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Writer Jenniffer Weigel on Her Favorite Bookstore and Why Women Should Splurge on Lingerie

The wellness junkie and wrap-dress devotee gives us a peek at a few of her treasured items.

Leota dress. “I’m the queen of the wrap dress. [The boutique] Sara Jane has a brand called Leota. It’s my own affordable version of Diane von Furstenberg.” $148, Sara Jane, 1343 N. Wells St.   Photos: Petya Shalamanova

Jenniffer Weigel, 46, may be a spiritual woman, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to earthly pleasures, like a night at the Billy Goat Tavern or a well-­executed Thai massage. The Evanston writer, whose new book is called Psychics, Healers, and Mediums: A Journalist, a Road Trip, and Voices from the Other Side, shares her favorite things.

Favorite local bookstore

City Lit Books in Logan Square.

What I surround myself with at home

Aromatherapy candles. I keep one in every room.

Store I spend the most money at

G Boutique. Anything black lace, I love. Even if a woman is not in a relationship, splurging on lingerie is something she should do for herself.

Wellness addiction

A hand or foot massage does wonders. I go to a Thai massage place, Art of Health, in Evanston.

Favorite Chicago dive bar

The Billy Goat on lower Michigan Avenue. My dad [the late local sportscaster Tim Weigel] took me there as a kid. We’d sit among great Chicago writers and hear their stories

Best meal

At Volare, this good old Italian place, the warm kale salad is so delicious.

Beauty tip

Vitamin E is nature’s way of healing the skin. I carry it in my purse like Purell.

Favorite local attraction

The Chicago History Museum. They have all sorts of relics from the Eastland disaster and Chicago fire.

Words of wisdom

Echo Bodine is an amazing author I interviewed. She said: “Always live by your intuition. It never lies.”

Vanilla rooibos tea

Vanilla rooibos tea

“It tastes like a vanilla cookie.”
$12, Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse, 582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park


'Anatomy of the Spirit' by Caroline Myss

Anatomy of the Spirit

“One of the first books that opened my eyes to spirituality. The author, Caroline Myss, lives in Oak Park.”
$18, Barnes & Noble, 1130 N. State St.


Chantecaille rice and geranium cleanser

Chantecaille rice and geranium cleanser

“I usually feel guilty spending a lot on cosmetics, but this foaming cleanser is incredible.”
$64, chantecaille.com


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