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Thompson Influencers x Chicago: Rebecca Taras


Rebecca Taras of Refinery29 Chicago

As the Chicago editor of Refinery29, Rebecca Taras knows what’s up in the Windy City—having her finger on the pulse of the city’s most fun and stylish happenings forms the basis of her job description. We caught up with the Gold Coast resident to get the inside scoop on where she shops for tights (you might be surprised), chows down on spicy Mexican food, pounds the pavement, and people-watches.

My ultimate weekend would include:

The perfect balance of working out, bumming around the city with my fiancé, and seeing my family in suburbia. Of course, there is definitely some good eating and drinking mixed in here!

Best place in the city to drink coffee/tea and people watch

I love the Lavazza Espression cafe in the Chicago French Market—especially when you can sit outdoors when the weather is nice. It’s connected to both the market and the train station, so it’s an interesting place to people watch for the mix of locals, commuters, and tourists.

Coziest bar during the winter:

Honestly, anywhere with a fireplace wins my vote! But, I’d have to say The Violet Hour is my number one pick. There’s no other bar quite like it in Chicago.

Best clothing store (pls include brands stocked):

While there are several and it is so hard to choose just one, I am a go-to H&M gal. They have amazing staples if you’re an avid traveler like me – and I’ve always been able to find a last-minute jazzy ensemble for a night out. I’ve also shared this secret before: Best. Tights. Ever. I also love vintage, and one of my absolute favorite places to get killer deals and great goods is the Antique and Resale Shoppe, in business since 1976.

Favorite homewares store or market spot:

Hands down, the Randolph Street Market. My only complaint? I wish it were on more often! I’ve found so many cool things for my home that fit perfectly with my Parisian-inspired pad.