a bit about Taylor
What do you do and why do you do it?
When I was a lil munch, my dad told me that if you do what you love, you'll love what you do. That seemed strangely obvious at the time, but now that I'm working full-time, it makes complete sense. I've always been a big sports guy, so I started my career doing sports marketing and I love my job. Career aside, I go to house parties over bars, concerts over music festivals, the beach over the mountains, and comedy shows over movie theaters. Why? For the culture.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
In college, I was an RA for my dorm during my sophomore year and it was effing bad as h. Until that point in my life, I was the one being policed, not the one doing the policing. But that subtle existential crisis wasn't the worst part at all--it was that some of the other RA's legitimately thought they were police. As soon as that dumb orange vest went around their neck, it was game time: time to ruin all fun. Bleh.
Were you born and raised in Chicago? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Chicago?
NO! I'm from Los Angeles, a wonderful place where winter means wearing socks with your chuck T's and tossing on a hoodie over your extra long t-shirt. But I didn't want to grow up in the LA bubble my whole life so I moved out here for college and stayed after I graduated last year. Winter and I are sworn enemies, but Fall, Spring and Summer Chicago-style makes it all worth it. Trust.
What’s your current hood in Chicago and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
West Loop. I think I could be the West Loop's biggest fan. It's a newer neighborhood in Chicago that is teeming with awesome new restaurants and bars. Grant Achatz has two restaurants and a bar down here. All three of the famous "Goat" restaurants are down here. Au Cheval is here. It kind of reminds me of the meat packing district in NYC. Worst part is that all of my friends live in Lincoln Park, Old Town or Wrigleyville, so it's annoying to get to them sometimes.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
Right now I'm really into this up and coming generation of like hybrid hip-hop, RnB, electronic, vibey types. Anderson .Paak is at the top of my list, but Kaytranada, GoldLink, dvsn, Roy Woods, The Internet, Khalid, Post Malone, etc. are all putting out good stuff. But I'm really versatile with my music taste, from Bon Iver to Future to all the Sylvan Esso's in between. You wont ever catch me listening to country, but I did really enjoy Country USA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin...for the people watching. The music was alright.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
There is only one song that is definitively on there: Black and White by The Generationals. When my ex and I broke up a couple years ago, she mentioned that song in a letter she wrote me, so I listened to it 19,283,584,325 times.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Prison Break. Chef's Table. Game of Thrones. Friday Night Lights.
Name some spots in Chicago that are good for a Tinder date.
I don't Tinder.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in Chicago would you take them out for a serious hang?
My dad is my hero but for the sake of entertaining this question better, I'll say Pharrell. Pharrell defines cool. His music is incredible. His fashion design is unique. He's just an all around good dude. Kingston Mines is a jazz bar that brings in some local talent and has a good time. The local artists are usually pretty good, but I'd hope that when Pharrell shows up, he tries to get involved. The Chicago Catz feat. Pharrell on the vocals and Losi on the maraca would be a wild show.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
If I had unlimited money, I'd buy my jeans from Rag n Bone and Kollar, my shoes from Common Projects and Converse, my shirts from Feathers and James Perse, my jackets from All Saints and Stone Island... but I don't have unlimited money, so I stick with the heavy hitting sales racks, thrift stores and the occasional splurge.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Paris Club. If I have to stand like a sardine in your venue, I'm not going to your venue. I feel like every time I go to Paris, I'm either a sardine or I need to spend my entire bank account to not be a sardine.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to the beach. I wouldn't say I never get to go to the beach, but I don't get to go as much as I'd like. The beach reminds me of home and makes everything right in the world.
Where do you go in Chicago for a casual night out?
When it's nice out, I like to go to places that have outdoor areas. Federales and Parlor Pizza are both close to my apartment and fun. When it's not nice out, I like to go to the bars on Wells St. in Old Town. The VIG is always fun. Benchmark can get sardine-y sometimes but I still enjoy it.
Where would you go in Chicago to celebrate some freaking good news?
haha this question is funny. I guess since it's freaking good news, we gotta freaking celebrate somewhere freaking tight!
What’s your choice of transportation in Chicago and why?
Anything above ground. I don't like the underground scene.
What are the Chicago spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Federales. The Bean for the novelty. I don't know, all of my spots?
What are the Chicago spots tourists should run from screaming?
That damn mafia tour bus. I don't know what it is, or what breed of human likes to do that sort of thing, but I can't take it. Why spend a day learning about how some dude peddled booze out of his garage when there are 893,497,345 better things to do?
Tomorrow’s your last day in Chicago. How do you spend it?
I'd start my day in Evanston at Al's Deli. I went to college up there and survived off of Al's roasted turkey sandwich on a baguette with a cup of tomato soup. Too nostalgic and delicious to pass up. Besides that, I would just want to have a party at my place with all of my friends out here.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Mykonos was the most fun I've ever had. It was just absurd--I don't really know how else to describe it.