Sarah Vargo developed Maven after working at some of the nation’s top talent agencies and promotional companies. She started her career at International Creative Management (ICM) as an Assistant to a Talent Agent in Concerts. After gaining experience at ICM, she worked for boutique agencies where she was able to put her skills to test through talent buying, concert promotion and media planning. As the Marketing Director of Le Passage, she worked closely with Rockit Ranch Productions who currently own and operate The Underground and Rockit Bar and Grill. She coordinated fashion shows, charity events, sponsorships, and created trendy concepts and ideas. Clients such as Playboy, Ford Models, Elite Models, Gen Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Scene, Chicago Social, music video editor AVIDDIVA and many others complete her A-List projects throughout her career. Sarah was a contributor to the NBC 5 Street Team and was the Promotions Director for “24/7 Chicago,” an entertainment show on NBC. She is on the Board of Directors for Active Chicago, a non-profit that sponsors the extra-curricular activities for children in need. Sarah is also on the planning committee for the 20th Annual Celebrity Chef Gala benefiting Meals on Wheels. Sarah consults and supports Chicago Non-Profit and Adiango Consulting, which are organizations that promote local charities.
Where were you born ?
How long in Chicago:
30 years (my entire life, so you can say I am a Chicago girl!)
Founder/President of Maven, an Events/Promotions Company
Best Ethnic Food:
Best place for late night dining:
the Underground for clubbing and Vertigo Sky Lounge in the Dana Hotel for relaxing
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
I love the River North area – it’s hard to get me to leave. And I love North Avenue Beach during the summer.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Favorite Charity Event:
The Aparecio Foundation’s Diamonds in the Rough Charity event featuring the launch of the luxury jewelry line Hasana
Favorite Cultural Event:
Chicago Magazine’s Summer Lovin’ Party presented by the Auxiliary Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Favorite Cultural Institution:
the Art Institute
Best Aspect of Chicago:
Chicago has a rich history - amazing restaurants, shops and museums, properties, businesses, etc. Many famous and notable public figures have come from Chicago. We have a fun and inviting social scene - if you are friendly and kind – you will do well and be treated like a VIP. The best aspect of Chicago is – hands down - the people. Although it’s a big city – it’s also a small one. Most people are down to earth and motivated here. We work hard and play hard. There is a genuine charm about Chicago that I can’t seem to leave.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Aniko Salon and Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
The Museum of Science and Industry – I have loved the old fashioned villages since I was a child and nothing has changed.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
I love Michigan Avenue around the holidays – I also love the old Watertower Place building.
Best Broadway show:
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Best place for a power business meeting:
Bull & Bear
If I was going to stay in your market, where would you recommend to stay?
the Dana Hotel