Erin Greener has lived in the Madison neighborhood of Hinsdale with her husband and two-year-old daughter for the past year and a half. She also has a son, Tyler, who is 22 and resides in Minneapolis, where she’s originally from. She works remotely as an independent consultant providing digital marketing strategy to a technology firm. When she’s not at work or taking care of her family, she strives to be an active part of the community and share her time with such organizations as Hinsdale Community Services (HCS) and Hinsdale Junior Women’s Club (HJWC). One of her main duties this holiday season is co-chairing the outreach committee to assist HCS families with Gifts of the Season. Sponsorship includes 250 holiday gift recipients adopted by members of HJWC and their families and friends. While new to town, she’s also a member of the Hinsdale Historical Society Women’s Board and enjoys supporting the preservation of Hinsdale history. Here are a few of this busy resident’s favorites around country and town:
Mantra? Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Guilty Pleasure? Dessert, I have a terrible sweet tooth. I don’t discriminate; chocolate, cake, cookies, I enjoy them all. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the best.
Best grooming tip? For me, it’s all about the brows. Fuller is on trend. Unfortunately, over the years mine have become sparse. Thankfully, there are a ton of products to achieve a thicker look; I love Benefit’s Give Me Brow.
Favorite foods? Sushi, seafood, a good steak and anything in teriyaki sauce.
Music you love? I’m a variety girl, it depends on my mood. I can be listening to techno pop one minute and `80s power ballads or country the next.
Best advice ever given to you? Count your blessings, not your burdens.
Best advice you’ve given? Be yourself; don’t be afraid to voice your opinion or speak up for what you believe in. While I’m an introvert, I’m not shy when it comes to bringing a thought or an idea to the table
Earliest memory? Picking strawberries in my grandmother’s patch while trying not to step on them in the process.
When you wake up, you? Spend my mornings with my daughter. We snuggle, get ready for the day, and then I hop on my computer and get to work.
Before bed, you? FaceTime my son, and unwind with a glass of red wine while catching up with my husband.
What’s on your bookshelf? Little Crow and Northern Slave Black Dakota. I have a Native American background, sparking an interest in these reads. I recently read Andrea Thome’s Walland, which I loved. Those aside, I’m mainly reading my toddler children’s books. The Little Golden Books have the cutest illustrations; I find them very nostalgic as I had a love for them when I was a little girl.
You can’t live without? Volunteering; it’s food for my soul.
Love to escape to? The Caribbean; there are so many beautiful islands, great cultures, and endless things to do. Visiting my mother-in-law in Florida a few times a year is also a nice escape for my family. Siesta Key beach is the perfect place to soak up the sun.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Enjoy that waistline while it lasts! In all seriousness, I’d tell myself hard work and commitment eventually pays off, even though at the time it may feel like you’re spinning your wheels.
WHEN IN HINSDALE/COUNTRY
Your style is? Depends on the season. This time of year, I’m in ankle jeans with a tunic or blouse, and a pair of flats. In the summer, I tend to live in sundresses.
Can’t leave the house without? Oversized Goyard tote; it’s my handbag and diaper bag in one. Sunglasses, CO Bigelow Night Balm, (I use it all day every day.) Change for the meter.
Transportation? Mercedes C300. I miss the extra space I had in my SUV; I’ll definitely be reverting!
Driving Music? If she’s with me, my daughter’s nursery rhyme CDs. When solo, I’m listening to 103.5 or B96 Dance.
Place to eat? Nobuki for date night, Vie for special occasions or when we have friends visiting from out of town, Fuller House for low-key lunch or burgers. I love Harry & Eddie’s menu (including their kid options!) and their décor. We typically order in once a week and rotate between Mai Thai, Sushi House, and Taste of India.
Shop? Nordstrom; it’s my one-stop-shop. Not only can I get an outfit, shoes and accessories all at the same place, I can also shop for my family or pick up a gift. There are a lot of great boutiques in Hinsdale; I just don’t often have the time to stop in and browse.
Best thing about country? Hinsdale is quiet, but not boring. I love the sense of community and how social everyone is. We have the best neighbors and great schools. I also love how philanthropic this area is; there are an abundance of opportunities to get involved and support non-profit organizations. That, I appreciate. Worst thing about country? Parking, and lack of a trendy cocktail bar. A children’s bookstore would be nice, although I do love My Sister Kate
The perfect day is? I love Uniquely Thursdays during the summer. Throughout the rest of the year, I love the events hosted throughout town (Christmas Walk, Kitchen Walk) and at The Community House. Those activities provide lasting memories for our child and are a great way to catch up with our neighbors and friends, many times while supporting a good cause.
WHEN IN THE CITY/TOWN
Your style is? If there for a charity event or special occasion, cocktail dress and heels … I love getting dressed up. If there for lunch, shopping, heading to a park or museum, I’m dressed for the weather and will typically be carrying my favorite Marc Jacobs cross-body bag.
Can’t leave the house without? Spot Hero app.
Transportation? My husband or Uber.
Driving music? SiriusXM Radio Today’s Pop Hits.
Place to eat? Summer House Santa Monica, Shaw’s Crab House, Acadia, and Oak Tree Restaurant & Bakery.
Shop? Intermix. Oak Street, Michigan Avenue, and the boutiques on Armitage Street.
Best thing about town? Great architecture, shops, restaurants, museums, shows, and events.
Worst thing about town? Traffic and commute.
The perfect day is? My son visiting from Minneapolis and our family spending the day together enjoying lunch with a view followed by a stroll and shopping or a visit to a museum.