Kilimanjaro International Is In The Heart Of The Arts In Hyde Park

FB_IMG_1504739482680When you are in Chicago you must visit the Hyde Park area to enjoy the beautiful artwork and one of my favorite places since I was a teen, Kilimanjoro International. If you are walking very fast you could walk right past it but if you are casually strolling down 53rd Street, chances are you will be drawn in by its vibrancy and the showcasing of its paintings, sculptures, and carvings which are prominently displayed or even created right before your eyes on a beautiful Summer day in Chicago.20170901_154632There are beautiful paintings, exquisite sculptures, and wonderful carvings which are one of a kind pieces that will start conversations in your home, office, or venue.  Also available for purchase are gorgeous jewelrypieces and fabulous authentic clothing items for everyday wear and some can be custom made for special occasions.

Kilimanjaro International has been a part of the Hyde Park community for many years and has given many new artists opportunities to be a part of the Hyde Park community to showcase their pieces of art or mentor many who have developed into well respected international artists.

The Hyde Park area is changing from what I knew growing up in the area attending Kenwood Academy, however, one thing remains the same, the arts is in the heart of Hyde Park. It is an area being somewhat gentrified but many of the long standing business owners have remained along with their love of the neighborhood.

The next time you or someone you know visit Chicago, make sure you stop by Kilimanjaro International at 1305 E. 53rd Street. You find that one of a kind piece that could be a collectors item one day.  Kilimanjaro International Is In The Heart Of The Arts In Hyde Park.FB_IMG_1504739494007For more information: or call them at: 773.324.4860


Lets Get Decadent In The Park because Bon Appetit presents the 10th Annual Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park

“Cooking is one of the great gifts you can give someone you love” Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa

0c2d791d3649c69c63538e4a356a0f50There is going to be some great tasty goodness going on in the city of Chicago September 19th-24th. Bon Appetit presents the 10th Annual Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park. Celebrate this flavorful and mouthwatering birthday party with some of the greatest chefs in the world, dynamic sommeliers, and brilliant culinary educators.FB_IMG_1504570595591
Wooohooo!! 10yrs old and it is time to enjoy this festive and joyous time surrounded by food, fun, and delectable libations.  This event will showcase wine & cocktail seminars, wonderful cooking demos, along with delicious food, wine, spirits, and beer.  There will be 250 chefs, 50 sommeliers, mixologists & experts, 175 vitners, distillers, & brewers, grand tastings, book signings, and special anniversary events.FB_IMG_1504570677852
Celebrating 10 years of the chef community and restauranteurs coming together in the name of the love of food and all things related to the love of food. What is more exciting about this event is that many iconic chefs will be participating, the ability to get up close and personal with the chefs to ask questions, learn new cooking techniques, and sample some of the dishes that has made Chicago the home of acclaimed international culinary scene and the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards.FB_IMG_1504570635793
This wonderful weekend will offer a unique opportunity for Chicagoans and visitors alike to learn, interact, and dine with some of the brightest and best super stars in the industry.  The Illinois Restaurant Association and all involved every year has continuously presented the city of Chicago world class culinary dining experience in the heart of Chicago’s lakefront with the city’s fabulous architecture as a backdrop.

So join the dining eXtravaganza with eXtraordinary chefs, sommeliers, mixxologists & experts, vitners, distillers and brewers along with fellow Chicagoans and visitors while enjoying the great tasty goodness and have an awesome time!!

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The Night I Met Genius Extraordinare Multiple Grammy Award Winner Marcus Miller

20170727_184148Last month Chicago Music Exchange hosted a wonderful night of great music and a meet and greet with Grammy award winning bass guitarist extraordinare Marcus Miller.  He has had his own solo career, collaborations with many musicians and artist throughout his career, it is relationship and friendship with the late Luther Vandross where I truly fell in love with his sound and his magic.

He is a producer and has scored a host of movies and television shows which many of have heard the music and listened to its melody but did not realize it was him and his bass guitar or his way of musically make a scene come alive frame by frame. He has given us jazz, funky funk in rhythm and blues, and genres in between.

In 1987, I went to the Budweiser Superfest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  It was a great line up because besides Luther there was also Patti LaBelle, The Whispers, and a host of others.  The show started at 3:00p and my friends and I made sure we were planted in our seats no later that 2:00p

It was a great night but when the bass guitarist hit that first note in “Bad Boy Having A Party” my ear perked up, my body was ready, and my happy feet gave way to a wonderful evening. That point forward I have been a huge fan.  I have now seen him live at various jazz festivals and other events but never thought I could scratch off my bucket list, one day meet Marcus Miller.20170727_183721

The Chicago Music Exchange sent invite via social media and I immediately registered to attend.  As the days leading up to the night of the event, I had to keep my mind occupied with other things so I would not go into overload fan girl in my head.  I kept saying to myself “he puts his pants on one leg at a time” to keep from over exciting myself with anticipation of meeting one of the greatest bass guitarist extraordinare.

