About Me

Bonnie McGrath has been writing about the South Loop since the turn of the century.  A resident since 1994, she knows the neighborhood well, although she often ventures to other parts of Chicago--and even the suburbs--to see how the other half lives.  She has been everything from a telephone installer to a lawyer.  And she has been an award-winning journalist all of her adult life--winning 40 major journo awards in all, including two Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism.  She has also been a finalist for the Lisagor 12 times.  And her posts have been included 47 times on ChicagoNow's monthly Best Post lists since the blog began in 2013.  She also has work in three anthologies. Other highlights of her career include a regular column in the Chicago Tribune; a long stint as a contributing writer for the Chicago Reader; columnist for both the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Illinois Bar Journal; editorial board member at the Chicago Bar Association; and teacher of both law and journalism at Roosevelt University and Columbia College Chicago.  She has a BS in community health from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; an MS in public health from the University of Missouri, Columbia; and a JD from UIC-John Marshall Law School, Chicago.  She has received many accolades from the Chicago legal community, beginning in 1993--from outstanding pro bono work to awards for legal journalism.  She is, and has been a member of numerous not-for-profit boards over the last 40 years.  From 2001 until 2012, she was a columnist and a blogger for the Chicago Journal.  Her blog was called "South Loop Observer."  "Mom, I Think I'm Poignant" picks up where South Loop Observer left off....  To contact Bonnie, email her at bonmcgrath@aol.com