Lisa Miner

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Lisa Friedman Miner is the Daily Herald's TimeOut! editor, responsible for the paper's extensive entertainment presence. She works with critics, writers and freelancers to plan coverage and reviews of movies, music, theater, dining, television and other aspects of local entertainment.

Miner's transition to editing came after more than 20 years of experience as one of the paper's senior writers. She joined the Daily Herald in 1984 and originally worked on the city staff covering news of Palatine and Inverness. In the mid-1980s, she moved to the features department where she wrote in-depth lifestyle pieces on a wide range of topics including health, family issues, entertainment and the arts.

In her two decades of reporting and editing, Miner has gotten to interview a number of famous people -- from former Sen. Paul Simon to actor Kirk Douglas -- but most enjoyed writing about engaging suburbanites. She received a number of awards for feature-writing and investigative reporting.

While still writing when time allowed, Miner was named assistant features editor in 2005. She planned and edited several of the newspaper's lifestyle sections. In the process, she learned about topics as diverse as the economic downturn and the damage done by lawn grubs.

A native of Chicago and north suburban Morton Grove, Miner is an alum of Maine East High School in Park Ridge -- the alma mater of Harrison Ford and several other entertainment notables. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. Throughout college, she worked at the Daily Illini and served as the college newspaper's editor-in-chief her senior year. She interned at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Miner's current position as TimeOut! editor fits perfectly with her own interests. As a lifelong reader, movie buff and theater lover, she boasts a vast knowledge of entertainment trivia and the ability to recite the first 18 lines of the general prologue of "The Canterbury Tales" in its original Middle English.

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Melissa McCarthy, Jonathan Nolan, Bob Odenkirk among former suburbanites with Emmy nods

Jul 13 2017 | 2:30 pm - Playing sleazy “Saul,” spoofing Sean Spicer and creating a sci-fi Western paid off Thursday for former suburbanites Bob Odenkirk, Melissa McCarthy and Jonathan Nolan. The three are among those with suburban ties who received Emmy...

Aurora's Spartan House satisfies sports bar craving

Jun 29 2017 | 12:26 pm - Aurora's new Spartan House serves up plenty of beer and burgers. But the sports bar's signature drink is its Mediterranean mule, a refreshing sipper made with fig vodka.

Craft beer fests abound this summer in the suburbs

Jun 07 2017 | 11:40 am - Beer lovers can now sample the best of a wide range of breweries at craft beer fests in the suburbs. Here's a look at more than a dozen fests happening over the next few weeks.

10 ideas for Mother’s Day weekend fun (beyond brunch)

May 12 2017 | 1:44 pm - If you’ve got brunch or dinner reservations for Mother’s Day, you’re on your way to making Sunday special. But if you’re looking to do something more, here are 10 ideas for moms of all kinds.

Elmhurst's One Fifty One Kitchen blends rustic fare with urban flair

Mar 30 2017 | 10:44 am - One Fifty One Kitchen emphasizes American comfort food — with a few twists. Picture baked brie drizzled with jalapeno honey or a grilled pork chop with a salty caramel sauce.

Inventive menu scores big at Geneva’s The Grandstander

Jan 04 2017 | 12:51 pm - Lobster corndogs. Bacon-stuffed dates. Smoked chicken wings paired with pineapple saffron sauce. With creative dishes and contemporary decor, Geneva’s The Grandstander is not your typical sports bar.

7 local ties to the Grammy nominations

Dec 06 2016 | 1:21 pm - Beyoncé might have topped the list of Grammy nominations Tuesday, but plenty of suburban and Chicago artists made the cut. Here are seven local ties to the Grammys.

Get tickets for the Cook of the Week finale

Oct 31 2016 | 11:00 pm - Want to see who wins the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge and Game 6 of the World Series? There are still some tickets for the live cook-off finale in Itasca, where great food and cooking demos await. And you can watch the Cubs as well.

Evolving beer list, select menu entice patrons to Consume

Oct 19 2016 | 8:10 am - With beer taps changing frequently and a menu evolving with the seasons, Consume in Lake Zurich gives suburbanites plenty of reasons to visit — and return.

Paramount's 'Mamma Mia!' embraces the glitz

Sep 16 2016 | 10:30 am - Fun, frothy and full of hits made famous by the Swedish band ABBA, “Mamma Mia!” at Aurora's Paramount Theatre is a light-hearted Greek island romp set against an upbeat '70s soundtrack.

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