The night of the event those in attendance were also fans but they were musicians who at one point have worked with him or local musicians wanting pearls of wisdom from the genius extraordinare.  When he arrived I to catch myself from running up to him saying how much I have adored his music over the years but thank goodness I thought better of it because I did not want to scare him back to his bus.

The beauty sometimes of my height often times I can maneuver my way to the front and on this night I was like a ninja moving stealthily to the front  where I see facial expressions and finger movement glide across those strings.20170727_222222892

Every song he played and every note that came from his guitar sent me back to why I originally fell in love his his music and his musicianship.  He gave the group his time and his love of the craft. The question and answer session was the best.  I am not a musician but have worked in the music industry and have family members still heavily entrenched in the industry as well but the questions asked and his answers made me appreciate the knowledge I learned.

By the end of the night I was in love with spirit of giving the musicians tips and sharing of wisdom and knowledge of the business of music, and the ability to give of himself to make us all feel like we were his friends sitting in his living room having a jam session.

Afterwards, I had the chance to speak with him and take some pictures.  By the time we were taking the pictures, he had made us all feel so welcomed into his world my nervousness and over anticipated excitement had tampered down and I became a fangirl without the extra overzealous fandamonium that was in my head and spirit.

It is now crossed off my bucket list to meet genius extraordinare Marcus Miller. I am a happy woman who now listens to Luther and many others including Marcus’s solo project with a deeper love and respect but also with a more enriched love for the sound of his music and musicianship with his fellow community of those in the industry.  He gave all of us wonderful pearls of wisdom, great music, and friendship.

This was one night I was to cool for school and I loved it! It was a great way end out the Summer and a delightful treat.

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Chicago’s First Tiny Home Resident From California to Chicago

Living a tiny house lifestyle may not be for some but for those who are willing to take a risk, it could be the greatest adventure of a lifetime.

40bdfccc5dc19a72ede08d1948366e73This beautiful tiny house is going on a road trip. The new adventure will be the chance for those who may have considered living in a tiny home the opportunity to see it upfront and in person.

It will reveal how living the tiny home lifestyle can be lived anywhere in the world and traveling from California to Chicago meeting and greeting Americans and visitor’s from all over the world during this experience will be the way to promote and encourage the tiny home lifestyle of living.

Be a part of the adventure of moving a tiny home from California to Chicago. It will showcase tiny house living during the cross country trek over two thousand miles.  People move homes everyday in cities and towns across the United States

The tiny house living lifestyle is growing and the ability to feature how one can live a quality lifestyle under 1,000 sqft and still have a quality of life is what this journey is about.

Toni Shelton, CEO of aNotherToniSheltonProductions and Chicago’s first tiny home resident is the owner of the home which is currently in California.  Born and raised in Hyde Park, as a teen and into adulthood Toni has been a part of the house music genre in Chicago and early in years promoting events and house music she was given the moniker “Queen of House” or lovingly called “Disco Toni” even has had her name said as if it was one word “Hey ToniShelton”.

Toni will be bringing her tiny home to Chicago and give her hometown city a chance to envision the lifestyle of living in a tiny house, imagine the concept of owning land with a mobile home of own design, and the ability to think about an outside of the box lifestyle.

She has been a business entepreneur for many years in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago and currently still has several businesses in the area. Her foray into tiny house living comes at a time where she can have the “have home will travel” lifestyle.  Now she wants to share this concept with others.8609d04eb79ca15d317db23e65b8cb39 Sometimes one must think outside of the box to achieve the quality of life one wants to live. Tiny house living is possibly that lifestyle.

Her beautiful home was designed to her specifications for living life as a soon to be empty nester. As a Mother and Grandmother who is also running several businesses and now is truly living large in a tiny house.  The Queen of House Living Large In A Tiny House.

On this tiny house adventure will be Toni, her driver, and her house driving across the country from California to Chicago showcasing the home along the way.  They will be going through many big cities and small towns near you.  She did this trip previously with great success and many people along the journey were stopping her to take pictures and asking many questions.

It will be truly a great travel marketing opportunity to share with others.  This is going to be an audaciois, bold, unusual, and exciting cross country adventure.

