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?
Social media manager.
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve been keeping up with neighborhood news and posting content to LoganSquarist’s social media platforms. Personally, I’m building my digital media portfolio and taking online classes for UI design and prototyping.
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, but moved to the city for college and never looked back!
When did you join?
Do you write or do marketing, graphic design, video and social media professionally?
Not currently. I was in the restaurant industry for the past 10 years and had decided to jump back into digital media (which was my college major). I’ve been taking a few online refresher classes and doing side projects to build my portfolio.
What made you interested in volunteering for LoganSquarist?
I had been following LoganSquarist since we moved to the neighborhood a few years ago and enjoyed the hyperlocal publications. When my husband and I decided to build some roots and buy our first home here, I knew that joining the team would be the perfect way to become more involved and get to know the community better.
What do you like about managing social media?
In the days of quarantine, social media has become a huge platform to be able to communicate and connect with one another. With LoganSquarist, it’s a direct connection to the community. It’s been a pleasure to be able to connect with local businesses, organizations and individuals that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
What have you been doing to stay grounded and happy during quarantine?
Early on, I went through all of the quarantine phases: baked bread, built puzzles, read books, watched “Tiger King,” etc. Now, the best part of my day involves enjoying the outdoors (safely) as much as possible while we can … and video games. The Nintendo Switch saved my life.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the neighborhood?
Before the pandemic, it was all about enjoying the local restaurants and bars. Parson’s Chicken [2952 W. Armitage Ave.], Middle Brow [2840 W. Armitage Ave.], Longman & Eagle [2657 N. Kedzie Ave.], and Moonlighter [3204 W. Armitage Ave.] were just a few of our go-tos. Now, I enjoy walking the dog to our favorite coffee shops: Sip of Hope [3039 W. Fullerton Ave.], Caffè Umbria [2545 W. Armitage Ave.] and Colectivo [2261 N. Milwaukee Ave.].
What has been the best part about joining the team?
I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people, local businesses and organizations. I feel more connected to the community than ever.
What have you learned from working with LoganSquarist?
Aside from fine-tuning my own copy and social media skills, I’ve learned a lot about the neighborhood and the lovely people who live in it.
Photo: Rosalynn Miles