Soulful Sunday is a weekly dose of inspiration from busy Chicago women who still manage to stay balanced no matter what their career—or life—throws their way.
About 20 years ago, Gail moved into Streeterville and through that time has been a huge part of the neighborhood's development. She has worked with MCL, a developer responsible for many of the buildings in the area, and then went on to opened her own real estate brokerage, Streeterville Properties, in 2007.
What is your favorite way to unwind?
There is no better way to relax than going boating! Whether in a canoe, sailboat or on an antique Cris Craft woodie, being on the water is my favorite and most enjoyable past time.
What do you do that feeds your soul?
What really fulfills me is volunteering and getting involved in my neighborhood. I can talk about the history of Streeterville and Chicago all day long. From architecture to city planning, real estate, development, local government - current and historic – all are subjects about which I am passionate. I love to be involved and find it totally enjoyable to volunteer in order to improve and impact the future of my neighborhood. I love Streeterville!
What do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Something as simple as a run to the end of Navy Pier and back can recharge my entire mindset. It is not a long run, merely a mile, but the impact on my day is huge! In a more general sense, my husband and I will often go hiking as we look for trail marker trees in the woods and exploring. We are also building a log cabin by hand on our island in Canada.
Do you have a motivational quote or mantra that comes to mind during an unusually stressful day at work?
In growing up with a family where we were expected to work and help out, I lived by the “Just Do It” mantra. No matter what the job, don’t take time to complain and discuss, “Just Do It” and get it done! Thanks Nike!
How do you catch up with friends and maintain your friendships when everyone is so busy?
With many of my friends in Streeterville on committees with me, the best way to catch up with them is to go have a drink at D4, our local Irish pub. It is the ‘Cheers’ bar of the neighborhood where you always find old friends and new friends! It is a great place to stay connected with them and have a great time!
Is there anything that you do on Sunday afternoon/evening to prepare yourself for the work week?
Just ‘To Do’ lists for the next week. Quite exciting right?
What is your favorite brunch spot in the city?
Yolk Restaurant, right down the block, is a popular brunch spot. With our favorite bronze statue of Captain Streeter, namesake of Streeterville, standing out front of Yolk, we enjoy dining close by with history right out the window!