I'm Mike Aparicio, a.k.a. Peruvian Idol. I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and aside from a two year stint in California, have lived here my whole life. I started my first website, Mikey's Chicago Bulls Page, after flunking out of the University of Illinois in 1994 and have been making them ever since.
I spent most of my career as a general "web guy" before joining Groupon in 2011. At Groupon, I built in-house CSS frameworks for our internal tools, consumer, and merchant websites. I'm currently working on developing a design system that supports web, iOS and Android.
I did the writing and conservatory programs at Second City, which was as close as I'd come to fulfilling my childhood dream of being on Saturday Night Live. I wrote and performed sketch and improv comedy and collaborated on a few short comedy videos with my classmates.
I also enjoy playing video games. Some of my favorites include Destiny, XCOM, and NBA2k. I've participated in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon, every year since 2014 to support Lurie Children's Hospital in honor of my daughter, Olivia. To date, we've raised over $10,000 for Lurie. You can occasionally find me streaming on Twitch for one or two viewers.
I live in Oak Park, Illinois, with my wife, two sons and two dogs.