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
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.