My name is Patricia Nicandro and I’m a Midwest girl with West coast love…
I moved back to Chicago in January 2011 after a six-year stretch in beautiful, sunny California where I was working as a public servant. Most Chicagoans think I’m crazy for returning, but there’s something about this city that always draws me in – the food, the energy, the culture, and the people. Needless to say, Chicago is my first love (next to friends and family, of course). It’s a city that’s second to none! And I promise only to post about places and activities in Chicago that I truly love.
My second love is public relations. I earned my B.A. in Communication from Loyola University Chicago. After graduating from Loyola, I was employed by the City of San José, CA, where I spent most of my career working in the City Manager’s Communications Office. Now, I am a graduate student in DePaul University’s Public Relations & Advertising program. I know some of you view PR as a profession that is meant to manipulate people’s opinions (the word “spin” usually comes to mind), but over the last few decades PR has made leaps and bounds towards transparency and social responsibility. So in that same spirit, I will be completely open and honest with you.
Here’s the truth and nothing but the truth…
- You probably won’t find me reviewing Alinea anytime soon (unless I win the IL Lottery). It’s not that I don’t want to dine at Alinea or any other Michelin star restaurant, I just can’t afford to go at this moment. I am in school after all! But don’t worry, I will give a shout out to a couple Michelin Bib Gourmand recipients.
- My posts may be skewed more towards women. Sorry gentleman, I’m a lady. Therefore, I will post about things like fashion boutiques, spas, and cupcakeries. Some of the restaurants I recommend may serve dainty portions. Not to fret – I will throw in a sports bar every now and then. I do love meat and craft beers (Gumballhead by Three Floyds is my personal fav).
- I live in the Northside, so most of the places I’m going to mention are there. This doesn’t mean I’m opposed to visiting the Southside or Westside. Heck, I used to be a resident of Portage Park not too long ago. It’s just more convenient for me to reach neighborhoods like Andersonville and Bucktown/Wicker Park now. Bottom line: I will cover as many neighborhoods as humanly possible, but the bulk will be located North.
- If you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them! Just don’t expect me to write about them immediately (or write about them at all). It takes a lot of time to get through all the amazing shops and eateries this city has to offer, so please bear with me. Also, taste is subjective. You may not like something I recommend and vice versa. But I am willing to give second chances. You never know when a store is short-staffed or a restaurant decides to experiment with items on its menu. We all have our bad days, right?