Industry Insight: Meet the Chicago Shopping Team

Yesterday, I gave you a little preview of what Chicago Shopping is all about! Today, I’m taking it a step further. Today, you will get to meet the members of the Chicago Shopping team! And we’re getting personal!

I have met each of these ladies, and let me tell you, they might be some of the nicest people you’ll meet in Chicago!

In their own words…

Wendy Wollenberg

Title: Editor

Background/experience: I have worked at a wide variety of Chicago publications and even wrote my own guidebook to my beloved hometown!

Fun fact: I am an avid yoga student and will (one day!) get my certification to teach.

Fave place to shop in Chicago: Oh, there are so many! If I had to choose just one, I would go with Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue. If you can’t find something there, you don’t really need it.

#1 wallet buster: I will always spend money on good shoes, good skincare and good sushi.

Best part about living/working in Chicago: You can be in the chicest, hottest spot and the people will still be nice and friendly (for the most part!).

Fave Chicago Shopping piece: They’re all my babies, but I have to say I have a soft spot for the shopping spree photo gallery with Chicago Bears star Israel Idonije. I’m a true-blue fan!

Darla Weaver

Title: Writer

Background/experience: I’m a fresh graduate of DePaul University where I studied Communications and Media Studies and minored in Journalism. My writing expertise lies in fashion, beauty and unsolicited pop culture commentary.

Fun fact: I hope to own an English Bulldog in the near future so I can name him Sir Charles Barkley.

Fave place to shop in Chicago: My favorite place to shop in Chicago is the Urban Outfitters Surplus on Clark Street. I always score the best deals there and always manage to walk out with at least one item for a steal.

#1 wallet buster: Nail polish, I have quite an impressive collection.

Best part about living/working in Chicago: To me, the best part of living in Chicago is that it is a walking city. I love being able to wander and come across cool and unique places in the city.

Fave Chicago Shopping piece: My favorite Chicago Shopping piece is the ‘Celebrity Target Practice: Style Hits & Misses.’ I just have a good time playing ‘fashion police’ with the stars.

Destiny Gdalman

Title: Executive Producer

Background/experience: Hard-core city reporter turned soft by a love of features and all things fashion.

Fun fact: My sisters and I are getting matching tattoos!

Fave place to shop in Chicago: I have a new little one at home and this great store called Kooky just opened in the North Bridge Mall on Michigan Ave. I pretty much pick up something new every payday.

#1 wallet buster: Shoes. I don’t feel guilty in investing in great-looking, comfortable heels that won’t kill my feet.

Best part about living/working in Chicago: I live and work close to the Loop. I love all the shopping, nightlife and restaurants Chicago has to offer.

Fave Chicago Shopping piece: I don’t have one favorite, but I love browsing our Things to Do page for new and upcoming shopping events and dining out options in the city.

Laura Fitzgerald

Title: Producer

Background/experience: Recent DePaul University graduate with an MA in Journalism. Past internship experiences include Metromix Chicago and Groupon among others.

Fun fact: I studied abroad in Australia for six months in college

Fave place to shop in Chicago: Scoop NYC, Lori’s Shoes

#1 wallet buster: Denim-I can never spend too much on a great pair of jeans—they last forever.

Best part about living/working in Chicago: There’s never a dull moment-Chicago always has something new to see and do. I also love that I don’t have to drive anywhere!

Favorite Chicago Shopping piece:  This piece inspired me to adopt a pet of my own!

This the information I wanted to know about the Chicago Shopping team. What do you want to know? 

Plus, follow Chicago Shopping on facebook, pinterest, and twitter! There’s even a Chicago Shopping “pin to win” sweepstakes going on right now! Get the deets on their facebook page!

I have one more Chicago Shopping post coming your way tomorrow! Bloggers, you aren’t going to want to miss this one!

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