About the author: Lara Khalaf is a loud and proud ginger hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign and is now pursuing her dream career in Chicago. Her love for Chicago sports, namely the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs comes from her grandfather. She’s the last person you want to get into a Bears vs. Packers debate with. As a cheerleader, she was actually benched for excessive celebration. When she isn’t watching her teams, you can find her drooling over the latest Bachelor or the food on Top Chef. You can follow her at @larakhalaf.