All proceeds and donations will go directly to GiGi’s Playhouse so they can continue offering the programs to individuals with Down Syndrome in the Chicago-area.

GET TICKETS!  $5-$25

About GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago:

GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago is part of a nationwide network of achievement centers serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Educational and therapeutic, GiGi’s Playhouse programs are designed by professional teachers and clinicians focusing on tangible and meaningful outcomes that improve lives. At GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago children and adults learn to read, compute, improve their health & wellness, develop career skills and prepare to live full lives, integrated within the community as co-workers, equals and friends. GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

About the Founder:

Nancy Gianni is the Founder and “Chief Belief Officer” of GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, and the visionary behind the organization’s launch and dramatic growth. In 2002, Nancy gave birth to her beautiful daughter, GiGi. When Nancy received the Down syndrome diagnosis, her fears coupled with the negative reactions of the medical staff made Nancy believe that her life, as she knew it, was over. She soon realized that GiGi could do the very same things that her other children do! What began as a mother’s vision to change perception, and maximize her daughter’s successes, has evolved into a global movement of acceptance and achievement.

 

Healthy Cooking with Chef Tong

My Private Chef’s Cooking Demonstration Designed to Inspire People to Eat Well and Stay Healthy at Gilda’s Club Chicago 

The popular appearances of Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef continue with some wonderful menu ideas emphasizing healthy eating so essential to Gilda’s Club members and their families. People living with cancer know that healthy eating is important for the body and the spirit. The meals are designed to inspire people living with cancer to eat well, serve beautiful food and stay healthy.

Chef Chris will prepare and serve delicious tastes of:
Tunisian Tomato Soup with Lentils and Garbanzo Beans. The dish is filled with cancer fighting ingredients including cooked tomatoes.

The healthy cooking demonstration is on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6pm at Gilda’s Club Chicago. The club is located at 537 North Wells Street, Chicago.

Gilda’s Club provides a place where men, women and children with cancer, and families and friends, join with others to build social and emotional support in addition to medical care. Gilda’s Club is named in honor of the late comedian Gilda Radner.

My Private Chef has been a strong supporter of Gilda’s Club by providing cooking demonstrations and conversations with Chef Tong.

 

For more information about this event, contact Gilda’s Club Chicago at 312.464.9900 or visit www.gildasclubchicago.org

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.
Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling the audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”For information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our website at www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

All the Best,

The Staff at My Private Chef

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Antonio Estrada Lakeview Businessman Passes

Chicago lost a great business man recently, Antonio Estrada, founder of  El Mariachi and Revolucion restaurants.

1996. On a quiet section of North Broadway in Chicago, Antonio Estrada opened a cozy, 10-table Mexican restaurant he called El Mariachi. It was, he admits, a risk: the area, several blocks from Wrigley Field in East Lakeview, was then a not-so-nice section of the city.

“The neighborhood wasn’t yet gentrified…three years after I opened, they found dead bodies in a nearby hotel!” Estrada once told me.

Mexican food is a staple in most communities today. But back in 1996, the cuisine was in its infancy in the United States—even in a food-savvy town like Chicago. At first,  customers didn’t really comprehend what El Mariachi’s concept—fresh, authentic Mexican food that went beyond tacos and burritos—was all about.

Times have certainly changed—and so has the Estrada family’s business, now comprised of three restaurants under the Mariachi Hospitality Group banner.

Anchored by the flagship El Mariachi Restaurant, still in the original small storefront, the enterprise also includes El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill and Revolución Mexican Steakhouse—all within a five-block stretch of North Broadway populated by restaurants, bars, boutiques and upscale grocery stores.

 

A native of San Juan Jalisco, near Guadalajara, Antonio Estrada emigrated to the U.S. in 1969. Then just 15 years old, with no restaurant experience under his belt, he landed a part-time job as a bus boy, and then server, at Chicago’s M&M Club. He moved on to the Hilton Hotel, where he was a member of the dining room staff for 20 years. Then, he decided, it was time to venture out on his own with El Mariachi.

“I had to learn to cook—but that was pretty easy for me,” Antonio recalls. The formula was fairly simple: he made recipes; the ones he liked became part of the menu.

