Updated: July 6, 2012 9:33AM
T H E BEARS’ Brian Urlacher’s new galpal, Jenny McCarthy, a former Playboy Playmate of the Year, is flaunting it again for the mag next month.
HONORS: MAYOR Rahm Emanuel will receive the Man of the Year award at the Coalition for United Community Action-ORTC’s 40th annual dinner June 8 at the Palmer House. Other awardees include the Bears’ Charles Tillman, Chicago Urban League’s Andrea L. Zopp, the Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell, Ald. Carrie Austin, labor leader Bill Irving, City Colleges’ Cheryl Hyman, contractor Jimmy Akintonde, state Sen. Donne Trotter and minority contractor Wilbur Milhouse III. The honorary dinner chairmen include Gov. Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White and Sports Authority chairman Emil Jones. And Cook County Board prez Toni Preckwinkle and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis are among the co-chairs. Carl W. Latimer is the president.
THE ILLINOIS Fatherhood Initiative dinner is June 14 at the Union League Club. The Bears’ Devin Hester, Clear Channel Media prez Earl Jones and WMAQ-Channel 5’s Art Norman are the deserving awardees.
A STELLAR Reminder: The NBA’s Shannon Brown’s Wood-Star Music Festival is Aug. 17-19 at Union Park. The festivities include a foundation dinner/party, a free basketball clinic for kids grades 7-11, a “Soul in the City” concert featuring Monica (Shannon’s wife), Robin Thicke, Estelle and Dawn Richard, a celeb basketball game and an “Old Skool Hip Hop Block Party” with Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Rakim & MC Lyte. For more info: woodstarmusicfestival.com.
ABOUT TOWN: The Bears’ Matt Forte dined with wife, Danielle, at Nellcote...Actor Diego Boneta, who is co-starring with Tom Cruise in the upcoming movie “Rock of Ages,” relaxed at the Old Town Social bar. Boneta is in town filming a new MTV comedy show called “Underemployed.”...The Chicago Sinfonietta’s 25th Anniversary UnMasked Ball with Maestro Mei-Ann Chen and co-chairs Sandra Rand and Maria Green is Saturday at the Fairmont. Channel 7’s Hosea Sanders is emceeing....Chicago’s George Randazzo hosted a dinner for U.S. Army General/Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno and his wife, Linda, at La Scarola.
QUEEN LATIFAH appeared at a Gay Pride festival recently in California and stated she was proud to be among her people and had been wanting to do this a long time ago. Ha!...no need...folks pretty much figured that out with “Set It Off.” BIRTHDAYS
: Chief Justice Tim Evans, Lee Flaherty and Howard G. Kaplan. On Saturday: Sun-Times man Dave Hoekstra. On Sunday: Irma P. Hall.