Jan 14, 2022 - Things to Do

Best Chicago day ever: Writer Shawn Taylor

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Veteran Chicago writer Shawn Taylor. Photo courtesy of Shawn Taylor

Writer Shawn Taylor collaborated with TV host and Emmy winner Tamron Hall to co-write "As the Wicked Watch," a book based on the true story of two homicides of 11-year-old girls in Chicago.

The inspiration: Taylor covered the police beat for the Tribune in the early 2000s while Hall reported for FOX News Chicago for 10 years.

  • The plot feels even more relevant amid fresh conversations about coverage of missing Black women in Chicago, Taylor tells Axios.
  • "It's the first installment in the Jordan Manning series. Manning is a local TV reporter on the crime beat who has a forensic background," Taylor said. "We're currently working on book two."

We asked the longtime Chicago writer and media consultant how she'd spend her perfect day in the city.

🍳 Breakfast: "The lemon dill grilled salmon with eggs over easy and hash browns at Batter and Berries."

🚲 Morning activity: "A ride along the lakefront bike trail from Buckingham Fountain to the Museum of Science and Industry."

🍚 Lunch: "The fried rice at Chant is addictive. It's one of the ways I cheat on Oak Park with Hyde Park. Virtue and Ja' Grill are two others."

βš“οΈ Afternoon activity: "Cruising Lake Michigan aboard my friend's charter yacht, the Allons-y, named for the 10th Dr. Who's way of saying, 'Let’s go!'"

πŸ₯ƒ Dinner: "Gibsons Italia is my go-to for special occasions. The branzino is superb. I like to finish with an Amaro Nonino."

🎀 Evening activity: "I like to catch a show at Zanies or Second City, or at one of the city's hidden gems with an open mic."

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