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Customized Tour of Chicago
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Something Else in Mind?
- How many hours would you like the walk to be?
- What are your main goals for the walk?
- Which sites and museums would you like to prioritize? Do you want to just pass by or explore inside as well?
- Give us one or two words to describe your group.
- Take a food tour of Andersonville, a previously Swedish enclave which today boasts a range of delectable cuisines.
- In the company of a chef or food writer, experience the best restaurant city on a personalized restaurant or bar tour.
- Tour Glessner House Museum, a nineteenth century house designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson.
- Visit Pilsen and the Mexican Art museum in the company of an expert to learn more on Mexican/Latino history
- Dive into the radical labour history of Chicago with an expert.
- Visit a company-planned town, Pullman with a historian to delve back into nineteenth century history.
- Visit the Field Museum in the company of an expert.
- Pre and post-show discussion (theatre or similar) with a musician or expert.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your request and we will be happy to look into the possibility.
When we know more about your time frame and expectations for your custom tour, we can work out the pricing. Pricing for a 2 hour tour begins at $280.
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"
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.)
Joshua Salzmann is an associate professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He teaches courses on the history of American cities, capitalism, the environment, and crime and violence. Salzmann has published articles about a range of topics including: the Chicago River, land fraud, and steroid use in sports. He is the author of the book Liquid Capital: Making the Chicago Waterfront published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Liquid Capital shows how 19th century politicians and business leaders transformed a disease-infested bog on the shore of Lake Michigan into an intensely managed waterscape supporting the life and economy of Chicago. Salzmann earned his B.A. in history and literature from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has lived in the Windy City since 2001.
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