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Whitney Reynolds just might be Chicago’s next queen of talk. The native Oklahoman with a friendly Southern-style persona is on the rise as the star of her own Lakeshore PBS vehicle, The Whitney Reynolds Show, which each week tackles a serious subject—Reynolds is filming episodes about food allergies and suicide prevention, to air this fall—in an approachable way that brings viewers into the discussion. (Watch on Monday nights at 6:30.) When she’s not in front of the camera, the Lakeview resident treats her adopted city like the small town she’s from: Be nice, get to know everyone and eat really well. 

1. Secret Garden
“My husband and I love The Terrace Rooftop at the Conrad Chicago for pre-dinner wine and martinis—it’s our hidden gem. They have live music with local guys playing. One time I requested Whitney Houston and got a guitar rendition.” 521 N. Rush St., 312.645.1500

2. Country Living
Barn & Company—the barbecue place in Lincoln Park—makes me feel at home. I always order the fried pickles.” 950 W. Wrightwood Ave., 773.832.4000 

3. Market Watch
“The Green City Market in Lincoln Park is a Saturday family tradition for us. We love to cook at home, so we go to get our produce for the week—why are the cucumbers so much bigger there?! —and I always end up with a big bunch of peonies.” 1817 N. Clark St.

4. Caffeine Fix
“We honeymooned in Costa Rica and fell in love with the coffee there, so now we’re coffee junkies. The Coffee & Tea Exchange has changed the way we buy—they have barrels full of beans and really knowledgeable people. You’d think you’re picking out fine wine.” 3311 N. Broadway, 773.528.2241

5. Jacket Required

“Marie Whitney [wife of Cubs honcho Theo Epstein] is a good friend, and I love searching for my next blazer or scarf at her store, Two Penny Blue. Plus, with every jacket you buy, a schoolgirl in Africa gets a new uniform.” 3738 N. Southport Ave., 872.802.0158