The Field Museum's newest exhibit, "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years," features more than 70 frocks worn by the high-style former first lady and offers a glimpse at the glamor of an era gone by-or is it? From shopping to dining to lodging, we speculate on where in Chicago Jackie O. would go if she were here today.
A book editor in New York from the late '70s until her death, Jackie kept up on the latest in lit. But rather than fight for a seat at one of the megastores, we imagine she'd opt for a quiet afternoon in Lincoln Square sitting elegantly in an armchair, sipping a glass of wine while turning pages at The The Book Cellar, an independentoutpost that offers up cafe fare and, even more noteworthy, a variety of reds and whites by the glass or bottle.
Stop by Lulu's at the Belle Kay, a vintage boutique specializing in '50s and '60s wear. Jackie would be too refined to drool over the purses, hats, shoes, gowns and jewelry, but we aren't. The cocktail collection, with dresses featuring detailed beading, elegant bows and matching jackets, is less than $300, with some finds less than $150. And if you want to top off the outfit with a set of stylish oversized shades, swing by See. The shop has a variety of oversized Jackie O.-worthy sunglasses from its own line for $114 to $199, including prescription lenses if you need 'em.
Not one to forego a chance to be altruistic, Jackie wouldn't miss the fundraisers being held at the Field Museum in conjunction with the exhibit. Be among the first to check out Jackie's frocks on the exhibit's opening night Saturday during the Leukemia Research Foundation's Fun-Raiser '04.
After an exhausting day about town, where would Jackie crash for the night? The Fairmont Hotel has assembled a package suitable for a first lady. The elaborate deal includes a Saturday night stay in a suite decked out in early-'60s decor, along with free swag, such as Fleurissimo perfume, Jockey Club cologne, cigars, champagne and roses; an in-room dinner inspired by the Kennedyss inaugural eve eats; a private couture showing; a $1,000 shopping spree at Marshall Field's; and a limo to the Field Museum for a private tour of the exhibit. All this for a once-married-to-multibillionaire-Aristotle-Onassis price of $15,000.
We'll save $14,983 and take the bus.
Sandra Langeneckert is a metromix special contributor.