'Artrageous' fashion and street food fun

Ronald McDonald House CharitiesTracy ReeseTakashiUniversity of Chicago Charter SchoolMaxwell StreetMarc JacobsCharter Schools

Macy's Passport presents Glamorama took flight "Like a G6" with performances by Far East Movement and Grammy Award-winner Cee Lo Green at the Chicago Theatre. The sold-out event lived up to its reputation with guests viewing fall fashion by Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel, Papi, Tracy Reese, Armani Jeans and Bar III. The event raised more than $350,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana in their efforts building the world's largest Ronald McDonald House. I was proud to be the honorary chairwoman for this event.

My idea of street food has always been Maxwell Street pork chop sandwiches, but oh how far we've come! With the inaugural event of StreetFood Artistry, the emerging rich street food culture of Chicago is being recognized. Held recently at Galleria Marchetti, the family friendly fest featured not only street-inspired dishes, but also highlighted some of Chicago's best food trucks, cooking demos by top chefs, street art, photography and a kids' corner. Entertainment was provided by M.A.D.D. Rhythms, the Real Connection, Soul People and H2O Soul.

There was even a cart for four-legged guests offering organic treats from Lick-Lick. I loved the noodle dish from chef Takashi Yagihashi, who was manning the Macy's chefs a-go-go truck as well as the old school root beer float cart. Founded by Patrice Perkins and Alicia August-Wright, the event also included a silent auction which benefited the University of Chicago Charter School, Common Threads and Chicago Street Musicians.

Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.

Click here to see photos from the events.

Find Candace Jordan's blog at CandidCandace.com.

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