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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 6 - Winter - Dwyane Wade

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF @CHICAGOFOODAUTHORITY SAMANTHA ROBY | THE FOODIE @chicagofoodauthority Samantha Roby heard the criticism leveled at many an Instagram-inclined eater: "My friends told me they didn't need to always see what I was eating." Unlike most budding foodie photographers, though, the 27-year-old Michigan native has parlayed her passion for documenting the delicious into a successful brand with Chicago Food Authority, anchored by a 153,000-follower Instagram feed showcasing the city's food and drink scene in drool-worthy detail. Between speaking alongside Sophia Bush at Lipton Chef Fest in October and being crowned as one of 24 must-follow accounts by Buzzfeed ("right under Michelle Obama"), the Gold Coast resident's hyper-local lens has attracted the city's eye—and appetite. Tool of the trade: iPhone 6s. Origin story: "I [thought] it was weird that people were expected to leave social media to find great food suggestions. I wanted [that] to be a part of social media so it took no work to find it." Digital determination: Before doing CFA full-time, "I'd get off work at 5:30 pm and work on my social till 3:00 or 4:00 am everyday." Local love: "The Chicago food scene is super-warm and welcoming. It doesn't feel competitive; [it] feels like a great community." The aesthetic: "I try not to make anything look too styled, because I still want people to feel like they could still grab a bite of the dish they're looking at." Favorite snap spot: "Logan Square. I love [to use] the fun art murals as food backdrops." For Samantha Roby's Chicago favorites, visit clockwise from left: Samantha Roby's drool-worthy shots at @chicagofoodauthority include an "epic" Korean barbecue spread at West Ridge standout Gogi ("So much banchan, so much happiness!"); cider and pie at home; and cocktail lounge Arbella, "a great new addition to River North."

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