Chicago, United States
Maria, 30
Cook at The Peninsula Chicago
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am cook at The Peninsula Chicago. Food always been a big part of my life. I love cooking, because gives me the ability to make people happy. With food I am able to bring back and create new memories in people's lives.

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

My heartbreak playlist consist of music that makes you feel you feel good! life is too short to be sad. Play music that makes you dance until you can't anymore.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

That '70s show

Name some spots in Chicago that are good for a Tinder date.

First dates should fun! here are some places where you can have a good time with your date; Emporium Arcade Bar in Logan square, Game room in the loop, AceBounce in the loop, Happy Village in east Ukrainian Village. Who said first dates have to be boring!?

Who’s your hero and where in Chicago would you take them out for a serious hang?

My dad is my biggest hero!! I would take him to a cubs game.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

most of my closet comes from zara, I like the quality of the clothes and the material, plus the price is reasonable.

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

Boytown in lakeview is a fun area is hard not to have fun in the area!!

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

I love to spend time in the park or any green area where i can place my feet on the grass.

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

The broken shaker, is a bar inside of the freehand hotel. The atmosphere is super comfy and super chill. A nice place to just go and grab with your friends.

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

Cemitas Puebla Options are aplenty but there’s no wrong choice when it comes to these Mexican cemita sandwiches.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Chicago? Which one do you like?

Three dots and a dash has amazing cocktails!!They are amazing and mind blowing.

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

I would take him to a good restaurant like blackbird or Au Cheval

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

Chicago is full of overrated places, from the night scene to restaurants like; underground, studio paris, RMP steak, public house, sixteen and Goat and the girl.

What are the Chicago spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Millennium park and the art institute

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

i would spend my last day in a good restaurant with my friends enjoying, sharing good food and memories.

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

Paris is my favorite vacation city because is you can find art anywhere!!!

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