I found a new author that has renewed my faith in Chicago writers: Jen Lancaster
I started reading Such a Pretty Fat on vacation and dug her writing style so much that I went and picked up two of her other titles: Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass. She's hilarious and bawdy and best of all -- unapologetic.
She also blogs and is from Chicago so I actually know some of the places she's referring to (a big plus).
Ladies, gentleman, if you're looking for a good read, check her out.