I'm Holly: a writer, editor and social media gal in Chicago.  

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Passionate about: coffee, old buildings, higher education, community development, and all things grammar.


Avoids: weak handshakes, slow walkers, the word "utilize," ignorance, and soft pretzels.


Odds & ends:

  • I am constantly seeking caffeine nirvana. Although I'm trying to perfect my pourover skills at home, you can find me all over the city trying to find the best cortado. 
  • My cat, Hazel, is the bee's knees. Check out her Instagram (yes, really.) to understand why I love her.
  • No matter how much of my life takes place online, I'll always be an undying advocate of snail mail. Give me your address and I'll drop you a card from one of Chicago's talented local artists.
  • I love college basketball something fierce. Growing up in Kansas City, I never wanted to go to college in nearby Lawrence, but the Kansas Jayhawks will always have my heart come basketball season.
  • Music is my lifeblood. See what I'm listening to today.
  • Two of my greatest passions can be found in cities' past (historic preservation) and in their present and future (urban planning). I'm lucky to live in a city that showcases plenty of both.

Documenting life: