Enjoying the view from the top of LondonHouse, which opens next spring, with SVP George Jordan (left) and hotel manager Jermaine Anderson.
The East Coast might be steeped in Ivy League academic lore, but Chicago, too, has always been a pioneering hub of intellectual achievement. Cases in point: The Ferris wheel debuted at the 1893 World’s Fair; our Mies van der Rohe–filled skyline points to our innovative architectural thought; and, perhaps most importantly, we cooked up the creatively loaded Chicago-style hot dog. Chicago’s smarts know no bounds.
With such brainy lineage, it only makes sense that the city would host Chicago Ideas Week, this year from October 12–18. Now in its fifth incarnation, the cerebral festival continues to deliver an impressive roster of speakers: Sal Khan, Martha Stewart, and Michael Strahan are just a few of this year’s featured influencers. Equally exciting is CIW’s extensive list of hands-on “labs” that let you satisfy any curiosity, like beer-brewing lessons or personal-branding seminars. For tickets and information, visit chicagoideas.com.
Sharing a moment with my wife and Jennifer Hudson (center) before the songstress took the stage at the Waldorf Astoria to perform for Michigan Avenue’s event partners.
One Chicago idea that never gets stale, even in our meat-and-potatoes town: opening a steakhouse. Duck into any neighborhood and you can sate your carnivorous cravings. We’ll welcome another beefy haunt into the fold with Swift & Sons, slated to launch in early October in the Fulton Market district. Powered by Boka Restaurant Group’s Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm (and in conjunction with B. Hospitality), the restaurant is sure to continue the West Loop’s resurgence as a can’t-miss foodie destination. In other exciting culinary news, Michigan Avenue will once again support the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America dinner on October 23 at The Geraghty. Sample fare from The Boarding House, Acadia, and a slew of other hot spots. For tickets and info, visit jbftasteamerica.org.
Dining out can be as great for people-watching as it is for food. A man I never tire of seeing out on the town is Capri Investment Group’s Quintin E. Primo III. Quintin’s humility has become his hallmark characteristic, as best exemplified by the annual Primo Classico, which benefits the Primo Center’s anti-homelessness initiatives. We’ll once again serve as a media sponsor Saturday, October 10, at Hawthorne Global Aviation (primoclassico.com). Attending this fête? It’s a no-brainer.