About the Author

Denise McGowan Tracy has been immersed in Chicago’s live entertainment and events community – both onstage and behind the scenes – for more than 30 years.  In recognition of her contributions The Chicago Cabaret Professionals presented Denise with their Gold Coast Award in 2014 for her career-long support of local and aspiring performers.

Many Chicagoans know Denise as the producer and co-host, with Beckie Menzie, of Petterino’s Monday Night Live the popular, impromptu musical showcase celebrating its 10th Anniversary in September, 2017.

In the early 80’s Denise opened, managed and, in a twist of fate, served as the House Master of Ceremonies at the now-storied Byfield’s nightclub in the Ambassador East Hotel.

She served as Director of Entertainment at Chicago’s Navy Pier producing headline talent at Skyline Stage, directing in-house performance troupes, dozens of live stage productions, holiday programming and over 300 fireworks shows.

As an independent event producer, her client roster included the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention 2008, The Art Institute of Chicago, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and The American Bar Association. 

 In 2010 she founded DMT Entertainment & Events – www.dmtentertainment.com - a full-service event and entertainment production and management firm that produces a variety of high-profile, often private, events.  The tagline, “Creation to Ovation”, says it all. 

 A lifelong resident of Chicago, Denise can be seen around town with husband Ed Tracy. Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish is her first book.