Antonio built a reputation for serving authentic Mexican dishes including but not limited to tacos—offerings like carne asada suiza and grilled chicken breast dressed in mole poblano—all presented in a warm, intimate setting where high-quality ingredients and friendly, personal service proved a formula for success.

That formula is at the heart of all  Mariachi Hospitality Group operates today.

His sons Jorge (Tony) and Adrian, who were raised in Lakeview and grew up in the business, are key figures in the family enterprise.  “How long have I worked in the restaurants? All my life,” Tony laughs. “I was 11 when I was officially added to the schedule.” – and the brothers have been working in the business ever since!

Antonio Estrada was a hard working  man and his businesses have made a great impact in Lakeview. He always made time to spend with his family.  He always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him! His  favorite quote was, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life it’s about what you INSPIRE others to do.”

He will be greatly missed.

Thanks to writer Kathleen Furore. Her full article can be seen here.

* When El Maricahi Tequila Bar & Restaurant opened in 2004, the painters put an image of Antonio in the ceiling, by the bar, shining down thru the clouds. Next time you stop by, have a Margarita  and  Salute this awesome man!

Cooking with Chef Tong August 5th

COOKING WITH CHEF TONG!

Chef Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, will share his culinary
expertise as he presents a cooking demonstration featuring locally
produced seasonal ingredients offered by the Green City Market

The demonstration is on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

You will learn how to prepare Chef Tong’s delicious recipe, and, of course,
be able to taste it on the spot.
The Green City Market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park
between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark).
The event is free.

 

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

 

The story behind the Market….After visiting European sustainable farmer’s markets in 1998, Abby Mandel, chef, author, and entrepreneur, returned to Chicago determined to create a similar market in her own city. Green City Market was her brainchild and began as a small startup with nine local farmers in the crosswalk next to the Chicago Theatre. The Market quickly outgrew the location and moved to the south end of Lincoln Park where it currently operates May – October. In 2008, the Green City Market became year round, remaining open November-April, first in the Lincoln Park Zoo and now in The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The message has come through loud and clear: Chicago wants and needs a year round farmers market and, most importantly, one that supports local farmers and sustainable agricultural practices. The Market continues to experience crowds of over 175,000 visitors per year. From that first year in 1998 next to the Chicago Theatre to the present time, Green City Market has morphed into Chicago’s most vital farmers market. Industry leader Alice Waters calls it “the best sustainable market in the country.”

Green City Market showcases sustainable practices and is proud to be the first farmers market in the country to require all of its farmers to be certified by a nationally recognized 3rd party agency. Our farmers preserve the land and their growing practices make Green City Market a vital food and environmental enterprise.

Green City Market’s incredible momentum comes from our broad base of support, including conscientious and caring farmers and producers, consumers, chefs, restaurateurs, and other culinary professionals. By supporting local artisan farmers and producers Green City Market increases the density of fresh, high-quality, locally produced food in Chicago, and provides the basis for a regional cuisine.

Fogo de Chao Fights Childhood Hunger

From Internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão

 

DINE AT FOGO, MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

HELP END CHILDHOOD HUNGER

 

Receive a $25 Dining Card by Visiting any Fogo de Chão Restaurant through July 23 and Donating $5 to No Kid Hungry

 

 

Fogo de Chão invites everyone to dine at any of its U.S. and Puerto Rico locations this July 10 – 23 and receive a $25 dining card (which can be applied to the purchase of two dinners upon future visit) with every $5 donation made in-restaurant to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America.

 

Every dollar counts, and each $5 donation can provide up to 50 meals to the children who need it most (each dollar connects a child with up to 10 healthy meals). Learn more at nokidhungry.org. There’s much work to be done as one in six kids struggles with hunger every day in the United States.

The $25 dining card is only valid with the purchase of two dinners and can be redeemed from July 24, 2017 – October 1, 2017.

 

WHEN: NOW thru Sunday, July 23, 2017

 

WHERE: All locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico (click here for details)

 

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 48 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

 

Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yuca flour), and much more. Southern Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, and caramelized bananas are served family style. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails. Guests may also choose between lighter seafood selections, or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option. For more information, visit Fogo.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

 

Beginner’s Guide to Rhinoplasty

The Beginner’s Guide to Rhinoplasty

It’s one of the most prominent features you have: your nose. And many people would prefer theirs be, well, a little less prominent.

