Candace Collins Jordan

March 13th, 2011

Candace Jordan is on the May 6th Dinner Party! A completely new and different kind of show, host Elysabeth Alfano invites three Chicago and/or national Celebs and a known chef to a dinner party.  Over food, wine, chocolate, Twitter and a few impromptu performances, the conversations flow!  Filmed live and streaming live on-line, buy your tickets and be a part of the party and live filming at Chicago City Winery, as well as enjoy tastings of the chef’s appetizer and entrées, a wine pairing and Vosges Chocolate. Twitter in questions for the stage guests and be eligible to win
theatre tickets, dinner for 2 and more! Get tix here:
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May 6th guests for Fear No ART presents The Dinner Party at Chicago City Winery: Chef de Cuisine Sean Pharr of NoMI Kitchen cooks for (and joins the table with) Lin Brehmer of WXRT, art collector and social Tribune columnist and author of, Candace Jordan, and Associate Director of the Timeline Theatre, Nick Bowling. Audience enjoys tastings of appetizers and entrees from NoMI Kitchen, paired with wine from City Winery and chocolate from Vosges, along with unscripted conversation and a few impromptu performances. Opening act is Hubbard Street 2.

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Candace Collins Jordan is an art collector and the founder and editor of .  She is also the most popular, individual Chicago Fear No ART interview of 2011.

Candace Collins Jordan began her career at age 13 in St. Louis, Mo. as the youngest fashion coordinator in the history of major retailer Famous-Barr.  At the age of 19, she became a Bunny at the St. Louis Playboy Club and was quickly promoted to the Chicago Playboy Club, the center of Playboy Enterprises. Upon arrival in Chicago she moved into the original Playboy Mansion at 1340 N. State Parkway while Hugh Hefner (Hef) was in residence.

In 1976 she was named Chicago’s Playboy Bunny of the Year and appeared on the first, live televised international pageant on ABC.  In 1979, she became Playboy Magazine’s December centerfold and has made numerous appearances in the past 3 decades as one of the most popular playmates ever to grace the magazine.

In addition, as one of Chicago’s top models in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, Candace appeared on over 20 magazine covers including 7 for Playboy (3 American, 4 international) . Her famous “Eyes” cover (February 1980) was one of the best selling issues of all time and won a “National Marketing Bestseller” award for Playboy. A billboard in Times Square for JVC featured Candace as did several best selling pin-up posters for various companies including many for Anheuser Busch.. She also appeared in the classic film, “Risky Business” with Tom Cruise.


After serving as a stylist and fashion editor for a Chicago woman’s magazine and being named one of the “ Most Fashionable Women in Chicago” by Chicago Social Magazine, Candace is now well known for her successful blog found at which covers the social scene, parties, top restaurants, events, retailers, hotels and all the best to be found in Chicago and beyond. Also see blog posts from Candace at ( Additionally, Candid Candace can be found on the LA Splash website as well as on the Playboy Playmate’s website.

Candace is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors including co- founding “Couture & Cocktails”, a major and now popular event benefitting the Joffrey Ballet Company where she also serves as Vice President of the Women’s Board. This September 25th she co-chaired her 4th Couture & Cocktails at Chicago’s famous Palmer House Hotel. She is also a co-chair for the Joffrey Circle for 2010.

In March 2010, she was profiled in Chicago Magazine with a feature titled the “Belle of the Blog.” On April 16th, Victory Garden’s Theater premiered a play she had written for their “Chicago Stories” annual fundraiser called “A Facebook Fairytale,” which was a story of romance in the world of social media. Famed theater critic, Richard Christianson, called it “a fresh, new source of social satire.”

Candace’s philanthropic endeavors include:

  • Co-chairing the Service Club Ball in 2008.
  • Co-chairing “World Festival” for Chef Art Smith’s charity, Common Threads, in 2008 and 2010. She is now a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Member of steering committee which brought the ballroom dance program to Chicago Public Schools.
  • Member of the Development Board of PAWS.
  • Member of the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum
  • Member of the Parkways Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Managers of the Service Club of Chicago
  • Chair of Macy’s Glamorama 2010 and 2011 benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Member of the Inaugural Women’s Auxiliary Board for Ronald McDonald House—2010
  • Gala Committee Member for the Gene Siskel Film Center Tribute to Robert Downey, Jr.–2010
  • Honorary Co-Chair for Old Town Triangle Association’s “First Sight” Kick-Off Party Benefitting the 61st Annual Old Town Art Fair 2010
  • Host Committee member for Howard Brown Health Center “Garden of Eve” fundraiser 2010
  • Host Committee member for “Chefs and the City” event benefitting Vital Bridges 2010
  • Named one of 5 “Bold & Beautiful Women” by Chicago Magazine and Kohler 2010
  • Named one of 5 “Chicago Style Setters” by TCW 2010
  • Named a “Style Icon” by Shore Magazine 2010.
  • Named a “Style Trendsetter” by ME: In Focus Magazine 2010
  • Co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet’s “Couture & Cocktails”
  • Vice-President of the Joffrey Ballet’s Women’s Board
  • 2010 Co-Chair for the Joffrey Circle
  • Co-host for Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Party in Chicago
  • Named “Who’s Who in Chicago” at event hosted by CS Magazine, Raymi Productions and CeCe & Melinda—2010
  • 2010 Inspired Award Honoree—hosted by TCW Magazine, Grace PR and Charles Ifergan Salons
  • Member of the Diamond Host Committee for the Aparecio Foundation Gala—2010
  • Host Committee member for Latino Fashion Week—2009, 2010
  • Victory Gardens Theatre “Chicago Stories” 2010 Celebrity Playwright
  • 2010 “Woman With Heart” Honoree for Chicago’s “Hearts-A-Bluhm citywide awareness campaign for heart disease
  • “A Toast to Chicago’s Finest” honoree (one of 20 women)—2010
  • Co-Chair for Victory Garden’s “Chicago Stories” Gala—2011
  • “Top 10 Cheeky Chicks of the Year” honoree—Top Philanthropist –
  • Host Committee member for Center on Halsted’s Annual Oscar Party-2011
  • Featured in “AOL’s City’s Best Chicago” as “Unofficial Hostess of Chicago”-2010
  • One of 4 women chosen for “Project Socialite” feature by Project Captured- 2011

Candace and Chuck, her husband of 21 years, collect rare books and antiques and have been featured in many publications with their amazing collections. They live in Chicago’s historic Old Town Triangle in the Armour Carriage House with their two adored Chihuahuas Mickey and Rooney.

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