We can’t wait for Chicago Gourmet 2015!

Chicago Gourmet is one of our most FAVORITE event, it’s such an amazing combination of foodie lovers, beverages and culinary masters.

We made sure to make a picture with the bean and the Bon Appetit Magazine step and repeat for the full “Chicago Gourmet” experience!


In addition to the ability to enjoy the weather (most of the time) in Millennium Park! This past Chicago Gourmet (2014) we had the BEST weather and were happy walk the whole event to check all the tents! We ran into one of our favorite mixologists (perhaps Chicago’s most famous mixologist), Benjamin Newby who shared with us one of his newest projects, Somrus, the original Indian Cream Liquor, full of flavor and culture!!!

The lines for food were a bit long when we were there but it was easy to taste many of the exhibiting beer, wines and spirits!


The Chandon champagne slushies were a favorite! So tasty and refreshing! As always Chandon was on the southern side of the park with their elevated mat that they put down under their area. We are proud to share that we did NOT trip on it this year! An accomplishment for us!

One of  our favorites that we tasted during the event was Bartenura, a variety of wines from Italy from many of the best wine regions!

One of the most fun parts of the day  was playing with the Celebrity Cruises huge chair and props were SO fun! Think photobooth without the booth! We ran into Billy Dec who of corse jumped right onto the HUGE chair with us for a photo! Check out some of the props we got our hands on!

If you ‘ve never attended we HIGHLY recommend making sure to check out this event. It’s a wonderful time in the park and such a great opportunity to sample new wines, beers and spirits! This years’ Chicago Gourmet will be September 26th and 27th and tickets are available at: www.chicagogourmet.org

Additionally, our 2015 Mac & Cheese Fest will be held in October!! CLICK HERE to be the first to receive information about the event!!!

We hope to see you this fall at both events!


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What are you doing for New Years?!?!

It’s not too late to make your plans. Entertainment Cruises are offering a couple GREAT packages to celebrate on the lake to see the beautiful skyline while dining and dancing and of course toasting to the New Year! They have three vessels that will sail for the celebration, the Odyssey, the Mystic Blue and the Spirit of Chicago. They even have a lunch deal for the family!


New Year’s Eve Family Lunch Cruise Date: 12/31/12

Event Time: 11am – 1:30pm

Price: $44.90 Adult, kids 40% off  – Price does not include taxes and fees

Spirit’s vibrant and festive New Year’s Eve Lunch Cruise is the perfect way to welcome 2013′s arrival with the entire family!

Featuring: Countdown at Noon | Buffet Dining | Skyline Views | Party Favors

For reservations, call 866.273.2469 or visit




New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Mystic Blue

Date: 12/31/13

Event Times: 8:30pm – 12:30am | Dockside Party – 12:30am – 1am

Pricing: 149.90, $202.90 with taxes and fees

Package Includes:

Hors d’oeuvres & Dinner | Champagne Toast

Premium Open Bar | DJ & Dancing

Front Row Seats to the Fireworks & Chicago Skyline

For reservations, call 877-299-7783 or visit us online




New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Spirit of Chicago

Date: 12/31/13

Event Times: 8:30pm – 12:30am | Dockside Party – 12:30am – 1am

Pricing: $159.90, 216.50 with taxes and fees

Package Includes:

Sumptuous Dinner Buffet | Premium Open Bar | Champagne Toast

DJ & Dancing | Spectacular View of the Skyline & Fireworks

For reservations, call 866.273.2469 or visit




New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey

Date: 12/31/13

Event Times: 8:30pm – 12:30am | Dockside Party – 12:30am – 1am

Pricing: $219.90, $298.10 with taxes and fees

Package Includes:

Three Course Meal | Creative Hors d’oeuvres

Premium Open Bar | DJ Entertainment | Champagne Toast

Breathtaking Views of the Fireworks & Skyline

For reservations, call 866-305-2469 or visit us online



Ring in the new year on the lake with your friends, family and loved ones!







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Chicago Gourmet 2013

Chicago Gourmet 2013 was a great success! Aside from the beautiful sunny warm weather, the food was delicious and the wines and cocktails were flowing! We were excited to share our favorites from the fest.

Our first stop was the Blue Moon tent, the very first tent when you arrive. We were pleasantly surprised to learn about their new beer-wine hybrids and tasted their Chardonnay Blonde called Proximity which was light and refreshing!

