Mother to a toddler and newborn boys, Dr. Renee Burke finds joy in balancing a thriving plastic surgery practice in Barrington and a happy life at home. Here are Dr. Burke’s favorites from around country and town. For more information on Dr. Burke, visit https://www.reneeburkemd.com/.
Mantra? Steve Jobs said it best, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do,” and I absolutely love what I do—both at work and at home Best grooming tip? Take care of your skin—it’s what everyone sees first (try a glycolic peel or an IPL photofacial treatment once every three months) Guilty pleasure? Popcorn at the movies— with butter Favorite foods? Smoothies and sushi (not at the same time) Music you love? Anything that puts a smile on my face or makes me want to dance Best advice ever given? Start a solo practice Best advice you’ve given? If you are happy at work, you will be happier at home and vice versa Earliest memory? Vacation in Northern Michigan—sitting at the campfire with my cousins making s’mores, a tradition my sister and I continue today When you wake up, you…? Try to sneak out with the dog for a run Before bed, you…? Kiss my boys goodnight and read my Chicago Tribune app What’s on your bookshelf? I am a big book-on-tape fan since I have a fairly long commute; lately, I have been on a non-fiction kick You can’t live without? All of my boys at home—my husband, my two sons (2-years and 3-weeks-old), and our 6-year-old dog Love to escape to? Palm Springs or the Newport Coast, depending if we want the mountains or the ocean
When in the Country
Your style is…? Modern and sophisticated at the office, and contemporary and comfortable on the weekends Transportation?
Car during the week, our Yukon on the weekends when we have both kids and our 60-pound-dog Driving music? Anything but country Place to eat? Lunch—Savory Salads or Wool Street, dinner—ZaZa’s Tavola Shop? Deer Park Best thing about the country? Running and biking through Barrington Hills Worst thing about the country? Having to drive everywhere The perfect day is…? Early morning run in Barrington Hills followed by breakfast downtown and spending the day outside at the park with my family
When in the Town
Your style is…? Simple and easy, with twoboys under twoand-a-half, it’s a challenge just to get out of the house; for a date night or night on the town with friends—definitely chic and trendy Can’t leave the house without? A diaper bag (or two) these days Transportation? Walking or Uber whenever I can Driving music? The theme song to Thomas the Train or whatever my son is watching on the iPad Place to eat? Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf Shop? We live in Lincoln Park, so I am biased towards the local shops in our neighborhood Best thing about the Town? Having so much available to take my kids to within walking distance Worst thing about the Town? Traffic The perfect day is? Early run through Lincoln Park; take the kids swimming at the outdoor pool at East Bank Club; a walk to the zoo, conservatory, or nature museum; and dinner at a local restaurant’s outdoor patio