Ismael Perez.

Ismael Pérez

Columnist and Audience Engagement Specialist

Ismael Pérez is an award-winning columnist and writes the Someone in Chicago advice column for The Chicago Sun-Times.

He began working at the Sun-Times in October 2019 as an audience engagement specialist, and was an editorial writer for the Sun-Times Editorial Board from November 2020 to June 2023.

As an advice columnist, Ismael has been helping Chicago navigate life transitions, relationships, family, finance and more.

Everyone’s tolerance is different, and sometimes love isn’t enough to get you through challenges in relationships.
Tell your friends and family about your money issues when you feel more secure about your situation which, depending on your debt, could take more than a couple of months to fix.
The trick is to start strong with classic landmarks and experiences and then ease into Chicago-insider secrets of charming neighborhood gems that are also budget-friendly.
The challenge is to understand what our loved ones went through while not letting those dark thoughts consume us through our grieving journey.
Great things will be happening at Northalsted, Wrigley Field and 47th Street.
A couple of Chicago-area parents share their experiences raising trans children.
A decision on parenthood should hinge on how it would align with everything that brings you a sense of purpose, a therapist says.
Avondale’s Anthony Corrado was building a following with his uninhibited comedy videos when he received an ominous diagnosis last year, but he decided sharing his reality with fans would keep the momentum going — and be “a good distraction.”
How comfortable a guest can get depends on the size of the party, their relationship with the host and the limits and boundaries the host establishes.