THE BUZZ: APRIL 2023
By Dustin O’Regan
By Dustin O’Regan
Three years ago, Edyta Szlezak opened her eponymous design studio and gallery. Noticing the gallery space was always a perfect spot to gather with her friends, Szlezak recognized the opportunity for others to gather in her gallery to host birthday parties, ladies’ nights, business meetings, baby showers, and more. Now, the spacious 2,000 square foot gallery—equipped with a full kitchen, making catered events a breeze—is available to host your next event. To book, email [email protected].
A YEAR IN THE EDIBLE GARDEN: A MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE TO GROWING AND HARVESTING VEGETABLES, HERBS, AND EDIBLE FLOWERS by Sarah Raven is a beautifully photographed guide celebrating the endless possibilities of the vegetable patch. As an international gardening and cooking expert, Raven shares her wealth of knowledge about how to have a bountiful—and beautiful—kitchen garden. With the belief that we should all grow more of what we eat, she imparts her experience on making the most of any outdoor space along with sage advice about the best things to grow and harvest easily and efficiently along with their culinary uses. The varieties highlighted are accessible but Raven also includes many flavorful heirlooms as well as rarities difficult to find in markets. Everything Raven does is strictly organic and focused on growing the freshest, healthiest, and tastiest produce without resorting to artificial inputs or chemicals. For more information about A Year in the Edible Garden: A Month-by-Month Guide to Growing and Harvesting Vegetables, Herbs, and Edible Flowers ©Rizzoli 2023, visit rizzoliusa.com.
CHIA LEAH CLEAN EATS fuels the body and promotes a healthy lifestyle through nutritious and delicious snacks and treats. Wilmette native and certified health coach, Leah Bostrom, started her health coaching business in 2015. After a few years of creating healthy and personalized recipes for her clients, she noticed a gap in the market for clean, great-tasting snacks. In 2018, Bostrom and her husband, Bill, joined forces with a dynamic team and Chia Leah Clean Eats was born. A graduate of Chicago’s Good Food Accelerator and member of The Hatchery Chicago (a nonprofit food and beverage incubator), Chia Leah’s snack line is sold to more than 40 retail partners. Recently, the company opened a larger production facility and a grab-n-go storefront in Wilmette offering all of Chia Leah’s products as well as weekly specials. Bostrom’s passion for great nutrition and healthy living is at the core of everything the company produces. All Chia Leah snacks are vegan, gluten- free, and contain no preservatives or refined sugars. For more information, visit chialeah.com, follow on Instagram @chialeah, or visit 3217 Lake Avenue in Wilmette.
ARCH, a Winnetka boutique embraces change. It’s why with every new season the store transforms to create a new experience with a point of view that’s uniquely Arch. Fresh items, textures, scents, and events are all curated and edited under a contextual theme. With spring upon us, Arch is inviting everyone to “Get Back To Nature.” Discover new arrivals in vintage garden planters, pedestals, furniture, and faux bois gorgeousness. Hydrate and nourish your skin with their ever-growing botanical apothecary and create the freshest, most beautiful floral arrangements through their new collaboration with Winnetka’s Backyard Flower Lab. It’s spring, and you never know what’s going to pop up at Arch. Arch is located at 913 Green Bay Road in Winnetka, for more information visit archglow.com.
This unique experience has dazzled some of the world’s biggest cities including Toronto, San Diego, Vancouver, and Montréal. Designed to represent the flora, fauna, and beauty of different natural regions of Earth, 33 domes will be transformed into terrariums juxtaposed against the urban scenery of Chicago’s bustling downtown. The spaces will be individually styled to reflect landscapes of the tundra, tropical rainforests, grasslands, arid deserts and boreal forests with live plants, hand-selected textiles, and elegant lighting.
Guests will enjoy a stunning three-course, locally sourced meal designed by an award-winning Chef. Using influences from cuisines around the world, diners will have the opportunity to select from four blind menu categories – beef, chicken, fish, or vegan – all of which feature the Chef ’s exquisite array of flavors to pair effortlessly with the vibrant surrounding ambiance. A full beverage menu will also be available offering guests a variety of drinks for purchase.
The Dinner With A View will be open to guests from Friday, April 7 through Sunday, May 14. A minimum of 4 guests are required per booking, and domes can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests. Reservations are a must. Find the full schedule of seating times and book your dome at dinnerwithaview.ca.
