ELLEN STIRLING, owner of The Lake Forest Shop

To say it’s unusual for an independent specialty store to celebrate 100 years in business is truly an understatement….but that is exactly what the charming Lake Forest Shop is doing this month! What is their secret, in my minds eye several things, first it’s owner, the granddaughter of the founder of the business and the incredible personal service she and her staff give their clients. Remember I was in retail for my entire career so I definitely have an opinion on retail survival, wouldn’t you agree! She upholds the tradition of “giving the customer what she wants” in spades.

Inside the Store

I had the privilege, upon my retirement, to work with Ellen and her team on several fashion events…they were incredible to work with, true professionals in every regard. Ellen fills her charming store with merchandise selected for her clients all of whom she knows intimately another key to the success of the store. I would suggest you go on line and read the story of the store as well see more photos, I’ve also included the press release information at the bottom of this post. https://www.lakeforestshop.com

The purpose of this post is to tell you about a very special event, yet another for the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, on Thursday, September 29th…I don’t know who is busier The Lake Forest Shop with their celebratory events or the CC with theirs!!!! By the way, the CC will be celebrating their own anniversary in 2024, their 50th! Stay tuned for all the special plans for that celebration. The Shop is known for its philanthropy and hosts many events annually. Here is the invitation for the CC event, for more information please contact Nell McKeown at mckeown@chicagohistory.org.

Meet the Costume Council members who will be modeling that evening…quite the bevy of beauties, I know you agree!


You won’t want to miss this once in every 100 years event…but guess what you have many years to enjoy the personalized service, unique atmosphere, and great selections that are the trademarks of The Lake Forest Shop. Here is more detail information on the centennial http://thelakeforestshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/The-Lake-Forest-Shop-100th-Anniversary-Press-Release.pdf

FYI this is not a paid promotion….I don’t do paid pieces, I just like to give my readers information they will enjoy! Be sure to make your reservation now it will be such a delightful evening!


It doesn’t seem possible that this event is celebrating it’s seventh year…but I know it will go on for many more years….we have so many fashionable men to honor!

Let me give you the deets of this years glamorous fun packed evening on Thursday, September 22nd. The evening will be filled with food, speciality drinks…think martinis and manhattans…music provided by the extraordinary DJ Eddie Johnson and, of course, FASHION, lots and lots of fashionable gentlemen not to mention all the guest’s finery!!!! It is definitely the place to see and be seen! Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at chicagohistory.org/cmfa2022 or by calling Nell McKeown, development events manager, at (312) 799-2112. A perfect way to celebrate the first day of Fall !

“We are thrilled to honor ten Chicagoans in an exciting celebration and ceremony at the Chicago History Museum. Our mission is to continue to build relationships in the community, and fundraise to support he 50,000 piece costume collection.” Maggie Morgan, President of the Costume Council

Michael Anderson
Vice President, External Engagement & Development,Chicago History Museum “Each year we look forward to the Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards to recognize outstanding men in Chicago with distinctive and unique style, while also raising funds for the preservation and presentation of the Museum costume collection.”
“Receiving the CMFA twice, once in 2018 and then in 2020, has meant the world to me as it combines two things I love: Chicago + Fashion! And being selected by such an honorable organizations is such an incredible distinction for me!”

Let’s look at this years award honorees. I can’t wait to see what they will be wearing as they arrive at the Museum in style in luxury cars graciously provided by Howard Orloff Imports.

Prosper Bambo
co-founder of “Congruent Space” boutique. The boutique marries high fashion and street wear design with thoughtful art.

Personal Style: Electic – Fashion Forward, Futuristic
Style InspirationL Walte Van Beirendonck, Contemporty Art, He likes edgy and modern trends

D’Ontace Keyes

ViiV Healthcare, works to drive the conversation and awareness for those affected and effected with AIDS

Personal Style: Minimalist with a twistStyle
Inspirations: Art – Making, Movement, presence and confidence
Danny Miller

Store Director, Max Mara Chicago

Personal Style: Sophisticated, Modern, Dapper, Chic and Sporty
Style Inspirtaion: Interior Design and fabrics, loves quality design and fashion that matches this lifestyle

Jackson Miranda

President of New Business for Mod Construction

Personal Style: Classic, Sporty, Streetwear
Style Inspiration: Pop Culture

David Murga
Owner, Galan Styling in the 900 N Michigan Shops.

