Meet Caroline Thompson, a relatively new sustainer, who lives in Roscoe Village.
Where do you work and what’s your role?
The Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel in Streeterville where I am a group sales manager specializing in the corporate, association, and tour markets.
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Chicago?
I am from St. Louis originally and have lived in Chicago 8 years.
Why did you join the Junior League and have you ever participated in another League outside of Chicago?
I joined the Junior League of Chicago as soon as I moved to Chicago thanks to being referred to the organization by a friend and former colleague, and current JLC member Melissa Schumacher. I wanted to get involved in the Chicago community and meet new people and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. This is my first experience in the Junior League.
How long have you been a Sustainer?
This is my first year as a sustainer.
What is your favorite JLC event or MLM?
I really enjoy the Summer Soiree events. I love the different themes, and seeing everyone’s outfits. These are a great way to mix and mingle and meet new members, and the venues are always so nice.
As a sustainer, how do you stay involved in the League?
I have participated in a luncheon event, Sustainer First Fridays, and bunco. I also like the restaurant MLM group. The MLM groups are a great way to get know members on a more personal basis, since they are smaller, and you can really talk to everyone.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
So many good ones to choose from! Longman and Eagle is one my favorites, their food is amazing, and it’s a fun atmosphere.
Name your favorite holiday.
Christmas in the city is truly magical; walking down Michigan Avenue with all the lights, it definitely gets you in the holiday spirit.
Let’s hear about the activity that you think is most fun to do in Chicago?
One of my favorite activities in Chicago are all the summer street festivals. I love Retro on Roscoe, it’s right on my block, and it’s fun seeing all the classic cars, and the bands are always great!
What’s your guilty pleasure (food, TV show, etc.)?
Watching the Real Housewives series and pretty much anything on Bravo.
What piece(s) of advice to do you have for other ladies of the League?
Be open to new connections! I have met so many amazing women through this organization I can’t imagine my life without it. Being open and actively participating in league events will open all kinds of new doors!
By Christina Weber, 2017-18 Topics & Trends staff member