To compile this year’s list, editors from The Salonniere spent six months asking more than 1,000 influencers from across the country, including cultural figures, society reporters, and leaders in the arts, businesses, and non-profit worlds, for their opinions on the nation’s best parties and their hosts. In order to determine the final list, the hosts mentioned most frequently were then reviewed by a group of local and national social experts and members of The Salonniere’s editorial team.
The Salonniere 100 includes those from a wide array of careers, including writers, retailers and educators. Though the list was also open to professional event planners and experts, they were considered only in their capacity as hosts in their personal lives.
This annual list of 100 honorees, diverse in all manners of characterizations such as age, gender and ethnicity, was created to announce the nation’s most creative, inspiring and gracious party hosts, all recognized for their significant investments in time, money and energy. Among the 100 names are five from Chicago: Alessandra Branca, Ikram Goldman, Nina Mariano, Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez.
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