Lake Forest’s FRANCESCA CONNELL—A lover of the arts, philanthropy, travel, gourmet cooking, and a great game of tennis—shares her favorites on the shore and in the city.
What’s on the horizon? Brushing up on my Italian. My husband and I are moving to Italy for April and May Mantra? Remind myself to see the good in all people Best grooming tip? Confidence Guilty pleasure? Reading a book in the middle of the day Favorite food? Anything Italian Music you love? The 3 B’s—Beethoven, Bach, and the Beatles Best advice ever given to you? Treat others the way you would like to be treated Best advice you’ve given? Make plenty of mistakes, but don’t repeat them When you wake up, you … ? Make sure the handsome man next to me is really my husband Before bed, you … ? Thank God for my children and husband and pray that I’ll be a better wife, mother, and friend What’s on your bookshelf? Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent, a book about the instability of Europe after WWII and the chaos of displaced people Can’t live without? My passport and credit card (all I really need for travel) Love escape to? Anyplace with my husband Advice you would give to your younger self? Don’t worry, everything will turn out all right
ON THE SHORE
Your style is … ? Jeans and T-shirts or jeans and sweaters Can’t leave the house without? Reading glasses Transportation? I finally graduated from an SUV to what I like to call my church car—a BMW sedan Driving music? NPR news radio all day long
Place to eat? Inovasi—the food is great and the menu is always changing Place to shop? Wherever there is a sale Best thing about the Shore? Lake Forest Open Lands—a great place to walk my dog Lulu while listening to a podcast Worst thing about the Shore? All of the shuttered shops Perfect day? A couple of hours of tennis followed by a backyard BBQ with friends
IN THE CITY
Your style is … ? I’m on the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute and attend events where I get to dress up—it’s usually a little black dress and high heels Can’t leave the house without? My iPhone—I love to walk everywhere so I use Google Maps to direct me Transportation? Walking or Uber Place to eat? Any Italian restaurant—Acanto on Michigan is particularly good Place to shop? The 900 building on Michigan Avenue Best thing about the City? The Art Institute and the martinis at Gibsons Worst thing about the City? The homeless population and the feeling that we are not doing enough to serve the neediest among us
The perfect day is? A walk with my dog along the lakefront and lunch at Eataly. A visit to the Art Institute and then dinner with friends at any restaurant where we can hear each other talk