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"
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
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.)
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