Jessica Brockway, Chicago Sales and Events Manager
Born and raised in the ‘burbs, I have never ventured far from the Chicagoland area. My parents moved me around a lot as a kid, but never more than an hour’s distance (Palatine, Island Lake, Algonquin, Crystal Lake…) so when you ask me where I’m “from”, I say Crystal Lake because it is where I graduated high school.
I received my bachelors degree from Illinois State University where I studied theatre, specifically directing. After I graduated in 2013, I moved to Chicago and continued being involved with entertainment by working at a country music venue, then eventually landing the job at Howl in 2016.
Q. What’s your go-to song request at Howl?
A. “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oats. It’s not my all-time favorite, I always mess up the lyrics, but I do love how it’s one of those songs that’s forgotten about yet everyone knows. I love requesting it because it always fits the mood of what Howl is to me: a feel-good place.
Q. What was your favorite vacation?
A. My husband and I decided on a whim to go on a weekend getaway up in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. We spent three days at a quiet bed and breakfast during the winter months when almost everything in Door County was closed. We hiked in the freezing rain, crossed lake Michigan on foot to visit the Cana Island lighthouse (super-cold but highly recommended) and ate most of our meals at a rundown biker bar where we got to know the locals.
Q. What’s your go-to birthday treat?
A. Chocolate-chunk brownies with powdered sugar on top, but who needs a birthday to “treat” yo’self?
Q. What is your favorite hobby?
A. If the hobby includes spending time with others it is a combination of fishing with my dad, sunbathing with my mom and Cubs games with my husband.
I love to draw and I also love working with tools; I take advantage of any chance there is to build or fix something.
I’ve recently made the decision to bring exercise back into my life, however I couldn’t choose between running, biking or swimming (I love them all). It then occurred to me that I had just described a triathlon, so now I am currently training for my first Chicago Triathlon in August!