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, has been popular for decades – and around for much longer. An article on  The Atlantic website says one of the first recorded rhinoplasty procedures was performed in ancient India in the 6th century B.C. The patient had a patch of skin removed from their cheek to sculpt a new nose.

Thankfully, rhinoplasty surgery has evolved since then. Those who want to change the size or shape of their nose now have access to more refined (and safer) surgical techniques and much better results.

If you’re unhappy with the look of your nose, you’ve likely considered this common procedure. But before you bite the bullet and change your appearance for good, it’s important to do a little homework. That’s why we’ve put together your beginner’s guide to rhinoplasty.

 

What It Can Do

The goal of rhinoplasty is fairly straightforward: It’s used to change the size, shape and overall appearance of your nose. Many people are hoping to make their nose smaller, thinner, or straighter, while others want a more defined nasal tip.

According to the website of Dr. Thomas Mustoe, a plastic surgeon in Chicago,  rhinoplasty  is commonly used to:

  • Narrow a wide nasal bridge
  • Alter the angle or shape of the nasal tip
  • Smooth and straighten nasal humps or indentations
  • Reshape nostrils that are wide, large, or upturned

But that’s not all. Dr. Mustoe notes that rhinoplasty can also improve the function of your nose, as well as the appearance. Breathing problems, congenital defects, or damage caused by illness or prior injury can all normally be improved with nose surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can also correct a prior nose job gone wrong.

 

Who It’s For

While it’s easy to think of rhinoplasty as a luxury reserved for the Hollywood elite, it’s actually a very common surgery. Last year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® reported that  nose surgery was up 2%  from 2015, with 223,018 procedures performed.

Those who are the best candidates for nose surgery are people who want to improve the look or function of their nose (or both), and who have a healthy self-image and realistic expectations. There are a number of circumstances in which a  plastic surgeon won’t operate – including when a patient suffers from a psychological disorder, such as body dysmorphia. But as long as you want what can realistically be achieved, and you have a stable self-image, rhinoplasty should be a good option.

 

How It’s Done

Each surgeon has his or her own preferred techniques for surgery, but typically, rhinoplasty can be performed using an open or closed approach.

Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions inside the nose. This is advantageous because it results in a faster recovery and less scarring, but it also does not allow the surgeon full visibility into the nose during surgery. This can make surgery more difficult for the surgeon, and may not allow for more precise changes.

An open approach allows the surgeon to see the structures of the nose much more clearly because an additional incision is made along the columella, or tissue between the nostrils. Of course, this could result in a visible scar (although not always, if you choose a skilled surgeon), and may require a longer recovery. The benefit of open surgery is that the surgeon can make more exact changes, often down to the millimeter, because more of the nasal structure is visible.

Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages, but a skilled surgeon should be able to give you the results you want using the best technique for your anatomy.

 

What to Expect after Surgery

Don’t anticipate immediate improvements after your rhinoplasty. In fact, expect the opposite. Swelling, bruising, and soreness will persist for several weeks after surgery. You will likely wear a nasal splint for 1-2 weeks to help stabilize your new nose and hold it in place for proper healing. If you are trying to be discreet, you may not want to schedule any social gatherings for 2 to 3 weeks after your procedure.

Ultimately, it may take up to a year or longer to see your final results. This is because it takes time for all post-surgical swelling to subside and for the final shape of your nose to emerge. However, most people are happy with their results within a few months.

To learn more about the techniques used for rhinoplasty procedures in his practice, be sure to call Dr. Thomas Mustoe at (312) 788-2560 or visit his office at 737 North Michigan Avenue #1500, Chicago, IL.

 

 

 

City Living with Dogs and Cats

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BRUNCH Run Walk June 17th 2017

GET YOUR BRUNCH ON!
Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk
​Saturday, June 17, 2017​

This is not your ordinary 5K!

 

The Brunch Run is a 5K with a reward worth running (or walking) for. Because when you reach the finish line, you will be treated to an amazing brunch from Chicago’s award-winning Blue Plate Catering.
​And that’s not all – every participant receives:

​On-Course Gourmet Surprises
Ice Cold Beer at the Finish
Mimosa Bar (must be 21 years old or older)
Iced Coffee Station
Lifestyle T-Shirt (gender specific)
Signature Brunch ​

REGISTER TODAY!