The latest from Michigan Avenue publisher Dan Uslan.
My wife, Sharon (center), and I took one last spin on Navy Pier’s famous Ferris wheel with Mark Thompson, Amy Cowen, and Navy Pier president and CEO Marilynn Gardner.
With the advent of social media and Web 2.0, we live in an era of unprecedented visibility. Every moment, from the mundane to the monumental, is snapped and shared for the world to see. These days, chances are good that my Twitter and Facebook followers can recite my social and travel calendar as well as I can. (Who can blame me for tweeting out a @ChicagoCut porterhouse pic?).
Michigan Avenue Editor-in-Chief J.P. Anderson and I joined Megan Bueschel, senior vice president and CMO of Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, and Mario Tricoci himself to crown the winner of the seventh annual Mario, Make Me a Model competition.
Simply put, transparency is the currency of our time. So it’s nice when a piece of cultural ephemera has some mystique—like our recurring editorial feature, The List, which, since its debut in our September 2008 issue, has baffed readers. Rightfully so: The seemingly random compilation of bold-faced names offers no discernible rhyme, reason, or supporting context as to why, say, a local design connoisseur will be singled out next to a country music chart-topper (as happened with Chicagoan Tom Kehoe and star crooner Toby Keith in our September 2015 issue). But you can be sure that within the walls of Michigan Avenue magazine’s offices, every name goes through a sophisticated vetting process before being added to that issue’s elite roster.
Keeping it clean at the Kohler Signature Store with Kathleen Henson, Jennifer Sutton Brieva, and Erica Strama during the Destination Kohler food and wine soirée.
Every issue I receive phone calls, e-mails, and texts questioning the logic and origin of The List. The answer I give to those inquiring? If you’ve made The List, you’re doing something big. You’ll see that pattern when we toast past selections at our inaugural List party on November 4 at Prime & Provisions. I can’t guarantee with whom you’ll be rubbing shoulders, but I encourage you to comb through back copies to begin guessing some of the honorees who will be on hand.
Here’s a worthy List pick: Duncan Keith, the star Blackhawks defenseman who has helped bring three Stanley Cups to Chicago in the past six seasons. We’ll toast his November cover later this month with a fête that seems to be an appropriate finale to a year that brought him the Conn Smythe Trophy.