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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

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It's a Bounty of Food and Fall Fun in Chicago

Each season brings its own joy to Chicago and autumn does not disappoint. While exciting hotel and restaurant openings (like VU, the South Loop’s first rooftop bar) continue to entertain locals and visitors,...


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Enjoy Game Day at Chicago's Best Sports Bars

Although the old "Saturday Night Live" sketch about Chicago's sports "Superfans" and their "Da Bears" and "Da Bulls" refrain represents a real Chicago culture, there are so many sub-categories of sports loving...


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Chicago Hotels Well Suited for Kids and Families

Traveling with kids is stressful. Their little legs get tired, the attention span is fleeting and teenagers can be a general pain in the keister on the road. Finding the right hotel can make the belly-aching...


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Where to Hear Great Blues and Jazz in Chicago

Music lovers crowd Chicago’s blues and jazz clubs where legendary figures as Von Freeman, Franz Jackson and Eddy Clearwater have played. The city’s annual Chicago Blues Fest and Chicago Jazz Fest are popular free...


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The Best Museums in Chicago for Families

Parents appreciate the fact that most of Chicago's world-renowned museums offer family-specific tours, activities and interactive events that engage young minds yet are just as enjoyable for adults. While the...