Corri McFadden is the owner of eDrop-Off and a Gold Coast resident.
Chicago fashion darling Corri McFadden is looking forward to a big 2014: she has a wedding on the horizon and is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her luxury consignment company, eDrop-Off. Plus, right as 2013 came to a close, she added a second eDrop-Off location in Chicago’s fashion hub, the Gold Coast.
Between the new office and her nearby home, McFadden is spending more and more time in the Gold Coast. We asked about her favorite neighborhood haunts. eDrop-Off, 1201 N. Clark St., 866-962-5550
It’s too cold to trek far, so where do you stop in for lunch during the day? CORRI MCFADDEN: I love Fred’s at Barneys(15 E. Oak St., 312-596-1111). It’s a great little tucked-away spot, especially if you have someone coming in town—people usually take guests to the hot spots, but Fred’s is more low-key, and has the most amazing view. I love Doc B’s(100 E. Walton St., 312-626-1300) that just opened; it’s perfect for a quick bite. Since most of the Gold Coast has so many restaurants, it’s hard to find a place to find a quick sandwich besides Subway, so it’s good for that. The Goddess and Grocer (25 E. Delaware Pl., 312-896-2600) has amazing rainbow cake, that’s my spot for sweets.
Besides eDrop-Off, where do you like to shop? CM:Sofia(100 E. Walton St., 312-640-0878)—[the owners] have a great eye. You can walk in, buy something, and not cry over your credit card statement. And of course Oak Street—it’s been amazing to see it come back alive with a surge of designers like Tom Ford, Lanvin, and Louboutin in the past year.
Where do you get your culture fix? CM: The Chicago History Museum(1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4844) is phenomenal, [especially] the Costume Council. It is a true dose of history without feeling like you’re on a field trip. The Museum of Contemporary Art(220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660) is so great because you can really just walk through and see something in 30 minutes, or spend a whole afternoon there.
What spots can always lure you away from the Gold Coast? CM: I’m obsessed with Sumi Robata(702 N. Wells St., 312-988-7864)—it is unbelievable. That place will get me out on a negative-10-degree night, flagging a cab to get over there. That’s my fix right now. And I love Girl and the Goat(809 W. Randolph St., 312-492-6262) and that whole area.
Where did you do your holiday shopping this year? CM: When it comes to the holidays, I like to buy local as much as I can. I got a lot of it done at Dose Market(2033 W. North Ave., 312-972-8400). I went to Tails in the City(1 E. Delaware Pl., 312-649-0347) to get gifts for my furry friends. I had 78 people on my list this year, so I couldn’t survive doing it on foot. I do a lot of my shopping online, even from local retailers like C/FAN. I also love Keep.com, and I’ll stop in at Bloomingdale’s(900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-4460) now and then, too.