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Updated: November 26, 2011 12:26AM



CONGRATS TO PR diva Christine Lock Garcia, wife of WLS-Channel 7 reporter John Garcia, on winning the 2011 Mrs. Illinois International beauty contest. She also won in the best in fitness category and will compete in the international pageant July 18-22 in Skokie. The happy couple and parents of four beautiful daughters celebrated their ninth anniversary Sept. 1, and he gave his bride a diamond necklace. Hmmmmm . . . wonder what she gave him? Maybe some cuff links.

THE MACY’S “Fashion’s Night Out” is Sept. 8 at Water Tower. Celebs including Kelly (“Fashion Police”) Osbourne, funny lady Nora Dunn, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards and fashion stylist Marcellas Reynolds will be part of the festivities.

THE ANIMAL SET: Thanks to the “Comptroller’s Critters,” a new pet adoption program established in July by State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, 68 dogs and 51 cats have been placed in new homes. The irrepressible Topinka also owns three dogs. Judy, that’s something to bark and purrrrrrrr about!

AUTO LOVERS: Real estate tycoon and former Marine Larry Klairmont, 85, is so crazy about cars that on Sept. 25, he is opening up the new 175,000-square-foot Klairmont Kollection Auto Museum at 3111 N. Knox, featuring 350 cars — all dating from 1905-1985.

I find it interesting that a new museum is coming to Chicago.

POLITICAL STUFF: U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Navy reserve officer who recently returned from spending two weeks in Afghanistan, addresses the Union League Club on Tuesday. . . . Cook County prez Toni Preckwinkle speaking at the University Club breakfast Sept. 20 . . . A fund-raiser for state Sen. Emil Jones III Sept. 15 at the 59th Street boat harbor . . . Ald. Sandi Jackson’s birthday fund-raiser Sept. 20 at Park 52.

CIVIC LEADER Bill Farley and his lovely songstress wife, Shelley, are hosting a private cocktail reception for opera/Broadway stars Rodrick Dixon of “The Tenors Cook, Dixon & Young” and the multi-talented Alfreda Burke Wednesday in the Gold Coast. Dixon and Burke will sing a few songs for their guests. The duo will perform in the upcoming “Hallelujah Broadway” show Sept. 17 at the Auditorium.

MAESTRO NEWS: The Solti Foundation established in honor of the late Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor, Sir Georg Solti, will have its annual black-tie benefit dinner Oct. 12 at the Four Seasons. Solti’s widow, Lady Valerie Solti, is the honorary chairperson. The elegant evening will raise money for future baton-flailing stars. . . . Maestro Mei-Ann Chan, the new music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, was recently honored at a luncheon hosted by the Chinese American Service League. WMAQ-Channel 5’s Nesita Kwan was the emcee.

A STELLAR REMINDER: The 6th annual “Toque: An Evening with Chicago’s Culinary Masters” gala benefitting the Children’s Oncology Services Inc., is Thursday. The culinary evening hosted by Channel 5’s Dr. Sandy Goldberg will feature cuisine by Graham Elliot, Stephanie Izard, Michael Kornick and many other top chefs. . . . A “Taste of India” fund-raiser to support the rescue of victims of human sex trafficking in India is Sept. 10 at the New Life Cafe. For more info: (773) 954-4937. . . . The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute’s “Minds Matter” benefit dinner gala Sept. 30 at the Ritz-Carlton, with actress Bonnie Hunt as a special guest and the Gentlemen of Leisure band providing music.

ON THE TOWN: Tavern on Rush was jumping with VIPs last week. Bulls star Derrick Rose lunched with friends; the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews dined with pals; former GM of the Cubs Jim Hendry had dinner with his replacement, Randy Bush; and the Rev. Jesse Jackson dined on the patio with his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. And you can bet the eatery’s new general manager, the dapper Tino Antonacci, greeted them all.

OTHER SIGHTS: The Lions’ Dominic Raiola chilled at Gibsons Steakhouse, and at the Gibsons Oakbrook, the Bears’ Charles Tillman. . . . Former Bull Charles Oakley ate hearty at Mastro’s. . . . The Hawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson, Viktor Stalberg and Marcus Kruger ate and hung out at HUB51. . . . Cleveland Browns’ Joshua Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi and Jordan Norwood dined with fellow teammates at Alex Dana’s Rosebud Prime.

HAVING CAKE: Channel 5’s Art Norman, Congressman Danny K. Davis, Steve Traxler, maestro Stanley Paul and belated to retired educator Carolyn Curry and NLNS director Adrienne Scherenzal-Curry. On Wednesday: Publicist Maureen Schulman.

Well, that’s Stella in the City!



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