current assignments: misc. entries for the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails / Prairie School for Chicago Magazine

Profile: Knob Creek Rye

After sampling Knob Creek Rye at the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail convention, I knew it would make a great “MJ Approved” for Men’s Journal: gents love and trust the Knob Creek brand, and the rye is one of the best I’ve had in its price-point. Knob Creek wound up quoting this article in its marketing materials thereafter.
October 5, 2012

Profile: Art in the Age SAGE

Following the success of SNAP and ROOT, Art in the Age introduced SAGE — a kind of un-gin that I felt was perfect for Men’s Journal’s “MJ Approved” series.
August 24, 2012

Profile: Barrelhouse Flat's house cocktails

Barrelhouse Flat, a gem among Chicago’s craft cocktail bars, impressively augmented its house-made cocktail program in Summer 2012 — perfect fodder for Tasting Table’s audience.

Tasting Table Chicago
August 8, 2012

Profile: Koval Sunchoke spirit

As a longtime fan of Koval, one of Chicago’s first craft spirits distilleries, I was curious to try the bespoke liqueur maker’s summer release: sunchoke. It’s an acquired taste, for sure, but one that Tasting Table readers would dig.

Tasting Table Chicago
July 20, 2012

Profile: Bow Truss

One of Chicago’s newest independent coffee makers recently opened a retail counter in the front of its roasting storefront, with a few notable features: minimalist vintage-industrial aesthetics, a pleasantly low-key soundtrack, and — gasp — no wifi.

July 6, 2012

Profile: The Plant

What do a kambucha brewery, an artisanal bakery and a tilapia fish farm have in common? They’re all tenants of The Plant, an organic sustainable food-and-drink incubator on Chicago’s South Side.

May 31, 2012

Profile: Jane Addams Hull-House art lending library

Founded on the merits of helping everyday citizens have access to arts and culture, the Jane Addams Hull-House museum recently reopened its century-old lending library, tapping curators tied to Chicago’s up-and-coming gallery scene.

April 11, 2012

LAUREN VIERA has written articles on the arts, culture, style, dining, drinking, travel and leisure for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, T Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Men’s Journal, Imbibe, Forbes Travel Guide and many others. She landed in Chicago after a stint in New York on the launch staff of Lucky Magazine at Condé Nast Publications, where she also contributed to the company’s Special Editorial Projects division. She teaches English at Columbia College, and daydreams about resurrecting her monthly cocktail club and/or getting the band back together. She is a graduate of Oberlin College where she studied music and architecture, but spent most of her time in the basement office of The Oberlin Review falling in love with journalism.

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