Personal Style: Clean Tailoring, mixing texture and neutrals
Style Inspiration: Modern Architecture

Matthew Rodrigues,
Co-host for Chicago’s NBC 5 Today show

Personal Style: Modern, Clean Colorful, very bright, upscale JCREW looks
Style Inspiration: Classics meets Andy Warhol
Zak Rodriguez
Along with his brother, Brian Atwood, they are the designers and owners of the new designer shoe company, IL Fratellino

Personal Style: Refined Renegade, Classic men’s Fashion with rebellious twists like slim cuts, leather, denim, metallic and wild colors.
Style Inspiration: All things London, Slim Cut Suiting of the 60’s, Vivienne Westwood Punk – T shirt look.
Old School but modern

Carmen Rossi
President of 8 Hospitality owns the popular Chicago Restaurants of Hubbard Inn, Blue Violet, MASQ, Joy District and Old Ground Social. Just recently he started his fashion brand ” sur le lac”

Personal Style: Tailored suits, designer street wear, shorts and hoodies
Style Inspiration: 1920’s gangster, 1960’s rock n roll, 1990’s grunge and layered jewelry
Frank J Rubel III
Director of Investment Partnership for Kirkland & Ellis.

Personal Style: Glamour and sophistication, the right handbag completes an ensemble
Style Inspiration: Disco and my grandmother
Sam Sanchez

President of Third Coast Hospitality which owns and operates Moe’s Cantina, Tree House Chicago, Old Crow Smokehouse, Tunnel Chicago, and La Luna. Sam is the first Mexican-American to Chair the Illinois Restaurant Association.

Persona Style: Business Cowboy
Syle Inspriration: Mexican Heritage, Vibrant Colors

Here are the co-chairs, and their thoughts on the evening…they join the the Costume Council President, Maggie M. Morgan and the Event Committee: Amanda Bonnell, Pam Capitanini, Anne Forman, Courtney Hopkins, Peggy Martay, Jennifer Massarelli, Maggie M. Morgan, David Mordini, Karen Peters, John Rogers, David Sanchez, Aaron J. Shirley, and Karen Zupko

“Chicago is no second city when it comes to fashion and with this year’s honorees, it’s clear Chicago has its own unique perspective on elevated personal style. We’re excited to continue growing the event with new partners, fashionable guests and fantastic catering at the Chicago History Museum. Moreover, we’re delighted the event coincides with the Treasured Ten exhibit, featuring 10 pieces from Chicago-based black designers.”
“The Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards in a very Fashionable Evening with Men, Martininis and Manhattans!”

The evening’s MC is the popular WGN-TV personality, Glenn Marshall.

The fashionable food is provided by, The Italian Village Restaurant, Lirica, Moe’s Cantina, Molly’s Cupcakes and Sable at Navy Pier.

The evenings generous sponsors are: Executive Sponsors…Pam and Al Capitanini, Richard and Diane Weinberg Bespoke Sponsors…Lirica, Moe’s Cantina, Molly’s Cupcakes, Offshore, Orloff Range Rover / Jaguar / Volvo, John Rogers and Tye Radcliffe, Two Girls and a Hammer, 8 Hospitality Haberdashery Sponsors…ESQ Clothing, Sable Hotel BowTie Sponsor…10 MGMT Cufflink Sponsors…Michael Anderson, Dustin Erikstrup, Courtney W. Hopkins, jBlonde, Peggy Martay, David Mordini, Maggie M. Morgan, Kiran Patel, Karen Peters, The Shirley Family

I hope I’ve convinced you to attend this high powered evening…looks like a great fun event…don’t you want to be fashionable too, then…GET YOUR TICKET NOW!!!!!