@CRAVEChicago Dinner & @GizmoDesign Birthday @IrazuChicago #entrepreneurship

We all have to eat, right?  Well when you can do it with fellow female entrepreneurs who are also your friends… all the better.  As the community manager for CRAVE Chicago, I plan a host of events, and one of my favorites is our monthly social dinner.  This month, I chose Irazu Chicago because- having been there before, I knew we would enjoy delicious food and a very reasonable price.  Bonus that we had a birthday girl among us.  Happy Birthday, Lisa!


Like Irazu Chicago on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/irazuchicago

Tweet Irazu Chicago at @IrazuChicago

Tweet Gizmo Design at @gizmodesign

Tweet me at @JenTravelsLife


Address: 1865 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Phone Number: 773-252-5687

@IrazuChicago @JenTravelsLife #CRAVESisters

@IrazuChicago @JenTravelsLife #CRAVESisters

@IrazuChicago @JenTravelsLife #CRAVESisters

Secretary of State @JesseWhiteIL Birthday @Carmines #chicago

If you live in Chicago, you know the Secretary of State, Jessie White.  And when it’s his birthday, he celebrates with a proper party at the famous Carmine’s near The Triangle on Rush and Division.

Visit the official website of Secretary of State Jesse White here: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/home.html

Tweet Jesse  @JesseWhiteIL

Tweet me @JenTravelsLife

 Happy Birthday Jesse White @JenTravelsLife


The SAUCE: SOBcon, Cinco de Mayo & one BAD MUTHA!

It’s another GORGEOUS week in Chicago and here’s another episode of The SAUCE!  This week, topics include:

  • Guest intro by Sam and Lia Grosso of  The Cadillac Lounge in Toronto.
  • A party at The Foundation Room hosted by Global DMS
  • Bloggers conference called SOBcon, hosted by Liz Strauss and Terry Starbucker and Ustreamed by me.
  • A Day as a Goddess at The Willis Tower
  • The Local Tourist is turning 40 this weekend and you’re invited to the party at The Joynt!
  • Magnificent mile of tulips and the “Tulipa Maggie Daley”.
  • Don’t forget your mom on Sunday for Mother’s Day! You can skype with your mom like me
  • Tuesday is $1 burger night at Bar Louie!! Stop down after 5:00pm to get 1/2 lb. burgers for just a buck!!
  • Did you know that the VERY FIRST Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition? Cool huh?
  • A Golden Girls marathon will get you in the mood to have octogenarian Betty White host SNL this weekend: http://www.examiner.com/x-11363-TV-Examiner~y2010m4d26-Betty-White-promo-for-Saturday-Night-Live-revealed-video
  • I made a little visit to Mixed Greens in The Loop!  Yum!
  • Celtic Fest Chicago is going on this weekend in Millennium Park.  Free!

For public transportation information, visit www.transitchicago.com

There’s no place like the Joynt… Joe Piscopo, Kira Soltanovich and Toto, too!

This is The SAUCE video for the week beginning October 22, 2009.

Original and unedited script is available here for the hearing impaired.

SAUCE script for Oct 22

*The following is my original script with ideas for video.  Many edits have been made.**

Hey Everyone, I’m JenChicago, this is Toto and you’re watching The SAUCE. Maybe you expected the SAUCE yesterday, but we had to toss the SAUCE from yesterday… It just wouldn’t do.  So here it is- a day late, but remade with love and from scratch.  So eat it! 

Weird Al’s video “Eat it?”

*witch cackle*

What a week we had here at the Joynt, Toto! Stan’s long time friend, Joe Piscopo and gal pal, Jess, came in town Saturday night- just in time for Sweetest Day. *aww* The guys are moving forward with Ari Golan and Jimmy the Hat on preproduction of the sweetest variety show to hit Chicago in a very long time.  The Joynt After Dark, hosted by Mr. Piscopo, is creeping forward to shoot in November. *scary growl or evil laugh*

Joe and Jess came into town and a few of us went out for a scrumptious dinner at N9ne Steakhouse. Big thumbs up to Bruno for taking care of us at the table, and of course our buddy, and manager Tim Griffin; who also has the fine taste enough to frequent the Joynt on a regular basis. The surf and turf I ordered was outstanding! And the Ketel martinis straight up with 3 blue cheese olives were so good, I think we made a believer out of Jess. From there we went back to The Joynt, where Joe had the whole crowd singing and swaying as he and Dakota sang “New York, New York”.

Fun right?! I know! There was all kinds of excitement going on Saturday night! Which is why I didn’t catch any of Joe’s comedy on camera… I was in the Grand Bar celebrating DJ Jack’s birthday with a big ol’ cookie cake and then… he played my song and I just had to get my boogie on…


*dancing* Now THAT’S a good song, even Napolean Dynamite thinks so! And speaking of good songs, after my dance, I popped back in the Piano room and what do I find?!? Joe!  Rocking out on the drums and doing some cool freelance thing with Zachary on the congos or bongos- I forget which is which. Anyway, it looked like so much fun, I can’t to watch it again right NOW!


