4xForth: Sarah Drake of Sarah Drake Design / by Natalie Pavela

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 Forth alum Sarah Drake, graphic designer and custom wedding invitation master at Sarah Drake Design

Places I frequent in Chicago:

I'm a nature-y sort of person and  since the weather's been so great in Chicago, I take every opportunity to do EVERYTHING outside, from working on my back porch, to cooking, eating, playing, and exercising...but since I can't just say OUTSIDE:

1. Pratt Beach - I started going here many years ago, after getting tired of the crowds at the beaches closer to downtown. Now that we live in Rogers Park, this is my after-work or weekend place to walk the dog, picnic, and just lay out and swim. 2. The Coffee Studio in Andersonville - Great lattes and they carry Glazed and Infused Doughnuts - enough said. 3. Namaskar Yoga Studio - This yoga studio has been my favorite for years- completely unassuming, with classes ranging from easy to challenging. I've met some great teachers here! 4. Women and Children First - It's so important to support independent book stores, I think.

Places I'll go someday:

1. Milos, Greece - Sea and sky, loads of white sand. 2. Japan- Not sure where exactly yet, but this will be my trip of a lifetime. I was raised in a Japanese church with tons of exposure to the customs, food, and simplicity, and just identify with the culture. 3. South Africa - The region outside Capetown is known for its wine. That, and the mountains and sea! 4. Charleston, South Carolina - One of my oldest friends moved here, and I have heard all about it's Southern charm, amazing architecture, food, and yep, sea.

Best Bites in Chicago:

1. Guacamole at Big Star. I eat here at least once a week. 2. Beet sandwich at Publican Quality Meats 3. Crudo at Publican 4. Tri Tip at Boltwood in Evanston)

Sites I lurve:

1. I can't help it, I'm addicted to Instagram. I've finally found a social media site I really enjoy using! 2. ThisAmericanLife.org. I may have listened to all of the shows dating back to 1995. Seriously. 3. JessLively.com - I'm addicted to her podcast! She has a great message - check her out. 4. KateSpade.com - This company is a great example of how to present a brand consistently.

Thanks for sharing Sarah! I agree with you - the less crowded a beach is, the better. And a fellow Paul Kahan restaurant fan I see - every type of food that man touches turns to gold. Mad love for Ira Glass and Jess Lively is so darn inspiring and awesome, I love her podcast series too! 

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