4xForth: Mana Ionescu / by Natalie Pavela

4xForth-Chicago-Mana-Ionescu Photo courtesy of Mana Ionescu

Each Friday we’re highlighting one of the lovely women in our community by learning about her favorite Chicago places and restaurants, hearing what websites she’s all jazzed about, and gaining some inspiration from destinations she’s dreaming of traveling to next.

It’s 4 x Forth Friday and today we’re talking to Mana Ionescu, president of Lightspan Digital! Places I frequent in Chicago:

1. I'm a workaholic so obviously the most frequented places are the ones I work or network at. But I do have hobbies and those take me to Fleet Feet Sports for my Chicago Endurance Sports half marathon trainings, twice a week every week. And I suppose that also makes the Lakefront path and some of the city parks we train in my favorite places! 2. I am also a Lyric Opera subscriber so come winter time I'm at the Opera a lot! 3. I also take voice classes every week at Access Contemporary Music. 4. The pet store is another place I go to a lot - we have fish at work, I have fish and cats at home. There is this one amazingly friendly lady at Pets Supplies Plus on Lincoln who knows my cats' names and is just a joy to talk to. So she turned me into a loyal customer and visitor.

Places I'll go someday:

1. Palau - I absolutely must go SCUBA diving there. 2. Some may laugh at this but Iowa - I keep meeting amazing people from Iowa so I must go and check this farmland out. 3. Phillipines - I read that it's one of the top gender-equality places in the world. 4. Bulgaria - I must go back. I went to college there and it has a special place in my heart.

Best Bites in Chicago: 

1. Corvina Fritta at La Sierra 2. Most of the menu at Anna's Asian Bistro & Sushi on Irving Park 3. Any wine recommended by Scott Crestodina at Independent Spirits 4. A slice of pizza at Spacca Napoli

Sites I Lurve:

1. Lou Malnati's 2. Dropbox - minimalism for the win! 3. My hometown's website, Sibiu, Romania. Mostly because they have live cams so I can watch the festivals in the main square!  4. The Life with Nest page is da bomb - interactive content blocks and amazing photography.

Thanks Mana! I'm an equal fan of Dropbox, the lakefront trail and the Lyric Opera, and now you've given me 4 new restaurants to try!

You can find Mana at Lightspan Digital and on Twitter and Instagram.