Kristine Hengl was born on Chicago’s Northside and grew up working at her family’s floral business specializing in event planning in the Lincoln Square neighborhood throughout the 1980s.
Kristine began her DJ and party promoting career in the early ‘90s with solo events at Smart Bar, Holiday Club, Club 950 and Neo. In 1995 she began managing promotions and events for Planet Earth Chicago as a co-DJ with DJ Dave Roberts, which continued until 2016.
She is a 1997 Emmy Award winner for her work on a children's television show for WCIU Chicago. She was a financial investor and managing partner at Club 950 in the late 1990s and the co-founder, conceptual artist, and general manager of Late Bar, which opened in 2009 in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.
After Kristine left Late Bar in 2016, she moved to The Museum of Broadcast Communications in a dual role as Box Office Manager and Special Events Director for the Saturday Night Live Experience under Bruce DuMont and Larry Wert.
Most recently Kristine has been working for Anthony Qaiyum at Chicago’s oldest family- owned natural health pharmacy, the highly regarded Merz Apothecary, established in 1875.
Kristine has a strong track record for building impossible things that succeed, plus a love of music and art that started in the 1970s with her first David Bowie record she bought at Sears on Lawrence Avenue.