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Elaine Hyde, Publisher & Editor

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Candace Jordan, Associate Publisher 

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Bob Oswald, Copy Editor & Layout 

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Angela Gagnon, Staff Writer

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Jon Cohn, Columnist

Troy Mairs, Videographer

Vivien Lee, Copy Editor


Alexander Pissios, President Cinespace Chicago Film Studios and Cinecares Foundation

Amanda Puck, Director Strategic Brand Development, Mariano’s

Bonnie Spurlock, Founder Associated Publications

Chef Art Smith, Chef/Author/Co-founder Common Threads

Dionne Williams, Owner/Founder of D. Williams PR Group

Howard Tullman, G2T3V

Israel Idonije, Founder of iF Charities

John Robak, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Greeley and Hansen

Julie Barrish, Philanthropist

Lee Blackwell Baur, Philanthropist

Leslie Hindman, Founder Hindman Auctions

Manolis Alpogianis, America’s Dog & Burger Franchise Systems President

Melissa Harris, CEO M. Harris & Co.

Michael Kutza, Founder Chicago International Film Festival

Paul Iacono, Chicago Dowel Co.

Phil Vettel, Former Chicago Tribune Food Critic

Robert Zentner, Philanthropist

Todd Hatoff, Former President/CEO/Owner Allen Brothers

Tom Kehoe, Kehoe Designs

Tracey Tarantino DiBuono, Founder ZZAZZ Productions

Sargent M. McCormick, International Harvester

Sherren Leigh, Founder Today’s Chicago Woman