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Growing Through Arts

How’s it going BillyDec.com readers? It’s Matt Kochis, one of Billy’s interns for the summer, here and ready to tell you guys about a great Chicago company called Growing Through Arts. Growing...
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DJ Nardo, Local DJ On The Rise

 I am eager to tell you about Chicago’s up and coming DJ, DJ Nardo. I know I always like to be the first to know what’s up on the music scene before everyone else, and Jordan Bernardo is on his way...
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InStyle Magazine, Havaianas & Billy Dec Invite You to…

Hey Everyone! Roxanne Johnson here from the RRP intern staff to share my excitement about an amazing event that Billy will be co-hosting Thursday, June 30th at North Avenue Beach! Havaianas sandal designer and...
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what’s in your closet?

Do you have a penchant for designer fashions and a closet to show for it? VPE: Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment is currently looking for participants in the greater Chicago area who have overflowing closets...
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Behind the Scenes with Billy Dec – 5 Radio Shows, a Live TV Show on ABC & a PSA all in 5 hours!

I woke up at 5am this morning for a BIG press day with Billy. We had to do 5 radio shows, a live tv show & a PSA all in 5 hours when he literally just stepped off a plane from France, Hungary, and Austria 12 hours prior. When he initially told me about how much press he wanted to do BEFORE he was live on Windy City Live- I thought it was absurd, but in all the time I have known him, I can say he pushes himself to work beyond what most people think is feasible. The main purpose behind all this press was to talk about two events that are the very important to him to support art & theatre in Chicago & raise scholarships for kids - The Madhatter's Ball & The Piven Theatre Gala.
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David Schwimmer, Joey Slotnick & I Hosted Our 1st Madhatter’s Ball 10 Years Ago! Don’t miss it this Saturday- 10yrs later!

10 years ago my buddies David Schwimmer & Joey Slotnick were looking for new ways to raise money and awareness for their non profit theatre group Lookingglass to build their first home in the Historic Water Tower Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue. I strongly felt their was an active, art/theatre loving, socially conscious & supportive younger demographic in Chicago that would love to get behind it so I founded the Lookingglass Theatre's Junior Board and kicked it all off with a giant 1000 person event called the Madhatter's Ball that David, Joey & I hosted that was a huge success!

Jeremy Piven & Billy Dec host 2011 Piven Theatre Workshop Benefit AfterParty at Rockit!

This video of Jeremy Piven & I on set of HBO's "Entourage" is not only funny, but explains what kind of work we have been doing to raise money for children's art & theatre scholarships for about 10 years now- check it out (its from last season, so event info for this year is updated below!). Actors out of Chicago like John & Joan Cusack, Kate Walsh, Aidan Quinn… Have all benefited from the same classes (I'm giving away a classes below!) and have hosted the same events with us over the years (giving away some afterparty tix below!) and I look forward to seeing who will make it big out of there next!

Flirty Cupcakes on Wheels!

Recently, I came across this huge teal van with about 25 customers waiting in line for it. Like anyone, this peaked my interest and I began asking what this line was for. The group of people told me it was for Flirty Cupcakes- a local Chicago company. I’m not going to lie, this was the first time I’ve heard of Flirty Cupcakes. With a long line such as this waiting for just a cupcake, I felt like I just had to try them to see what the hype was about. A good ol’ 15 minutes passed waiting in line for these cupcakes, but I finally received a delectable Flirtini cupcake and I fell in love. I’m talking about the moist cake melting away in my mouth, the smooth flavorful frosting, the wrapping, the decoration- it was a package deal and they sold it!

Chicago Photographer Gino Baileau on the rise!

Hey fellow Chicagoans - Dana Ragazinskas from Billy Dec's office here! I’d like share with you this "up and coming" photographer that I dig -  even Perez Hilton has taken note! Gino Gusich, also...