Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Elle.
Elle Eichinger of Sun-Times’ SPLASH
Q: What is your role at SPLASH?
A: As the managing editor, I make sure each issue comes together from an editorial standpoint. I work with an assistant editor, art director, etc. to make sure we have writers for every story, brainstorming feature and cover ideas, editing writers’ work and writing some of my own, and more. Another huge aspect is being out in the city, meeting interesting people to feature and seeing what’s new and exciting. I love seeing it all come together.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I’m from the middle of nowhere in Ohio, and by the time I was 18 I was super ready to be somewhere that I didn’t know everything about everyone and they didn’t know everything about me. I needed a big city, so I moved to Chicago to go to college at DePaul and — this is so grossly cliché but it’s the truth — fell so, so in love with this city that I stayed after college and know I’m here for the long haul.
Q: How do you know Alex?
A: Through work…kind of. I had just started my career and she was a publicist I was working with so we decided to meet in person for a drink at one of her clients’ restaurants. The drink turned into a four-hour dinner which turned into a friendship which turned into a ton of fun adventures.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: When it comes to writing — and my colleagues sometimes laugh at me for this — I write every story totally out of order. Writing papers in college I would actually write all my paragraphs in random order, print it out and cut them up so I could physically reorder the story. Now I just use copy, cut and paste on multiple Word documents, but it’s the same idea. I start with whatever comes to me first, no matter where that ultimately ends up in the story. I’m about as far from a procrastinator as you can get, but I’m huge on waiting until the right idea hits me. Yes, sometimes that’s not until the very last minute, sometimes it’s right away — but I never start a project (or buy a gift, or do anything really) until I know a truly great idea has struck.
Thanks for attending The Sky Is The Limit: Avanse's Summer Soiree, Elle!