When she’s not dreaming up new plot lines, Evanston author Christine Sneed is relishing modern art, soaking up lake views, and sipping café-grade espresso (a daily must). The 45-year-old’s latest tome, The Virginity of Famous Men, probes the human condition through starkly realistic short stories.
Best local theater group
The Neo-Futurists. Their weekly show [of 30 plays in 60 minutes], Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, is so fun.
My hidden Evanston gem
The South Boulevard Beach. It’s where I go whenever I have time to sit by the lake.
Podcast I’m hooked on
The One You Feed. It’s an interview show. A particularly good episode was with Gabor Maté, who treats addiction.
Sugar. There’s a lovely new patisserie for chocolate croissants in Evanston called Coralie.
How I stay in shape
Spinning classes at Evanston Athletic Club—I go to Debbie on Saturday mornings. She does all sorts of speed work.
Dean Young and Lynn Emanuel.
Art + Science salon in Evanston. I go to Fergie for coloring and Yeefah for haircuts.
Record I’m spinning
Feist’s Metals and Dave Ramont’s Scofflaws.
A fashion item I’ll never retire
My black North Face parka—even though every woman on the North Shore seems to have the same one.