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Event Producer Gabrielle Martinez Shares Her Favorite Things

This design junkie and self-confessed shoe addict talks about her most reliable meal, prized piece of art, and more.

Gabrielle Martinez
Sweater by Veronica Beard, shorts by Club Monaco, shoes by Coach Photos: Petya Shalamanova

The cofounder of the marketing and production firm AgencyEA has become one of Chicago’s most sought-after branding specialists, the creator of high-profile shindigs for clients such as Google, Boeing, and Michelle Obama. Even so, she makes sure to carve out time to shop, do yoga, or grab a cocktail. Here, the Ravenswood resident, 47, reveals her favorite things.

Most reliable meal

Tanoshii in Andersonville. Mike Ham does this “chef’s choice,” where he creates a special sushi roll just for you.

Cocktail spot

Upstairs at Le Colonial [pictured]. It has a very strong ambiance.

“Me time” tradition

Hot yoga classes at Om on the Range. It’s my Zen place, even though it’s challenging.

Summer staple

Embroidered Alice + Olivia shorts. They’re reminiscent of the artisan handiwork and beloved mariachi outfits of my family’s native Mexico.

Go-to gift shop

Jayson Home. I’m obsessed. I love that they combine retail with an in-house florist.

Secret Chicago gem

Great Lakes Yard on West Lake Street. Owner Meegan Czop goes in when buildings are demolished and salvages items. I purchased charred wood from a motorcycle club that had caught fire and used it to make a collage.

Prized piece of art

A photo of the Uptown Theater in its current state.

On my wish list

The turquoise pleated tech-jersey midiskirt by Valentino and local label Hero/Black’s knit muscle dress.

Statement accessory

Fashion designer Melody Ehsani has these badass gold rings that say “Resist” and “Unity.” They make me feel better after my MSNBC binges.

 
Tata Harper Skincare

Tata Harper Skincare

“I am a big proponent of clean products.”
$85, Sephora

 

Nike Air Force 1 Upstep LX shoes

Nike Air Force 1 Upstep LX shoes

“A special-edition shoe that makes a statement.”
$200, nike.com

 

Gucci purse

Gucci purse

“It has a myriad of delicious details.”
$2,400, Neiman Marcus

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