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SUPERMODEL Cindy Crawford, who graces the cover of Michigan Avenue magazine’s November issue, interacted with a crowd of 150 well-wishers during the magazine’s release celebration at Chicago Cut Steakhouse. This is the second time the DeKalb native, who went to Northwestern University and lived in Chicago for a while, has been on the magazine’s cover. “I was on the first issue six years ago, and in model’s years, six years is like 100 years,” she says. “I love the fact that Michigan Avenue celebrates Chicago lifestyle.” In the magazine, the 48-year-old mother of a daughter and son reveals the advice she would give her younger self and other young adults: “I would tell my [18-year-old] young self to just let loose a little bit more and have fun. I was very cautious and careful––which probably helped lead to the career that I had––but there were a few times I could have had a little bit more fun. . . I was afraid of feeling out of my league." 
Chicago Is Talking About . . .
Cindy Crawford's 'Michigan Avenue' Celebration
why Chicago would be his kind of town. During one of those gatherings at a downtown Macy’s leadership breakfast event––sponsored by Macy’s, the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce and ComEd––Jakes, also promoting his book, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive, talked about “the business of business” and told the crowd of entrepreneurs, executives and faithful followers that he is interested in bringing a significant business conference to Chicago. 
   “I was raised by an entrepreneur, and I’m someone who loves to operate in the business space,” Jakes says. “My proposition is to do some business seminars that will allow us to talk and use our faith platform to have a broader discussion about business and how to stimulate economic empowerment. And more importantly, I think at the bottom line--whether you’re in the corporate or private sector, or you're an entrepreneur––we’re talking about leadership. Why Chicago? No. 1, Chicago is centrally located and will be successful for our constituency. We have a large constituency that actually ranges from Lagos, Nigeria, to Melbourne, Australia. We need a hub that’s global enough to handle it and local enough to handle the support base. I think that [the business conference] can empower the city and help to fill the gap in the entrepreneurial, economic empowerment [arenas] that you have from your universities to the mom-and-pop shops that are really not getting the level of training they need.”
   In addition to the business conference, Jakes is also considering making Chicago a site for MegaFest, his four-day, religious conference that would dramatically impact the city economically, perhaps as it did each of the several years it was held in Atlanta, each year adding millions to the city’s income base. “I think Chicago would be a grand destination [for the business conference and MegaFest],” he says, “and if we can overcome all the hurdles and obstacles to nail down this concept, I think we can do some great business in the city.”
A Little Girl's Sacrifice For The Role of Annie
ISSIE Swickle, a 9-year-old bundle of energy from Davie, Fla., performs the lead role in the national touring production of Annie, but she had to make a major sacrifice to play the lovable, red-headed orphan. Her brown, below-the-shoulder-length hair had to be cut and colored after being cast in the classic story that’s still considered to be one of the best family musicals in theater history. The hair that had to be cut was donated to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides vacuum-fitted hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss, no matter the diagnosis. Swickle will be front and center when Annie is presented on the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage, beginning November 18 and continuing through November 30. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie is a brand new presentation of the classic, Tony Award-winning original. Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work in one of the biggest musicals of all time. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography. Annie has been performed in 28 languages and has been presented on stages around the world for 37 years. The show's celebrated score includes such songs as “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “N.Y.C.,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the uplifting anthem of reassurance, “Tomorrow.”

Tickets for ANNIE at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $25-$90. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at For more information, visit
The Service Club of Chicago's Annual Gala 
IT was a magical night at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, where the grand ballroom was fabulously transformed into the “Moulin Rouge” for gala supporters to celebrate the Service Club of Chicago. At the event chaired by Lisa Kraus and Kristina McGrath, the decorations, a mime and can-can-girls reflected the heyday of the risqué, world-famous cabaret in Paris. This year’s gala highlighted the Service Club of Chicago’s 124 years of philanthropy. “The Service Club of Chicago is our city’s oldest all-women philanthropic organization,” says Myra Reilly, president of the club. “When you support Service Club, you are enabling agencies that serve the neediest amongst us to purchase computers, textbooks, shuttle vans, hospital beds or playground equipment. Last year, we granted a record-breaking $300,000 to various agencies.”
​At the Michigan Avenue magazine's Cindy Crawford cover celebration, supermodel Crawford and Dan Uslan, president and publisher at Michigan Avenue magazine, pose with the November cover.
BISHOP T. D. Jakes, , the renowned pastor, entrepreneur and best-selling author, has his sights set on doing business in Chicago, and during a recent series of meetings with various groups in the city, he heard a variety of reasons 
Bishop T.D. Jakes' Chicago Business Plans