As a full-time freelance writer, Maggie covers Chicago's dining and drinking scene as well as the national food and restaurant trades. Read some of her recent work below. (Photo credits available in article text.)

Teller, May 2017: Iconic Chicago speakeasy The Violet Hour turns 10.

Teller, May 2017: Iconic Chicago speakeasy The Violet Hour turns 10.

Chicago magazine, April 2017: Never mess up halibut again.

Chicago magazine, April 2017: Never mess up halibut again.

Restaurant Business, March 2017: How to drive bar business in the morning.

Restaurant Business, March 2017: How to drive bar business in the morning.

QSR magazine, March 2017: The future of foodservice is here. And it's plant-based.

QSR magazine, March 2017: The future of foodservice is here. And it's plant-based.

InsideHook, March 2017: A compendium of Chicago's nine best dine-in breweries.

InsideHook, March 2017: A compendium of Chicago's nine best dine-in breweries.

Paste magazine, February 2017: This Chicago microbar pours some of the world's rarest booze.

Paste magazine, February 2017: This Chicago microbar pours some of the world's rarest booze.

Chicago magazine, March 2017: Animale's executive chef shares his version of cacio e pepe.

Chicago magazine, March 2017: Animale's executive chef shares his version of cacio e pepe.

Restaurant Business, December 2016: Three ways restaurants are bringing back animal fat.

Restaurant Business, December 2016: Three ways restaurants are bringing back animal fat.

QSR magazine, December 2016: Can lab-grown meat feed the world?

QSR magazine, December 2016: Can lab-grown meat feed the world?

InsideHook, November 2016: The best food and drink openings of the past month.

InsideHook, November 2016: The best food and drink openings of the past month.

Chicago magazine, October 2016: Moody Tongue's search for the perfect cake to go with beer.

Chicago magazine, October 2016: Moody Tongue's search for the perfect cake to go with beer.

Restaurant Business, August 2016: What's driving nitro coffee?

Restaurant Business, August 2016: What's driving nitro coffee?

Chicago magazine, August, 2016: Andorka's serves up small-town charm and tasty sandwiches in the heart of Pilsen. 

Chicago magazine, August, 2016: Andorka's serves up small-town charm and tasty sandwiches in the heart of Pilsen. 

Thrillist Chicago, July 2016: Chicago's fine dining scene has gone casual. How'd we get here?

Thrillist Chicago, July 2016: Chicago's fine dining scene has gone casual. How'd we get here?

Inside Hook, June 2016: Poke has landed on the third coast. Here's where to get your fix.

Inside Hook, June 2016: Poke has landed on the third coast. Here's where to get your fix.

Chicago magazine, June 2016: Snaggletooth's house-cured fish is making waves.

Chicago magazine, June 2016: Snaggletooth's house-cured fish is making waves.

National Culinary Review, May 2016: Not your grandma's drink anymore, sherry is having a moment.

National Culinary Review, May 2016: Not your grandma's drink anymore, sherry is having a moment.

OpenTable, April 2016: LA Times' food critic Jonathan Gold shares how to get to know a city through its food.

OpenTable, April 2016: LA Times' food critic Jonathan Gold shares how to get to know a city through its food.

Chicago magazine, April 2016: Bang Chop wants to rewrite the gospel of fast-casual Thai, one dish at a time.

Chicago magazine, April 2016: Bang Chop wants to rewrite the gospel of fast-casual Thai, one dish at a time.

Thrillist Chicago, March 2016: Get to know the izakaya: Japan's answer to the Irish pub.

Thrillist Chicago, March 2016: Get to know the izakaya: Japan's answer to the Irish pub.

OpenTable, February 2016: Tracing Detroit's changing food scene with one of its brightest young chefs.

OpenTable, February 2016: Tracing Detroit's changing food scene with one of its brightest young chefs.

Zagat Chicago, February 2016: Stuffed food is like a present for your mouth. Here are 11 to love.

Zagat Chicago, February 2016: Stuffed food is like a present for your mouth. Here are 11 to love.

QSR magazine, January 2016: "Healthy" doesn't mean what it used to. How are restaurants responding?

QSR magazine, January 2016: "Healthy" doesn't mean what it used to. How are restaurants responding?

Chicago magazine, January 2016: The Jibarito Stop goes from food truck to counter service.

Chicago magazine, January 2016: The Jibarito Stop goes from food truck to counter service.

National Culinary Review, January 2016: Bitter: Taming that oft-misunderstood, distinctly adult flavor.

National Culinary Review, January 2016: Bitter: Taming that oft-misunderstood, distinctly adult flavor.

