Meet the TLTeam

Meet the members of our TLTeam! These are the people that keep you in the know and make The Local Tourist great!

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Mafia Hairdresser is the title of Jon-David's first novel. To market his own eBooks, Jon-David applied his promotional skills, gleaned from being a salon owner, actor and ...

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Aja Cacan

I love tacos. Quasi-vegetarian. Yogi. Idea fiend. Wanderluster. Gringa. Unapologetically terrible dancer.

Talk to me about: kittens, novels, food & cooking, travel, photography, bodies of water, Eastern spirituality, change.


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Cara Carriveau

You may have heard my voice on Chicago radio...on 97.9 WLUP The Loop, 101.9 WTMX The Mix, Rock 103.5 WRCX and currently Chicago's 100.3. I also host Cara's Basement, a podcast allowing you to...

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Theresa Carter

Theresa’s job is telling people where to go – literally. As the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist, she’s made a living out of finding and recommending the best places to go and things to do. After moving to Chicago in 2001 she turned her degree in Journalism and her passion for exploring her new home into a neighborhood-oriented website that would help people get the most...

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Suzanne Cohen

Suzanne makes words sing. A lifestyle and corporate writer who specializes in snappy copy and interviewing people, she's passionate about writing, social media, health and wellness, tennis and exploring the world and our fair city. She also spends time as an Open...

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Tommy Hensel

I have worked most of my life in two fields - the theatrical world and the holistic healing world. Besides working as actor, singer, director and producer I also work as a psychic, hands-on-healer, feng shui consultant and life coach. Eclectic, huh? LOL You can check out or my personal...

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Taneisha Jordan

After attending Dominican University for degrees in both Communications of Arts and Sciences and Journalism in River Forest, Taneisha made it her mission to inform the world of their incredulous fashion faux paus and wardrobe missteps. This in turn, lead to her taking several employment positions in retail to help establish and refine her sense of style, as well as her quick...

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Joe Piehl

One of the site’s longest contributors, Joe has been a TLT contributor since 2010 and he is the Chicago Editor. With a love for both beer and whiskey, he primarily focuses on activities north of the Loop, but is always looking for reasons to venture south and west. Outside TLT, Joe writes a travel blog: Joe the Explorer...

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Suzanne White Montiel

A lifelong citizen of California until December 2010, Suzanne moved to Chicago just in time for "Snowpocalypse 2011" and thought it was fun watching people dig their cars out of the snow … until she had to walk in the stuff. Now an Art Institute member, avid restaurant diner, and CTA embracer, she loves living in such a culturally diverse, architecturally rich city, even if she...

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Lori Wilson

On the lookout for new ways to stay active and in shape. Preferably without it feeling too much like an actual workout. 

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Amy Zagroba

Marketing Representative for Heartland Blood Centers, Networker, Lifelong learner, Local Tourist, Mom........always looking for new opportunities to meet, connect and help people.

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