SOFA Director Donna Davies Shares Her Favorite Things
The art whiz, folk fan, and Pilates buff tells us about the after-work hangout spot, fashion item, and local treat she loves, and more.
By Jenny Berg
Published Nov. 4, 2016
As director of SOFA, the annual functional design fair at Navy Pier, Donna Davies, 44, spends her days surrounded by art. But she’s also a caramel junkie, music nut, and Pilates fanatic who hits the reformer daily—even as she preps for SOFA’s November 3 to 6 run. Here, the Edgewater resident shares her favorite things.
Three words to describe my style
Clean, classic, and approachable.
Store I spend the most money in
The Chopping Block, whether it’s for a new cookbook or a new pan.
My favorite after-work hang
Lago in River North. It’s an Italian place opened by a couple of brothers—a go-to for some easy pasta and a glass of wine.
What I’m reading right now
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, but I’m starting Ron Chernow’s Hamilton biography before we see Hamilton in January.
How I stay in shape
Pilates. I was taking classes at Sirron on Clark, but I recently took it a step further and bought a reformer.
Local institution that deserves all its praise
Old Town School of Folk Music. There’s such a reverence for music there; it’s like going to church.
Favorite local treat
The salted goat’s milk caramels at Pastoral. They’re ridiculous.
Fashion item I’ll never retire
A simple black Rag & Bone blazer.
Local person I most revere
Rick Bayless. I admire the education that goes into what he does. He sometimes closes down his restaurants for days and takes his entire team to Mexico.