1 After waking up in the Peninsula Hotel, I arrived, camera ready, at the Windy City LIVE Studios at 9:00 AM for a live appearance in front of a studio audience of 75 people.
2 Windy City LIVE is Chicago's newest daytime talk show featuring anything and everything Chicago, hosted by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini.
3 I joined comedian Mark DeCarlo, as he prepared a burger dish in the studio set kitchen. Windy City LIVE is a really fun show that fits into Oprah’s previous timeslot.
4 In honor of my visit, Mark used my new Professional Cookware from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's. With its long handles that can rest on your forearm, lifting pots and skillets is so much easier.
5 Mark is certainly funny! He made us laugh hard.
6 And his burgers were very good.
7 Posing with Mark DeCarlo, Contributor Billy Dec, Ryan Chiaverini, Contributor Ji Suk Yi, and Val Warner
8 Afterwards, we wanted a really good cup of cappuccino and we were told to go to Intelligentsia Broadway Coffee Bar, where Charlie, the barista, showed us his talents. http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com
9 So beautiful!
10 And really, really satisfying!
11 Right near the coffee bar is a really great shop called Broadway Shoe Repair. Located at 3171 N. Broadway, they've been in operation since 1942. I really like their work and asked them to make me studded dog harnesses.
12 Driving to my next engagement, a luncheon with the American Cancer Society, I asked the driver to stop at this remarkable structure, the Bahai House of Worship, located in Wilmette.
13 This amazing lace-like exterior is cast concrete and quartz. Construction began in 1920, and the temple was formally dedicated on May 1, 1953.
14 Founded in Iran in the mid-1800s, the Baha’i Faith extends today throughout the world. I was awed by the grandeur of this structure and stopped for a few moments by the reflecting pool.
15 Designed by Canadian Louis Bourgeois, this Baha’i House of Worship is the oldest of the faith’s seven temples worldwide, and the only one in the Western Hemisphere.
16 A closeup of the exquisite detail
17 As all Baha’i Houses of Worship, Wilmette’s has nine sides.
18 The entire interior of the main temple area is highly ornate with a delicate and lacy detail. It is also flooded with light.
19 The interior of the dome is decorated with a Baha'i symbol known as the Greatest Name.
20 At 11:30, I arrived at the ‘Women’s Board Author Luncheon: Conversation with Martha Stewart’, held at the Orrington Hilton. It began by Women’s Board Chairs Connie Teska and Shannon Weasler giving me a warm welcome.
21 This well-attended luncheon was held in the Grand Ballroom. The American Cancer Society Society helps people stay well by working to prevent cancer or detect it early, when it’s most treatable.
22 The Society helps people get well by guiding cancer patients through a diagnosis, and providing them the resources and support they need – whenever they need it. I was asked to speak at the luncheon.
23 My talk included a PowerPoint presentation and I covered topics such as gardening (that's me in my vegetable garden), healthy living, and how I share the American Cancer Society's commitment to good health and longevity.
24 I showed the ladies some of the pages from my new book, Martha's Entertaining, A Year of Celebrations. This is a wonderful and healthy blueberry breakfast that I served at Skylands, my home in Maine.
25 The centerpieces were beautifully autumnal. As the largest private funder of cancer research, the American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major cancer breakthrough in recent history.
26 During this event, I was interviewed by Mistress of Ceremonies Kathy Brock, of the local ABC7 news. Kathy also moderated an onstage Q&A.
27 Another gracious audience and such a wonderful cause
28 Kathy Brock's work has been recognized with two Chicago Emmy Awards. She has also been honored with two prestigious national awards. She, too, was very gracious.
29 Here I am with Events Director, Lee Kite, who did a great job putting this all together.
30 Finally, it was time for shopping! We stopped at The Home Depot in Evanston, IL. My bulb collections, which were already at a good price, were on sale for
$14.98!!! What a deal!
31 Daisy and I checked out the Martha Stewart Christmas trees. They were lovely!
32 The Martha Stewart lights are great.
33 I said hello to Ms. Joy and to Coleen.
34 My ornament collections were nicely displayed and well-stocked.
35 There are many beautiful colors and styles in my carpet line.
36 And my kitchens are terrific.
37 The Home Depot staff was so friendly!
38 Our new line of bathroom sinks and vanities
39 Here I am with Isabel
40 The Martha Stewart Living™ paint palette includes 280 beautiful colors in 4 interior and 2 exterior sheens, plus extras our easy-to-use color symbol keys that make combining colors a breeze.
41 The next stop was the fantastic twelve-floor Macy's State Street, one of the largest department stores in the world and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
42 My bedding collection includes some amazing quilts.
43 And some pretty and warm, cozy throws
44 This 6-piece Sultana set is so handsome.
45 My collection has really nice gift ideas.
46 Macy's features 'gifts from our stars,' including me!
47 I fell in love with these big plush bears, which are not part of my collection.
48 Macy's has some really good sales going on right now.
49 These adorable animal ornaments are part of my collection.
50 And so are these trees.
51 A better look
52 And another
53 If you need help with Thanksgiving supplies, I can help you at Macy's!
54 Great storage container sets
55 And baking supplies
56 Baking sets for beginners
57 And great gadgets galore
58 At 5:15 PM, I arrived at the Standard Club for an event called ‘An Evening with Martha Stewart: Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations’. This is the Grand Ballroom where this sold-out event took place.
59 There was an onstage conversation with Susanna Negovan, Editor in Chief of Michigan Avenue Magazine.
60 Following the interview, I answered more questions from the audience. Another great crowd!
61 Following an audience Q&A, I signed books on stage.
62 My traveling companions - Kate Tyler from Random House, my publisher and Nicole Sutliff, of The Susan Magrino Agency, my publicist