Kelli Zink
Kelli Zink grew up with a microphone in her hand, always knowing she wanted to be a reporter. From knocking on the door of a Fox Sports production truck after a basketball game in her cheerleader uniform to winning an ESPN reality show, she did whatever it took to get her foot in the television door. By the age of 22 she had been a sports anchor in two markets and decided it was time to move west. She drove her 1996 Ford to LA to help launch the NFL Network- even creating the network’s original slogan; “Where Football Season Never Ends.” Needing a change, she moved back to the Midwest. Zink is currently the host of, and a regular contributor to the top entertainment news shows in the country, including CNN Headline News’ Nancy Grace, CNN’s ShowBiz Tonight, MSNBC and Fox News. She is a weekly guest on “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet” where she talks about hot topics spanning from politics to pop culture.
Where were you born ?
Plymouth, MI
How long in Chicago:
4 years in January
Gold Coast
Host of and Entertainment contributor
Favorite Restaurant:
Perennial. Runners Up: Graham Elliott, The Bristol and Mercadito
Best Ethnic Food:
Big Star or Taboun
Best Italian:
Piccolo Sogno
Best place for late night dining:
Eggsperience Pancakes & Cafe or Tempo- dead tie
Best dessert:
Hot Chocolate if you’re naughty- Berry Chill if you’re nice.
Best place for a romantic date:
A walk along the lake during the evening followed by a ride on the ferris wheel on Navy Pier followed by a drink at the Bar at the Peninsula. Or a Cubs/Sox/Hawks/Bears/Bulls game.
Best Sunday brunch:
The Bristol, Perennial
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Angels and Kings, Enclave to spot celebs or Cuvee
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Tea Room at the Four Seasons Chicago or the restaurant at the East Bank Club
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
The end of a long run on a warm evening- rounding the Lakeshore path…the moment the pink Drake sign hits the glittering skyline. And Lollapolloza.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Park Hyatt Chicago- the beds are blissful.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Elements Chicago
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Elements Chicago
Best Spa:
Bliss Chicago in the W Chicago
Favorite Charity Event:
any event thrown by Bright Pink.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Does The Super Bowl count?
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Joffrey Ballet
Best Aspect of Chicago:
It’s a city of people who enjoy supporting charity and genuinely want to get to know each other.
Best Steakhouse:
I’m a “Seagan” so I don’t do steakhouses much- but I do love Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab!
Best Pizza:
Tocco- I love thin crust
Best Lunch:
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Equinox Fitness Club or David Barton Gym
Best Massage:
Fred Gaudy at Bliss Chicago in the W Chicago- he also does the best facials
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Irv’s Limo Services
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Wrigley Field
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
The Green City Market on a Saturday morning.
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