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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Real substance eludes Winnetka-set 'A Taste of Things to Come'

Mar 28 2018 | 6:11 am - If you grew up in the suburbs in the 1950s and crave a bit of nostalgia, you'll likely find the musical “A Taste of Things to Come” a reminder of when TV fathers knew best and moms looked a lot like June Cleaver. It's in its Chicago...

7 past Oscar winners who grew up in the suburbs

Mar 03 2018 | 5:11 pm - Marlon Brando is well known for accepting one best actor Oscar — and famously declining another. But the former Libertyville resident is not the only past winner with strong ties to the suburbs.

Drury Lane re-imagines ‘Joseph’ as Vegas-set spectacle — showgirls and all

Jan 26 2018 | 3:54 pm - “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was never your Sunday school teacher’s version of the Bible story. But Drury Lane Theatre’s new production takes the normally family-friendly musical in risky, even risque,...

5 Oscar nominees with ties to suburbs, Chicago

Jan 23 2018 | 5:42 pm - The long list of Academy Award nominees, announced Tuesday, included plenty of names familiar to movie lovers — and a few with local roots. Here’s a look at five.

Trump limo promotion fuels online controversy for Volo Auto Museum

Jan 19 2018 | 6:47 pm - A Presidents Day promotion at the Volo Auto Museum featuring President Donald Trump’s former limo fueled a Facebook feud this week. “It’s on both sides,” said Museum Director Brian Grams. “They’re just...

Zanies launches yearlong 40th anniversary celebration

Jan 12 2018 | 6:49 pm - Comedy clubs come and go. And then there’s Zanies, which turns 40 this year with special shows, contests and more at its Chicago, Rosemont and St. Charles locations.

4 things to do for $5 (or less) in suburbs, Chicago

Jan 04 2018 | 11:42 am - Cash-strapped after the holidays? That doesn't mean you have to stay home. Here are four free — or nearly free — things to do this weekend and into next week.

10 new restaurants coming to the suburbs in 2018

Jan 02 2018 | 6:51 pm - Love eating out? Well, 2018 will bring the chance to try some new restaurants as well as old favorites. Here are 10 expected to open in the coming year.

6 Golden Globe nominees with ties to suburbs, Chicago

Dec 11 2017 | 11:59 am - Bob Odenkirk, Christopher Nolan and Rachel Brosnahan are among the Golden Globe nominees with ties to the suburbs and Chicago. Here’s a look at a few.

Suburban bars stir up scary sippers for Halloween

Oct 18 2017 | 10:01 am - Halloween treats aren’t just for the kids. Bartenders at Pheasant Run Resort are mixing up drinks dubbed Zombie Brains, the Scarecrow and the Purple People Eater, while Tuscany in Wheeling and Oak Brook offer the Devil’s Margarita and...

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