Welcome to Chicago
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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.
Mary Ross is an internationally-recognized wine and food professional, educator and journalist. She is the first American woman to receive the Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award of Excellence” and the second American woman to receive the Court of Master Sommelier’s “Advanced Sommelier” degree. Her lively and informative style makes her a popular speaker, with clients including Clicquot USA, the Commercial Office of Spain, Crystal Cruises and The Chopping Block. Ross’s articles on wine and food have appeared in Chicago Tribune, Decanter and the “Good Wine” column for the Daily Herald. As a fourth generation Chicagoan and a fourth generation wine and food professional, Ross has helped stimulate Chicago’s transformation from a town of hot dogs and pizza into Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Restaurant City in America’ (May 15, 2017.)