Above: A very glam goodbye to Maureen Lampert (right), who is retiring after nearly 20 years of service on the Oak Street Council. Toni Palumbo (left), store director of Oak Street’s Lanvin boutique, will step into Lampert’s (totally fabulous) shoes and oversee the chic council.
We’re lovin’ that former McDonald’s brand marketer Tania Haigh is helming her own Chicago startup, Magnolia Insights, Inc., a national marketing strategy firm that targets influential women and moms.
Now that’s a full plate: The Illinois Restaurant Association has appointed Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Patrick Donelly as its new board chairman. In the role, Donelly will work to bolster the restaurant industry statewide.
The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago showed its support for manager Carlyle Robinson, who was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. The hotel teamed up with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS for the second annual bone marrow drive, followed by a complimentary lunch, cotton candy social and cocktail reception.
Meg Galus has a sweet new gig: The former Park Hyatt and NoMI pastry cheff has signed on with Boka Restaurant Group as executive pastry chef. Her first goal? To create a three-course dessert tasting menu at Boka, featuring items like chocolate crudo, banana cake and lemon meringue.
Hotel guests are “inn” good hands: General Manager Ryan McKenzie and Director of Sales Cindy Brown are hard at work prepping the city’s newest hotel, the Hampton Inn Chicago Michigan Avenue, for its summer opening.