 Talented guysJoe was really nice and gracious, too. He took pictures with anyone that asked, which was a lot of pictures- even by my standards. Our buddy and best-selling author Bill Zehme took a break from writing his upcoming book to join us in the fun.  I’m not allowed to say who it’s about *mouth or cough Johnny Carson, or hold up sign* but I know it will be an incredibly interesting read because Bill is an incredibly interesting character.  He may not say much, much when he does, it’s always really cool and smart. *duh* I guess that’s why he sells so many books. 

Okay, back to Saturday- At one point, Brandy and I step outside for some air and the next thing I know, we’re singing “Tyrone” by Erika Badu on the sidewalk at the top of our lungs for anyone that will listen!  Too silly!  Ladies, if you haven’t heard Ms. Badu, here’s a little taste…

Oh snap! *snap fingers* Guys, sorry, we women just shared a little moment there, but everything’s ok… it’s just a song. You can borrow our phone.  But make it fast.

Okay, that was pretty much Saturday night, and then rewinding back to Friday… we had the Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball at Macy’s.  Pretty ladies peppered the party, like poppies on the way to Oz. Among said beauties were Theresa Carter, Meagan Pulia, Desiree Prieto, and Michelle Molina. Michelle, coincidently, wins a date with Toto here, for being such a great sport and hard-working volunteer.

Then, we followed the yellow brick road all the way back to the Joynt and kept the party going. Oh, yeah- you don’t have to go to the movies to see “Where the Wild Things Are”. Just pop in here on the weekend!

Ari Golan
from Atomic (not to be confused with Ari Gold from Entourage) is throwing a HUGE party on Halloween, aptly titled Graveyard Millionaire! And if you’re anything like me, you’ll go to this party AND the JOYNT party on Halloween!  Ari’s fundraiser benefits Adaptive Adventures and includes spirits, dancing, hors’ dourves and prizes. Get the full 411 at AtomicImaging.com or search Graveyard millionaire on FB.

Last night, River North belly laughed as comics performed one after the other for a very good looking crowd.  Stand Up Against Cancer Benefitting Imerman Angels was standing room only as Vince Carone, Brian Neufang, Mike Maxwell, Prash-anth Venkat-Arama-Nujam Andrew Woodhull and Prescott Tolk from Premium Blend on COMEDY CENTRAL kept us in stitches all night long. Kira Soltanovich headlined the show last night and here’s a little taste, if you missed it. 
I also had the chance to chat with Kira after the show and “yes” she’s just as funny in a chair as she is on stage.  You can find the rest of our interview along with all of the comedic performances on our YouTube Channel or Facebook Page. 

Why did the dancing skeleton go to The Joynt? To see DJ BoogieMan. *drum beat for joke* That’s right, starting this Friday, and just in time for Halloween, we have DJ BoogieMan mashing up beats, so all you ghouls can shake your groove bone! And if you want even more Groove… the ladies of Groove Dynasty will be performing in the Piano Room once again this Friday.



*dancing* They always pack the room- so get here early and get some food from Lloyd, in the kitchen! The Spicy Grilled Shrimp is my personal favorite! *slurp*

NBC’s Art Norman may be retired, but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit.  Thanks for dropping in, Art.  We miss seeing you on the air.

I think it’s time for some more October birthdays!

Happy Birthday to…

Michael Essany (age 27)
Christina Foster
Carlos ChiiCity Lopez
Elizabeth Jackson age 27),
Kurt Scholle,(
Ann Marie Belcore (age 39),
Sandra Smith-Doghmi (age 68)
Angelo Eliades,
Bernardo Rodarte (age 28),
Susan Schatz,
Tom Cooper (age 55)24 -
Brad Serot,
James Wilson,
Saya Hillman (age 31)
Jaime Vela (age 24),
Lisa Boren Gordon,
Pam Adair
Mark Beringer,
Thom Ward
Jo Blitz A. Escotal,
Matt Redding (age 38),
Sasha Techet
Charles Whitlock (age 45),
Chef Jeff Goldfarb (age 40),

 As you can probably surmise, the fun never here at The Joynt and we would love for you to be a part of it! As Phillip Speciale author of *Mia Cuchina Pazzo” says about the Joynt, “If you don’t appreciate style and class, then this is not the place for you.” Touche, Mr Speciale. We agree.

*tug on neck* Whew!  What a surprising spurt of warm weather we are having, ay? But alas it shall become cold and rainy, once again this weekend. But we will not let the weather ride in on her broomstick to spoil our fun!  Nope, we’ll click your heels together 3 times and remember… *whistfully* …everything we’ve ever really wanted is in our own backyard of downtown Chicago.  And there’s no place like the Joynt. Right, Toto?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YKn53vWIHA (heels click)

A lot of you have been asking about the SAUCE and it gave me a brilliant idea!  You are invited to the shooting of the SAUCE next Tuesday October 27 at noon.  Watch us shoot, while you eat and network on your lunch break.  RSVP to jen@jenchicago.com and I’ll even feed you.

It’s my birthday!

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