OpenTable, December 2015: Nine Windy City crowd pleasers to solve your holiday group dining dilemma.

OpenTable, December 2015: Nine Windy City crowd pleasers to solve your holiday group dining dilemma.

Time Out Chicago, December 2015: Famed Chicago chef Rick Bayless reveals his favorite spots to eat in the city.

Time Out Chicago, December 2015: Famed Chicago chef Rick Bayless reveals his favorite spots to eat in the city.

National Culinary Review, December 2015: Not just for colds and holidays; bartenders get funky with hot drinks.

National Culinary Review, December 2015: Not just for colds and holidays; bartenders get funky with hot drinks.

Time Out Chicago, October 2015: These seven meaty Chicago restaurants offer thoughtful veggie options.

Time Out Chicago, October 2015: These seven meaty Chicago restaurants offer thoughtful veggie options.

QSR magazine, October 2015: Pizza concepts are upping the ante to keep up with the competition.

QSR magazine, October 2015: Pizza concepts are upping the ante to keep up with the competition.

FoodNavigator-USA, September 2015: Pseudoscience-busting blogger SciBabe talks food science for meme lovers.

FoodNavigator-USA, September 2015: Pseudoscience-busting blogger SciBabe talks food science for meme lovers.

QSR magazine, August 2015: Hiring immigrants in restaurants is as important as it is inevitable. Here's how to do it right.

QSR magazine, August 2015: Hiring immigrants in restaurants is as important as it is inevitable. Here's how to do it right.

Chicago magazine, August 2015: At budget-friendly Same Day Cafe in Logan Square, the details make all the difference.

Chicago magazine, August 2015: At budget-friendly Same Day Cafe in Logan Square, the details make all the difference.

National Culinary Review, July 2015: Ever-resourceful chefs are embracing the whole vegetable.

National Culinary Review, July 2015: Ever-resourceful chefs are embracing the whole vegetable.

QSR magazine, June 2015: Quickserve restaurants large and small are embracing more naturally raised meat, but not without challenges. 

QSR magazine, June 2015: Quickserve restaurants large and small are embracing more naturally raised meat, but not without challenges. 

Chicago magazine, April 2015: Live the dream (& forget the diet) at French fry dive Frite Street.

Chicago magazine, April 2015: Live the dream (& forget the diet) at French fry dive Frite Street.

Chicagomag.com, February 2015: What's in a (cocktail) name? Five bartenders share the stories behind some memorable cocktails. 

Chicagomag.com, February 2015: What's in a (cocktail) name? Five bartenders share the stories behind some memorable cocktails. 

QSR magazine, February 2015: Chipotle's recent pork pull highlights the challenges of humane sourcing for large restaurant chains.

QSR magazine, February 2015: Chipotle's recent pork pull highlights the challenges of humane sourcing for large restaurant chains.

Crain's Chicago, January 2015: Restaurants like to boast that they use locally sourced food. But how's that done during Chicago's long, harsh winters?

Crain's Chicago, January 2015: Restaurants like to boast that they use locally sourced food. But how's that done during Chicago's long, harsh winters?

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide, November 2014: How Dove's Luncheonette was inspired by the Wicker Park diners of yesteryear. 

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide, November 2014: How Dove's Luncheonette was inspired by the Wicker Park diners of yesteryear. 

Chicago magazine, October 2014: Rajun Cajun, a 23-year-old cafeteria-style spot in Chicago's Hyde Park is a good as ever. 

Chicago magazine, October 2014: Rajun Cajun, a 23-year-old cafeteria-style spot in Chicago's Hyde Park is a good as ever. 

Crain's Chicago, October 2014: Where to get your pumpkin fix in Chicago this fall. 

Crain's Chicago, October 2014: Where to get your pumpkin fix in Chicago this fall. 

Chicago magazine, July 2014: Where Chicagoans can find gluten-free beer, pizza, cookies, and even a five-course dinner. 

Chicago magazine, July 2014: Where Chicagoans can find gluten-free beer, pizza, cookies, and even a five-course dinner. 

Chicago magazine, December 2014: Cemitas Puebla's second location retains the quality of the first - if for a few bucks extra. 

Chicago magazine, December 2014: Cemitas Puebla's second location retains the quality of the first - if for a few bucks extra. 

VIDEO FoodNavigator-USA, July 2014: Chatting with Pat Crowley, founder of cricket energy bar maker Chapul Inc., on getting insects into Western diets.

VIDEO FoodNavigator-USA, July 2014: Chatting with Pat Crowley, founder of cricket energy bar maker Chapul Inc., on getting insects into Western diets.

Men's Book, Summer 2017: The sky's the limit at these five new and revamped Chicago rooftops.

