Remembering the original London House
October 4th, 2016
Life came full-circle for Lynda Silverman the other day at the Joffrey Ballet fundraiser held at London House Chicago hotel on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
The hotel’s name comes from the building’s original name: the London Guaranty and Accident Company building that was home to London House jazz club, for which Silverman did promotional work.
“It as fun and overwhelming and inspiring,” recalled Silverman, who worked with all the top names in jazz back in the day–including Ramsey Lewis and the late great pianists Oscar Peterson and George Shearing. The venue closed in the 1970s and is no home to a Corner Bakery.
Silverman marveled that she as back at London House for the Joffrey luncheon held in the Juliette Grand Ballroom–appropriate as the event kicked off the Joffrey’s production of “Romeo & Juliet.”
Among the other 300 guests were Maureen Schulman, Eli’s Cheesecake owner; Coco Meers, founder of PrettyQuick–a salon and spa appointment-booking service recently acquired by Groupon; attorney Liz Sharp and longtime arts patrons and Joffrey supporters Sandy Deromedi, Mary Galvin and Jerrilyn Hoffmann.
Co-chairs were women’s board members Kathleen Henson (CEO of Henson Consulting), Jamie-Clare Colvin (chief of staff to Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson) and Ellie Forman (corporate community relations manager at Mesirow Financial Holdings). The three co-chairs all wore fashions by designer Maria Pinto, who also attended.