Did somebody say tequila? Who doesn’t love tequila?! We made sure to not miss the Zignum Mezcal tent to try some Mango Tequila cocktail heaven at their beautiful leather bar. The team shared all about agave from Mexico. YUM!

One of our first food stops upon entering what is the massive Chicago Gourmet was the NoMI Kitchen tent. Chef Ryan LaRoche was serving smoked marlin ceviche tomato vinaigrette with pickled jalapeño which was delicious! Cece (the expert on all spices and zest being a Peruvian native) shared that the Ceviche tasted authentic and fresh.

We made sure to stop by and say hello to friend, chef and owner, Patricio Sandoval with Mercadito who was serving our favorite shrimp  tacos with roasted garlic, avocado and chipotle mojo which were spicy and tasty as always!

One of the coolest tents this year was Absolut. They created a vodka called Absolut Chicago! Their booth background was painted with a Chicago skyline. Designs were submitted for the bottle design and Ross Bruggink was the selected winner that designed this bottle.

We had to stop to taste and take a photo at the Lanson station, they had the prettiest bottles and the champagne was very bubbly and crisp.

We learned about a new Prosecco called Sofia Sofia Prosecco which was really light but flavorful. We were drawn to their tent from their pretty packaging and display. This would make the perfect drink for a girl’s night out celebration!

The coolest presentation at Chicago Gourmet this was was Svedka. They constructed an enclosed glass t-shirt making station where you could have a shirt made with the image of their logo and bottle live in front of you. It was a great hit and everyone waited in line to see the magic happen in front of them!

We made sure to stop in the Target tent to see what snacks they were sampling this year. As always, we enjoyed the creative spoon and fork chandelier and took home branded target eye glass frames!

One of our favorite finds of the day were the Bellini flavored wine cocktails, they came in a small enough size for indvidual portions and the ones shown below were strawberry. Delicious!

The coolest bottle design that we couldn’t stop talking about was Valentine Vodka. Not only was their vodka smooth and chilled when tasting it up the pin up girls were a great twist! Additionally it’s a local Michigan based company! (why are there only blondes?)

The tastiest stop at Chicago Gourmet was Labriola Baking Company who shared with us they will soon be announcing their first Chicago location! Their ice cream was unbelievable. Their birthday cake flavor was amazing. We can’t wait until they open in the city!

The neatest find of the whole day was hands down the Mionetto USA tent. They have a line of PURSE WINE! Ladies: Think upscale box wine that looks like a purse. How cute!! We wanted to take one with us, we’ve never seen anything like it before! On top of that they also had flavored wine spritz, perfect to pair with a light lunch or early afternoon treat.


The reason why we enjoy attending Chicago Gourmet is to learn about new or undiscovered brands, flavors and restaurants and having the chance to taste them all! Our fav photo was with the LARGE Chopin Vodka bottle!

Stay tuned for Chicago Gourmet 2014!


Sassy City Chicks – Chicago Event

Featured complimentary spa and beauty services from top salons and medspas include, mini manicures, hair styling, waxing, tanning, massage, tarot readers, eyelashes and more! Try out the latest products from top beauty brands!

Grab your girlfriends for an afternoon of shopping, pampering and more at the Sassy City Chicks shopping event! Is there a better feeling than finding a great deal on something that you’ve always wanted or an item that’s on trend this season that no one else will have? Well, this is your chance to find amazing items in style like that pair of dangling earrings you’ve been searching for or the perfect sundress that will match your bikini.


Taste refreshing NEW Smirnoff Sorbet Light offerings that are a sophisticated blend of natural fruit flavors: Raspberry-Pomegranate, Mango Passion Fruit, and Lemon! The Sorbet experience is sweet and refreshing–tasting, and at 78 calories per 1.5 oz serving, you can indulge guilt-free!

The event will feature top local designers and boutiques – all in one location with incredible discounts. Designers will be selling clothing, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, and much more!


Dr Islam, one of Chicago’s top doctors and Miss Prestin, Canada’s #1 worldwide fitness sensation from Essence Medspa and Wellness Center will be on site offering complimentary consultations and answering all health and beauty questions from anti-aging regimens to Botox!

