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Party Photos: Cocktails in Chicago
At Sonotheque, 06.24.03

You can tell Sonotheque is a cool place because it is nearly impossible to find. There's no sign outside, no street number posted, and a maze to conquer before you could reach the main room. But, silly cool folks, those obstacles were no match for mb's crew of Chicago investigative reporters. In fact, media pros of all sorts found their way in, where our gal Taffy and more than 100 Big Shouldered new friends had a great time drinking, schmoozing, and getting to know one another.

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Azure Collier of The Times of Northwest Indiana, Lorell Fleming of the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, adwoman Laurie Comadena, P.R. gal Natalie Allen, and freelancers Sara Zailskas, Cesar Torres, and Susan Ross.

Copywriter Lauren Corn, photog Sabin Orr, and Scholfield Media's Angelo DiGiovine.

Editor Kevin Knapp with Julie Johnsson of Crain's Chicago Business.

P.R. man Tim Guillem, adwoman Becky Dedo, and graphic designer Sam Duthoy.

Two mag gals from two startups: Amanda Grace Serafin, who's launching Chicago Grand Overview, and Nancy Simon, an mb Boot Camp alumnus who's starting up Dossier.

Freelancers Kelly James-Engler and Scott Spires.

Ebony associate editor Marsha Gilbert; Kyra Kyles, a freelancer for the Tribune and Sun-Times; freelancer Renee Chestnut; and property manager Kathleen Williams.

The crowd tries to fit in—and succeeds, natch—at Sonotheque, the swankiest bar mb's Taffy Akner, who traveled to Chicago for the event, had ever seen.

Photographs by Taffy Akner.

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