Lisa Shames

Chicago, IL USA

Professional Experience

Specializing in food writing, including chefs and restaurants, I've covered topics ranging from a three-day food expo in Spain (Madrid Fusion) and how chefs are storing their cheese to a new ingredient that 'glues' proteins together. In addition, I've been covering the local dining and culture scene in Chicago for the last 10 years for two monthly regional magazines (CS and Men's Book Chicago), which includes articles on new restaurants, restaurant reviews, cultural events and shopping. With writing experience that includes consumer, trade and custom-published magazines as well as extensive experience on the Web, I understand the importance of writing for a specific audience. Beyond food, I've also written articles about entertainment, travel, culture, design and weddings.


Copy Editor
14 Years
10 Years
15 Years


14 Years
14 Years
8 Years


Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
10 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
5 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

CS Interiors (10+), Where Chicago (10+), So Good magazine (10+), Dining Out Chicago (1-2), Chicago Athlete (1-2), Men\'s Book (10+), Citysearch Chicago (10+), CS Brides (10+), Frontdesk Chicago (10+), Gayot (10+), Hot List Chicago and Atlanta (10+), Legends Magazine (10+), JuliB (10+), CS Magazine (10+), Daily Candy (10+), Not for Tourists Guide Chicago (10+), Tasting Table (10+), Time Out Chicago (10+), UR Chicago (10+)

Other Work History

Senior and Dining Editor at CS and Men's Book magazines, Editor-in-Chief FrontDesk magazine, Associate Editor of Where Chicago magazine, Editor in Chief of Front Desk Chicago, Manager Editor of Legends Magazine, Senior Editor of Chef Magazine, Managing Editor of Equipment Solutions, Advertising Guide Editor, L.A. Weekly

Foreign Language Skills

Conversant in Spanish and French

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Windows XP, InDesign, Quark


PowerBook, digital camera, digital voice recorder


Available upon request


Media Bistro Avant Guild Member



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