The Stars Shine in the Windy City

Thursday evening, the place to be in Chicago was the Radisson Blu.  The best of the television community gathered for the 48th Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards are an international competition that culminate in an award ceremony that honors the best television and productions from around the world.

Chitownstarconnections had the great privilege of attending the all star event.  Prior to the ceremony, guests got a chance to mingle at a cocktail reception.  We were so excited to see some very familiar faces like Candace Jordan and Steve Starr. It was also great to see Val and Ryan from Windy City Live. They were the hosts of the ceremony .  Val looked gorgeous and Ryan as handsome as ever.

The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the Career Achievement Award. This year’s honoree was none other than Kelsey Grammer.  Kelsey is currently known for his role on the Starz series “Boss” which is filmed right here in Chicago.  Kelsey has been involved with the industry for over twenty years.  He is most known for the role of Dr. Frazier Crane which is one of the longest running television characters in prime time history.  He was presented the award by Chicago Film Festival President, Michael Kutza , Kelsey was introduced by Steppenwolf member , John Mahoney. Mahoney played Grammer’s father on “Frazier” for eleven years. A special surprise was a taped greeting from Kelsey’s “baby brother”, David Hyde Pierce. He congratulated Kelsey by adding that “Frazier brought joy into his life and thanked him for that.”

The other big award of the evening was presented to the production house OPTIMUS.  They were duly honored by receiving the Commitment to Excellence Award. OPTIMUS caters to the film and television industry by doing editing, colorizing, sound, and special efffects for commercials and films.  The group was presented the award by Leo Burnett exec, Chris Rossiter. Rossiter gave a comical description of each of the five partners.  The audience was further entertained by a mockumentary done by the OPTIMUS group.

The HUGO TV Awards is just one event that is presented by Cinema Chicago.  Other events include Cine Youth Festival, the International Summer Screenings, and in October the Chicago International Film Festival.

There was a reception with vegetables, breads, spreads , and cheeses. They also had passed snacks as servers brought trays around with h’ or derves .

The bar at the Radisson provided guests with beer and cocktails as they mingled before the ceremony.

Chicago’s own Candace Jordan posed with me as we waited for the guest of honor to arrive.

The evening ‘s event was hosted by ABC 7’s Ryan Chiaverini  of Windy City Live. Couldn’t wait to tell him what a fan I was.

Here is Jen with the other half of the team, Val Warner . Recently we paid a visit to WCL  when the stars of American Reunion were there.

Here is John “Martin Crane” Mahoney with the two ladies that make up chitownstarconnections.  He was so nice and it is always great to meet other thespians.

This beautiful shot was taken from the window of the Radisson Blu ballroom.

Here is Kelsey as he received his Career Achievement Award with John Mahoney .

The “Mad Men ” of OPTIMUS on their night

Kelsey proudly poses with his “Dad” and his award.


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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