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 seven years for two monthly regional magazines (CS and FrontDesk 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

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+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

American Personal & Private Chef Association (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

Work Samples


(CS Magazine 5/8/2009)
See how Chicago chefs are turning up the heat.
(CS magazine 3/21/2016)
(Men's Book Chicago 3/1/2016)
(CS magazine 1/1/2016)
(Men's Book Chicago 3/1/2016)
(Timeout Chicago 4/8/2015)
(CS Interiors 5/1/2015)
(Time Out Chicago 5/21/2009)
Bumping into chefs at local farmers’ markets is nothing new, but these days savvy chefs are working directly with farmers to grow exactly what they want.
(CS Interiors 12/1/2009)
Trend alert on tabletops
(CS magazine 6/1/2009)
A Downtown To Die For
(Front Desk 2/1/2010)
Eat Your Heart Out at These Romantic Spots
(CS magazine 2/1/2010)
Seeking winter romance? We're cuckoo for hot cocoa, bacon bourbon popcorn and the new, former roadie chef at Goose Island
(Tasting Table National 6/5/2009)
A chef's favorite gadget gets a makeover
(CS magazine 2/1/2010)
A handful of luxury properties in Chicago make living the high life -- sans commitment -- suddenly hip
(Men's Book 9/1/2015)
(Men's Book 9/1/2015)
(CS 7/1/2015)
(CS magazine 9/1/2013)
(CS Brides 4/1/2010)
Wedding cakes inspired by Chicago's architecture
(CS Brides 5/1/2009)
Traditional wedding pictures are a thing of the past
(Time Out Chicago 10/1/2008)
Communal table dining etiquette
(Time Out Chicago 6/1/2008)
Shanghai Terrace chef Calvin Soh gives a tour of Chinatown
(Time Out Chicago 6/7/2007)
A roundup of Chicago chefs with gardens
(UR Chicago 4/1/2008)
Traveling to Valencia and Madrid
(CS Brides 4/1/2010)
How Chicago restaurants are influencing what shows up at local weddings
(CS Brides 4/1/2010)
(CS Magazine 9/1/2008)
(Men's Book 5/1/2009)
For the hottest menus in town belly up to the bar
(CS 4/1/2009)
A brunch renaissance, tasty tapas and chic fried chicken rule local menus
(Frontdesk 5/1/2009)
Tapas go all the way gourmet at the new Pintxos
(Frontdesk 5/1/2009)
Tip your glass to these stellar outdoor patios
(CS Brides 5/1/2009)
Four Chicago sugar flower masters take the cake to the limit
(CS Brides 5/1/2009)
A magazine maven finds her top chef
(CS 9/1/2007)
In their Gold Coast contemporary dream house a real estate power player and his wife broker one of the city's sweetest windows to the world
(Front Desk Chicago 10/1/2008)
Chefs get creative with Pop Rocks
(Front Desk Chicago 10/1/2008)
A preview of Duchamp
(Chef Magazine 7/1/2004)
Food 'glue' and the chefs using it
(Time Out Chicago 2/1/2006)
Highlights of the 2006 Madrid Fusion expo
(Sante Magazine 9/1/2008)
A primer on German knives
(Men's Book 9/1/2015)
(CS magazine 10/1/2015)
(Chicago Reader 11/12/2009)
(CS magazine 7/1/2011)
(CS 4/30/2013)
(CS magazine 5/1/2016)
A review of Chicago's Oriole restaurant
(CS magazine 4/1/2016)
Chicago's famed Alinea restaurant opens a pop-up in Madrid. We had to see it for ourselves.
(CS magazine 4/1/2016)
Former Spiaggia Sarah Grueneberg opens her first solo restaurant, Monteverde
(CS magazine 6/1/2016)
Chicago's The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Company partner up for a stellar production
(CS magazine 6/1/2016)
The James Beard Awards once again call Chicago home.
(CS magazine 10/26/2016)
(CS magazine 10/26/2016)
An annual restaurant feature of Chicago's top restaurants, chefs and mixologists
(CS magazine 8/1/2015)
(CS magazine 10/26/2016)
(Where Chicago 2/1/2010)
Chicago's top sweet shops
(Men's Book Chicago 5/12/2016)
Your next handcrafted cocktail is a lot closer than you might think.
(CS magazine 2/1/2010)
New Year's Eve at Double A