Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End (CWE) has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. T.S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William Burroughs all called the area home at one point. Its location near the 1904 World’s Fair added to its prestige. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of residential areas, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping. Landmarks include The Chase Park Plaza towers over the neighborhood and acts as the hotel of choice for VIP and celebrity-types like George Clooney. In the heart of the area, located in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame, sits the World’s Largest Chess Piece. And just a block past the core of the CWE is the stunning Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
Congratulations to the Arts and Education Council's 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. Each year since 1992, recipients have been singled out for their legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.
The classic features and unique ceiling in The Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom makes wedding guests feel as though they’re under the stars. Booking the Khorassan includes the extra perk of having a personalized message on the hotel’s classic marquee, making it a great backdrop for photos.
Imagine a world with no cancer. St. Luke’s Hospital is similarly thinking big with its Imagine Gala, which will take place Sept. 20 at The Chase Park Plaza to benefit the St. Luke’s Center for Cancer Care.
Supporters of SouthSide Early Childhood Center raised more than $298,000 at the organization’s Gala Dinner Auction, which included dinner, auctions, awards and more. St. Louis Rams player Joe Barksdale threw autographed footballs to guests donating $10,000 and $5,000 dollars during the live auction.
Since 2007, more than 200 post-9/11 veterans have been awarded fellowships to better themselves and their communities through St. Louis-based nonprofit The Mission Continues.
Lately we've been lucky enough to have some great dining experiences at restaurants that appear quite understated, but serve up some really delicious and creative food. The latest to turn our heads is Jax Café in Benton Park.
After a long summer day at work, turning on the scorching oven might sound like torture. Spend a night in utopia by ecaping one of St. Louis’ best restaurant patios for flowing drinks, piquant provisions and good company.
All St. Louisans know—it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Either way, summers in the city are scorchers. Cool down and unwind with a dip in one of the area’s top pools, for the afternoon or all summer long.
The Chase Park Plaza Pool
The Chase Park Plaza's Cafe Eau
Jessica Holt and Sean Kelly stand in front of The Chase Park Plaza, where their March 14 wedding was held.
Glenn McGowan dips his new bride, Libby Sallaberry, outside their Chase Park Plaza Khorassan Ballroom reception.
Schnucks is now a household name in St. Louis—in the most intimate sense of the word—stocking area pantries with the sustenance of their everyday life. But it started out as just a single confectionery store, founded by Anna Schnuck in 1939. “It was the end of the Depression, and our family was struggling,” says Anna’s grandson, current company chairman Scott Schnuck. “It was her way to make a contribution to the family and make ends meet. It was something she knew she could do—she was a great cook, and liked to be with people.”
Jennifer Ashley Albus and Andrew Arthur Fehlman
Another stellar lineup is in store for the 2014-2015 season of the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University. The season begins Oct. 7 with award-winning actor/social activist Martin Sheen.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop crooner Harry Connick Jr. will headline Variety the Children’s Charity’s Dinner with the Stars on May 3 at Peabody Opera House.
Just like blooms peeking through the soil and baby bunnies taking their first hops, parties and gatherings are a sure sign of spring. From simple baby and bridal showers to large weddings and bar mitzvahs, these tips and ideas from local party planners will make your spring soiree breezy and refreshing.
Oversized florals at a wedding at The Chase Park Plaza
Mercy Hospital continues to stand by its commitment to provide compassionate service to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. To bolster this effort, the hospital will hold its 10th annual Mardi Gras Masquerade on March 1 at The Chase Park Plaza.
When Don and Julie Marsh think about all the house- and yard-work they no longer have to worry about, they laugh. Don, a longtime journalist and a St. Louis Public Radio host, and Julie have two adult children, Bill and Julia. And while the couple doesn't have any pets of their own, they describe the area as pet-friendly—a convenient perk for times spent pet-sitting ‘grand-dogs.’ The couple moved to the Central West End some three years ago only to discover how convenient city living can be. “You can’t not go,” says Julie of all the nearby eateries. “It’s almost silly to make dinner!”