Lauren Parton at The Kimpton Gray Hotel
What Lauren Patron does with a drink is akin to what Theaster Gates does with abandoned buildings: enhance what everyone overlooks into something legendary. Still Steve Harvey’s favorite bartender, as the newly appointed bar manager for Chicago’s latest entry into the luxe hotel renaissance that has taken over the city (she built out the Loews Chicago bar portfolio before coming to the Kimpton), Parton is on a mission to make Vol. 39 the ultimate Chicago destination spot. And even as she moves into the corporate side of the business, don’t let the pantsuit fool you, still a liberationist.
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Best of Chicago 2016