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Jacky Runice, Chicago Local Expert

About Jacky

Born in Bucktown when bulletproof was a home safety choice and not a coffee order, Jacky Runice has been knocking around Chicago as a professional print, online and broadcast journalist and editor specializing in separating the riff from the raff in politics, culture, entertainment, food and pure unadulterated fun.

In her best Chicagoese, Jacky asks, "Who has the time or money to blow on hotels, attractions, restaurants, exhibits, concerts and activities that blow?" 


Special Interests

Jacky knows a lot about:

  • Pizza, panuchos and pierogi
  • Exceptional accomodations
  • Dodging the banal

Jacky's Special Recommendations for Chicago

"Visit a 'real' neighborhood before it gets the gentrification overhaul of tidy uniformity. Try Bridgeport for old world bakery or Uptown for banh mi."

10Best Lists by Jacky Runice

10Best List

The Best in the Midwest: Chicago's Luxury Hotels

There are so many extraordinary hotels in the world and Chicago is home to an embarrassment of riches in terms of luxe properties. These hotels are expert at accommodations, public spaces, spa, dining and service,...


10Best List

10 Free Things to Do in Chicago Year-Round

When you see the price of admission to museums you'll be giad to know that most of our world-class museums offer free days - so check the web sites and plan your visit accordingly. Want to enjoy a scenic path for...