Made in Korea. Raised in Chicago. Soo (@fabsoopark) moved to Chicago when she was 3 years old, where her parents unlocked her appreciation and love for food by exposing her to a variety of cuisines. While there is no food she loves more than her mom’s authentic Korean cooking, Soo has indulged in the food scene from all of Chicago’s top Michelin-rated restaurants to trendy hot spots and quaint neighborhood gems. From fast casual to fine dining, Soo loves trying new foods and exploring new cultures.
Soo has 17 years of marketing and branding experience, including over a decade in the magazine publishing industry where she worked on Chicago, Chicago HOME, Ebony and Jet. Soo developed an enjoyment for writing as co-editor of a national home décor magazine for kids as well as spending two years as a wedding fashion blogger.
One month before her wedding, Soo got into a car accident while recovering from major back surgery. She had to learn how to walk again and recovery was hard. Her husband encouraged her to quit her corporate job to focus on her health. During that time, she contemplated on her next career move and eventually decided to pursue her passions – food, writing, photography and all things Chicago – and Fab Food Chicago was born in September 2015. With a passion for Chicago businesses, Soo also launched her marketing consultant business to help local restaurants grow through social media, content development, and special events.
In addition to eating great food, Soo enjoys exploring the world with her husband, spending time with family and friends, playing with her 8 nieces and nephews, fashion (Crain’s Chicago Business Model), and all things Hello Kitty.