Aileen Cruz | I’m a Chicago-based writer who grew up in the Detroit suburbs and spent most of the time following around my older brother. Childhood was about road trips, playing until dark, reading Stephen King and writing in journals. When my brother left for the University of Michigan, I followed him there, too. I took up English and communication and soon found my way into advertising.
For the early part of my career, I worked at a few big Chicago agencies exposing me to TV production, travel, and an endless stream of interesting and creative people. I developed scripts, assembled commercials and immersed myself in pop culture. But what I really wanted was to write, so I quit my job and went back to school. I went to Medill and focused on journalism. I wrote for their online news service and interned at The Independent in London. Eventually I became a freelance journalist, contributing regularly to Chicago Tribune’s dining and entertainment website, Metromix, while stringing for the local papers.
I live in Evanston now with my husband and our two girls. I’m a freelance writer, editor and photographer. Along with words, I love to seek out the visual aspects of a story — I try to capture this on my blog. You’ll also find personal essays, profiles, and posts on family and city life, motherhood, travel and creativity.
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