The Auxiliary of NorthShore’s ACE 2022 Co-Chair Gayle Stellas took some time to get to know ACE supporter “Candid Candace” Jordan, associate publisher of the Chicago Star, blogger, influencer, model and philanthropist. Please view the above video or read the below discussion to learn more about ACE, SAVE MOMS as funding recipient, and Candace’s love of Chicago and the arts!
Q: You are a cherished Chicago influencer, model, columnist, blogger, philanthropist and more. How long have you lived in Chicago and what do you like best about the city?
A: I moved to Chicago in 1974 and right into the Playboy Mansion, while Hef was still in residence, to work at Playboy’s hub here in Chicago. There are so many things I love about this city—first, there are so many things to do! Coming from a small railroad town of 3,000 in Southern Illinois, this was a very big deal to me. I also love the no-nonsense people here who will tell you what’s on their minds whether you like it or not AND the fact that we’re one of the few major cities in the world to have a beach right in our own backyard. I also love our rich nonprofit scene and how well people support it…. it’s so inspiring. We all know Chicago is a city of Big Shoulders but it’s also a city of many kindnesses too.
Q: How have the Arts played an important role in your life?
A: I’ve always been a fan of the arts and was very creative as a child. Unfortunately, now I don’t have time to pursue this love myself, but I so love experiencing it through the eyes of real artists. And I have always supported arts organizations across all my platforms—in my Chicago Tribune column, on my Candid Candace blog and now, as associate publisher, of Chicago Star.
Q: Who is your favorite artist? How do you connect with their art?
A: The first to come to mind is Nick Cave. Not only do I love and admire his limitless creativity but also the fact that he’s one of the nicest people I know. His exhibition at the MCA, Forothermore, is so inspiring on so many levels and tells so many stories.
Q: Fashion and art are so intricately intertwined. What is your favorite type of wearable art?
A: My favorite type of wearable art is jewelry. Nick Cave along with his brother Jack, are bringing their “Nick Cave and Jack Cave: The Color Is Fashion Exhibition,” a collection of avant-garde and haute couture inspired fashion, to the Roundhouse of the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center on August 27.
Q: As you know, ACE is raising money for NorthShore’s SAVE MOMS program, which preserves and protects maternal health before, during and after pregnancy. What special meaning does this have for you?
A: This has a very special meaning for me because without healthcare systems like this, I wouldn’t be here. My mother had 3 miscarriages before I came along and doctors feared she wouldn’t be able to conceive. I’m not a mother myself, but I’m so glad other moms and moms-to-be have this wonderful support.
Q: Tell us about your current projects and where people can connect with you.
A: Right now, my focus is the Chicago Star newspaper. I’ve helped bring it along from a handful of followers to a reach now of over 50K in a little over a year. We’re in almost every community throughout Chicagoland and we’re growing by leaps and bounds. The best part is that we only share positive, uplifting news—something we can all use in this day and age. I hope your supporters will check it out at chicagostarmedia.com and subscribe. My other love and the platform that “brought me to the party” is my blog, CandidCandace.com. It’s been around for over 12 years now and covers the who, what, where and WOW in Chicago and beyond. (You can subscribe for free here: CandidCandace.com)
Thanks so much for letting me share my story! I’m honored to be a part of your wonderful organization. 😊