Meet the amazing LoganSquarist team.
LoganSquarist is built for neighbors and written by neighbors. Our dedicated staff of volunteers help to socialize the neighborhood of Logan Square. Want to contribute? Join us!
Founder + Publisher
Kate Hamilton is the founder + publisher of LoganSquarist. By day, she helps companies with their digital marketing strategies across a variety of disciplines. By night, she enthusiastically sings karaoke, knits, cooks and reads. Often you can find her running the neighborhood. Logan Square since 2007.
Ariel is always out in the neighborhood meeting people and looking for story inspirations. A native of New Mexico, Ariel loves the outdoors, dogs and anything food-related. You can see her biking around Logan and probably singing to herself. She is a freelance journalist and writes for Block Club Chicago, Windy City Times, the Chicago Defender and more.
Michael Dhar has lived in Logan Square since 2015, after stints in Wisconsin, NY and the Hawkeye State. During the day, he edits and writes science and technology content. At night, he checks the beer specials.
Kelsey isn’t a Logan Square native, but has very much considered it home since 2008. If she’s not traveling, you’ll usually find her taking in alt rock shows, schlepping around the Farmers Market, spoiling her two bad (read: AWESOME) dogs, tending to her JAWS-themed garden, or raising hell at various drinking and dining establishments around the neighborhood.
Alex Shur moved to Logan Square in 2020 to begin a Master of Science in Journalism program at Northwestern University. Prior to his move, Alex Shur lived in Guatemala for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and nonprofit grant writer.
Allison is a literary/speculative fiction writer working on her third novel. She spent many years screenwriting, writing and producing plays, creating a portfolio of short stories, poetry and essays as well. She worked for Sundance Film Festival from 1996-2002. Allison has had a many and varied life in the arts and raised three kids. She received a BA in Creative Writing in 2004 from University of Arizona and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2007. She has lived in Chicago and in Logan Square since 2008.
Writer + Photographer
Erin Dickson is originally from Birmingham, Alabama but has been living in Chicago for about four years. She is currently a senior at Columbia College Chicago pursuing a degree in Multimedia Photojournalism and Cultural Studies. When she isn’t in school she is either at a concert, watching horror movies with her roommates or aimlessly wandering around Target.
After living in London for six years, Janna learned about the simple pleasures of neighborhood life. In pursuit of picnics, running the parks, and cycling the boulevards, Janna moved to Logan Square in 2015. When she is not in Logan, she is probably traveling somewhere far, far away.
Scott has been a Logan Square resident since February 2018. A Fort Wayne, Indiana native, Scott is a graduate of Indiana University. He works as a recruiting coordinator in River North and is passionate about public affairs and politics.
Writer + Photographer
A Seattle native, Whitney has spent the last four years traveling, writing, and learning photography throughout Asia, Europe and West Africa. She likes to think she’s improved. Now living in Logan Square, she’s excited to share how colorful and vibrant this neighborhood can be. When not working, you can find her listening to philosophy podcasts, making small talk with strangers, and creating memes of the millennial experience.
Writer + Photographer
Zachary Keltner, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Chicago in early 2017 to attend school at Columbia College where he is currently majoring in multimedia photojournalism. When he is not wandering around the city taking photos, he can be found going on adventures with his rather energetic Aussie puppy named Oso.
Jacob moved from Minnesota to Chicago in January, 2020. When he is not exploring all that Logan Square has to offer, he enjoys traveling and making travel videos, writing, and eating all the delicious bread his wife, Morgan, makes. Jacob currently works at Northwestern University as an Academic Adviser.
Events Marketing Manager
Grace moved to Chicago in 2013 and joined the Logan Square community in June 2019. She is a lover of travel, David Sedaris, long strolls through the grocery store and baking Milk Bar’s birthday cakes for any and all occasions. She currently works at the Alzheimer’s Association with focus areas in membership recruitment and events.
Jamie Runyan uses her graphic design background and dedication to user experience to create engaging designs for print and web. She has lived in the Logan Square / Avondale area for over eight years and has loved every second.
Social Media Manager
Officially became a Logan Square resident as of last year but had been living in the Wicker/Logan area for quite some time. She’s a digital media specialist who enjoys walking her dog, trying new food, and sipping on a glass of whiskey on weekends.