Men's Book, Summer 2017: The sky's the limit at these five new and revamped Chicago rooftops.

QSR magazine, May 2017: At McDonald's, are customers still lovin' it?

QSR magazine, May 2017: At McDonald's, are customers still lovin' it?

InsideHook, May 2017: Five dishes, five stories with Mi Tocaya Antojeria.

InsideHook, May 2017: Five dishes, five stories with Mi Tocaya Antojeria.

National Culinary Review, April 2017: Shared plates call for behind-the-scenes finesse.

National Culinary Review, April 2017: Shared plates call for behind-the-scenes finesse.

InsideHook, March 2017: Know Your Corner Bar, Vol. 1: Gallery Cabaret. Live music every night with no cover. Oh, and lasagna on Sundays.

InsideHook, March 2017: Know Your Corner Bar, Vol. 1: Gallery Cabaret. Live music every night with no cover. Oh, and lasagna on Sundays.

Chicago magazine, March 2017: Can't commit to a bottle of wine? Income Tax says "Drink Your Share" instead.

Chicago magazine, March 2017: Can't commit to a bottle of wine? Income Tax says "Drink Your Share" instead.

Crain's Chicago Business, February 2017: 'Nduja Artisans is opening a restaurant/deli in West Town.

Crain's Chicago Business, February 2017: 'Nduja Artisans is opening a restaurant/deli in West Town.

National Culinary Review, February 2017: There's a steakhouse shakeup happening in the Windy City.

National Culinary Review, February 2017: There's a steakhouse shakeup happening in the Windy City.

InsideHook, January 2017: 5 Restaurant Week myths, debunked

InsideHook, January 2017: 5 Restaurant Week myths, debunked

Chicago magazine, January 2017: Round biscuits? Horseshit.

Chicago magazine, January 2017: Round biscuits? Horseshit.

Fooditor, November 2016: Wixter Market wants to change how you think about fish.

Fooditor, November 2016: Wixter Market wants to change how you think about fish.

Fooditor, October 2016: Is Lakeview ready for an Entente with fine dining?

Fooditor, October 2016: Is Lakeview ready for an Entente with fine dining?

National Culinary Review, September 2016: Omakase-style menus are popping up everywhere.

National Culinary Review, September 2016: Omakase-style menus are popping up everywhere.

Chicago magazine, September 2016: A brief history of Lula Cafe's 2,080 farm dinner dishes.

Chicago magazine, September 2016: A brief history of Lula Cafe's 2,080 farm dinner dishes.

Chicago magazine, September 2016: Ema's CJ Jacobson shares a recipe for pumpkin hummus.

Chicago magazine, September 2016: Ema's CJ Jacobson shares a recipe for pumpkin hummus.

Thrillist Chicago, August 2016: Your next meal needs to be at Chicago's Revival Food Hall.

Thrillist Chicago, August 2016: Your next meal needs to be at Chicago's Revival Food Hall.

Chicago magazine, July 2016: Iconic pizzeria Burt's Place will reopen with new owners, who spent months learning the late owner's recipes.

Chicago magazine, July 2016: Iconic pizzeria Burt's Place will reopen with new owners, who spent months learning the late owner's recipes.

FSR magazine, June 2016: How American chefs interpret Italy's long-held whole-animal cooking and curing traditions.

FSR magazine, June 2016: How American chefs interpret Italy's long-held whole-animal cooking and curing traditions.

Chicago magazine, August 2016: Galata is the University Village newcomer with the look of a bar and culinary soul of Istanbul.

Chicago magazine, August 2016: Galata is the University Village newcomer with the look of a bar and culinary soul of Istanbul.

National Culinary Review, July 2016: New Orleans' food scene has exploded in the decade since Hurricane Katrina.

National Culinary Review, July 2016: New Orleans' food scene has exploded in the decade since Hurricane Katrina.

Inside Hook, June 2016: Nine under-the-radar lunch spots in Wicker Park.

Inside Hook, June 2016: Nine under-the-radar lunch spots in Wicker Park.

Chicago magazine, April 2016: James Beard finalist Jenner Tomaska is taking the reins at Grant Achatz's Next.

Chicago magazine, April 2016: James Beard finalist Jenner Tomaska is taking the reins at Grant Achatz's Next.

Thrillist Chicago, April 2016: The bizarre building histories of 10 Chicago bars and restaurants. 

Thrillist Chicago, April 2016: The bizarre building histories of 10 Chicago bars and restaurants. 

QSR magazine, April 2016: Veganism is taking over fast food.

QSR magazine, April 2016: Veganism is taking over fast food.

