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Hi, I’m Lauren! Chicago lover, language learner, wine drinker, food hoarder, and budget traveler.

I love all things about travel and culture, so that’s what my blog is all about. I just want to encourage people to go beyond the boundaries of their own comfort, be it the other side of the tracks or the other side of the globe.

Ciao, Chicago is a resource for any and everybody, but I have especially kept in mind people of color and the underrepresented narratives of our experiences abroad!


As a writer: I have written for and worked with numerous brands like Matador Network, Innclusive, and Black Bloggers United. My work ranges from anecdotal humor to informational write-ups. I am able to cover a variety of topics like working abroad, expat life, solo travel, group vacations, food and drink, hotel reviews, and more. If you are interested in having me write for you, please email lauren@ciao-chicago.com.
As a blog: My blog content focuses largely on budget travel, accommodations, food, languages, and personal stories. Ciao, Chicago captures an audience of 77% Americans, 80% females, and over 70% 18-34 year olds (according to a 30 day report run 7/7/17). If you would like to have your business or project featured on Ciao, Chicago, please email lauren@ciao-chicago.com.


I also make beauty and travel YouTube videos! Click the photo below to check out my channel. If you find anything you like, be sure to subscribe and share!