What is Cheeky?
CheekyChicago is an online lifestyle magazine for the women of Chicago. It is your social destination to the most exciting happenings in the city. Cheeky is your monthly event host, your weekly newsletter and your daily dose on all things fresh, feminine and fun. Cheeky gives back to our savvy community by offering fabulous perks and VIP status with our exclusive Cheeky Card Program.
CheekyChicago is your ultimate key to the city.
To say that Jessica and Erica Bethe became fast friends is an understatement.
In the girliest, most platonic terms: it was love at first sight. Or rather–love at first bite. The friendship between the two women really began with their mutual joy for going out in style, finding the latest, greatest restaurants, throwing down some wine and gabbing all night. The next day, they would re-live and critique every detail of the evening, only to start searching for the next great find. Whatever else lay hidden inside the nooks and crannies of Chicago, they were sure to uncover it.
They were struck–not only by this shared passion–but most importantly, by the openness and sincerity they each possessed that allowed such a fast friendship to transpire. This killer combo of ingenuity, open-heartedness and love for all things Chicago inspired the creation of CheekyChicago.com. Through this website Jessica and Erica's biggest and only hope is that the women across the Windy City embrace the cheekiness of Chicago but, most of all, embrace the cheekiness in themselves and each other.
Simply put: Stephanie is a wine and spirits guru. A Social Media Strategist by day and the Drink Editor of Chicago Scene by night, she has her pulse on the latest liquor trends and could probably teach a course on the difference between Scotch and Whiskey.Read more
Born and raised in Chicago, Jennifer has been spreading her charitable wings since she was very little; wearing adult sized t-shirts down to her knees – volunteering at multiple fundraisers, walks and motorcycle rides held by The American Brain Tumor Association.Read more
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In loving memory of Anne Marie Schlekeway, the Cheekiest Chick we’ve ever known, who recently lost her admirably courageous battle with the very disease she fought so hard against, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In her honor, please support a charity that Anne Marie was extremely passionate about: Augie’s Quest. Augie’s Quest, an ALS research initiative, is an aggressive, cure-driven effort focused on finding treatments and cures for ALS. Anne Marie, thank you for your words of wisdom – it has been a privilege and an honor to publish them. You have affected everyone who has ever had the privilege of reading them. Thank you from the bottom of our heart. We are raising a glass of pink bubbles to you.
August 12, 1966 – December 9, 2010
Christine Hassler is a life coach, professional speaker and author specializing in the twenty-something life phase. Christine coaches individuals, organizations and corporations with the intention of empowering young professionals (Gen Y) and bridging generational gaps in the workplace. As a speaker, Christine delivers engaging and informative keynotes to conferences, colleges and businesses around the country.Read more
The Wine Guide comes to Cheeky with experience in a variety of journalistic endeavors. An award-winning producer, television anchor and magazine writer, she explores topics of interest with her own unique sense of humor. Now working in the wine industry, she will take you behind the scenes with exclusive interviews with winemakers, on the scene reports from the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma and share with you the latest trends in all things wine.Read more
Jennifer’s obsession with music and concerts has turned two of her hobbies into dreams come true. Never attending a concert without her camera since she was a freshman in high school, Jennifer now owns a fancy professional Canon Rebel T1i that is her most valued possession along with her MacBook Pro.Read more
Cheeky Kiki… where do we start with this Cheeky chick? Kiki is a reformed interior designer who started writing lifestyle pieces years ago only to fall into her dream job recently, as a food writer. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Kiki joins our Cheeky team as a dining and lifestyle expert.Read more
Sifting through brilliant silhouettes, romantic palettes and imaginative textures evokes a whimsical curiosity. Fashion has always excited Robin – whether piling on beaded necklaces and hosting makeover birthday parties in her 10’s or interviewing strangers about their undergarment style preferences for her college newspaper in her early 20’s.Read more
From as long as Erin can remember, her world has revolved around cooking a meal or enjoying one. She was lucky enough to learn her kitchen and entertaining skills from her classically trained mother, who showed her that some of the simplest recipes are the most delicious…. and best done while sharing a bottle of vino.Read more
