It’s a rainy Chicago Saturday in April, and the bookstore is full. A mother and a young child wait in line to check out a thick fantasy book, which the child is gripping tightly. “Some stores are chains, like McDonald’s. They’re in every city. But then think of a restaurant that’s only unique to one city, it’s special and only in that place,” the mother explains to the child.
Ally Zacek is doing too much by someone’s standards. By her own standards, she’s perfectly happy.
A 20-year-old junior at DePaul University with a double major in journalism and P.R./advertising, Zacek splits her time between school, internship with online magazine Beauty Atlas, weekly deadlines for Black Sheep and 15-20 hrs/week at Anthropologie.