Chicago Architecture Tour
Towers, Tiles, and a Tiffany Dome
We do cover about 2.5 miles of territory on this tour. Additionally, some of the sites we visit are not entirely accessible to wheelchairs. Please contact us with any questions; we will be happy to advise if this tour will be appropriate for you, and can also design a private, customized tour for visitors with mobility concerns.
Sally Sexton Kalmbach is a fourth generation Chicagoan that has been designing and giving walking tours in the city for 15 years. She has taught classes in Chicago history at the Newberry Library, and has given numerous speeches and customized tours for individuals and small groups. Her expertise and ability to present material in an accessible, yet informative manner have resulted in a loyal following. Sally is the author of two books about Chicago history: "The Jewel of the Gold Coast, "Mrs. Potter Palmer's Chicago" and "Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures"
A native of Chicagoland area, Christine Whims earned her M.S. in historic preservation from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She also holds a B.A degree in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa, where her focus was on urban planning and research methods. For the past 7 years, she has worked as a Preservation Architect and Consultant here in Chicago, New York state, and abroad in India. She successfully listed Berger Park on the National Register of Historic Places and received first place as a Peterson Prize recipient for the successful documentation of On Leong Merchants Association in China Town for the Historic American Building Survey. Christine recently received her real estate license and is also currently working as a Real Estate Broker, specializing in vintage and historic properties.
William Huchting is a licensed architect, interior designer and urban planner. A graduate of IIT and the University of Virginia, he and his work have been featured recently in Architectural Record, on the website Mashable, in 100 Resilient Cities and the German publication Archipendium. He co-presented at a conference on Urbanism entitled ”Brooklyn: Move to Detroit” in March, 2017, and taught an architecture studio at the University of Virginia in 2016. He has edited a book on the Farnsworth house and is steeped in Chicago history and food culture.
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