You work hard and deserve to come out and enjoy the chance to shop, sip and socialize! Bring your girlfriends, your sisters, your co-workers, your mothers, etc. They deserve it too!

Ticket to the event includes shopping (look out for show specials), experiencing the spa lounge for complimentary services (on a first-come-first-served basis), drink tickets and giveaways! All you have to do is come join us!



In 2012, in its inaugural year when it was only two days long, more than 40,000 high-energy fans trekked across the country to see the jam-packed line up of premier artists including Art Department, Boys Noize, Duck Sauce (A-Trak & Armand Van Helden), Eric Prydz, Erick Morillo, Guy Gerber, James Murphy & Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, Matthew Dear, MSTRKRFT, Sasha, and Visionquest.


Wavefront Music Festival is a three-day electronic dance music festival returning to Chicago’s Montrose Beach on July 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2013 and follows in the tradition of the great summer fests in Chicago, taking advantage of the warm weather and the city as a destination for thrill seekers nationwide. What makes Wavefront Music Festival unique – the best Electronic Dance Music the world has to offer, and Montrose Beach as its location.

CLICK HERE for details, tickets and for the full updated DJ line up!
Hope to see you there!

You spoke and we listened..


Dear friends,

Since 2001, The Sassy City Chicks brand has offered shopping events geared towards a sophisticated, cosmopolitan female audience of 21-45 years in search of a ‘girls night out’ experience with beauty, fashion and style.

After a short hiatus during the first half of 2013 to listen to our designers and shoppers, as co-owners we are happy to announce that we have taken all your suggestions into consideration and are swinging back into full gear. We will maintain living out our mission to create an empowering, social shopping experience for every woman on any budget.


We agree and are proud that the Sassy City Chicks shopping events exist as a platform for local designers and boutiques to sell merchandise, gain new clientele and increase brand awareness in each respective city. We believe in quality versus quantity for every aspect of the event.

Our 5 hour event will strive to focus on the best shopping opportunities and ‘finds’ in each city with the perks offered as a secondary reason to stay longer at each event. The perks offered will continue to include a full spa lounge of a variety of services offered on a first-come-first-served basis managed by Gloria L Williams, founder of footnanny.com and nail technician for the stars including; Oprah, Lady Gaga, Mary J Blige, Jennifer Hudson. Additional perks will include drink tickets and/or cash bar drink specials varying by city and sassy giveaways for every shopper.

As minority women business owners, we are here to support the designers that are surviving the economy and following their dreams as we are. We recognize and value the local talent in each city and are excited that we are a resource for products to be seen and sold.

We thank our sassy followers that support the small businesses and understand that our events are the best way to get together with your girlfriends and have a great time shopping.




Our 2013 event line up includes:

JULY: Chicago, Sunday, 7/28
AUGUST: San Diego, Thursday, 8/22
SEPTEMBER: San Francisco, Thursday, 9/12
OCTOBER: Miami, Thursday, 10/17
NOVEMBER: Los Angeles, Thursday, 11/21
DECEMBER: Atlanta, Thursday, 12/5 & Chicago  Sunday 12/15
(*dates and locations subject to change)


Stay Sassy,

Sassy City Chicks


The Taste of Streeterville 2013

As the owners and producers of The Taste of the Gold Coast we are so excited to present  The Taste of Streeterville 2013 benefiting The Streeterville Chamber of Commerce and featuring over a dozen neighborhood restaurants!

The Taste of Streeterville celebrates some of the best restaurants in the neighborhood! Each participating will feature samples from their gourmet menus while guests enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction! This is an event NOT to be missed! We recommend you don’t eat during the day and come HUNGRY!!

Participating restaurants include: Cape Cod, D4 Irish Pub & Café, filini bar and restaurant, Markethouse, Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Shula’s Steak House, The Palm Restaurant, Quay Restaurant & Bar, Ron of Japan, Stetsons Modern Steak & Sushi, Su Casa, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Uno’s Pizzeria, Wow Bao and more in addition to Goose Island Belgian Style Ales and Terrazas Chardonnay and Malbec wines.


Hope to see you all there at the event!!!

Have you ever heard of Needling?!

We had the opportunity to visit Essence MedSpa & Wellness Center and learn about one of their most popular treatments, needling! It sounds exactly as it it, rolling needles on your face!

