Jennifer Dunham Luby

Jennifer Dunham Luby is a Chicago area native and hostess extraordinaire. When she's not out exploring the social scene, Jen and her husband love to entertain in their Wicker Park home. She writes SecondCitySoiree.com, a blog featuring advice, ideas, and inspiration for home entertaining. Follow her on Twitter @SecndCitySoiree

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Sweat out the soreness with Bikram Yoga

Sweat out the soreness with Bikram Yoga

| December 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

I don’t like to exercise. Running? Only if I’m trying to catch a bus. Swimming? Ugh, I hate putting my face in the water. Lifting weights? Hahaha. Surely you jest. It’s not that I’m not active, it’s just that my preferred activities include accessories like dancing shoes or an English saddle. Yet, a gym-avoiding person […]

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First-timers welcome at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

First-timers welcome at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

| November 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

What Chicago organization fits this description: Was formed at the turn of the century Has thousands of aficionados ranging from casual fans who enjoy them at home to big supporters who buy season tickets Is known worldwide for being among the very best at what they do I’ll give you a hint – it’s not […]

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Cinco de Mayo recipes from Chicago chefs

Cinco de Mayo recipes from Chicago chefs

Across the US, many people might equate Mexican food with fast food, but here in Chicago, we know better.  Thanks to talented Mexican cuisine masters like Rick Bayless (Frontera), Freddy Sanchez (Adobo Grill), and Priscilla Satkoff (¡Salpicon!), Chicagoans are just as likely to choose a Mexican restaurant as they are a steak house for a […]

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Nine Ideas for Spring Entertaining

Nine Ideas for Spring Entertaining

| March 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

It’s been in the 50s and 60s in Chicago, and little green things are starting to poke from the earth…it must be Spring! Are you getting the itch for some warm-weather entertaining like I am?  Here are nine tips to usher in the new season: DRINK Earl Grey Fizz I originally included the Earl Grey […]

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Five New Cars to see at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

Five New Cars to see at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

| February 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

The 2010 Chicago Auto Show can be a daunting exercise in information overload.  Before your eyes start to water from the sea of glittering chrome and your feet ache from too many laps around the 1.2 million square feet floor, consult this guide of Five Production Debut Cars to Watch.  All are expected in dealerships […]

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The Birth of a Perfect Gift Basket

The Birth of a Perfect Gift Basket

| February 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Looking for a great hostess or holiday gift? How about a gift basket…the sort filled with gourmet goodies you’ve no doubt seen in big box stores like Target and Costco. But wait, you don’t have to run out to the store to buy one of these bounteous baskets. Design Pac in west suburban Melrose Park […]

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Luxe food products at wholesale prices – this weekend!

Luxe food products at wholesale prices – this weekend!

| November 18, 2009 | 2 Comments

You probably realize that your favorite restaurant doesn’t get its exotic meats, cheeses, and pastries from the local grocery store…but where do they find these culinary treasurers? European Imports, Ltd is one of the largest wholesale distributor of specialty products in the area.  Chances are you’ve had some of their Spanish serrano ham or English […]

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Sample neighborhood history & cuisine with Chicago Food Tours

Sample neighborhood history & cuisine with Chicago Food Tours

| October 19, 2009 | 2 Comments

Whether you’re entertaining out of town guests or you’d just like to be a hometown tourist, Chicago Food Tours is a unique way to explore neighborhoods off the beaten path while sampling delicious Chicago cuisine. Earlier this month, I was invited to experience their Bucktown/Wicker Park “food tasting and cultural walking tour”.  Admittedly, I’d already […]

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August Grocery Store – a shop for cooks!

August Grocery Store – a shop for cooks!

| October 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

It’s no secret that I love food, and that I love to cook.  Despite this, I don’t enjoy grocery shopping.  The fluorescent lighting,  kids screaming over cereal choices, the aisles upon aisles of preservative-laden food…it’s enough to make me open a Peapod account!  In a perfect world, I’d have a small neighborhood grocery store that […]

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Creating a Delicious Dessert Buffet

Creating a Delicious Dessert Buffet

| August 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Want to give your guests a sweet surprise?  Treat them to a dessert buffet! With an infinite number of possibilities, deciding what to serve can be a daunting task.  Consider a good mix of flavors (i.e. not all chocolate…unless you want this to be a chocolate buffet!) and a variety of textures (i.e. not just […]

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