The Scene Around Town Event Photos

The Scene Around Town, Across Town is a recap/compilation of events that took place on the social scene here in Chicago. 

Event: Conrad Chicago La La Land Oscar Party

Conrad Chicago La La Land Oscar Party_atmosphere

Date: Sunday, February 26
Where:The Conrad Chicago (101 E Erie St.)
The scoop: The Conrad Chicago Hotel’s first Oscar viewing party, hosted by Heidy Best and Jill Badlotto, transported guests to La La Land as they entered the 19th floor Atrium space, which offered stunning Chicago skyline views.

Peter Leonard and Fallon Ryan Photo by Nick Gerber
Peter Leonard and Fallon Ryan
Freda Xin, Octavia Xu, and Vicky Cham Photo by Nick Gerber
Freda Xin, Octavia Xu, and Vicky Cham
Eric and Brett Firdman Photo by Nick Gerber
Eric and Brett Firdman

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Co-Hosts Heidy Best and Jill Badlotto Photo by Nick Gerber
Co-Hosts Heidy Best and Jill Badlotto
Anne McJimsey, Renee Unger, Isabelle Daniel-Hunsicker, and Angela Hunsicker Photo by Nick Gerber
Anne McJimsey, Renee Unger, Isabelle Daniel-Hunsicker, Angela Hunsicker
Almedina Zekotic, Maggie Sompolski, Morgan Quilicki, and Eliza Poznanski Photo by Nick Gerber
Almedina Zekotic, Maggie Sompolski, Morgan Quilicki, Eliza Poznanski

Event: Bachelor Viewing Party

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Date: Monday, February 27
Where: Highground | 1750 W. Lake Street
The scoop: Visit Finland hosted an exclusive viewing party for ABC’s The Bachelor inviting Chicago social media influencers and bloggers. The event celebrated Finland’s first of three episode features and focused on bringing awareness to Finland as a top international travel destination. Visit Finland provided a free trip for two to Finland through a social media promotion using #BachelorFinland.

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Event: Mago Grill Taco Fest 2017

Mago Grill & Cantina
Date: Tuesday, February 21
Where: Mago grill South Loop
The scoop: Mago Grill & Cantina hosted the first ever Taco Fest at its South Loop location with over 400 taco lovers gathered to try tacos from 13 of Chicago’s best restaurants, voting on their favorite dish of the night. Cafe Tola wins “Most Creative Taco,”  Antique Taco –won“Best Presentation;” 1st Runner Up “Best Taco 2017” but Son of a Butcher by Whisk took home the top prize of “Best Taco.” The chefs were thrilled to host an event that would celebrate the Chicago Hispanic community and benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository, an organization that makes a daily impact on hunger in the Chicago community.

Cindy Pijoos, Paul Lee , Marc Bernal and Candyce Pijoos

Vonzell Scott, Elyse Garcia, and Jackie Chavez

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Event: Equinox Commit to Something Party

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Date: Thursday, February 16
Where: Bangtel’s Mr. Clark’s Gallery
The scoop: Over 150 fitness enthusiasts joined Equinox at Bangtel’s Mr. Clark’s Gallery and Penthouse in Lincoln Park for a unique party celebrating their ‘Commit to Something’ campaign. The party immersed guests in Equinox’s 2017 campaign, challenging the notion of commitment.

Semhar Amdemichael, Niat Haile and Alex Batdorf
Semhar Amdemichael, Niat Haile and Alex Batdorf
Raven Garrett, Mary Claire Clemons and Demi KrejczykRaven Garrett, Mary Claire Clemons and Demi Krejczyk
Katie Niemec and Sarah ChristensenKatie Niemec and Sarah Christensen
Jordan Valleskey and Matthias Farley
Jordan Valleskey and Matthias Farley
April Sutton and Ximena LarkinApril Sutton and Ximena Larkin

Event: Nora Cooney Marra Compassionate Care Awards

The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Compassionate Care Awards Ceremony and 120th Anniversary Lauren Mellen Philanthropy Coordinator Northwestern Memorial Foundation The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 E. Huron Street Galter Pavilion, Suite 3-200 Chicago, Illinois 60611 312.926.4020 direct line 312.926.9138 Woman’s Board office lmellen@nm.org nm.org
James Chandler, Mary Ellen Maher, Bharat Mittal, Jonathan Strauss, Craig Boddy, Barbara Pro, seated- Stephanie McKean, Leonidas Platanias

Date: January 19, 2017,7
Where: Private location
The scoop: The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital kicked off their 120th Anniversary and a new 10 year, $7 million pledge during the Nora Cooney Marra Compassionate Care Awards. This year’s recipients, nurses and doctors recognized for their empathetic care of cancer patients, were: Jonathan B. Strauss, MD, MBA, Department of Radiation Oncology; Mary Ellen Maher, RN, MSN, APN, Department of Neurosurgery and Craig S. Boddy, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology.

The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Compassionate Care Awards Ceremony and 120th Anniversary Lauren Mellen Philanthropy Coordinator Northwestern Memorial Foundation The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 E. Huron Street Galter Pavilion, Suite 3-200 Chicago, Illinois 60611 312.926.4020 direct line 312.926.9138 Woman’s Board office lmellen@nm.org nm.org
Wendy Wood-Prince, Whit Annibali, and Lucia Steinwold
The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Compassionate Care Awards Ceremony and 120th Anniversary Lauren Mellen Philanthropy Coordinator Northwestern Memorial Foundation The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 E. Huron Street Galter Pavilion, Suite 3-200 Chicago, Illinois 60611 312.926.4020 direct line 312.926.9138 Woman’s Board office lmellen@nm.org nm.org
Stuart Mesires, Beth Hughes, Laura Davis
The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Compassionate Care Awards Ceremony and 120th Anniversary Lauren Mellen Philanthropy Coordinator Northwestern Memorial Foundation The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 E. Huron Street Galter Pavilion, Suite 3-200 Chicago, Illinois 60611 312.926.4020 direct line 312.926.9138 Woman’s Board office lmellen@nm.org nm.org
James Wilkin, Holly Gibout, James Chandler, MD

Event: Herradura Tequila Hacienda Challenge

Egor Polonskiy and Jarmel Doss Create Best Tequila Cocktails in Chicago

Date: Monday February 20
Where: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
The scoop: Regional bartenders competed in Tequila Herradura 2017 Road to the Hacienda Challenge. Egor Polonskiy and Jarmel Doss’ original tequila cocktail recipes were named the best in Chicago by creating their own version of the original Horseshoe Margarita. The Road to the Hacienda Challenge allows bartenders across the country to showcase their creativity and expertise through uniquely-crafted tequila cocktails. Polonskiy and Doss, given an all-expense paid trip to historic Casa Herradura, will move on to the next round of the competition, where they will compete with winning bartenders from the seven other participating markets.

Jarmel Doss Create Best Tequila Cocktails in Chicago Tequila Herradura Hacienda Challenge

Egor Polonskiy Create Best Tequila Cocktails in Chicago Tequila Herradura Hacienda Challenge

photo credits: Nick Gerber; Ken Carl Photography; 

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