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Mary V.


Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago

Member since:

May 5, 2012


What is your favorite Chicago neighborhood and why?

Pilsen because growing up, that's where we used to go to church and eat out at NUEVO LEON RESTAURANT, the best family-owned Mexican restaurant in Chicago (and affordable, too). Sunday trips from the north to the south side of town were always fun. They also have great coffee.

Due to your schedule, where would you most prefer an event to be located?

I'm adventurous. However, without a car and a lot of spare time, I am limited to only city locations and possibly some nearby suburbs (depending on commuting time).

What is your absolute favorite cafe in the city and why?

Unpretentious STAR LOUNGE COFFEE BAR @ 2521 West Chicago Avenue. I love supporting small, local businesses. Owner, Jesse Diaz, started roasting beans in a $7 popcorn. Today, this coffee bar is one of ZAGAT's "10 Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across the US. Here's a link to an article with more details. popper.

Would you consider being an assistant organizer at some point?

Sorry, with work and my start-up, there's no time.


Lifelong Chicagoan who loves coffee, laughing, dancing, & Chicago summers! Author & start-up publisher. My niche is spiritual books for “Trauma Survivors, Loved Ones, & All Who Serve them" w/ a portion of all sales going to applicable non-profits.

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