Potion is such an evocative word, especially when it comes to beauty. The new line of tonics from Le Jolie Med Spa, called Pick Me Up Potions, are just our kind of hocus pocus. Pick Me Up Potions are available in three delicious flavors: Mango Turmeric, Dragon Fruit Rose, and Watermelon Cucumber. The drinks contain 100% of the daily value of Vitamin C and are proven to strengthen skin, nails, and hair, as well as boost your immune system and protect the body from environmental damage. Each drink also contains anti-aging properties, stimulates collagen production, and hydrates the skin, all while tasting like paradise in a bottle. As pretty as they are delicious, we love them on their own, mixed with a touch of sparkling water, or as an ingredient in a mocktail or cocktail. $9.99 each, pickmeuppotions.com.
Magnicity, the global leader in creating innovative, experiential attractions high above notable cities is celebrating the opening of CloudBar on the 94th floor of the former John Hancock Center (875 N. Michigan Ave.). With walls of windows overlooking the skyline and lakefront, the new concept bar at the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is sure to thrill. Expect sky-high style and an exclusive culinary showcase of Chicago’s makers and artisans from the diverse communities admired in the city’s distinct neighborhoods. A curated list of local makers include Moody Tongue, the world’s first two Michelin star brewery, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. For more information, visit 360chicago.com.
Maggie Bullock began her career as an editor at Vogue and served as ELLE’s deputy editor from 2010 to 2018. Now, Bullock has penned a book on J. Crew, the one-of-a-kind American brand. With unprecedented access, Bullock brings to life the deliciously idiosyncratic people who erected J.Crew; unpacks the foundation upon which it was built (the complex legacy of prep, a subculture born on the 1920s campuses of the Ivy League); and examines how one brand rose to epitomize “American” style in two very different golden eras. barnesandnoble.com
American Ballet Theatre (ABT), widely considered one of the greatest dance companies in the world, returns to the Auditorium Theatre (Chicago’s landmark stage at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive) with a program featuring both classics and contemporary works, for three performances only Friday-Sunday, April 14-16, 2023. Two works will have Chicago premieres: Christopher Rudd’s Touché (2022), the company’s first all-male pas de deux, and Jessica Lang’s ZigZag (2021), featuring a soundtrack of songs sung by Tony Bennett with a special duet with Lady Gaga, in addition to Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina (2017) and Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required (1989). ABT last performed on the Auditorium Theatre stage in 2019 with the Chicago debut of Ratmansky’s lauded full-length ballet, Whipped Cream. Tickets start at $40 and are now available at AuditoriumTheatre.org
Louis Vuitton fosters the idea that an atelier can be a place of fulfillment and individuality. A place where savoir-faire can be learned, respected, and transmitted—and innovation nurtured—by artisans who routinely challenge the image of a traditional workshop. In pursuit of regional expertise and artisanal excellence, Louis Vuitton’s ateliers span the length and breadth of France and beyond, from Geneva, Switzerland, to Fiesso d’Artico, Italy, and even Texas. Sites of historic interest or outstanding natural beauty will often have a Louis Vuitton workshop nearby: in Normandy, the seagirt majesty of Mont-Saint-Michel can be seen from the workshop at Ducey, and in Beaulieu-sur-Layon, the light-flooded facility promises low environmental impact. Featuring photographs commissioned exclusively for this book, Louis Vuitton Manufactures showcases the extraordinary locations and buildings of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers, and the equally extraordinary artisans who express their talent through Louis Vuitton’s creations (trunks, bags, fragrances, watches, shoes, high-end jewelry and ready-to-wear), while carrying the founder’s techniques and savoir-faire into the 21st century. For more information, visit assouline.com.
Dr. Dennis Gross has just launched the first product in a brand-new category DermInfusions Fill + Repair Serum. This serum is an advanced 3D alternative to injectable filler that immediate fills lines, plumps, and repairs in just two weeks. The breakthrough is what Dr. Gross is coining the “MicroCell Delivery system.” The delivery system uses micelles (microscopic molecules) to reduce the molecular size of active ingredients and push them deeper to better penetrate skin. This is the first time this technology has been used as a delivery system (micelles are typically used in cleansers, like micellar water). sephora.com
There are some meals that are so good they stick with you for a long time. Every single dish is memorable, and the wine pairing make it even better. If it’s not on your spring bucket list, it should be. After a three-year renovation, the beloved Three Embers restaurant is back at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. Celebrating Midwest cuisine with simple, locally grown and sourced, farm-fresh ingredients, this modern eatery integrates influential flavors from various regions throughout the world. threeembersresturant.com