Born in Beirut of Lebanese and French decent, Claudine Schramko says she feels privileged to call the north side of Hinsdale home. Scheramko has lived and raised her family here for the past 25 years-in part to have easy access to a world-class city. Prior to having children, she enjoyed success-involving coast to coast travel and adventures-in national sales for fortune 100 companies. Raising her three girls then became her priority, and she enthusiastically dove into philanthropic activities and fundraising at St. Issac Jogues School, Benet Academy, and various local organizations. She also serves on the board of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, recently took up golf to enjoy with her family at Buttefield Country Club, and acquired her residential real estate license. Here are a few of this busy go-getters’s favorites around country and town.
Mantra? Life is precious. Cherish what really matters to you.
Best grooming tip? Smile
Guilty pleasure? My manicures and pedicures
Favorite foods? Salmon and my mother’s tabbouleh
Music you love? Soft rock and whatever my children like
Best advice ever given to you? From my mother, who said, “You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Best advice you’ve given? Kindness always wins.
Earliest memory? Daily swims after school, in the Mediterranean, with my father
When you wake up, you? Make coffee
Before bed, you? My current nightly habit is Sudoku.
What’s on your bookshelf? Recently, I am drawn toward inspirational books relating to family and my faith.
You can’t live without? Of course, my family. I can’t live without love, kindness, friendship and God.
Love to escape to? Palm Beach
Advice you would give to your younger self? “Sweet Claudine, please don’t worry so much.”
WHEN IN HINSDALE / COUNTRY:
Your style is? Feminine, elegant, and simple
Can’t leave the house without? My sunglasses and YSL pink lipstick
Transportation? My white Audi
Driving music? 80s and 90s music—everything my husband doesn’t like
Place to eat? Neiman Marcus
Shop? Neiman Marcus and Lilly Pulitzer
Best thing about country? Our comfortable and elegant home and our refined community
Worst thing about country? Nothing. I feel blessed to live here.
The perfect day is? Simply enjoying our community by seeing old and new friends no matter where I go in town.
WHEN IN THE CITY/TOWN:
Your style is? I grew up with French fashion and am fond of all the classic French designers.
Can’t leave the house without? My sunglasses, YSL pink lipstick, and my cross body.
Transportation? My husband
Driving music? 80s and 90s music
Place to eat? RL, the Lobby at the Peninsula, and the Zodiac Room
Shop? A few laps around Michigan Avenue, Oak Street, and Rush Street
Best thing about town? The architecture and many cultural opportunities that we take full advantage of.
Worst thing about town? The increasing crime
The perfect day is? My husband and I love spending the day with our daughters showing them all the things the city has to offer, which we have done since they were toddlers, including restaurants, the symphony, the theater, sporting events, and concerts.