They have been selected for their experience and superior knowledge. Even more importantly, they were chosen for their story-telling skills, their engaging personalities and their sincere passion for all that is Chicago.
Here on this page, their remarkable credentials are plainly evident to you. But it is only when you walk with them that you will know their contagious love for this city of big shoulders.
B.A. English from Elmhurst College; M.Ed. Northeastern; 34 years as secondary English teacher. Terry Sullivan is a born and bred Chicagoan in the likeness of his Irish ancestors. He has been featured on ABC and CBS News. He has also been featured in Midwest Living Magazine, Emerging Horizons Travel Magazine, Air Tran Monthly, and the Chicago Tribune as a tour guide who typifies pride and passion for the city of Chicago.
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BA Philosophy/History, JD John Marshall Law School. James served as Assistant Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and was an associate attorney with Chilton, Yambert and Porter. He is a past Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the immediate past President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Overture Council. Prior to law school, James worked in the city's Office of Tourism and the city's Department of Buildings Legal Department. As a tour guide, he has been featured by Fox News, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Social Magazine. He is a virtual encyclopedia of contemporary and historic Chicago and an extraordinarily magnetic guide we feel fortunate to have aboard.
BA English, MA School Administration, MA British Literature, 34 years teaching experience at secondary level. An experienced master teacher with exceptional story-telling skills that combine with his command of all things cultural and ethnic in Chicago. John is amongst our most popular Pilsen and Little Italy neighborhood guides. Incidentally, John is a federal and state certified master falconer.
B.S. Music Education, M.S.; 34 years teaching experience as music educator. Jazz pianist and accompanist. Vice-President of Events for the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Possesses comprehensive command of all things cultural in Chicago. Specializes in improvising our available tours to meet specific interests of groups. Read for yourself the many complimentary client-written reviews about Mimi amongst our (Walk Chicago Tours) reviews at tripadvisor.com. There is no more enthusiastic and engaging guide in all of Chicago.
Culinary Arts and Events Director, Department of Cultural Affairs,
City of Chicago (16 yrs.)
Culinary Events Director for Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (5 yrs.)
Food Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times (3 yrs.)
Cooking Instructor (30 yrs.)
Personal Assistant to Martin Yan, "Yan Can Cook", PBS-TV (5 yrs.)
Director, Martin Yan Cooking School (5 yrs.)
Food-themed and ethnic neighborhood tour guide (15 yrs.)
B.A., M.A., Loyola University; certified member of Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association. 33 years as secondary education teacher; designed and taught Chicago History electives; There is not an area or neighborhood in Chicago where Bob Edmunds doesn't have a masterful understanding of its history and sociology. Bob is our company's invaluable "fact checker" who delivers a wealth of information in his trademark cheerful style.
A life-long Chicagoan, B.A Sociology, Loyola University, semi-retired from ownership of sales agency in the music and video industries. Long time volunteer with Travelers Aid Society at O'Hare International Airport. Joe is our virtual "continuing education director" . There is no one on staff more current about recent historic research and up-to-the-minute Chicago history discoveries. Clients remark about Joe's affable style and detailed narratives.
Dennis is the "real deal". He is a descendant of the French-Canadians who first populated what is now Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. He witnessed decades of the transition of the neighborhood to its present staunchly Italian traditions. A former air traffic controller, Dennis's previous tour guiding experiences include his tenure with Hostelling International Chicago and the Travelers Aid Society. Not only is Dennis genuine by nature, he is an authentic first person Chicago neighborhood story teller.
B.A., M.Ed. 34 years secondary education English teacher. Taught Literature of Chicago elective courses. A master teacher who enthralls groups with connections to Chicago's great authors. Visitors report that Jim's tours are memorable blends of wonderful narratives. Jim is the embodiment of our motto "a story on every corner". Incidentally, Jim is also a member of the Illinois Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, primarily for coaching pole vault. Energy and a passion for Chicago are Jim's trademarks.
B.A., M.A. Univ. Illinois. M.A. Writing, De Paul University; eleven years experience as secondary education teacher and writing center director. Former senior editor at National Geographic. Author of popular "CHICAGO THEN and NOW" (Thunderbay Press-2013). Walks with Kathleen are an introduction to Chicago as an "old friend". See her book for proof of her love for Chicago and her comprehensive understanding of the character of our city.
B.F.A, University of Wisconsin in art; Certified member of the Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association. The most experienced member of our guide staff with over 25 years in the Chicago tourism industry; One time fashion illustrator and wall muralist; Wide ranging expertise in Chicago neighborhoods, parks, and all forms of outdoor art. You may find Judith waiting for your group reading her latest choice of books on Chicago. She has the attitude that all the best Chicago guides should possess. "Chicago is an education that never ends, history, history, history".
Member of the Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association. B.A with training in architectural history. He is a life-long Chicagoan and resident of Chicago's history-rich Gold Coast neighborhood. Allen is a member of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee which recognizes excellence in Chicago theater. In that capacity, Allen judges over 100 Chicago legitimate stage plays each year. Allen has twenty years of experience as an architecture and neighborhood guide and also serves as our resident expert regarding Chicago's restaurant scene. Allen's versatility sets standards for our company.
B.A. French Union College, M.S. Ed. Syracuse University; 31 years a college counselor and administrator; fluent French; has led media tours for visiting French journalists; member Groupe Professionel Francophone; six years a visitors representative at Chicago tourist information centers; appreciated for his engaging style and extensive knowledge of Chicago politics, economy, and culture. If you have outdoor Chicago sports interests, Mike is our expert. He has completed 51 full marathons including the Chicago Marathon five times. He embodies Chicago's energy.
B.A., M.A. Fine Arts. Over 40 years as teacher of the visual arts at the secondary level. One of our truly expert art historians who also has a comprehensive command of Chicago architecture. A gregarious story-teller with years of experience with the talent to combine fun with facts. Many of Paul's reviews have called him a "joy". Incidentally, Paul was once a labor leader and president of his teachers union.