Chicago, United States
Lizzie, 27
Integrated Marketing Manager
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a marketing manager for a data company in The Mart, but I came to Chicago to study film & media at Loyola University Chicago. What does it mean? I like knowing why people watch French movies over The Bachelor or prefer serial killer docs instead of sitcoms. I never wanted to be behind the camera, so marketing came naturally since I still get to see firsthand how audiences interact with digital and print media. I'm also fascinated with the AI revolution in MarTech + everyday influence, but that's pretty normal, right?

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

"Always Like This" - Bombay Bicycle Club, "Be With You"- Enrique Iglesias, "U Remind Me" - Usher.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Top 5: Dark, The Mighty Boosh, Arrested Development, Top Chef, and RuPaul's Drag Race.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

UNIQLO is my main destination for everything but shoes. Those come from ALDO.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Old Town/Gold Coast. Not my vibe.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Chinatown food crawl.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Chicago and where did you get it?

Pretty sure I had brains once at Longman & Eagle.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Chicago that you particularly like?

Uptown Arcade. Beercades are everywhere in the city, but this one doesn't draw the same crowds as the others, everything is free to play, and the movie selection is stellar.

What restaurant in Chicago looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Los Portales. It's on the far northside on Morse Ave. Excellent all around.

Where would you take your partner in Chicago if you wanted to really pamper them?

King Spa. It's in a nearby suburb called Niles, IL – fully authentic Korean spa with plenty of rooms to relax, massages to treat yourself, and a great canteen area for snacks. Pampering without breaking your budget. Hell yeah.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Chicago?

Emporium Arcade Bar and Slippery Slope. Both in Logan Square. Not worth it.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Chicago. How do you spend it?

Wake up and go for a run along the lakefront then grab brunch at Noon Hour Grill. Take the afternoon to wander a street festival or hang with a friend at my corner cafe. Dinner would have to be at Pequod's for my last rendezvous with deep dish, or I would go to Cho Sun Ok in Lincoln Square for some Korean bbq.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Seoul, South Korea. The food is unbelievable, the fashion even moreso, and the history embedded in the city is inescapable.

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