The latest from Michigan Avenue editor-in-chief J.P. Anderson.
From left: Celebrating the preview of Louis XIII cognac’s John Malkovich-starring film 100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See with the dapper Yves de Launay, Louis XIII Vice President, Americas; reuniting with our November ‘14 cover star, the ever-glam Cindy Crawford, at the unveiling of Art Van Furniture’s fall catalog; and congratulating Chicago Ideas founder Brad Keywell on another incredibly successful Ideas Week this fall.
I admit it: I have an Instagram problem. What started out as a casual pastime—posting the occasional photo from my adventures out and about in Chicago and wherever else my travels take me—has recently progressed into a full-blown obsession: Fastidiously composing each shot; agonizing over filter choice (Clarendon or Juno?!?); researching optimal hashtag usage; and poring over the millions of photos being posted 24 hours a day by ’grammers around the world.
I’m certainly not alone. From Instagram and Twitter to Snapchat and that old stalwart Facebook, social media has revolutionized the way we interact with the rest of the world, giving us a voice to share our opinions and our perspective with everyone on the planet. And those who have mastered the game—racking up tens of thousands or even millions of followers—are society’s new celebs, wielding serious influence and a powerful platform. To paraphrase the old slogan, when they post, people listen.
In this, our Winter issue, we shine the spotlight on these new Chicago celebrities, some of the biggest movers and shakers in the city’s social media scene. From foodie force Samantha Roby (@chicagofoodauthority) to Style Charade fashionista Jenn Lake (@jenniferlake) and architecture whiz Neal Kumar (@nealkumar), these Windy City residents and Instagram stars give us the scoop on their inspirations, their favorite Chicago spots to shoot, and the secrets to their success.
Equally post-worthy? Our coverage of the season’s gotta-be-there events, from the Joffrey Ballet’s breathlessly anticipated, brand-new Nutcracker to the MCA’s edgy take on Beauty and the Beast. You can bet I’ll be there, taking in the best of winter in the Windy City—and, of course, Instagramming away.