Ari Bendersky

Chicago, IL USA

Professional Experience

Ari Bendersky is a Chicago-based lifestyle journalist, content strategist and content marketer specializing in food, wine, music, travel and wellness and the author of "1000 Food & Art Styling Ideas," published in Dec. 2013. Ari, the former founding editor of Eater Chicago, has been writing for 20 year. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Associated Press, Wine Enthusiast, Men's Journal, Saveur,, Chicago magazine, Health, Huffington Post, Crain's Chicago Business and many more publications. Most recently, Ari was the director of content/editor in chief for, where he helped develop and launch a magazine-like format for the natural and organic goods online marketplace. As a copywriter/content marketer, he has worked on campaigns for Milk, United, Orbitz, Hyatt Hotels, U.S. Army, Clif Bar, Gatorade and more. CONTACT ME: 773.791.9107


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20 Years


10 Years
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Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
18 Years
Online/new media
18 Years
Marketing (in-house) - Small to mid-sized corp. cl
9 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

21 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Out magazine (10+), Michigan Avenue Magazine (10+), Marriott Traveler (10+), (6-10), New York Times (6-10), Wine Enthusiast (10+), The Men's Book (Modern Luxury imprint) (10+), CS Magazine (Chicago Social) (6-10), Urban Daddy (3-5), Out Traveler (1-2), Chicago Sun-Times (1-2), (10+), Daily Candy (10+), Chicago Tribune (10+), (Chicago) (10+), Concierge Preferred magazine (10+), (10+), Crain's Chicago Business (10+), Associated Press (10+), (10+), Restaurant, Inc. (10+), Rolling Stone (10+), (10+), The Daily Beast (3-5), (1-2), Men's Journal (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Orbitz (10+), Shutterfly (10+), Weber Shandwick (6-10), (10+), Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (10+), Hyatt Hotels (10+), United Airlines (3-5), Sotheby's International Realty (3-5), Time Warner Digital Cable (1-2), U.S. Army ( (1-2), Butterfinger (1-2), Artisan (1-2), Classic Residence by Hyatt (1-2), Clif Bar (1-2), Comcast (1-2), IDEO (1-2), Gatorade (1-2)

Other Work History

Director of content, Editor, Eater Chicago Editor in Chief of UR Chicago magazine Editor/Staff Writer Editor of Eater Chicago Blogger at Huffington Post Wine Shopping Columnist at Editor of (now

Foreign Language Skills

conversant in Spanish

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, OS X, Windows XP, Adobe Photoshop


MacBook Pro; Nikon Coolpix (16mp) digital camera; digital audio recorder


references available upon request


MediaBistro Avant Guild member



Profile of chef Erick Williams of Chicago's MK who grew up in one of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods and why he chose to move back, once he became successful, and how he impacts his community.
Article with slideshow featuring 10 bourbons from outside Kentucky.
Q&A with TV personality and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain
What to eat, drink and do in Louisville for a long weekend.
The lesser-known version of Pinot Noir, white Pinot Noir, is being made by producers in California, Germany and Italy. Here's what you need to know about it and why you should be drinking it.
A culinary travel piece to Maine with Michelin-starred chef Ryan McCaskey
Overview of newer restaurants, bars, shops, brewpubs and distilleries in Evanston, Ill., in the New York Times travel section
Q&A with master sommelier and restaurateur Alpana Singh on picking budget-friendly wines for business-focused dinners.
A review in the New York Times's travel column Bites on Chicago's Girl & The Goat restaurant, owned by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard
Virgin Hotels is opening its first North American property in Chicago. I got the first look at the restaurants/bars for Crain's.
Profile of Sophie's, the restaurant at Chicago's Saks Fifth Avenue.
Adding beer to a recipe can add complexity to a variety of dishes, but not every beer works with every recipe. This is for trade publication Restaurant, Inc.
A new column for about where chefs drink when not at work. Up first: chef John Manion from Chicago's La Sirena Clandestina.
Restaurant review of Chicago's kosher barbecue spot Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed.
Article about the rising tea trend among bartenders and mixologists.
An article talking with chefs and bakers around the U.S. who incorporate wine or beer into bread recipes.
Profile of Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio's first Chicago restaurant, Tanta.
Profile of Chicago's first upscale and Michelin-starred gluten-free restaurant, Senza
A round-up of great restaurants and shops in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.
Interview and profile with Chicago-based mixologist Charles Joly discussing drink trends, popular ingredients and his secrets to great cocktails.
Roundup of the best rum and tiki bars in Chicago including Lost Lake, Three Dots and a Dash and the Violet Hour.
Article for this restaurant industry trade publication about the rising trend of restaurants and quick-service restaurants using self-service ordering kiosks
Q&A with chefs and restaurateurs around the US about whether Restaurant Week makes sense for their business.
A round-up of big, cozy California red wines
Overview of 3 Chicago breweries based on flavor profile and brewing style.
Q&A with Jassil Villanueva, the youngest master rum blender in the world about her family's rum company, Brugal, and their latest blue-chip release.
This is the first in a series of three articles about California Wine Country that goes beyond Napa. In this first article, I write about Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties and recommend wineries, hotels, restaurants and other travel attractions.
Profile with a Q&A of executive chef Lee Wolen, from Michelin-starred Boka Chicago, for Plate magazine's 2015 Chefs to Watch issue.
Profile of Chicago restaurant The Promontory in the South Side Hyde Park neighborhood from Michelin-starred chef Jared Wentworth.
Interview with alt country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile
Interview with Dave Matthews
A tour through a few of Chicago's neighborhoods - Uptown, Logan Square and Fulton Market - via public transportation.
Interview with British pop band Keane
Travel round-up previewing Telluride gay ski week
A new column for highlights great restaurants just off the city's EL train lines throughout Chicago.
News story about slagging ticket sales for summer concerts in 2004.
Chef Brandon Baltzley returns to Chicago for a 3-day pop-up restaurant.
Chicago radio personality Kathy Hart details plans for a new restaurant and music venue she's opening in suburban Chicago with her husband. Crain's got the scoop.
Round-up of green/environmentally friendly household cleaning products
A profile of Dose Market, a market for food, fashion and design, in Chicago.
Go beyond the Bean with this ultimate Chicago guide to restaurants, bars, museums, parks and more.
Q&A with award-winning mixologist and sommelier Benjamin Schiller
Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard's former right-hand woman, Jen Eisen, gave Crain's the exclusive details of her own restaurant.
Highlighting some of Chicago's best hidden patios for outdoor dining. Was part of the Al Fresco issue to help kick off summer.
Renowned interior designer Karen Herold, who is responsible for the look of many hot Chicago restaurants while at 555 International, opened her own design firm, Studio K.
An exclusive story that worldwide pastry sensation Wonuts -- a waffle donut hybrid -- would launch a standalone kiosk at Chicago's Water Tower Place shopping center.
A round up of the best tequila and mezcal bars in Chicago, posted for Cinco de Mayo
A day on Chicago's Riverwalk with kayaking, dining, concerts and more
A lifestyle piece for the Daily Beast (as sponsored content with Land Rover) about a monthly summertime happening in Chicago called the Full Moon Jam.
News story on the Montreal music scene
A look at Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings in the Chicago area and his impact on architecture and design. With interviews with the head of Chicago Architecture Foundation and Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
How to Set Up a Killer Home Bar with the right spirits, tools and more.
Profile of celebrity chef and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard's second restaurant, the upscale diner Little Goat.
What is barrel-aged gin and what are you supposed to do with it? This article breaks down how this spirit is produced, who is making it and how you can add it to cocktails.
Round-up on Rioja wines after visiting the Spanish wine region in summer of 2007
Interview with Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi just after the band returned from an Asian tour
Cover story: Q&A with chef Tony Mantuano and sommelier Rachael Lowe from Chicago's Spiaggia
Part of's Drink Here Now feature listing the 173 most important bars in America today
Interview with Melissa Etheridge
Review of Japanese Foot Reflexology wellness treatment
Interview with Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner before their debut album was released in the US
Interview with My Morning Jacket
round-up of men's shaving products
Round-up and review of good wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner
Learn how to set up a home wine cellar on a budget with advice from a wine expert.
Part of's Drink Here Now feature of the 173 essential bars in America today.
How a wine expert and award-winning sommelier creates an 800-bottle wine list for a new steakhouse.
Recently Chicago has seen a rise in the number of microbreweries and brewpubs enter the city. I did this piece for the New York Times travel section to highlight the emergence of this new scene.
When should chefs consider packaging their products for a consumer marketplace? Interviews with chefs for this restaurant trade publication
Interview with Julian Casablancas and Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes during their winter/spring 2006 North American tour
Interview with actress and singer Mandy Moore
Review of wellness treatment ashiatsu oriental bar therapy at Chicago's Sir Spa

