PERKS: Your Night At Nellcôte

UPDATES, Y’ALL:

Here are the winners, you lucky dogs:
Really wish we had more to go around…but keep at it. The giveaways are a-plenty around here.

Readers, oh readers.
We’ve got some intel for you, but we have to be quick about it. Here’s the downlow: There’s a major new restaurant opening Chicago. It’s called Nellcôte, and it’s based on the French villa of the same name that the Rolling Stones leased for a summer in 1971. They recorded “Exile on Main St.” in the basement. 
The idea behind this restaurant has got some heft: On a nightly basis they intend to recreate the infamous house party the Stones threw for “a veritable checklist of rock ‘n’ royalty including artists, style icons, deviants, socialites and creative misfits.”
If you haven’t heard about this operation already, you will soon. 

The thing is, it’s not open yet. We can get you in. Word has it, Jared Van Camp and the boys are throwing a special preview on Tuesday. Here’s what we know:
Evening of Exile
Special Nellcôte Preview
833 W. Randloph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Fare: Trays from the executive menu. Cocktails. Wine.
Date: Tuesday, February 28
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
All you have to do is scuba dive up the Chicago River, find a way through the underwater tunnels, unzip your wet suit, brush off the tux you had on the whole time, and enjoy the party. Alright, alright it’s way simpler than that. 
We’ve got a total of eight (8) tickets, and we’d love it if you’d come party with us.

 You can get ‘em by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. Then do one of the following:

The lucky ones will be chosen at random. This is open to everyone. But please, only throw your hat in the ring if you will be in Chicago on Feb. 28. That’s Tuesday.

Hop to it! And for heavens’ sake, dress nice.
Photos courtesy of Potluck Creative.

James - Would be great to attend – appreciate the opportunity.

Lindsey - Followed and liked. Crossing my fingers…

Elliott - Let’s Rip This Joint.

Tugboat - Definitely down!

Jacob M - Sounds amazing! I’d love to go.

Ethan - Jeff an co!

This is all me!

ebernal13 - Done and done!

Jean - Unbelievably excited for this place to open.

LVH - Pick meeeeeee

johari - i’d love to attend, please randomly pick me.

SingingReporter - Yess please and thank you!

Unknown - Yes! I’d love to attend!

Aaron - Looks fancy, I’m in.

stylechild - looking forward to checking out more of your blog and partying with you at Nellcote!

Brennan - Let’s do this.

tuchler814 - on it! i’ll be going either way but would love to go on the soon side!

The Put-Man - Done, and done!

Friday Wrap-Up: Gary Cooper and Missouri’s True/False Film Festival


Here’s some general miscellany and packaged goods we thought you should know about:


On Gary Cooper:

  • “Believe me, he was the best looking son of a bitch that ever lived.” If there’s one thing we love, it’s the impossible style of movies stars from the middle of the 20th century. And if those words (Bill Blass’s, by the way) doesn’t describe Gary Cooper, we don’t know what does. To see the rest of the quote, check out Cary Randolph Fuller’s feature on Cooper, which appeared on the cover of Ralph Lauren Magazine’s spring issue.

On lying:

  • If you don’t know about the True/False Film Festival, you should. I’m almost not sure how to even describe it, but it’s the best documentary film festival in the world, and it’s here in the Midwest. If you think sitting in a dark room with hundreds of other people for 72+ hours doesn’t sound like fun, you’re wrong. The entire town comes alive, and there are secret parties and mind-blowing new ways of looking at the world. Missouri? Who would have thought? We’ll have full coverage in a few weeks.
  • It’s happening March 1–4 in Columbia, Mo. Unless you act, like, now, you may already be out of time.

On sale:

On hard-ons:
  • Our thrifting find of the week: topical Chicago Cubs humor. Wrigleyville? Sounds about right.

Midwestory Man - Some clothes look like they are better “suited” for igloos.

Lisa Love - love you dudes.

Daniel Honigman - Man, that Harden shirt’s pretty bad, but the Fukudome shirts were even funnier.

Roxy - I’ve been reading you blog for a while now, and while I’m a female, I definitely appreciate the style on here. I’m orginally from Chicagoland, but I’m finishing up at Mizzou, and let me tell you, it’s really cool to read a blog that knows both Chicagoland and CoMO!

OBSESSION: The FJ40

I am not, by any means, an autophile. I don’t have subscriptions to Car and Driver or Motor Trend. I drive a Dodge Stratus (that’s not just a quote, it’s what I actually drive). As the youngest in my family, I grew up driving a ’97 Chrysler Plymouth minivan, relegated to me after my mother’s years of to-ing and fro-ing with her three kids had at last come to a close. When that finally (finally!) breathed its last breath, we went out and splurged on a… Ford Windstar. That’s also a minivan, for those who don’t know. I understand that I was incredibly blessed to even have a car, don’t get me wrong, I’m just saying that what I was driving was never really a high priority. So, when people always asked me what car I wanted to drive when I reached full-fledged adulthood and got a real job, I never had an answer. I did, rather. It was, “I don’t really care.” For the last 18-20 years of my life, I have lived in apathy toward the automobile industry, waiting for a make and model that would, you know, really spark my interest or something.

My obsession with FJ40′s stemmed from a broad interest in land cruisers and early model SUV’s in general. That began during the season three finale of Lost. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it. But, at one point, Jack Shepherd is shown driving an International Harvester Scout, one of the few founding fathers of the civilian-minded, off-road, sport utility vehicle industry. For maybe the first time I thought, “Damn, it would be really awesome to drive that.” From there, sixties and seventies off-road cruisers have been like a weird drug to me. The aesthetic king of this niche though, in my opinion, is the Toyota FJ40.
This particular vehicle is a build by ICON, a Los Angeles based company who specializes in pairing the high performance with classic aesthetics. You can read more about ICON on their website, or check out Michael’s recent trip to their showroom. You can lust after this 2006 build here.

At least now I definitely have an answer to the old question, “What do you want to drive when you grow up?” Also, one of my roommates, on top of being a great dude, is an incredibly talented mechanic who is quick to help out his friends with their automotive needs. So, when I started gushing to him about buying up an old model cruiser and doing a restoration, he made the ordeal sound like an all-too-achievable possibility. After working as a mechanic under his dad for years and then as he branched out from there, he assured me he has the skills and the contacts to keep the price at a minimum. The thought makes my heart pound. Look out for that… in a few years. A man can dream, right?

#eyecandy

Woodland: Part 2

Over the holidays, we got a chance to catch up with Grant and spin the camera around on him.
Here’s what we dig and appreciate about Grant’s style: nothing flashy, neutral colors and quality digs.



He’s got a sense of style with a classic look with workwear influences. You can still look sharp and put together without drawing excessive attention to yourself with clashing patterns, mixing prints or some obnoxious accessory that screams loudly for attention.

This is coming from me…I know, I know. I’m preaching to myself considering my outfits usually include one of the things listed above, but there are days that I just want to blend in the crowd and fly under the radar. But what’s under the radar is quality shit that’s a long time. You know, cry once. Save your pennies and consider investing in a tough Barbour jacket, sturdy leather boots and some nice pants you won’t regret for the sake of a trend. Give thought to the substantial.

On Grant: Quilted brown moleskin jacket by Barbour; the “Reed” duck canvas pant by Baldwin Denim; brown leather Iron Ranger boots by Red Wing; camp socks by J.Crew.

Photography by Jeffrey Kieslich.

Azalea - Poor guy looks uncomfortable in the last shot.