Haute Secrets: Ari Washigton, Sports Publicist & Boutique Owner

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If there’s one thing that ties Ari Washington’s dichotomous career together, it’s fun (followed closely by glamour). By day, Washington is a sports publicist, leading PR efforts and landing endorsement deals for players in the MLB, MLS, NBA, and NFL. On the side, she owns Soñador, a trendy West Loop boutique that carries contemporary labels like 10 Crosby, IRO, M Missoni, Elizabeth & James, Clover Canyon, and Equipment. We caught up with Washington to find out how she lives and what she loves in Chicago when she’s not busy influencing its cultural landscape.

Where were you born: Rochester, New York

How long in Chicago: 4 years

Neighborhood: Streeterville

Occupation: Boutique Owner and Sports Publicist

Favorite Restaurant: Maple & Ash

Best Sushi: jellyfish

Best Italian: il porcellino

Best dessert: Mastro’s butter cake

Best place for a romantic date: Winters Jazz Club

Best Sunday brunch: Soho House

Best place for a power business meeting: Chicago Athletic Association

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Langham

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Soñador Boutique

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches:

Best Spa: The Spa at the Peninsula Hotel

Favorite Charity Event:
Primo Center

Favorite Cultural Event:
St. Patricks Day

Favorite Cultural Institution: DuSable museum of African American history

Best Steakhouse: RPM Steak

Best Pizza: Parlors Pizza

Best Lunch: Summer House Santa Monica

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: FitPro West

Best Massage: Bliss Spa

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Executive limo service

Best Museum/Exhibit:
Shedd Aquarium

Describe your city in three words: Smaller, Cleaner New York

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Skydeck Chicago

All-around favorite spot in Chicago: The Pool at Soho House

Best Aspect of Chicago: The Diversity