Monday, December 17, 2007

Red Carpet madness . . .

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This weekend was especially busy for celebrity types, with rock stars, a reality show sweetheart and a songwriting genius making the scene:

--The Hills star Lauren Conrad co-hosted the Holiday for Hope fundraiser with the U.S. Marines at Crobar (1543 N. Kingsbury, 312-266-1900) Friday. The aspiring fashion designer mentioned that her clothing line is coming to several Chicago boutiques in February, but had no idea which stores. Interesting.

--Award-winning R&B songwriter/vocalist John Legend braved Saturday's snowstorm to hit two Chicago hot spots: Table 52 (52 W. Elm St., 312-573-4000) for a quiet dinner with friends; and Carnivale (702 W. Fulton Market, 312-850-5005), where he performed in the fabulous upstairs party room for a private affair.

--And pop legends Duran Duran hit Rockit Bar & Grill last Thursday (22 W. Hubbard St., 312-645-6000) for the famous Rockit burgers (according to Good Morning America), and sat next to Mayor Daley, his wife Maggie, former Friends star David Schwimmer and Rockit partner Billy Dec. Duran Duran was in town headlining a holiday concert at the Chicago Theatre, and then made their way over to Dec's late-night club Underground (56 W. Illinois St., 312-644-7600) for a party to celebrate their new CD release, Red Carpet Massacre.

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