Actress Jessica Szhor is no stranger to the city lights. Her acting career first brought her to Los Angeles – and after landing the role as Vanessa Abrams on Gossip Girl she moved east to New York City. But Jessica is cut from a different cloth than most of her Hollywood counterparts, and something tells us it’s her Midwestern roots that make her style seem so effortlessly cool.
Growing up in Wisconsin, nearby Chicago was her first city-love, and Jessica credits that Midwestern vibe for setting the city apart. “I like the big city feel, but yet it’s not this crazy energy that makes you feel overwhelmed,” she explains. “Chicago is like a second home to me, so when I’m there, I’m totally comfortable and at ease. It’s a really down-to-earth city, and I love being surrounded by that energy,” she continues.
We tried to keep our cool as we cruised around the city with Jessica on a recent shoot with InStyle. She pointed out her favorite spots along the way, and lucky for you, we took a few notes.