Chicagonista Creates A New Community

| January 27, 2009 | 1 Comment

By Jen Khatchatrian

On January 22, 2009 Chicagonista hosted a launch party at Mars Gallery for our newly designed website created by Spirit Technologies. Thrilled with the new website and our brand new video Who Are We? designed by MJ Tam, we invited our favorite mover and shakers together in one room for thanks and celebration. With an overwhelmingly warm reception by our gracious guests MJ and I feel it was a truly special opportunity for us and we enjoyed every single minute!

Many thanks to our special guest Miss Lori! In addition to generously providing tickets to her new show Growing at the Wilmette Theater, she shared with us how her inspiration for Growing  and her work with Miss Lori’s CAMPUS relates to the network of connected families we are building with Chicagonista.

With a deep sigh of relief we (and all of our guests I am sure) would like to extend our appreciation to Daphne and all her massage therapists at Ablon Chicago for healing our bodies and easing our minds. Everyone raved about how therapeutic it was to take a moment for yourself and lose your worries with a massage. We need more relaxation in our lives!

Capturing the event for those guests who could not attend is usually hard, but not when you have Eulalio Fabie De Silva as your resident artist and photographer! Like a ghost Eulalio moves through a crowd and seizes those moments that are hard to describe with words- the energy, the laughter, the emotion. Click here and let Eulalio tell the story through his lens and enjoy.

Our deepest thanks to Faith from Photo Booth Express for all of her attention and for keeping some of the party’s deepest secrets revealed in the photo booth pictures! Not only did our guests get to pop in and tap into their wild sides, but they got take home copies and still got free online downloads of the pictures from the Photo Booth Express site. Great value for an outstanding product! The room is really spacious, the black backdrop compliments everybody & the pictures are fool proof. Love it!

Our gratitude to Weber Shandwick for providing such addictive pleasures (mine is the M&Ms for sure!) and to Mary Massey and Nora Sarrawi for their participation in our special evening!

Hosting the event at Mars Gallery was made possible by Chicago Green Families who also infused several eco friendly practices into the party including Preserve plates, cups and utensils, carbonated water provided with their Soda Club Fountain Jet and organic and vegan cakes from our absolute favorite local bakery Bleeding Heart Bakery.

Deep bows and many blown kisses to Barb & Sarah at Mars Gallery who brought our vision to life. If you have not been to Mars, you will get a small sense of the energy from our photos but you’ll need to visit to really grasp the unique flow of the space and the amazing quality of the artists exhibited there. It is an absolute delight and a Chicagonista Must-Do Item!

Congratulations to our raffle winners: Ashlee Allen and Anita Mark both won a 1 hour massage provided by Ablon Chicago, Ricky Eugenio won a 3 month membership to LPAC and Pam Der won 2 tickets to Miss Lori’s show Growing at the Wilmette Theater. Special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this happen!

So I am sure you want the Chicagonista equivalent to the Page Six dish, right? Dying to know who was seen & heard at the Chicagonista Launch Party? You’ll have to check out our Flickr party pictures complete with tags and comments!

As with most parties, at the end of the evening you feel like it went so fast. You always wish you had more time to connect with the guests and (in my case) get a massage! So consider this the start of a long list of celebrations all centered around the idea of bringing Chicagonistas (men & women alike) together to enjoy our city’s hidden treasures and connect our new community. See you next time!

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About the Author ()

Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Lead blogger for, and Co-Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

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