Kate Bernot, Copy Editor and Dining Reporter, RedEye Chicago
She recommends: AKIRA
Colorblocked Loose Tank Dress, $39.90, available at AKIRA
Why is this dress perfect for heading to a new restaurant in Chicago?
"Like 90% of American women this summer, I'm super into color. Greys and blacks are normally my 'color' palette, so I'm having a weird Pleasantville moment with my wardrobe this year. It's also crazy hot, so dresses should be loose (but not shapeless) to keep you cool as you're eating dinner, especially if you're on a patio. This dress is vibrant enough to make a statement, but because it's shift-like, it comes off effortless and easy. That's always smart."
What would you wear with it?
"The trick with vibrant dresses is not to be afraid of mixing colors, but to keep from looking like Rainbow-Brite. I'd grab a yellow patent-leather clutch, because I love yellow and fuchsia together; then keep small wedge heels neutral. I've also been pulling my hair back with headbands a lot this summer, mostly because I'm hot, but if you keep your hair sleek, it has a cool mod effect."
Where do you love to shop in Chicago?
"I was really upset to see that Fix in Fulton Market was closing (though I did take advantage of the resulting sale). Owners say they're not gone for good, so I'm hopeful. I also love to see the jewelry that new designers are bringing to Dose Market. When I can't make it to the monthly market, I like the edgy accessories at Wolfbait & B-Girls in Logan Square."
What is your favorite summer dining spot right now?
"Red Door, a new gastro-tavern that opened in the former Duchamp space on Damen, puts out some mighty fine food courtesy of chef Troy Graves. They have an underrated beer list, and oh yeah, arguably one of the best patios in the city." Photo: Courtesy of Kate Bernot