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Colleen McNicholas is a Chicago South Sider who frequently wanders the streets of the windy city. She is always on the lookout for the best food and adventures this city has to offer. She is a Columbia College Chicago grad and is a marketing/PR professional. A few years ago, Colleen realized how many limitations she was putting on her life and decided she needed a change. She created a bucket list back in 2011 and has been following that bucket list ever since. Now, Colleen finally feels like she is living the life she has always wanted. When not working, volunteering, or trying new restaurants, she enjoys playing the guitar, fashion, going to concerts, running races, and meeting new people. Colleen is also a big thrill seeker: from extreme zip lining, to helicopter rides, to whale watching in Alaska, all the way to skydiving. Colleen wants to inspire people to take risks, try new things, and enjoy every second of life.

Recap: Rita Hayworth Gala In Chicago To Benefit The Alzheimer’s Association


(Photo Credit: The Alzheimer’s Association)

The Alzheimer’s Association had their 28th Annual Rita Hayworth Gala. The event took place downtown at the Hilton Chicago. This eventful night attracted over 865 guests who were all passionate about this organization’s mission. The theme at this year’s gala was, “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Attendees […]

Firehouse Subs Lends A Helping Hand To Chicago’s First Responders

(Photo Credit: http://www.firehousesubs.com)

(Photo Credit: http://www.firehousesubs.com)

Firehouse Subs will be opening more than 75 new restaurants in the Chicago area. While this is great news for many sandwich lovers in the windy city, this is also incredible news for Chicago’s first responders. Firehouse Subs’ non-profit organization, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will be helping first responders […]

Recap: Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation’s 54th Annual Ball In Chicago With Jay Leno

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Comedian, Jay Leno (Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

On June 6, 2015, the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation’s 54th Annual Ball took place at the beautiful Raddison Blue Aqua Hotel. The event celebrated fifty-four years of support for the Section of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Hepatology at the University of Chicago Medicine.

As a charity writer, I […]

Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation’s 54th Annual Ball In Chicago With Jay Leno

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(Photo Credit: Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation’s Facebook)

Chicago! It is that time of year again. The Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation’s 54th Annual Ball has returned. Come out for a lovely evening at the Raddison Blu Aqua Hotel to Raise Money for the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation. The fun-filled night will include dinner, dancing, a live and […]

Recap: National Restaurant Association Show Returns To Chicago


Kevin Brogan and Brian Brogan from Banana Products, LLC. (Photo Credit: Robert Schuch)

Through May 16 – May 19, 2015, the National Restaurant Association Show returned to the Windy City of Chicago. With over 63,000 attendees from all over the United States as well as attendees from over 100 different countries, the McCormick […]

3rd Annual Chef’s Playground In Chicago To Benefit The Academy For Global Citizenship

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(Photo Credit: http://agcchicago.org/chefsplayground/)

The 3rd Annual Chefs’ Playground is back again this year! The event will take place at the Terzo Piano – Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Stop by and try some sweet and savory dishes from a large variety of talented chefs. Some of the chefs include: Rick […]

Charlie Trotter Exhibit Debuts In Chicago At City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower

(Photo Credit: Kipling Swehla)

Trotter’s published cookbooks (Photo Credit: Kipling Swehla)

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation have opened a new exhibit currently located at the Historic Water Tower. The Exhibit is spotlighting Charlie Trotter, the internationally-renowned chef from Wilmette, Illinois. Trotter was known for many of his great […]

RA Sushi Hosts 11th Annual Nicky’s Week To Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

ra sushi

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Love sushi? Live around the Chicago, Lombard, or Glenview area? We have a fabulous suggestion for you! RA Sushi will be hosting the 11th Annual Nicky’s Week now until May 31st. Proceeds from selected menu items will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

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This is one […]

3rd Annual GOLF! To End Homelessness In Riverwoods To Benefit A Safe Haven

ravinia green golf club

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A Safe Haven will be having their 3rd Annual GOLF! To End Homelessness event this Monday, June 1, 2015. The golf outing was founded in 2013 to help those who were struggling with poverty and homelessness. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to A Safe Haven […]

Chicago Weekend Guide: Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, May 24, 2015

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The month of May is just flying by! Here at Ask Miss A, we want to be sure to give you the update on some great charitable events coming up. Take a look at what’s going on this Memorial Weekend in the Windy City!

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Saturday, May 23 – May 24, […]

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