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 resident highlights as well as stories about the intersection of food and business.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from Sheboygan, Wisconsin: land of the best spot for brats (Charcoal Inn).
When did you join?
I joined in June 2019.
What have you worked on recently?
I recently finished a piece on the grand opening of the Idelle Kipperman Shared Kitchen.
Do you write professionally?
I don’t, I’m a demand planner and work with numbers all day.
What made you interested in volunteering for LoganSquarist?
When I first moved to Logan Square, I leaned on a variety of hyper-local publications such as LoganSquarist to familiarize myself with the neighborhood. I was very grateful for the variety of neighborhood coverage from politics to events that LoganSquarist offered, and I wanted to give back and continue the cycle of keeping residents informed and involved.
What is your favorite LoganSquarist story you wrote?
In June 2019, the Idelle Kipperman Shared Kitchen had their grand opening and I went to cover the event. They are an industrial kitchen that works with Envision Unlimited to provide a working space for food entrepreneurs as well as certification and training to those with disabilities and special and special needs.
What is your favorite neighborhood restaurant or hang out?
Estereo is a great hangout for catching up with friends, especially in summer when the doors are open, and Chiya Chai is my favorite for their ginger cardamom chai. Food-wise, Mi Tocaya Antojeria, Table, Donkey and Stick, Lula Cafe, and Daisies are my favorites.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the neighborhood?
Aside from checking out the great restaurant options we have, I enjoy running and walking along the boulevards and the 606. We’re very lucky in that we have so much public green space, it makes for some pretty picturesque streets.
What has been the best part about joining the team?
The best part has been getting more involved and aware of local news and events.
What have you learned from working with LSQ?
It takes a dedicated team with a wide range of skills and interests to cover the many stories and events in a neighborhood. In addition, being actively involved in events in Logan Square, such as being a part of LoganSquarist as either a writer, photographer, events planner, etc., helps contribute to the sense of community for this neighborhood.
Read more of Leona’s articles here and learn more about her!