JESSICA MLINARIC  is a writer, photographer, and marketer based in Chicago.

Her work covering arts, travel, and music has ranged from major music festival coverage like Lollapalooza to all the fried food at the Iowa State Fair. Her writing and photography has recently appeared in Condé Nast Traveller, GQ, Architect’s Newspaper, Chicagoist, DNAinfo, Third Coast Review, Zagat, Eater, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago INNERVIEW, and elsewhere.

Jessica founded urbnexplorer.com in 2010 to share stories about cities and their cultures.

Originally from Cleveland, Jessica has lived in Chicago for over seven years and has never stopped exploring. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Miami University.