If you are interested in having your company brand logo as part of this lifestyle of living adventure, send an email to:

If you want to read more about Toni Shelton, her tiny house, and some of her recent events, click the link’s below:

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Summer 2017 is starting off just right~ The Original Queens House Music History will be back at the Daley Plaza Chicago and you need to be there 6.26.17

The Queens House Music History jackin’ bodies in Chicago and globally

The Original Queens of House Music History will be back at the Daley Plaza Chicago and you need to be there 6.26.17.  Once again, Toni Shelton Productions presents The Queens House Music History and lunch time will be a great time to celebrate our Queens of House Music.  It is going to be a great time for all. The dynamic DJ Lori Branch, Celeste Alexander, and First Lady will have the Daley Plaza celebrating the female dj who have been a part of the House music world for many years including giving birth to many djs who are still spinning the music making people “jack their body”.

There has always been the male domination of djs in the house music world and it was time to celebrate the ladies who have been a part of the house music world since the beginning of its inception. Since Chicago is the birthplace of house music it only seemed fitting that if it is the woman gives birth then we need to celebrate the women djs who have shed the same blood, sweat, and tears to make house music a household sound and known across the world.  Many of the djs have gone on and worked in other industries but their first love will always be music, house music. It has been exciting to see the growth and be a part of the movement to keep house music and its legacy alive for many generations especially for those little girls who may one day want to be a dj.

Last year was the inaugural event for the celebration of the contributions of female djs to the house music genre. It was a great time for all and many were there from all walks of life and from other countries dancing and had a great time. It was fun for all and this year 2017 will be no difference!! It was such a joy to see so many old friends, new friends, and those who never have heard of house music but stopped by because they heard the ladies on the turntables! There were workers from various office buildings surrounding the plaza and a few people who were visiting from other countries who took the time out on their lunch break to join us!



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Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs across the globe

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed, discussed, and celebrated, held on the nineteenth of November of each year

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs! Last November there was a worldwide celebration of women entrepreneurs in over 144 countries and it was a great day!  Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed, discussed, and celebrated, held on the nineteenth of November of each year. The inaugural event in 2014 was held in New York City at the United Nations, with additional events being held simultaneously in several other countries. 144 nations overall recognized the first WED, which included the presentation of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards. The organization behind WED also has an ambassadorship and fellowship program.


Last November I was honored to once again be the U.S. Ambassador Chicago and we celebrated women who are Fashionpreneurs.  The event was held at Standout Style Boutique 3353 S Morgan St and co-hosted by the fabulous owner Tamika Price.  The women that joined us were influencers, fashion designers, bloggers, and city socialites from around the city.  It was a great time for all of us to come together to celebrate local women entrepreneurs in the Fashion industry.  We were able to network and fellowship with each other while sharing interesting stories about the journey taken to become a Fashionpreneur.

It was also an opportunity to showcase Standout Style Boutique and all of the wonderful items of up and coming local designers who may never have the chance to showcase their designs and artistry outside of the local marketshare.  We had a wonderful celebration sharing stories, noshing on delicious tasty delights, sipping on fabulous wine, and enjoying the energy from other women discussing their journey.

The true beauty of this event was the diversity of the women who attended and the many things we all had in common on the journey of entrepreneurship and the ability to make things happen when sometimes you realize you do not know how you are going to make it happen. Continue reading “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs across the globe”

CONGRATULATIONS DAVID ADJAYE Time 100 includes David Adjaye, list’s sole architect

“Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche. People think they’re just things they maneuver through, but the makeup of a person is influenced by the nature of spaces” David Adjaye

CONGRATULATIONS DAVID ADJAYE! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet David Adjaye at the Chicago Architectural Biennial 2015. He was quietly walking around observing some the designs in the room when we met in the middle of the room. My friend who had invited me whispered in my ear “that’s David Adjaye and he is the architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture”.

I was apprehensive on my approach but with her encouragement, I introduced myself and he was gracious enough to take a picture.  It was a humbling experience and it was a wonderful chance to have a brief conversation with a man that has designed a legacy of our history for many generations.

Sir David Adjaye OBE, the Ghanaian British architect, has been selected as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Adjaye, whose National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in September, is the only architect and designer to make the annual list of the world’s movers and shakers.

The influencers, who include, among others, presidents, entertainers, business people, and scientists, are divided into five categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans, and Icons. The 50-year-old architect and founder of Adjaye Associates was nominated in the Icons category alongside U.S. Rep. John Lewis (who introduced a bill in 1988 to create a national African American museum in Washington), actress Viola Davis, writer Margaret Atwood, and Guatemalan judge Thelma Aldana.

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