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Jacky Runice, Chicago Local Expert

About Jacky

Jacky Runice

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

Some of Chicago's Best Take Out Food Options
10Best List

Trust this lifelong Chicagoan when she says it wasn't all that long ago that take-out was limited to pizza, hot dogs, burgers, subs and tacos - not that there's anything wrong with that and wow - do we have...


Let Love Rule: Romantic Things to do in Chicago
10Best List

Chicago is a city full of possibilities and that goes for romance, too.  If the weather is not completely Arctic, nothing beats a scenic stroll hand-in-hand along the city's beautiful lakefront path with the...


10 ways to support your local restaurants

Restaurants and bars have been there for our birthdays, anniversaries, first dates, reunions with friends or just on a particularly bad day when a cold drink and great meal can be transforming. Restaurants and...