LoganSquarist wouldn’t be possible without the hard-working efforts of our dedicated staff. Hailing from all across the country, with a number of interests and professional aspirations, our team has one thing in common: a passion for Logan Square. Discover the people behind the scenes that bring you articles, events and more in our LoganSquarist Staff Highlight column.
What’s your name and what do you do at LoganSquarist?
Lauren Dixon, Editor-in-Chief
Where are you from originally?
When did you join?
I joined in September of 2014, just one month after moving to the neighborhood. I heard about the group through a co-worker at the time who previously wrote for LoganSquarist, and she recommended I join!
Do you write professionally?
I do! I write for a new business publication called Talent Economy, where I write about how business leaders can best utilize their most valuable asset — talent — to better their companies. I’ve learned a lot about economics and the ins and outs of the business world.
What made you interested in writing for LoganSquarist?
I moved to Chicago just after graduating from the University of Missouri, and I knew only a few people in the city. LoganSquarist seemed like a great way to meet people in my new neighborhood, all while practicing my craft. The experience exceeded my expectations, and I’m excited to see my role with LoganSquarist grow as editor-in-chief!
What is your favorite LoganSquarist story you wrote?
That’s so hard to say! It’s between a few. I enjoyed interviewing Nick Fisher, a local artist, and writing a story about his work was a lot of fun. Also, you might have noticed the new stained glass windows at The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church on the square. Meeting the people involved in that renovation was a great pleasure.
I also wanted for LoganSquarist to have an Earth Day trash pick-up event, and our publisher, Kate Hamilton, trusted me to make it happen. The event was a success, and it was so gratifying to see it come to fruition!
What is your favorite restaurant in Logan Square?
What’s your favorite thing to do in the neighborhood?
I love going for runs in Palmer Square Park on a nice day.
What has been the best part about joining the team?
I’ve made so many friends and gained invaluable career experience through LoganSquarist. The events are always so fun, and they’re a great way to see friends regularly, all while testing out a new bar or restaurant. Kate Hamilton, our publisher, made such a great platform that meets a variety of personal and professional needs.