The Chicago Chic is an online resource cataloguing modern Chicago culture with a focus on millennials, parents, change makers and the creative community. Launched in January 2013, the blog provides a globalist perspective on local Chicago businesses, culture, food, architecture and fashion. The blog is edited by Nancy Rahman, who is also the founder and contributing photographer. The website’s mission is to expose Chicago to the global eye by building engaging and inspiring stories for it’s readers and followers.
Editor’s note: I started the Chicago Chic late 2012 in the hope that I can capture and share the sights and sounds of the city, documenting it for family and friends back home. It’s now grown to fulfill a bigger purpose and mission with the help of my friends and contributing writers. I hope you enjoy reading and exploring a place where we can introduce this incredible city and people that shape Chicago, with a global perspective.
A personal thanks to everyone that is a part of this project.
Nancy Rahman Born in Cairo, I have lived most of my life in Dubai with a stint in New York for college and now living in Chicago with my (British) husband and son. Growing up, I’ve always been interested in the Arts but pursued careers in other industries. Living in New York and London, addictions to fashion and art magazines, an insatiable appetite for travel and an embarrassing number of music festivals- I’ve exposed myself to all sorts of creativity & culture which gave me an opportunity to start an Art & Culture project, The Chicago Chic. A connector by nature, people have inspired my work, career and life general. I enjoy featuring local Chicagoans and entrepreneurs, write about Fashion and Travel journals of places I visit. Please get in touch, I’d love to hear your thoughts! nancy(at)thechicagochic.com
Jason Pullan is a Chicago native who was born with a keen eye for menswear. After spending two years on the East coast for graduate school to become an occupational therapist, he was been influenced by New York & Boston fashion. Jason was also one of the top selling men’s stylists at a luxury department store in Chicago, has won a national contest with GQ magazine, and is a part of the “GQ Insider” blogger network. His personal style can be described as combining traditional silhouettes, with a modern twist, and a touch of detail. Currently residing in New York City, he has made it his personal goal to not only report on the musings of major international designers and project his own personal style, but to represent genuine Chicago style in the Big Apple. Check out his posts under the CHIC MAN. jason(at)thechicagochic(dot)com
Priya Sawlani is a travel and food junkie, who has lived and eaten her way through Mumbai, Madrid, Birmingham, Paris and Dubai. After an exciting finance career at Walt Disney Spain, her marriage brought her to Chicago where she discovered the progressive food scene of the windy city. She loves discovering new cultures, one plate at a time and believes that a delicious meal can be found anywhere from a strip mall, to a food truck or a 3 Michelin star restaurant. She hopes that her words can inspire you to discover new culinary adventures! priya(at)thechicagochic(dot)com
Assistant Food Editor
Leah Nolan is an ardent food enthusiast. To say she’s obsessed with the Chicago food scene is an understatement. With an unquenchable curiosity about the world, she loves to travel and dive into new culinary spaces. As a content editor, graphic designer, and food stylist by day, she loves combining her passion for food with her love of writing and design. Her goal is to inspire people to appreciate extraordinary food in Chicago and the story behind the restaurant as much as she does.. leah(at)thechicagochic(dot)com
Aimee Gasior is a Chicago native working in Finance by day and transforms into a food & beverage expert in the evenings. She continues to develop her knowledge and expertise in the hospitality world, in hopes of one day merging her two worlds together as a future career. Besides keeping up with the new and upcoming beverage and restaurant scene around town, Aimee spends her time traveling in aims of discovering a new culinary experience or trend. Her goal is to share her own personal experiences and familiarity with Chicago and provide each reader with a memorable experience that they can create for themselves through her tips and selection.
Fashion Stylist & Writer
Kristie Jorfald is a multi-cultural, wardrobe stylist and fashion expert raised by a passionate Colombian mother & a Norwegian father in Chicago. Kristie has worked in NYC and LA, and is now working in her native city of Chicago styling her way through. Her professional expertise runs from working with celebrities for editorials, personal shopping, red carpet, events, commercials to styling women on Style Network’s makeover show: How Do I Look? She hopes to spread her passion for fashion by helping her readers feel and look more confident all over- globally.
Haley Robles is a small town fashionista to windy city fashion maven, Haley Robles makes a statement on Chicago’s chic and contemporary fashion trends. Haley’s world revolves around fashion by working regularly at New York Fashion week, Fashion PR in the big apple, Fashion show production in Chicago, Photo-shoot styling and fashion reporting for magazines. Her personal style is a sophisticated twist on street wear. She plans to bring you the latest in cutting edge fashion trends with a cultural, fresh and an urban perspective. fashion(at)thechicagochic.com
Lauren Fern is a Chicago socialite and fashion professional. She has produced successful fashion shows, and styled for many photo-shoots throughout the city. As out womenswear expert, she reports on important fashion news, releases and trends. Her work is well known throughout the city and she has grand plans of making Chicago well known for it’s fashion industry. fashion(at)thechicagochic.com
Andrew Tyler Nelson is an architectural designer specializing in aviation design in Chicago. With a Masters in architecture degree his belt (SCAD), Andrew shares with us photos and facts about a topic that Chicago is globally celebrated for: Architecture. A Chicagoland native with a passion for architecture, he is constantly inspired by the built environment around him: Art, culture and technology all play key roles in shaping his work. An avid traveler, he has been inspired by his trips to North America, Europe and the Middle East with favorite cities (besides Chicago) including Savannah GA, London, Dubai, Rome, and Quebec City. Andrew has also spent a brief period living and working in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Middle East.
Chicago Fashion Features Writer
Hiba Abdillahi is a born and bred Chicagoan who falls in love with the city more and more each day. A fashion loving journalist and a Fashion Journalism student at Colombia College Chicago, Hiba plans to share her knowledge and scour Chicago’s best fashion finds, boutiques while featuring some of Chicago’s top fashion personalities. Having assisted for editorial work at Modern Luxury and other top fashion magazines, Hiba is well aware of progressing fashion cultures- both globally and locally. Her family is originally from Somalia and therefore grew up in a culture that celebrates patterns and colour in everyday dressing with Iman being her Somali fashion role model. Make sure you check out her tips on where to shop when visiting Chicago and how to prepare for the fabulous Chicago life if moving here, Hiba vows to bring the best of Chicago directly to you.
Jordan Frey is a fashion photographer located in Chicago, IL. She’s currently a full-time student at Columbia College-Chicago where she is majoring in Photography with a fashion concentration and minoring in fashion business. Jordan is working as a freelance photographer and continues to build her portfolio by photographing models, bloggers and artists. “This is not only my career, it is my life. Photography allows me to express myself and I can honestly say, I will never just have a job, I have a lifelong passion.” (WEBSITE)
Jocelyn Smith was born and raised in Arkansas and now resides in Manhattan. After graduating from the University of Arkansas she moved to New York City and fully embraced her love for photography. By taking classes, interning with photographers, photo agencies, and taking her camera everywhere, Jocelyn continues to grow in the photography field. She loves travel photography, portraits, and shooting in natural light. Check out her work under CHIC MAN. (WEBSITE)