Shannon Antinori

Writer/Editor/Communications specialist

Plainfield, Illinois

Shannon Antinori

Writer/Communications specialist


Hiring vs. DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning

It’s no secret that dryer vent cleaning can prevent fires — it can even help you save on your electric bill, prevent expensive appliance repair and extend the life of your dryer. Each year, there are more than 15,000 dryer-related house fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Learn from Wrigley Construction: Tips to Avoid Major-League Remodeling Delays

With opening night days away, the Chicago Cubs are coping with stadium construction delays. But here's how homeowners can prevent remodeling fouls and keep their own renovation projects on schedule. Mother Nature threw a curveball at Wrigley Field officials this winter. Rough weather has left renovations at the Friendly Confines behind schedule, and the left- and right-field bleachers won’t be finished in time for the Cubs’ April 5 home opener.

Washer and Dryer Buying Guide

Has the search for a washer/dryer left your head spinning? Appliance retailer hhgregg comes clean on how to choose the best washing machine and dryer for your money.

Wild Things: Surprising Creatures You Can Keep in Your Chicago Backyard

Just because you’re a city dweller doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh eggs or the benefits of urban farming. From backyard chickens to goats to honeybees, more and more Chicagoans are keeping wildlife in their backyards, and Modern Farmer ranks the Windy City among the top five places in the United States for raising urban livestock.

10 Places You Forget to Clean

It’s no secret that cleaning can be a chore, and even the most thorough housekeeper can miss things when it comes to housework — especially if you're in a rush or cleaning for last-minute guests. Whether you do it yourself or hire cleaning services, here are 10 places that are frequently missed while cleaning house.

Hiring vs. DIY Cleaning: What's Your Free Time Worth?

Can you put a price on the value of your time, and what are the benefits of hiring a pro to handle the housekeeping? They say time is money, but how much is your free time really worth to you? For many Americans, between work, the hustle and bustle of everyday life and household chores, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all and still have time for the important things in life.

Andersonville: Despite Changes, Neighborhood Stays True to Its Roots

Rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, Andersonville has grown from a community of Swedish immigrants into one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. The fire swept through the city in 1871, leading to a ban on wooden homes that pushed many Swedish immigrants north into what is now known as Andersonville.

How to Clean House Fast When Company’s Coming

Getting your house ready for company is no small task, especially when you’re juggling a busy schedule or hosting unexpected guests. But with some cleaning tips from house cleaning experts, you can get your housekeeping done before your guests arrive. Having a game plan can help you master the art of speed cleaning while keeping your sanity.

Botched Carpet Cleaning Can Void Your Warranty

New carpet is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home, and many homeowners take comfort in knowing their purchase is backed by a manufacturer warranty. But your carpet warranty won’t protect you if you don’t follow proper carpet cleaning and maintenance instructions. And while it may be tempting to save money by becoming a DIY carpet cleaner, doing it on your own could cost you down the road.


Shannon Antinori

I’m a multimedia writer and editor with extensive experience as a journalist, a knack for community outreach and a passion for storytelling. I specialize in content strategy, SEO, audience development, public relations and social media.

My work has appeared in Angie's List magazine and, as well as the Huffington Post and

I worked as a local editor for, AOL’s network of hyperlocal news sites, launching Romeoville Patch in 2010. My roles included reporter, writer and editor, covering everything from local government to community news, crime and breaking news. I went on to manage 11 local news sites in the Chicago area, overseeing content and social media presence for each community.

During my years with Patch, I generated an audience of hundreds of thousands and a large social media following.

I developed my passion for community journalism at The Enterprise newspaper in Plainfield, where I covered crime, local business, government and education.

I’m a graduate of the University of St. Francis, graduating summa cum laude with a double major in Communications and English. While I was at USF, I worked as a reporter and editor for our award-winning student newspaper. I also spent a semester with the United Way of Will County, working to boost the profiles of member agencies by highlighting their success stories.

I was born and raised in Joliet. I have a passion for travel, books and Chicago sports, especially the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs and Bulls. I currently live in Plainfield with my husband and our dog.



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  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Copy editing
  • AP style
  • Social media
  • Analytics
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Public relations
  • Content management
  • Community outreach
  • Press releases
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