ask Lizzie about
korean food • yoga • coffee shop • street art • beaches
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a marketing manager for both a furniture company in the West Loop and a local artist. I came to Chicago to study film & media at Loyola University Chicago, and I became fascinated with the ways people interact with media. The marketing gigs work since I never actually wanted to make movies, but I still get to see firsthand how audiences interact with digital and print media. Nerdy, I know.
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, then when I'm done being sad, it's time to turn on some Whitney Houston.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I'll condense my must-watch list to 5: Black Mirror, The Mighty Boosh, Arrested Development, Top Chef, and RuPaul's Drag Race.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Honestly, ever since UNIQLO came to Chicago, I can't say I've continued shopping at many other places. Except Aldo - Shoes and accessories from there are always top qual.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Please never expect me to spend more than 2 or 3 days a year in Old Town/Gold Coast. Great places, just not for me.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Chicago that you particularly like?
I don't think it totally qualifies as a "hole in the wall", but 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.
Where would you take your partner in Chicago if you wanted to really pamper them?
Honestly, it's a little outside of the city but King Spa in a nearby suburb called Niles, IL. It's a 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, please and thank you.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Chicago?
Emporium Arcade Bar in Logan Square. Their pop-up bars are fun, like The Upside Down, but as far as a go-to spot, there are others I think better fit the bill.
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.