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Andrea Otte

Coffee Roaster

Coffee buyer and lead roaster for local micro-roastery Halfwit Coffee, based in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

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Revae Schneider


Revae Schneider started with a background in fashion and personal styling but found her place behind the bar at Gilt Bar and eventually Union Sushi + Barbeque.

Revae founded Femme du Coupe, an interactive mixology company, in 2011. It is named after the iconic champagne glassware that was styled in the form of Marie Antoinette’s breast. Revae has been featured in such publications as Elle and Cosmo Magazines, The Chicago Tribune, and The Everygirl.

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Katie Sommerville

Personal Trainer

Katie Sommerville is a manager with LifeStart Wellness Network and a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She found her love for exercise through dance classes growing up and her favorite class to teach is WERQ (dance fitness). She studied exercise science at Western Michigan University and has been in the fitness industry for 6 years. Katie loves to help inspire others to live healthier happier lives.

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Mike Salvatore

Heritage Bicycles

We are the owners of Heritage Bicycles, a bicycle and coffee shop in Chicago. Everything we do is centered around this sense of community, right down to our manufacturing. Heritage bikes are designed, welded (by hand, out of American steel), and assembled right here in the city of Chicago. Plus, almost every bike is entirely unique, as Heritage focuses on full customization.

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Anna Hovet

Fashion Designer

Anna Hovet Designs was founded in 2009 by designer, Anna Hovet. Born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Anna moved to Chicago and earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. After graduating, she was hired by Kids Headquarters where she designed layette for Ecko, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, and Target. Due to the economy, Anna was laid off from her job and started her own company in January 2009.

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Permanent Records

Record Store

Permanent Records is a Chicago based record store.

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Candice Cusic


Candice C. Cusic is a former Chicago Tribune photojournalist, and current wedding photojournalist and photojournalism educator. She is an international speaker and educator and offers several Moment-Driven Photojournalism workshops a year. Cusic also loves great light, vintage architecture and street photography with film cameras.

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Lindsay Kaplan

Food Blogger

Lindsay Kaplan has had an affinity for food ever since she got her first taste of Cream of Wheat. As a baby, she demanded lobster at every meal and sparkling water instead of apple juice. Lindsay continues to maintain these standards as an adult.

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Khaki Pixley

Actor and Theatre-goer

Khaki Pixley is a proud Chicago resident, as well as an avid theatre goer and participator working in a wide array of different theatres in Chicago. She attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts and went on to a successful career on many a Chicago stage. She is both a nominee and recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago’s version of the Tony Awards) and recently completed a year of international touring with The Man In Black Show: A Tribute to Johnny Cash.

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Allana Mortell

Food Writer

Allana Mortell is a home cook, food writer and social media professional eating and tweeting her way through Chicago. She started her food blog, allanabytes, as an outlet to share her stories about food and family recipes. If she could live off fresh pasta, caramelized onions, triple-cream cheese and martinis with blue-cheese stuffed olives, she would. Her work has been featured in Edible Vineyard, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices, Marcus Samuelsson’s blog and Check, Please!.

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Elizabeth Diffin

Senior Editor

Elizabeth Diffin in the senior editor of Chicago Parent Magazine, the premier parenting resource in Chicago and the surrounding counties. For more than 30 years, we have published a popular monthly magazine and also have an award-winning website that is full of suggestions for family-friendly places and activities throughout Chicagoland. Find us @ChicagoParent on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Marissa Sutera

Travel Writer

I will always call Chicago home, but the rest of the world still beckons me to explore. I have always been a strong believer in the importance of appreciating life’s simple pleasures. The first time I studied abroad, I arrived in Ireland and was pleasantly overwhelmed by the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells that greeted me. I did my best to relish each and every moment of my experience, but I knew my memories would eventually fade.

And just like that, Little Things Travel Blog was born!

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Steph Byce

Craft Beer Blogger and Photographer

Steph is a Chicago-based photographer and craft beer enthusiast. She blogs about her beer discoveries on her personal website, The Girl and Her Beer.

