Brittany Campbell moved to Chicago just last fall, but the Brooklyn transplant lives like a local. When she’s not performing in Hamilton as a Schuyler sister understudy, the 28-year-old—who also appears in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It Netflix reboot and has an R&B album, Stay Gold, out April 28—fancies vegan pastry, fringe jewelry, and subterranean nightlife. Here, her favorites.
My Vegan Jadon II Dr. Martens. They’re 10 years old and literally have holes, but I won’t throw them out. I have like 15 pairs of Docs. It’s an issue.
I use Juice Beauty foundation and concealer. For my curly hair, it’s argan oil and Cantu leave-in repair cream. And after I wash my face at night, I use Rodin’s jasmine and neroli face oil.
Manuka honey. When you’re feeling even the slightest bit of sickness, drink this and you’ll be cured. It has to be 15-plus factor to really work.
The Chicago Diner’s cinnamon rolls. A vegan friend told me about them. I was like, “There’s no way they’re better than a regular one”—but they are. The recipe is online, so I’m not alone in my love.
Hidden local gem
Big Monster Toys on the Near West Side. It’s a factory for gigantic toys. You feel like you’re in Oz.
I copped a beautiful second edition of The Republic at Myopic Books. It’s a collection of Plato’s Socratic dialogues. People make fun of me that it’s my favorite, but it is.
Schubas’s basement. It has a lot of parts, including this grungy, on-the-cusp-of-gross area with records on the wall. I had my first Chicago concert in there.
“I found this at Village Discount and painted the Jamaican dancehall scene myself.”