OpenTable, March 2016: Get to know Sarah Grueneberg, the "Monteverde" behind Chicago's hottest pasta spot.

OpenTable, March 2016: Get to know Sarah Grueneberg, the "Monteverde" behind Chicago's hottest pasta spot.

Chicago magazine, March 2016: Cafe Marie-Jeanne brings Damn Good Bread & more to Humboldt Park.

Chicago magazine, March 2016: Cafe Marie-Jeanne brings Damn Good Bread & more to Humboldt Park.

Time Out Chicago, January 2016: Warm up with 11 of Chicago's best soups.

Time Out Chicago, January 2016: Warm up with 11 of Chicago's best soups.

Crain's Chicago, December 2015: These chefs lowered the sodium in popular dishes, and diners didn't notice.

Crain's Chicago, December 2015: These chefs lowered the sodium in popular dishes, and diners didn't notice.

CSP magazine, December 2015: Trends and recipes to tweak and translate for convenience store foodservice.

CSP magazine, December 2015: Trends and recipes to tweak and translate for convenience store foodservice.

Chicago magazine, December 2015: The best dishes Chicago's dining critics ate in 2015.

Chicago magazine, December 2015: The best dishes Chicago's dining critics ate in 2015.

Chicago magazine, December 2015: Fill up on hearty Midwestern fare at Stock, but don't get attached to much on the fleeting menu.

Chicago magazine, December 2015: Fill up on hearty Midwestern fare at Stock, but don't get attached to much on the fleeting menu.

Chicago magazine, December 2015: The Midwestern omakase at newcomer Arbor is wonderfully one of a kind.

Chicago magazine, December 2015: The Midwestern omakase at newcomer Arbor is wonderfully one of a kind.

National Culinary Review, October 2015: Italian-inspired, regional Italian, new Italian--just don't call it "Italian American."

National Culinary Review, October 2015: Italian-inspired, regional Italian, new Italian--just don't call it "Italian American."

Chicago magazine, October 2015: The next big thing in post-pub crawl fare--the döner--has arrived in Logan Square.

Chicago magazine, October 2015: The next big thing in post-pub crawl fare--the döner--has arrived in Logan Square.

Time Out Chicago, September 2015: Where does chef Stephanie Izard like to eat when she's not feeding the rest of us?

Time Out Chicago, September 2015: Where does chef Stephanie Izard like to eat when she's not feeding the rest of us?

Chicago magazine, September 2015: Chicago's latest food obsession? Peri-peri chicken. Here's where to get it.

Chicago magazine, September 2015: Chicago's latest food obsession? Peri-peri chicken. Here's where to get it.

Time Out Chicago, July 2015: The 6 best micheladas in Chicago.

Time Out Chicago, July 2015: The 6 best micheladas in Chicago.

Crain's Chicago, July 2015: Are sommeliers becoming obsolete ... or evolving? 

Crain's Chicago, July 2015: Are sommeliers becoming obsolete ... or evolving? 

DiningOut Chicago, June 2015: tesori trattoria & bar—a treasure all its own.

DiningOut Chicago, June 2015: tesori trattoria & bara treasure all its own.

TimeOut Chicago, May 2015: Six luscious beef tartares that all carnivorous Chicagoans should try. 

TimeOut Chicago, May 2015: Six luscious beef tartares that all carnivorous Chicagoans should try. 

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide, May 2015: Furious Spoon is an unapologetic (and damn good) ramen joint.

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide, May 2015: Furious Spoon is an unapologetic (and damn good) ramen joint.

National Culinary Review, April 2015:  Taste the world in Indianapolis' most extraordinary strip mall neighborhood.

National Culinary Review, April 2015:  Taste the world in Indianapolis' most extraordinary strip mall neighborhood.

Chicago magazine, March 2015: Saucy Porka serves delicious (and saucy) Latin-Asian mashups in the Loop. 

Chicago magazine, March 2015: Saucy Porka serves delicious (and saucy) Latin-Asian mashups in the Loop. 

Crain's Chicago, February 2015: From avocado everything to beertails, here are five food & drink trends we aren't ashamed to love. 

Crain's Chicago, February 2015: From avocado everything to beertails, here are five food & drink trends we aren't ashamed to love. 

Chicago magazine, January 2015: A visit to Sing's Noodle in Chinatown offers a crash course in hot pot cooking. 

Chicago magazine, January 2015: A visit to Sing's Noodle in Chinatown offers a crash course in hot pot cooking. 

Crain's Chicago, October 2014: Vinegar is having a moment - in your drink. 

Crain's Chicago, October 2014: Vinegar is having a moment - in your drink.