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