I love sharing information about Chicago on WGN.
I am a third-generation Chicago native on both sides of my family. On my father's side, the first family member arrived in Chicago just in time for the Columbian Exposition of 1893. On my mother's side, the first member of the family came to Chicago by way of New York and Washington D.C. in 1873 to settle here for good.
I was raised with a love for the city which has grown along with the city. There is no where that I would rather be than Chicago--from its bitter winter winds to its hot sticky summers. My Chicago has grown to an estimated 2,896,016 residents and comprises over 50 cultural institutions, historical sites and museums. My Chicago is home to more than 200 theaters, 225 art galleries--give or take a few--and over 7,300 restaurants, 77 neighborhoods, 26 miles of lakefront, 33 beaches and 552 parks--I would say that's a lot to show off.
That is why I named my blog, Show Me Chicago, because I want to show off "My Chicago" to all. In my blog, I will focus on showcasing all that Chicago has to offer. I will review, preview, comment and explore the city scene from the neighborhoods to downtown.
My major concentration will be on arts, dining and theater; however, living in Chicago, it is impossible to ignore politics and sports--so from time to time, I will add my opinions and comments to this arena as well. I have been involved in arts and entertainment scene since I started my career at WBBM-TV; then as an editor and syndicated feature writer for Field Newspaper Syndicate at the Chicago Sun-Times and most recently as Arts and Entertainment editor for Metro Networks (Chicago).
In addition to being a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and covering Chicago's arts and entertainment scene, I work as an editor and independent contractor, and freelance writer. My editing credentials include work with many outstanding authors from Tom Wolfe to Saul Bellow--(Bellow, as you may know, is a Chicago writer and the author of Augie March--this year's pick for One Book, One Chicago).
I welcome your thoughts, ideas and comments. Feel free to touch base at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you'd like to follow me you can do so on Twitter--my handle is showmechicago.
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