Stacy’s passion for all things wellness started in her teenage years when she chanted her first “Om,” became a vegetarian and read just about every health magazine she could get her hands on. With a freshly minted degree in Journalism and Sociology, Stacy migrated from Indiana University to the West Coast to hone in on her passion for mind and body health.Read more
Sacha Krasney is the Owner of Squash U and Be U Brides and the Editor-in-Chief of Be U Weddings. Constantly a busy bee (if two companies weren’t enough!), Sacha also runs a sister stationery company, Squash U, an inventive and resourceful brand of wholesale invitations and design-your-own announcements and invitations website.Read more
Jenna is Cheeky’s new resident Pilates expert and Core Conditioning Champion! Founder and Director of Helios Center For Movement, Jenna has made it her mission to help Chicago get to the good stuff for posture, exercise and a lifestyle that shines from the inside out.Read more
Barbie Adler is a contributing columnist for Cheeky and president of Chicago’s top matchmaking firm Selective Search, an elite matchmaking firm that acts as a personal recruiter for the city’s most eligible bachelors. Selectively single women are invited to join for free by registering at selectivesearch.com.Read more
Christine Cikowski is the co-chef/founder of Sunday Dinner Club. She and co-chef Josh will be opening Honey Butter Fried Chicken restaurant in 2012. She spends much of her time fighting the urge to snack on mise en place and convincing herself that bourbon is always a good idea.Read more
Karie Hill is a financial freedom coach, speaker and writer who believes financial freedom is one of the greatest gifts a woman can give herself. She teaches smart women how to build healthy, wealthy money habits, remove their financial barriers, and create the kind of life they really desire.Read more
Marina is on a never ending quest to find the best destinations Chicago has to offer. Known for her whatever-it-takes enthusiasm, love for dining, celebrities and attending fun events in her very own hometown, Marina loves all things Chicago. She is naturally in tune with the pulse of the city – following it, finding it and sharing it.Read more
Wendy Widom is the President of Families in the Loop, Chicago’s hippest hub for parents. When she’s not sipping on an iced Intelligentsia decaf latte (yes, even in winter), she is creating a whole new fun and feisty conversation amongst urban moms and dads who remember how cool they were before they had kids.Read more
A devoted foodie, Sam loves nothing more than recommending restaurants and bars whether in conversation with friends or in writing reviews. She also loves cooking, games, reading, taking in the breeze off Lake Michigan on a hot day and visiting her favorite animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium.Read more
A Cheeky girl makes a first impression without saying a word. That’s what Kari loves most about fashion; dressing to express the day’s mood and mission. Girly, preppy, hobo or rock ‘n’ roll, her style can’t be defined, always channeling inspiration from the runway and translating looks onto the “real way.” You can see more of Kari’s resourceful sense of style and read her quirky anecdotes on her personal blog, Style at a $teal.Read more
Caitlin is CheekyChicago’s Editorial and Social Media Assistant. Graduating from Indiana University in May of 2012 (GO HOOSIERS!), Caitlin moved back to her hometown outside of Chicago to pursue a career in writing and editing. With a LOVE for Chicago, writing and reading, Cheeky is the perfect fit for Caitlin to discover and enhance her passions.Read more
On January 7, 2013 Brad packed up his Lincoln Park studio and set off on a two-year trip around the globe to visit the Top 100 Places in the World. He is very passionate about travel and inspiring others to get out on the road to discover experiences that change their lives. You can learn more about the Top 100 Places in the World and follow his trip at www.AbsoluteVisit.com.Read more
When she isn’t too busy planning her next meal, Rachel spends her days working at a PR firm in the West Loop. While Rachel hopes her tastes won’t ever stop evolving, she’s currently obsessed with burrata, poutine, and anything that includes the words “chicken” and “skin.” Did we mention she’s a health freak?Read more
Katie has a passion for travel and proved it by quitting her job in 2011 to spend a year traveling around the world. Not content to follow the crowds, this Cheeky chick got way off the beaten path as she traveled through all 15 countries of the former Soviet Union. Now back in Chicago, she continues to write about travel and life at KatieAune.com while dreaming of her next big adventure.Read more
Lakesha Rose is the founder of the L Design Group, a luxury lifestyle design company based in Chicago. L Rose is focused on creating meaningful environments that invigorate the senses. Whether a client needs entertaining and menu consultation, or a complete home redesign, L Rose brings ease and clarity to the elegant lifestyle.Read more
Susan Brunstrum, founder of Sweet Peas Design, Inc., Libertyville, is proud to be Cheeky’s new interior design maven. She believes that “Cheeky” design means living the lifestyle of your dreams. She has been featured on LXTV, CLTV and many other ‘zines and blogs. Visit her at www.sweetpeas-inspired.com.Read more