Hi there and thanks so much for stopping by Chewables Chicago!

I began this blog in 2011 while also planning my wedding. I was looking for a way to combine my love of exploring the amazing and diverse food options Chicago has to offer with healthy eating out (we brides are always keenly aware of our dress size). I started by writing restaurant "challenges," where I reviewed restaurants for healthy and flavorful options. And, because I think being healthy also means occasionally indulging in our favorite treats, I also wrote about "splurges," sharing when I thought it was worth it to go all out. Sprinkled within were healthy eating and fitness tips, recipes, and classic restaurant reviews.

Fast forward one wedding (and amazing husband) and nearly two years later, and Chewables Chicago has become so much more than a healthy eating out blog. While being healthy and well is still as important as ever, and is still the bread and butter (sorry, I couldn't help myself) of this blog, Chewables has expanded beyond these topics. Blogging about healthy eating, and reading so many of the exceptionally written and thoughtful blogs out there, inspired me to stretch my creativity. Now, Chewables also includes a running category, Midpack Musings, a home and design category, Chewables Home, interviews, and travel posts. Photographs are taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3 (a wedding present!). Learning how to use it, and falling in love with photography, has been one of the greatest unintended consequences of this blog.

I hope you enjoy reading Chewables as much as I enjoy writing it. If you have restaurant tips, interview suggestions, questions, are interested in guest posting, or would like to contact me about speaking engagements or writing opportunities, please email me at chewableschicago@gmail.com. I love hearing from you!