Jean Iversen is a writer, editor, and communications specialist. She is the author of Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods (Northwestern University Press, 2018), which chronicles the histories of eight legendary Chicago restaurants and illustrates their significant impact on the development of the city’s neighborhoods. A lifelong resident of Chicagoland, she is a contributor to Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook (Belt Publishing, Fall 2019) with her essay on living in River West.
Jean also wrote and published three editions of BYOB Chicago, a definitive guide to the vibrant bring-your-own-bottle dining scene in Chicagoland. Her articles have been published in Crain’s Chicago Business, The Takeout, Daily Herald, and others.
Jean’s background includes ten years as an acquisitions editor for publishers such as Dearborn Trade and American Bar Association. She also has served as marketing communications manager for organizations such as APICS and mid-size Loop law firm Vedder Price. Jean is now pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism.
These days, Jean works as a freelance writer and developmental editor. She offers editorial and marketing communications services to nonprofit associations, publishers, professional services firms, and others. Check out some recent samples.