A Chicago girl via Northern California, Kate Fanselow stumbled upon Barrington in 2013 not knowing a soul, but has created a dynamic, eclectic community in her time living in the village. A mother of two—Penny, 7, and Teddy, 4—and a wife to Ed, a marketing executive and Chicago native, you can find Kate supporting her friends, local charities, and children’s schools with passion, love, and kindness. She brings energy and authenticity to everything she encounters, whether it’s on the tennis court at The South Barrington Club, in the Hough Street School PTO, or at a local charity event. the Barrington community has embraced Kate as much as she has embraced it. Here are a few of her favorites around country and town:
Mantra? You do you!
Best grooming tip? Never cut bangs in a crisis
Guilty pleasure? Graphic tees with words on them, naps, double guilty of buying T-shirts with words about naps
Favorite foods? Salt-and-vinegar chips and LaCroix
Music you love? Got to honor my tribe … Indigo Girls, Jenny Lewis, and Carly Simon. And always Bob Dylan … he speaks to my soul.
Best advice ever given to you? “You may be too much for some people; those are not your people.”
Best advice you’ve given? “You have to laugh at yourself because you’d cry your eyes out if you didn’t.”
Earliest memory? Being happy
When you wake up, you? Dream of going back to sleep
Before bed, you? Watch MSNBC and tag my loved ones in memes on Instagram
What’s on your bookshelf? Love Warrior, To Kill a Mockingbird, and reading The New York Times every day.
You can’t live without? Coffee, tennis, cheese, wine … repeat. (And, of course, my beautiful family).
Love to escape to? Lake Tahoe
Advice you would give to your younger self? Don’t be afraid to be different. Be afraid of being the same as everybody else.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? My husband calls it “pajama chic”
Can’t leave the house without? Yelling. Breaking into a sweat.
Transportation? The #shagginwagon
Driving music? Talking Heads, Wilco, Ryan Adams, and local favorite Pat McKillen
Place to eat? Egg Harbor, The Canteen, Shakou, and Francesca’s
Shop? Target. Where else can you get a cute outfit and an avocado?
Best thing about country? Great friends, theme parties, free parking, beers on tap at Heinen’s, and the best neighbors
Worst thing about country? Not having fences in our neighborhood … my dog, Frank, likes to escape. If you see me chasing him in my pajamas down Dundee Avenue, give me a wave.
The perfect day is? Drive my whole team in the #shagginwagon to a tennis match and pull up blasting our rap music … win the match with my bestie and manage to avoid a confrontation with the other team … head home and have our traditional Friday family dinner with our best friends. End the night with my hubby by the fire listening to our favorite music.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Always trying to channel my inner Stevie Nicks. Sequins … check! Fringe … check! Gold … check!
Can’t leave the house without? A positive attitude
Transportation? Walking, Divvy bike
Driving music? Kick it off with a Little Missy Elliot or Biggie Smalls, followed by a little Toto, Prince, Paul Simon, and Tom Petty. (I like to play for the crowd.)
Place to eat? Breakfast at Toast, lunch at Pane’s in Lincoln Park, and cocktails and steak dinner at Gibson’s. Or maybe wine and pizza at Frasca in our old Roscoe Village neighborhood.
Shop? Southport Corridor
Best thing about town? Diversity, energy
Worst thing about town? Bouncers and parking tickets
The perfect day is? With the holidays coming up, we love our family tradition of going to the Christkindlmarket for Glogg and glass ornaments, ice skating in Millennium Park, and then to The Berghoff for schnitzel.