When local fashion blogger Jena Gambaccini of ChiCityFashion isn’t bringing the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan to Chicago, or acting as eDrop-Off’s social media coordinator, she’s relaxing in her Lincoln Park neighborhood. We got Gambaccini’s take on her favorite nearby haunts and the scoop on an event she’s hosting tomorrow night at Juicy Couture.
What do you love most about Lincoln Park?
JENA GAMBACCINI: I like to explore various neighborhoods in the city and Lincoln Park is the perfect central location. It’s got that neighborhood feel without being too secluded.
How would you describe the style of people that live there?
JG: Overall it's a pretty casual and easy-going neighborhood; there are a lot of college students, and moms wearing Lululemon [Athletica].
What are some of your favorite neighborhood places to eat and shop?
JG: I get all of my beauty products at Blueberry Moon (2108 N. Halsted St.), and all the shops on Armitage Avenue (between Sheffield Ave. and Halsted St.) are really great. There's a lot of great food too—Cookie Bar (2475 N. Lincoln Ave.) has the best cookies in the city; Floriole (1220 W. Webster Ave.) is one of my favorite bakeries; and for a casual atmosphere and great food, DMK (2954 N. Sheffield Ave.) and Fish Bar (2956 N. Sheffield Ave.) are my favorites.
Describe the perfect day in your neighborhood, and what would be your ideal outfit for it?
JG: If I'm not working and it's nice outside, I like to just take a walk—and sometimes I find myself at Sweet Mandy B's (1208 W. Webster Ave.). For work and on the weekends, my typical outfit includes bright or printed pants, wedges, and a loose blouse. I don't feel like myself unless I have some color on, so you'll always find at least one bright element in every one of my outfits. For evening, I love a good shift dress.
Catch Gambaccini in person at Oak Street’s Juicy Couture outpost tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 16, 6-8 PM. The label’s spring and summer collections will be on display/for sale, and Gambaccini will be on hand to style perfect weekend wardrobes for the season. Cocktails, light bites, sketch illustrations, and a donation made to PAWS are more enticing reasons to attend. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 101 E. Oak St., 312-280-1637