Content Marketing

Article about the benefits of a natural pet food diet for dogs.
Wellness article explaining how people can try different yoga poses to get a better night's sleep.
using yoga to help the body detox naturally
Trend story about the benefits of using green and eco-friendly cleaning products in your home.
Promotional travel page overview on Chile, includes top-level tourist information on various locations in Chile including Santiago, Easter Island, Patagonia and Chile's wine country
Using fresh, locally sourced produce can make delicious healthy smoothies and boost your daily nutrient intake.
I worked with Airbnb to curate a "best of" neighborhood guide for Chicago to showcase hidden gems, restaurants, cafes, outdoor spaces and more.
A health-related article highlighting the need for people to get ample protein at certain points throughout the day.
Article about why protein-filled foods -- over sugar- and fat-filled foods -- are better snacks when you get hungry
Promotional travel page overview on Peru, includes top-level tourist information on various locations in Peru including Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Lima and Cuzco.
Adding milk to breakfast adds additional protein to the recommended 25-30 grams per meal.
Tips to plan and go on a budget-friendly vacation
Q&A with Oscar-winning documentarian Laurie David on her latest movie, Fed Up.
A guide to some of the best beachfront restaurants in the world.
Article talking about adding more protein to your breakfast with 5 easy-to-make smoothies that contain milk.
How to choose the right dog for you and your lifestyle.
Tips to find a new rental apartment
Whether you're grilling meat, fish or vegetables, the perfect wine to pair is out there for your summer barbecue.
Comparing the protein count in milk vs other popular morning breakfast items.
Promotional travel page overview on Argentina, includes top-level tourist information on various locations in Argentina including Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Mendoza
The best way to stream music with services like Spotify, Songza, Apple Music and Sonos.
Q&A with Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn
Hungry? Here are 14 useful restaurant apps to help fill your belly


Example of original copywriting work for the U.S. Army website:
I created a series of banner ads for a Butterfinger Crisp online campaign. When this is animated, the banner shows the candy bar being constructed and eaten simultaneously, hence the tagline: Don't Worry, We Have More.
I worked with the design and strategy team at Manifest Digital in Chicago to create and refine copy on the homepage and throughout the website leading up to the site's launch in late January 2010. Tix4Cause is an online marketplace to buy donated tickets for concerts, sporting events, theater and more with proceeds going to participating charities.
Ad in Hemispheres magazine promoting United Cruises
Gatorade developed a microsite within their main website to assist high school coaches in better developing coaching programs for their athletes
Billboard announcing new service for Ted, United's shuttle, between San Francisco and Ontario, Calif.
Created headline and body copy highlighting a contest targeting the design community
Gatorade developed a microsite for athletic trainers

Video Production

The first in a six-part lifestyle video series for leading Chicago real estate company @Properties. This video focused on the theme of mixology to highlight neighborhoods to help realtors sell properties to potential clients.