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Barbara O'Neil

Assistant Editor

Barbara O’Neil is an assistant editor at 5280 and writes for both the print magazine and Barbara was born in Santiago, Chile, and although she misses fresh seafood, she wouldn’t trade living in Colorado for the world’s best salmon. She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in journalism. Prior to joining the 5280 team, she interned for 303 Magazine. While Barbara has yet to bring in a Pulitzer, she’s proud to have at least received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists for “Limited Company,” a look at the world of rare diseases in Colorado. When not drowning in assignments, Barbara can be found exploring Denver’s art scene, attempting to visit all 50 states, or simply scrolling through miles of social media posts.

Articles By Barbara O'Neil

Mayra & Valetin, co-owners of Cachai Chilean food truck

Cachai Chilean Food is the Only Place Serving Up Chilean Street Food in Denver

Cousins Mayra Chacon and Valentin Julio sling loaded fries and sandwiches out of a food truck in an unassuming liquor store parking lot.

The Oversimplified Guide to Layering

Stay warm—but not too warm—in shoulder season.

5 Chairs You Have to Sit on at Denver Art Museum’s New Exhibit

Have a Seat: Mexican Chair Design Today just might teach you to chair-ish these everyday objects.

Invisible City’s Clubhouse Brings the Hip Social Club Trend to Denver

As membership-based social clubs like Soho House explode in popularity across the U.S., Paul Laurie wants to form that same sense of community in Denver.

10 Colorado Nonprofits to Help You Get Involved This Year

Help older adults get around town, keep rabbits clean and happy, shred with and mentor kiddos, and seven more good causes across the Denver metro area.

A plate of red and green tamales with sides in the background.

6 of the Best Places To Get Tamales In and Around Denver

Pick up a dozen corn-husk-wrapped delights at one of these family-owned Mexican restaurants.

3 Colorado Skincare Brands That Will Fix Your Dry Winter Skin

All-natural defenses against Colorado‘s skin-sapping winters.

Vet with dog at clinic, CSU Spur

5 Places To Go After the National Western Stock Show

The surrounding neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea offer plenty of urban appeal to balance out the stock show’s country charm.

Best new restaurant and bar Sips with a Z with neon lights

14 New Restaurants and Bars Heating Up the Denver Dining Scene, Winter 2023

Three LoHi restaurants, two cocktail lounges, and a Chilean food truck are among the best new restaurants and bars in Denver this season.

Where to See the Best Christmas Light Displays Around Denver This Year

From decked-out houses to dazzling public exhibits, here are some of our favorite spots to see holiday lights this year.

Space shot of Hermitage Books

3 of the Rarest Books at Denver’s Hermitage Bookshop

In honor of Denver’s Hermitage Bookshop’s 50th anniversary, we break down three of the most unique tomes on the store’s shelves.

portrait of chef Sosthène Kaboré

Cherry Creek’s Le Bilboquet’s New Top Toque is Mixing Up French Fare with Global Influences

A little more than a year into his tenure, Cherry Creek’s Le Bilboquet’s executive chef, Sosthène Kaboré, is mixing up French fare with global influences.

The 10 Best Colorado Gifts for Less Than $50

We scoured the state for some of this year’s hottest holiday goods, all for $50 or less.

5 Local Designers to Watch at Denver Fashion Week

From crochet sweaters to retro skiwear, don’t miss the catwalk shows by these creators at the November event.

Woman sipping coffee/drink

Denver’s Surprising Staycation Destination: 9&CO

The 9&CO development has brought an influx of new businesses, but many old staples remain.

man with hat

How Greeley Hat Works Creates Custom Lids for Paramount’s Yellowstone

Greeley Hat Works owner Trent Johnson designs and builds hats for the who’s who of Hollywood, but his latest project has brought him national acclaim.

10 Sober Things to Do in Denver

Despite being known for its legal weed and craft beer, you don’t need to light up or suffer hangovers to have a good time in the Mile High City.

9 Questions With Colorado’s New Poet Laureate

Boulder-based activist and poet Andrea Gibson gives us a glimpse into their writing process, how a cancer diagnosis changed their outlook on life, and what they hope to accomplish as poet laureate.

abstract painting

This Year’s Open Studios Tour Expands To Include All Of Boulder County

By busting out of the Boulder Bubble, the tour is helping both artists and visitors feel at home.


How Mesa Verde National Park Prepared For This Month’s Annular Solar Eclipse

The International Dark Sky Park is ready for the planetary pyrotechnics, which will pass directly over the Four Corners region on October 14.

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