Kim Mikus

Editor/Daily Herald Business Products
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Kim Mikus has served as a business writer with an emphasis on retail trends, consumer issues and small business since the mid-1990s.

As a senior writer, she follows development in the local business industry as well as a wide array of other suburban business issues. Mikus has her own column featuring small business that runs several times a week. The column explores new and unique businesses located in the Daily Herald's suburban footprint. It gives readers information about what the small business community has to offer as well as how and why these ventures get started.

Prior to covering business, Mikus covered crime, school issues and city government for several years. She regularly fills in on the Daily Herald's new dawn patrol reporting mission that involves posting breaking news directly to the website in the early-morning hours.

Mikus also appears regularly on ABC 7 News on Sunday mornings, where her focus is discussing consumer stories that she has written. She has a strong ability to see the latest trends while in their infancy stages, including, for example, the popularity of WebKinz and Silly Banz. The seasoned business journalist enjoys writing about business and the economy as it drives the news in many ways.

It affects the job market, real estate, politics, funding for education and just about everything else in our daily lives.

Mikus graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a journalism major, pursuing an interest in the industry that started at the age of 10 when she delivered a weekly newspaper on her bike in Libertyville, where she grew up. She was later involved in reporting and writing at Libertyville High School. Today, she lives in Lake Zurich with her husband and two children.

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Inland sells Mariano’s in Vernon Hills for $36 million

Aug 30 2016 | 4:52 pm - Oak Brook-based Inland Private Capital Corp. Tuesday announced that it sold Mariano’s Fresh Market in Vernon Hills for $36.4 million.

Dow Furniture in North Aurora announces plans to close

Aug 22 2016 | 8:26 am - The owners of Dow Furniture in North Aurora announced the store, known for its Made in America furniture, will close at the end of the month.

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant coming to Oak Brook

Aug 15 2016 | 9:00 am - Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, similar to the superstar’s Chicago steak house, is expected to open next summer in a new development in Oak Brook.

Rockler Woodworking to open new location in Bolingbrook

Jul 27 2016 | 4:35 pm - Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is expanding its operations and opening its second location in Illinois with a store set to open in Bolingbrook on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Coaching clients to find a job they love

Jun 06 2016 | 8:39 am - When a Wheaton buisness owner was in a public relations job that was the wrong fit, she knew she had to take action and find something new. The experience eventually sparked her to start her own company to assist others in finding the job they love.

Speaker: Suburbs will continue to attract the next generation

Jun 03 2016 | 6:02 pm - The notion that people are dying to leave the suburbs is just not true, an internationally recognized author on global, economic and social trends told nearly 600 business leaders Friday morning at the Lincolnshire Marriott.

Inland sells Mariano’s in Elmhurst for $25 million

May 31 2016 | 6:10 pm - Oak Brook-based Inland Private Capital Corp. Tuesday announced that it sold the Mariano’s Fresh Market in Elmhurst for a gross sale price of $25 million.

Places to hang out along the Fox

May 12 2016 | 4:30 pm - The Fox River, once a resort area for weekend getaways, has become a hub for playing, eating, business meetings and quiet solitude. With areas along the river, resembling the efforts to a Norman Rockwell painting, there are so many options,...

Shodeen Hospitality opens outdoor wedding venue in Geneva

Apr 25 2016 | 3:48 pm - Planning a wedding for this summer? A new outdoor wedding venue, Herrington Plaza, along the Fox River in Geneva is now an option. Shodeen Hospitality says bookings are taking place for 2016 wedding season.

Hospitality and tourism leaders optimistic about upcoming year

May 12 2016 | 4:31 pm - With hotels and convention centers undergoing renovations, event bookings strong and the start of the summer tourism season, suburban hospitality leaders are optimistic about the year ahead.

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