Meet Natalie Connolly
Office Manager & HR Coordinator
Where are you from and how did you wind up at Blue Magnet Interactive?
I’m a Chicagoan through and through. Born on the South Side, raised in the Chicago suburb of Oak Forest, lived in several Chicago neighborhoods like Gold Coast, Old Town, Logan Square, married a Northsider, and settled in Oak Park (literally ½ block outside the city limits) straight west of the City. Over the years I have worked for law firms, hospitals, physician practices, and small manufacturing companies. I thought I’d try my hand at the digital world and am thrilled to have landed at Blue Magnet!
What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
I love to be a tourist in my own town. Sporting events, cultural venues, concerts, historical sites, gardens & parks, ethnic fests, obscure destinations . . . did you know we have the World’s only known Pin-back Button Museum? The list goes on. There are so many great places to experience and fun things to do in Chicago and surrounding areas, that one can never get bored.
What's a fun fact about you?
I was once a body paint model. I know, right? I had a very progressive teacher in one of my Art classes and it was an assignment. It was a fun experience and the sensation of cool paint on one’s body is a feeling like no other. The hardest part was being stationary for such a long period of time...an 8 hour day. That and scrubbing it all off!
What song pumps you up/gets your creative juices flowing?
I have a wide variety of likes and some REALLY strong dislikes on the music front. Just ask my kids. They have created a “mom’s most hated playlist” and play it when they want to get me riled up. But seriously, I can honestly say that there is a list of many that pump me up. Some are all-time favs and others are new arrivals. A sampling of my “this month’s list” would include Death Cab’s Good Help; Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Cities in Dust; Kungs This Girl; David Bowie’s Golden Years; INXS Suicide Blonde; and Arctic Monkeys’ Crying Lightning. Some that would never make it on my list: anything by Journey, The Who Magic Bus, Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones, and most all Foo Fighters songs!
If a restaurant were to name a sandwich after you, what would be on it?
Real turkey, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, real mayo, avocado, and sunflower sprouts on Gluten-Free Multi-Grain toast. YUMMY!!!