Patty Wetli

Reporter/Producer @Pattydnachicago

Patty Wetli is a reporter/producer covering Lincoln Square, North Center, Roscoe Village, Irving Park and Albany Park. A lifelong Midwesterner and Ohio transplant (Go Buckeyes!), she moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at Northwestern University, where she received a master’s degree in English while working full-time as a reporter/editor for a trade magazine that covered the telecom market.

After a detour into marketing communications for the Chicago Tribune, she dove into creative writing and completed a certificate program through the University of Chicago. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Brevity and the Front Porch Journal, and she also contributes reviews to Booklist.

Patty has lived in Lincoln Square since 2001. She spent the past two years reporting on the neighborhood and surrounding area for the Center Square and Roscoe View Journals.

Fun Fact: Patty entered the Pillsbury Bake-Off with a recipe for Crescent Cookies – Pillsbury crescent rolls stuffed with Pillsbury cookie dough drizzled with Smucker’s ice cream topping. Shockingly, this did not earn her the million-dollar top prize.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park & Irving Park »

April 15, 2014

Winter Postal Woes Tip of Iceberg, Old Irving Park Neighbors Say

A community meeting revealed that postal issues run deeper than this winter's disrupted delivery.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park & Irving Park »

April 15, 2014

Fanta Sea Lounge is Not a Restaurant, but Illegal Club, Neighbors Complain

Neighbors said they're fed up with the lewd acts, loud music and blocked alleys, too.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park & Irving Park »

April 14, 2014

Ald. Pawar Kicks off Re-election Bid, Says 'Maybe' to Future Mayoral Run

Pawar is seeking a second term representing the 47th Ward, but this time he's no longer an outsider.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park & Irving Park »

April 11, 2014

Horner Park Farmers Market to Debut in July

Residents in the Horner Park area will have a farmers market within walking distance starting July 12.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park & Irving Park »

April 10, 2014

Montrose Apartment Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews From Irving Park Neighbors

The 48-unit building would occupy a currently vacant lot at Montrose and Bernard avenues.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park & Irving Park »

April 9, 2014

Tony's Finer Foods to Hold Job Fair at Lincoln Avenue Store

The two-day job fair for prospective employees will be held Thursday and Friday.

Pilsen, Little Village, Near West Side »

April 8, 2014

Getting Into City's Elite Middle School Programs Tougher Than Ever

Academic Centers for seventh- and eighth-graders required higher scores than ever to get in.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park & Irving Park »

April 8, 2014

Flirty Cupcakes Tempts Lincoln Square Sweets Lovers With New Bakery

Fans flocked to Flirty Cupcakes' soft opening, indicating the cupcake craze is far from over.