AMY TIERNAN KANE grew up in northern New Jersey before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Retailing from Miami University in Ohio. After years building a career at companies like Dillard’s Corporation and Estee Lauder, Kane moved into her favorite role—mom. Kane, who calls the Hawthorne Ridge neighborhood of Barrington Hills home with her husband, Dr. James M Kane, have a blended family with seven children—Jenna (32), Jimmy (31), Chad (27), Kathleen (27), Tara (24), Katie (24), And Jack (19). The family also has a sweet golden retriever named Hudson. After years of volunteering with organizations like Stow Monroe-Falls Junior Women’s Club, The Junior League Of Cleveland, Seton Catholic School, St. Mary’s Church, Battered Women’s Shelter, American Cancer Society, Saint Anne Parish School, and Saint Anne Catholic Church, Kane stepped into the role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Saint Anne Catholic community. Here are a few of the philanthropist’s favorites around country and town:
Mantra? I am strong. I am beautiful. I am enough. I’ve been fortunate in my life to have been blessed with beautiful girlfriends who have taught me this. Best grooming tip? Skin care, Skin care, Skin care. Guilty pleasure? Trader Joe’s sea salt caramels paired with a glass of Silver Oak cabernet sauvignon. Favorite foods? It’s less about the type of food and more about the company. Music you love? Pop, country, and anything live. Best advice ever given to you? Be kind to people; treat people as you would like to be treated. My father taught me this at a very young age by example. Best advice you’ve given? From Mother Teresa: ‘We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Earliest memory? Being in a child’s bike seat on the back of my mom’s bike. I must have been two years old. When you wake up, you? Thank God for this day. Before bed, you? Tell my husband I love him and say my nightly prayers. What’s on your bookshelf? The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. You can’t live without? The word of God. It is my pillar of strength in the best and worst of times. Love to escape to? Anywhere that has a view of water. It’s so therapeutic! Advice you would give to your younger self? Believe in yourself. Doubt will kill more dreams than failure ever will.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? I dress for the occasion—sports, socializing, church, work, or date nights. Can’t leave the house without? Mascara, lipstick, and my phone … and now A MASK! Transportation? White sporty SUV. Driving music? 103.5. I always feel like a teenager driving to today’s top hits. Place to eat? Shakou, PL8, Francesca’s, or Barrington Hills Country Club. Shop? Glitz and Glam, Angelina’s, One Girl, Heinen’s. Best thing about country? Being safe and secure in our home. During this pandemic I am especially grateful! Worst thing about country? All my kids don’t live here. The perfect day is? Sunshine and being with my family.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? I dress for the occasion—usually it’s dinner with the kids, a Blackhawks game, or a romantic adventure with my hubby. Can’t leave the house without? GPS of some sort. I am directionally challenged. Transportation? I love to walk in the city and soak up all that it has to offer. Driving music? Inspirational podcasts. Place to eat? Steak 48, Momotaro, Piccolo Sogno. Shop? Intermix, Mira Couture, Bloomingdale’s. Best thing about town? Lake Michigan and my son Chad living there. Worst thing about town? What’s there not to love about Chicago? The perfect day is? A boat ride and dinner on the Chicago River with my husband and kids, which was also my birthday gift this year.