Community Outreach + Fundraising Manager
Originally from Connecticut, Rachel moved to Logan Square this year. She enjoys long walks at the dog park, thrifting, a good charcuterie board and anything true crime. Rachel is skilled in designing and implementing strategic philanthropy initiatives and marketing programs. She loves to connect people to their passion.
Adam Derose, Adriana Henriquez, Al Zillinger, Alex Cole, Alex Sanchez, Alexandra Chwalik, Alicia Hauge, Allison Bradley, Amanda Elliott, Amanda Failla, Amanda Glandon, Amanda Kowalski, Andrea Kaspryk, Andrew Browne, Andrew Rothmund, Anita Garcia, Anna Hazard, Anna Todd, Annalisa Rodriguez, April M. Lane, Araba Appiagyei, Arielle Thomas, Ashanthi De Silva, Bill Mayeroff, Brandon Rees, Brendan Brown, Brenton Harper-Murray, Brian Guzman, Brian Ramer, Bridget Isaia, Brittney Lane, Cari Wafford, Carla Perez, Caroline Pejcinovic, Casey Hanson, Celina Dietzel, Charna Albert, Chelsie Polifka, Chris Geatz, Christine Fielder, Corinne Derusha, Corner Farm, Cory Malnarick, Crystal Carrazco, Dan McMahon, Dan Zamudio, Dana Juhász Ardell, Danielle Love, Danielle Marino, Debbie Carlson, Derek Robertson, Derricka Holloway, Dulce Ramos, Ed Connealy, Ed Corcoran, Elisa Fritz, Elizabeth Beiler, Emily Markanich, Emily Shepp, Emily Wessel Farr, Erin Brown, Erin Hegarty, Erin Schneider, Evan Dye, Felicia Yonter, Gabriel Skvor, Grant Handy, Hannah Aron, Hannah Esper, Hannah Magnuson, Jack Floyd, Jaclyn Jermyn, Jamie Lynn Ferguson, Jamie Schneider, Jamilah Maronde, Jason Moosikkamol, Jenn Nelson, Jenna Trautman, Jenni Spinner, Jennifer Hyman, Jesse Buendia, Jessica Mayle, John Wyatt, Jordan Maze, Joseph Alexai, Joseph Hayden, Josh Allard, Josh Brown, Justin Tabas, Justine Rowland, Justine Savage, Kara Anderson, Kari Messenger, Katherine Clark, Katherine Leonard, Katie M. Fletcher, Katy Skinner, Kayleigh O’Malley, Kelli Shives, Kevin Prosise, Kerry Holsinger, Kimberly Pool, Kimberly Sledgister, Kris Donaker, Kristen Coconis, Kyle Kissel, Kyle Probst, Laura Hawbaker, Lauren Hollasch, Lavell Miller, Leanne Lawry, Leona Liu, Leslie Gray, Lisette Medina, Mark Dodge, Mark Reynolds, Marta Vitolins, Mathea Morais, Matt Faries, Max Baire, Maya Docha, McKenzie Schwark, Megan Mitchell, Megan Moran, Megan Stringer, Meghan Keedy, Melissa Cornfield, Melissa Simmons, Michael Joseph Garza, Michael Knapp, Miguel Torres, Mike Birnbaum, Mistie Lucht, Molly Geoghegan, Melissa Genova Hill, Monica Newsome, Myles Dannhausen, Natalie Steenberg, Natalie Unger, Neil Dixon Smith, Nick Biscardi, Nicole Willis, Nikki Segarra, Nikki Way, Norma Rios, Olufemi Adeyanju, Omar Osorio, Patsy Newitt, Peter Nelson, Rachel Blakley, Rachel Davis, Rachel Hyman, Raymond Rodriguez, Rhonda Grizzard, Rich Cohen, Richard Pillardy, Ricky Johanet, Ryan McDonald, Rose Haley, Sabina Bhasin, Sam Gordon, Sam González Kelly, Sanam Kazi, Sarah Hurd, Savannah Eadens, Shanti Chu, Stacy Freeman, Stephanie Kensicki, Steven Stojak, Steve Weishampel, Steven Vargas, Suzanne White Montiel, Tamara Matthews, Tara Evangelist, Tereysi Solano, Theresa Boehl, Tiffany Breyne, Tiffany Dow, Tom Vlodek, Tracy Kellner, Tyler Allen, Victoria Rector, Vlad Shapochnikov, Will English IV, Zach Garwood