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 role with LoganSquarist?
I’m a staff writer, focusing on local politics (so far).
Where are you from originally?
I hail from the town of Iowa Falls, the “Scenic City,” which no longer has any waterfalls but is actually in Iowa. I also spent some years in New York and Wisconsin.
When did you join?
Do you write professionally?
I edit and write professionally, mostly science and technical content.
What made you interested in volunteering for LoganSquarist?
One of my best experiences while living in Brooklyn was writing for a neighborhood blog in Park Slope, called FiPS. (Spelling out the acronym might violate this site’s decency standards.) LoganSquarist seemed like a great way to similarly get involved in my neighborhood here in Chicago, write about some things I don’t get to tackle professionally and meet cool people.
What is your favorite LoganSquarist story you worked on?
My first article for the site was also my first time covering our local progressive firebrand, Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, at a lively “First Tuesdays” political debate. It was entertaining and educational hearing what he had to say and a fun challenge corralling his passion into a story.
What is your favorite restaurant or hang out in Logan Square?
Cafe Mustache is definitely my most frequent hangout because it’s the best remote-work coffee shop (“coffice” if you will) in the area, in my opinion. They also have a fun and wide-ranging events lineup in the bar area.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the neighborhood?
Gathering with friends in Hopewell when the red ale’s on tap or to do trivia at Mustache (both Rock ‘n’ Roll—which we always lose—and Simpsons, which we often win).
What has been the best part about joining the team?
It’s rewarding to think that I’m contributing, in some small way, to helping Logan Square residents stay better informed about local politics. And hanging out with the other staff members at events is a lot of fun.
What have you learned from working with LoganSquarist?
I’ve learned a lot more about local politics myself—especially what aldermen and state representatives actually do. Photo: Raphael Del Rio
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