My main source of income is public relations but I always find time to write about topics I'm interested in (and no, I do not write about clients). Below are samples of my work. Pitch me stories via the contact form. Here's a cheat sheet on how to best pitch me.
- This Is the Only Chicago Pizza Tour You'll Ever Need: Leave the deep-dish for the tourists
- A Cheat Sheet to Chicago's Best Breweries: From Michelin-starred brewpubs to a warehouse also distilling single-malt whiskey
- 6 Neighborhood Brunch Spots in Chicago Worth Discovering: Go beyond flashy restaurant groups and opt for these local gems instead
- 5 Chicago Restaurants That Are Perfect for Winter: Each of these places has it all: a great menu, warm ambiance and a view to boot
- 5 Chicago Speakeasies Worth Stumbling Around For: From an underground circus den to a members-only hideaway
- The Best Desserts in Chicago Right Now: 5 Windy City treats that are blowing away the competition
- How to Sell a $300 Chocolate Bar
- Food Directory
- Cajeta: In the city of Celaya, goat's milk caramel tops everything from ice cream to cereal.
- Wattleseed: This chocolate-flavored superfood falls from the Australian Acacia bush.
- The Toleen: Thai red beans and rum combine in a winter warmer inspired by a South American specialty.
- Mustard Oil: Essential to South Asian cuisine, the flavoring is illegal in some countries.
- Tonka Beans: A legume so loved, it’s caused a “fever” in France and made Americans break laws.
- Sugarloaf Pineapple: Devour this rare variety without fear of post-pineapple mouth irritation.
How Netflix's Increasing use of Foreign Language Content is Helping to Fight Xenophobia: From Narcos to Altered Carbon, the streaming service is finally making moves to cater to a global audience
How La Virgen de Guadalupe Became an Icon: On the anniversary of her first appearance, we look at the evolution of the symbol that has special resonance for Mexican people.
- The Many Treats Inside Chicago's Piñata Emporium: Every two weeks, Dulcelandia imports thousands of products from Mexico
- The Sweet Secrets of a Fifth-Generation Sugar Skull Maker: Elvira Mondragón Garcia’s products range from the size of a gum ball to a human head.
What Lady Killers in Pop Culture Teach Us About Ourselves: Analyzing women in pop culture and the trope, and frequency, of portraying them as a victim. The topic is pegged to Tori Telfer's Lady Killers.
You Can Read and Eat Great Food at This Chicago Culinary Bookstore: Esther Dairiam originally just wanted to run a normal bookstore. Here's why she didn't.
How to Grow Your Business by Knowing Your Audience: Eve Rodriguez talks about growing candy company Dulcelandia after appealing to a wider Latino population.
How to Leave Your Mark on the World by Doing What You Love: What you can learn from Chef Bill Kim.
Embrace the Art of What You Do and No Day Will Ever Be Boring: ESPN writer and author Scoop Jackson gives advice on how to love your craft.
This Entrepreneur Sells $355 Bars of Chocolate. Is He Crazy or a Genius?: How To'ak Chocolate wants to make the sweet a luxury item.
Why This 73-Year-Old Company Is a Master Instagram User: How Walter E. Smithe is adapting with the times.
Why This Entrepreneur Hands Out Skulls Instead of Trophies: How Carlos Jaramillo started his annual race honoring the Day of the Dead.
If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It -- Break It: Don't get comfortable in your business.
How the Daughter of a Maid and a Bus Boy Learned to Navigate the Investment World: Samara Mejia Hernandez is a Latina, venture capitalist and investor. Here's her story.
Barack Obama's Former Social Media Manager Breaks Down the Future of Digital Strategies: Plus, how politicians and businesses can evolve and learn from the success of Donald Trump's presidential run.
Why a Great Product Is Never Enough to Create a Successful Business: Monica Royer shares her experiences as a mother and entrepreneur.
What Growing Up on the South Side of Chicago Taught This Visual Artist About Hustling: Hebru Brantley learned how to sell from hip-hop. Now, he has Jay-Z as a client.
At 17, This Entrepreneur Worked the Cash Registers. Now, He's a Vice President of the Same Company.: How Nick Scarpino grew as a marketer and what you can learn from his techniques.
4 Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Marketing Event: Focus on making a connection with your customer and the sales will follow.
How This Fitness Trainer and Stuntwoman Built Her Online Following: April Sutton has made appearances in Fox's 'Empire' and 'Divergent.'
This Sports Publicist Explains How to Make Your Online Content Go Viral: Plus, why it's okay to blend your personal and professional brands.
Why Ideas Are an Entrepreneur's Most Valuable Currency: One freelance writer explains how to break through in your own market.
Know What You're Worth: How to Maximize Your Freelance Paycheck: One writer explains the opportunities and challenges of working as a freelancer.
Why You Shouldn't Build a Trendy Business: Don't fall into short-term traps.
How This Entrepreneur Created a Premier Women's Lifestyle Website: Danielle Moss went from blogging part-time to co-founding The Everygirl.
How One Man Made $70,000 Selling Books on the Side of the Road: Workers at the nearby Foot Locker laughed while Jahmal Cole made bank.
Best-Selling Author Veronica Roth Tells What Writing Books Is Really Like: Writers seems the original and ultimate solopreneurs but publishing a best seller requires a team.
Demystifying the Process of Securing Corporate Sponsorship: Know who you are asking, what you are asking for and when to ask it.
This Chicago Photographer Helps Beef Up Brands Where Art Meets Science on Instagram:Entrepreneur Network partner features Nathan Michael, who creates visually stimulating images for brands that they can use on social media every day.
Author Amy Guth Is Not Like Metallica. She Actually Embraced the Digital Revolution 15 Years Ago.: The multi-talented Chicago radio host uses the digitizing of the music industry as an analogy of what she went through to self-publish her first book in 2006.
How Did Lana Jewelry Score Deals With Vogue and Glamour? Because the PR Director Was Persistently Nice.: Fallon Ryan talks with Entrepreneur Network Partner C1 Revolution about how she went from sales and marketing intern to accomplishing some of the most high-profile exposure she could imagine for the company.
Ace That TV Interview and Score a Return Invite: In the fast-paced world of television, producers are used to booking guests with knowledge of what to do. Here are eight essential tips to guide the businessperson who's an on-air guest.
The Critical Process of Identifying the Right Co-Founder: There's no easy formula for success and sometimes only time will tell if a business leader has made a good choice.
Taking a Political Stance in Your Bar Can Be Risky, But the Payoff Can Be Well Worth it: Some places find that talking it out is a good thing for staff and patrons alike.
Day of the Dead in a Spread: Dia de los Muertos is a food holiday. Here's how the two are intertwined.
How I Survived A Layoff And Found A New Job In A Matter Of Days: Getting laid-off was a blessing in disguise.
Style Me Pretty: Archive on trends in weddings, events, livings and style.
Read through various wedding and living topics from experts such as Gail Simmons and Erin Oprea (Carrie Underwood's trainer).
PR News: 6 Crisis Communications Tips To Help You Spot Impending Problems
Here are some procedures to build an infrastructure that prepares you to monitor and use social media during crisis communication.
PR Daily: Harry Potter, yoga and beer: A magical PR and marketing spell
A how-to guide on how we made Harry Potter Yoga work worldwide.