The Paradox of 3D Printing Japanese Fake Food Replicas / The New Stack

It began with an overwhelming desire for Japanese food. Not to eat it, but to see if those delectable, hyper-real plastic Japanese fake food dinner replicas could be perfectly replicated. If it’s possible to 3D print KFC’s Colonel’s Original Recipe chicken, edible Oreos, and Foodini’s pizza dough and tomato sauce, why not Japanese food, which is typically made […]

3D Printing Is Creating a New Arts Economy / The New Stack

It’s not just glue gun art for nerds anymore As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is becoming more affordable and accessible, it is similarly seeping into design worlds such as jewelry and miniature furniture and theater set building. Rather than just printing tiny objects for pleasure or decoration, 3D printers are also creating new options […]

“Doing It For the Dead Animals: Andersonville’s Woolly Mammoth” / Gapers Block

Adam Rust and Skye Enyeart-Rust live for adventure. Whereas a more practical business owner will tell you they opened their shop because they saw a market need, this couple did it for the thrill. For the kill, you might even say. “We were on a belated honeymoon and had been traveling all over Turkey and […]

ReadWriteWeb Tech Culture Reporter

ReadWriteWeb is one of the Internet’s leading tech news sites. From October 2011–July 2012, I served as a reporter for ReadWriteWeb. I covered the intersection of social networks, culture and communication. My most recent coverage includes Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, the future of photo-sharing apps on the Web, the implications of posting photos of kids to […] Associate Editor

From January–September 2011, Alicia served as the Associate Editor of Here is a list of her complete duties: • Discovering and curating top viral content daily • Writing irresistibly clicky headlines and ledes for viral content posts • Tracking memes and viral trends in the progressive politics niche • Managing contributing editors and online […]

Theater Editor & Writer, Chicago Sun-Times’

Centerstage is Chicago’s original city guide. Launched before Yelp and a plethora of mobile apps became the way for people to navigate Chicago, was the most Google-able site for reliable information on local venues. I worked with Centerstage from September 2007–March 2009. I began working with as a venue writer and freelance theater […]

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Gunner’s in Wicker Park

At this self-proclaimed “grown-up bar,” Eric Palm, who worked at The Matchbox for 14 years, and his brother Dan Palm, who put in seven-plus years at Silver Palm, decided to go out on their own. The result is a swank Wicker Park joint covered in lots of wood and lined on the ceiling with tin. […]

Turks Know Yogurt

Turkey is the birthplace of yogurt, and Turks are the yogurt experts, especially at Berry Moon, a Lincoln Park fro-yo joint. Turkish owners and yogurt fanatics Tayfur Arsu, Akif Keskin and Aziz Kork know delicious low-fat, high-quality yogurt. Click here to read my review of Berry Moon. Tweet

Arts & Entertainment Community Manager, Chicago Tribune’s

I was the Arts and Entertainment Community Manager at the Chicago Tribune’s site from March 2009–March 2010. This blog network was one of the first of its kind to exist within the context of a mainstream media organization. I was proud to help launch the site, and build up the arts and entertainment section. Some of […]