The vibrant economy and rich cultural life in Chicago makes it a destination for culinary experts and casual foodies. Whether you’re earning your degree at Kendall College or simply taking one-off recreational cooking classes, make the effort to learn from the esteemed culinary community surrounding you. We’ve compiled the essential foodies to follow in Chicago so you know where to start.
Chicago Food Girl
Her name pretty much says it all. In addition to her reviews of Chicago restaurants and regular blog posts containing tantalizing recipes, Chicago Food Girl, aka Mina Im, also blogs about health and fashion. When she is not writing about food, Im is a marketing manager, having collaborated with notable brands including Starbucks, Teavana, Virgin Hotels and more. We’re big fans of Im’s chef interviews that dig into the local cuisine that shines in Chicago. Visit the Chicago Food Girl website and follow Im on Instagram.
Fab Food Chicago
Fab Food Chicago is the ultimate online destination for foodies looking to crack the mystique of the top Michelin-rated restaurants in the city. Founder Soo Park has 17 years of marketing and branding experience, and over the course of her career has collaborated with magazines including Chicago HOME, Ebony, and Jet. Now Park utilizes her talents by running Fab Food Chicago, where she posts restaurant and bakery reviews, recipes, local chef bios, top 10 lists, and much more. Visit Fab Food Chicago’s website and follow Park on Instagram.
One of the most acclaimed chefs in the world, Rick Bayless is a Chicago foodie with a storied career in perfecting Mexican cuisine. His popular book Authentic Mexican is a food industry staple. Bayless has opened many prominent restaurants, including Frontera Grill, and has won multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation. Keep up with his adventures and recipes on his Instagram account.
The blog Van’s Ventures delivers on its title, chronicling the ventures of its author, Van. This Chicago food blogger loves to travel, but focuses her attention on the variety of delectable cuisine throughout the city. Her blog entries are sorted by year, so be sure to click on “2016” to see even more of Van’s restaurant reviews and highlights. Van’s expertly composed Instagram shots are sure to whet your appetite, and expose you to some underground eateries you may have missed. Follow Van’s Ventures on Instagram and on her website.
Chicago Foodie Girl
This unique food blogger is full of personality and offers unique insight in her blog. Starr Nordgren, the author, is a writing professor, and her knack for language and humor shines through in her writing. The blog is updated often, and the restaurant reviews are even sorted by location – search in “Chicago” or in “suburbs.” Starr’s Instagram account features enough savory delights to make any foodie swoon. Follow Chicago Foodie Girl on Instagram, and visit the website.
While you’re on your following spree be sure to check in on some of our renowned alumni on social media:
- Beverly Kim was a Top Chef finalist and is the owner of Parachute, a popular Korean American restaurant here in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
- Patrick Bertoletti owns area favorite Taco in A Bag. See what’s new with Bertoletti on Twitter and Instagram.
- James Beard Award Winner Mindy Segal owns Chicago staple Hot Chocolate Chicago and wrote best-selling cookbook Cookie Love. Check her out on Instagram and Twitter.
Now you’ll have your digital finger on the pulse of the Chicago food scene!