About Rachel Perez
Q: What’s your favorite “secret” Chicago retreat?
Having only lived in Chicago for 6 months I’m still exploring but my favorite “secret” Chicago retreat has to be the Lily Pond and Nature Conservancy at the Lincoln Park Zoo. There are beautiful little paths all around the pond with lots of hidden places to find a seat to meditate or read a book on a warm summer day, it truly is a sanctuary in the city. My other favorite spot is a beautiful artsy space that’s been converted to a furniture showroom/restaurant, the Three Arts Café, it’s beautiful and the perfect spot for a girl’s lunch date or a glass of champagne.
Q: Your favorite way to decompress?
My favorite way to decompress is to take a sweaty yoga class, cozy up with my family at home and binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix. Doing anything outdoors, a long walk or bike ride, I’m the happiest when I’m traveling, getting my exercise, soaking up the sunshine and anytime I’m with the people I love.
Q: Who’s your favorite artist?
My favorite musical artist is Nahko and Medicine for the People. Nahko is the lead singer and is not widely known yet but is definitely gaining popularity. He’s a singer/songwriter, storyteller, activist and artist with a constantly evolving sound. He has been inspiring me for years and you can always find one of his songs woven into my yoga playlists.