My Best of the ‘Burgh: A Q&A with Marjorie “Chi Chi” Rivera

What are this psychics favorites in a city where she's worked for more than three decades?
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Marjorie “Chi Chi” Rivera has been a working medium based in Pittsburgh for more than 30 years. A native of Panama, Rivera gives readings at her office in Brentwood but also at events from dinner shows to spiritual conventions throughout the region and beyond.

“It’s so much fun,” she says, “because I get to reach a lot of people and meet a lot of people. It’s a very nice way to make a living and make a life.”

Unlike Rivera, we’re not psychics, so we had to ask the old-fashioned way: What is Marjorie Rivera’s Best of the ’Burgh?

What’s your Pittsburgh “hidden gem,” a place that you love that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
The park space along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the South Side. “I love to go and sit at the picnic tables down by the river … and it’s got the great little dog park.”

If you could only eat one local meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos from the street stand outside Las Palmas on Brookline Boulevard. “It’s taco Tuesday every day with me!”

If Pittsburgh had a theme song, what would it be?
“It would be ‘We Are the Champions’ by Queen, because I feel like we are the champions at everything. We’ve overcome struggles in our past, we have sports teams that are unrivaled, we have an excellent community … I feel like you can’t beat Pittsburgh anywhere.”

What’s the annual tradition that you wait for every year?

Favorite Pittsburgh appearance in a movie or on television?
“Queer as Folk,” the Pittsburgh-set drama. “I loved that show; I loved that it featured our town and that it also featured queer people.”

What’s your unpopular Pittsburgh opinion? What is something you think about the city (or a famous aspect of it) that won’t win you any friends?
“We’ve got three dirty rivers … We’ve got some clean-up work that we have to do.” Nevertheless, “our confluence, at the Point, is such a unique landmark.”

Where’s the first place you take out-of-town guests?
Monongahela Incline and Mount Washington

You get one Incline ride with any Pittsburgher, living or dead. Who is it?
Billy Porter

If you could bring back one Pittsburgh place or restaurant that’s no longer there, which would you pick?
“It would be West View Park. I remember going there — it had a sky ride my grandmother took me [on] when I was a wee little kid … What do I miss from being little? I miss my grandma, and I miss going to West View Park.”

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