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Thompson Hotels Chicago Influencers X Alexis Nido-Russo


An eye for art and a mind for commerce

Alexis Nido-Russo must be the busiest woman in Chicago—she’s constantly connecting artists with collectors as the Chicago Artists Coalition’s community partnerships manager, organizing art fairs, and bringing her exuberance and flair for art to events all over the city. One might think there’d be no room for more!

In November of 2013 she launched Local Eclectic, an e-commerce site that gives underrepresented designers, many who live in Chicago, a home to sell their wares. “I wanted to create a place to discover and shop emerging under the radar apparel and accessories designers,” says Nido-Russo, who has already evolved the concept and is re-launching the site next month. “We’ll continue to feature independent designers but we’re beefing things up a bit so stay tuned for exciting updates to come!”

Here we asked Alexis to design her dream day in Chicago—think art, food and nap time of course! Check out her six-step guide below and what she’s working on in 2015. Hint, it’s a new year’s resolution we should all take on board…

What’s your favorite art museum in the city?

The Chicago Artists Coalition is one of the oldest arts organizations in Chicago and it’s gone through many evolutions over the years. In the past 3+ years, it’s become THE place to watch and attend openings if you’re looking to discover top emerging talent in the visual arts.

How would you spend your dream day in Chicago?

  1. Start with a good sweat at Shred415
  2. Brunch at Milk and Honey in Wicker Park
  3. An afternoon stroll through the Garfield Park Conservatory
  4. Nap
  5. Dinner at Avec
  6. An evening improv show at Second City

What’s one of your 2015 resolutions?

I’m working on keeping electronics out of the bedroom and reading before bed instead!

Photo credits include: Carolina Marina Rodriguez & Jacob Boll