It’s known as micro-needling, derma-rolling, or the very-technical-sounding Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI).  Don’t let all the names confuse you, the results are always the same!  Needling is performed to rejuvenate facial skin and really look young, we need a perfect epidermis, good hydration, normal color and normal resilience.


The main reasons that someone would have needling performed are:

•    Restore skins elasticity
•    Fine lines and wrinkles
•    Acne scarring/other scars
•    Works in synergy with other procedures for optimal results
•    Stretch marks

This state of the art treatment uses a small handheld rolling device called a derma roller which provides clear channels for topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively and helps vitamins penetrate through the top layer of the skin.  Skin becomes thicker, with greater than 400% increase in collagen and significantly more elastic helping you rejuvenate your skin. Effective for all skin types, even those with darker pigmented skin, and able to do on any part of the body.  Skin also does not become sun sensitive and healing phase is short.

Is it Painful? Some patients describe the treatment as being only “mildly uncomfortable”. In addition, we apply a topical anesthetic before each treatment. (We’ve done it and with the topical numbing cream it’s a breeze!) Needling is safe, cost effective and simple, AND it produces dramatic results immediately!

We’ve done this 3x times so far (once a month) and we have seen the improvements in our skin, it glows! When you see us out we have Essence MedSpa & Wellness center to thank for it!!!! We personally recommend this is a life changing experience and we swear by it!!!!

You can book a free consultation today and find out if needling is right for you! Make sure you share Cece & Melinda recommended you call!

Essence MedSpa & Wellness Center

(773) 763-1212

6413 North Kinzua Avenue  Chicago, IL 60646

Chicago Gourmet 2012

If you missed Chicago Gourmet 2012 this year in Millennium Park and/or have never been make sure not to miss this outdoor annual phenomenon next year (September 27-29, 2013).

Chicago Gourmet is an annual celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.

Dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings are offered.

The best part of the event is getting to taste such a large variety of wines and spirits that you have have never had the opportunity to try and the staff at each table are friendly and happy to share about the product lines!

Absolut and Patron had the best branded exhibits and the tastiest cocktails! (How do I order a Chicago Gourmetini year round?)

We saw our favorite mixologist and Vice President of Nightlife for Menin Hotels (Drumbar) @BenjaminNewby serving up cocktails – what a line for his creations!

Cece’s favorite dish was the delicious steak with mashed potatoes from Texas de Brazil, I loved the Red Kuri Soup (maple roasted squash, lime honey, garam masala) from Lockwood, the restaurant in the Palmer House.


Props to Target, they had a really nice display with a wine glass chandelier! All their tastes they were offering came with menus so that you could go home and make them yourself and they were giving away bags of pasta! We had a great time visiting with them!

The highlight of the day was having one more glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne and tripping (correction: Cece tripping) on the platform area reaching to have her glass filled and then announcing as loud as possible, ‘I’M NOT DRUNK!’

We really enjoyed trying new wines and spirits throughout the afternoon including the Zignum Agave from Mexico and recommend it to anyone who enjoys expanding their palates!

See you there next year! Don’t forget to mark your calendars now!

A Dream Come Reality by: Marissa Kendrick

In February,  I was informed of the opportunity to win a scholarship to attend the NABA Fashion Accessories Design Workshop in Milan, Italy.   The competition consisted of my choosing of which USA Olympic Team inspired me the most.  After studying the different USA Olympic Teams, the women’s swim team is what caught my interest immediately.  I started with sketches, then different types of gems, adornments, an array of materials, and finally the creation of the three.  My finished product was two swim suits accessorized with jewelry overlays, fashionable swim head wraps including goggles all of which bring out the essence of the Olympic Swimmer.


To my surprise, I won, I won, wow, I said to myself, “I am going to Italy to study this is a dream come true”. It was an amazing feeling and still is.  The scholarship covered my studies for the advanced summer workshop however it does not cover travel, room and board, and other various expenses.  Now I needed to get creative. How am I to raise money to go to Italy July 21st through August 5th 2012.   I recruited a couple of friends who are also students at Columbia and put together a video informing all of my friends and supporters on Facebook about my endeavor and my need.  So far I have received some support but it’s not enough.

CLICK HERE to learn how you can help & make a donation!

Thank you for your support,
Marissa Kendrick