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Audarshia Townsend

Audarshia Townsend

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This native Chicago girl loves her city like no other. From the beautiful skyline on the lakefront to the vibrant dining and theater scenes, she absorbs as much of it as she can get.


Audarshia Townsend's introduction to the online world began as one of the first two editors at the original metromix.com--where they set the tone for the entertainment site's cutting-edge style. She also has written lifestyle features for the Chicago Tribune, Essence, Los Angeles Times, Michigan Avenue, playboy.com, Huffington Post, DiningChicago.com, World's Best Bars and Upscale magazine. Additionally, she has appeared regularly on CLTV, WGN-TV and WCIU-TV's "You & Me This Morning" for cocktail-, dining- and nightlife-related features. In 2007, Audarshia launched 312DiningDiva.com, a daily dining-and-drinking blog keeping readers up to date on Chicago happenings. Her interests include staying fit with a regular Forrest Yoga practice, cycling in the city, and Flywheel Chicago classes.


Columbia College Chicago (Major: Journalism/Magazine Editing & Publishing)

By Audarshia Townsend:

Chicago's a city with character, from its deeply rooted political landscape to the actual landscape of beautifully constructed buildings that helped launch the careers of some of the most famous architects in the world. Every time I hear or see my city in a national or international spotlight, I get goosebumps. When I talk about Chicago to visitors I come alive. I gush. I feel flushed. It's like I'm talking about my best friend. Allow me to introduce you to my favorite place on earth: Chicago, it's MY kind of town.

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