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"
William Tyre has served as the Executive Director and Curator of the Glessner House Museum in Chicago since October 2007. Tyre holds a M.S. in historic preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008, he published Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue, part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia. He has given hundreds of tours and presentations focusing on Glessner House Museum, the surround Prairie Avenue Historic District, and Chicago in the late 19 th century. Prior to coming to Glessner House, Bill served as the comptroller for the Society of Architectural Historians and as manager of programs for the Charnley-Persky House Museum. He serves on the board of Friends of Historic Second Church, responsible for the restoration and interpretation of Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago’s only National Historic Landmark church. He is a resident of the Pullman community on the far south side of Chicago, designated a National Monument in 2015.
Fernando recently graduated with a Master’s degree in History from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to his graduate studies at Loyola he also completed a BA in History at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Fernando’s graduate work focused on American Urban History from the middle of the 1800s to the twentieth century, and several of his graduate research projects were focused on different aspects of the story of Chicago during that period. His historical research work and the fact that he has been a resident of the Chicago area for the past three years give Fernando a unique view of the city that he is eager to share with others. Fernando was born in Florida, but also lived in Puerto Rico and Ireland when he was growing up. Although English is his first language, Fernando is also moderately fluent in Spanish