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Stephanie Lulay

Reporter/Producer @slulay2 slulay@dnainfo.com

Stephanie Lulay is a reporter/producer covering the West Loop and Pilsen neighborhoods for DNAinfo Chicago.

Before joining the team, Stephanie spent four years at the daily Aurora Beacon-News, covering City Hall, housing issues and education in the state's second largest city.

While in Aurora, Stephanie reported on the plight of the now-demolished Jericho Circle, a storied public housing complex on the city's West Side, earning the first place Northern Illinois Newspaper Association award for best news story series in 2012.

Since joining DNAinfo Chicago, Stephanie broke the news on CPS' racy sex ed plan that "horrified" parents, leading the district to "scrub" all sex ed materials; revealed that the shooter in a bar brawl actually worked at a River West nightclub, leading to the troubled spot's closure; and has covered the battles between neighbors and developers in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the nation.

Stephanie was born in Milwaukee, Wis. and raised in Quincy, Ill. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and completed her Masters degree at the university in 2009. While at U of I, she served as managing editor of The Daily Illini.

After graduating, she moved to Chicago and completed internships at The RedEye, Modern Luxury and a freelance investigative project about former Manufactured Gas Plants and the toll they take on neighborhoods for The Chicago Tribune.

Stephanie lives in the Loop, loves Chicago sports and really wishes she had time for a dog.

Fun Fact: Undecided about where she should move after college, Stephanie wrote the names of three cities on pieces of paper, crumpled them up and tossed them in the air, proclaiming that the one that landed closest to her would be her future home. A month later, she was moving into her first Chicago apartment in Lakeview.

Want to know the names of the other two cities? You'll have to ask her.

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

June 27, 2017

Developers will pitch 264 apartments and ground-floor retail space at the Lake and Ada site. 

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood & Morgan Park »

June 27, 2017

The idea for the popular Facebook group came from the real world, on a playground at Ridge Park. 

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

June 26, 2017

The video shows hundreds of people partying in the middle of a residential street on Father's Day.  

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

June 23, 2017

Mike & Joe, Wedding Banned, 7th Heaven and U2 tribute band Elevation are all slated to take the stage. 

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

June 23, 2017

A viral video of 9-year-old Sage Tenfelde's street fest dance solo has been viewed 200,000 times. 

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 23, 2017

Little leaguers are helping rivals, Pride is in full bloom and a little girl has killer dance moves.

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

June 22, 2017

The 17-story project will next be considered by City Council, where it is expected to pass. 

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

June 21, 2017

The latest shooting comes after one man was killed and two others injured on the Near West Side Tuesday.