Elisa Drake (Kronish) grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago, received a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has lived in Chicago for the past 15 years. Her first Chicago guide was the "Top 10 Guide" published by DK Publishing. Elisa's first solo book was "Day Trips from Chicago," published by Globe Pequot Press, who subsequently hired her to write their "Insiders' Guide to Chicago," a comprehensive overview of visiting and relocating to the Windy City. Elisa has also worked as an editor at Citysearch.com and Where magazine, and has contributed to TimeOut Chicago Kids, BabyTalk magazine, Parenting.com, and other print and online publications. She is on the board of NPN, the Neighborhood Parents Network, a Chicago-based parents organization, and is mom to two beautiful little girls.