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Lauren Fern

Fashion Professional

Lauren Fern is a Chicago socialite and fashion professional. She has produced successful fashion shows, and styled for many photo-shoots throughout the city. She also is a contributing writer as the womenswear expert for an online publication, The Chicago Chic. Her work is well known throughout the city and she is very involved in making Chicago an even more stylish city!

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Heather Kendall

Founder of Chicago Museum Blog

For the last six years, Heather has been a part of the greater museum community in Ohio and Chicago, creating an extensive chronicle with the best of the Chicago museums' permanent collections and traveling exhibits to bring you a blog abounding with information for lovers of museums, art, culture, and interesting tidbits of Chicago.

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Bunny and Brandy

Brunch Bloggers

Chicago’s foremost brunch experts and writers of Bunny and Brandy’s Brunchtime Blog, brunching around the Windy City since 2010.

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Jonathan Porter

Founder of Chicago Pizza Tours

Jonathan left a sales job and founded Chicago Pizza Tours in 2010. After taking tens of thousands of guests out for slices of pizza, he also co-founded the Chicago Prohibition Tour with Jonathan Knotek. His focus is on smaller niche tours that offer a more personal experience in order to show off authentic Chicago culture.

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Kelly Scanlon

Personal Trainer

Hi! My name is Kelly Scanlon and I am here to guide you into a healthy gluten free lifestyle. Kelly’s website will provide recipes, products, and she shows how to make a seamless transition to a fun filled gluten free diet as well as becoming a fitness nut like herself!

Kelly is a certified personal trainer and holds a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management.

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Linda & Alex

Vegan Bloggers

We are a mother/daughter vegan duo who love to eat healthy, run, play tennis, do yoga, and work out, and care for animals. Come and join us on our fun and crazy journey to live active, plant based lives.

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Shannon Foltz

Hair Stylist

I am originally from Wisconsin, but have been a hair stylist for the last 7 years in Tampa and most recently, Chicago. I love my job and I love making people feel fabulous about themselves!

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Shelley Miller


Penning darkly soulful songs, sung with lived-to-tell conviction, Chicago songstress Shelley Miller straddles the lines between rock and folk, darkness and light. An award-winning songwriter with four solo albums to her credit, she now fronts the indie-rock band Shelley Miller and the BCC. Her music blends the raw immediacy of artists like PJ Harvey and Gillian Welch with the left-of-center noise of bands like Radiohead and the Pixies.

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Dark Matter Coffee

Coffee Expert

This Chicago transplant currently leads the cultural bombardment wing of Dark Matter Coffee as the Minister of Propaganda. A former musician/DJ who takes his vinyl addiction seriously, Kyle is an avid cook and bourbon consumer who will out-cheat anyone in the game of Euchre.

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Craft Beer Spots in Chicago

Craft Beer Spots in Chicago

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Steph Byce

Craft Beer Blogger and Photographer

Find the best beers in Chicago. As a craft beer enthusiast and blogger, I'm always on the lookout for new craft beer places in Chicago. The beer scene in Chicago is constantly changing, but I do have a couple of all-time favorite breweries, gastropubs and craft beer bars. You'll find my favorite eight beer spots in this travel guide.

  1. Van Steenberge Piraat +Add


    “The Hopleaf is well-known by beer nerds far and wide. With 68 ...
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    Fischman Liquors

    “This no frills bar looks a bit rough, but consistently has high ...
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    The Bad Apple

    “If a good burger and great Chicago beer are what you're in the ...
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  4. The "Big Animal" at Half Acre Beer Company +Add

    Half Acre Beer Company

    “A small tap room right next to their brewing facility, Half Acre ...
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    Bangers & Lace

    “Located in Chicago's trendy Wicker Park neighborhood, you'll have ...
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    Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

    “It's the secret Chicagoans don't want people to know about. A ...
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  7. Revolution Brewing +Add

    Revolution Brewing

    “A must for anyone new to Chicago beer. The massive production ...
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  8. duck +Add


    “Fine food and beer pairings pack this Pilsen hot-spot, with a ...
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Steph Byce

Craft Beer Blogger and Photographer. Steph is a Chicago-based photographer and craft beer enthusiast. She blogs about her beer discoveries on her personal website, The Girl and Her Beer.