AGE: 32. LIVES IN: Hyde Park. CLAIM TO FAME: Director of music and social programming for the Kimpton Gray Hotel (122 W. Monroe). BROAD STROKES: Since moving to Chicago from Texas 10 years ago, Bond has always been up for trying new things. “I’ve worked [everywhere] from ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ to being the director of arts and culture for a nonprofit,” Bond says. She’s also the founder of art consulting firm Bond Creative Advisors. PLAYING BY EAR: Bond has been with the Gray since it opened last summer, and is in charge of curating all music for the hotel. “[My job] entails everything from programming elevator music and [creating] playlists for the venues, to booking live performances and DJs,” she says. Each of the hotel’s spaces has its own vibe — think jazz and soul beats, by way of Frank Sinatra or Miles Davis, for the hotel’s bar Vol. 39 and funky, rap/Latin fusion mashups by artists like Seu Jorge or Common for its rooftop restaurant, Boleo. CLOSE TO HOME: When it comes to booking the entertainment, Bond looks to local talent, like DJ Sadie Woods, Afro-Latin band ESSO (El Sonido Sonic Octopus), trumpeter Corey Wilkes and cellist Sylvie Grace. “Chicago has such a strong, world-class, homegrown, creative spirit,” she says. MOM’S THE WORD: Bond has two daughters, Italy, 11, and Maya, 3, but it’s her eldest who inherited her love of the arts. “She creates comic books [and] dioramas, giving each character its own unique look and backstory,” Bond says. “She’s always listening to music [and] even turns me on to some new artists.”
Photo by Ramzi Dreessen; Shot on Location at Vol. 39 in the Kimpton Gray Hotel
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