Hillary, Founder & Main Guide
Hillary — a member of the Chicago Tour Guide Professionals Association — is an energetic, entertaining, and knowledgeable architecture tour guide who is not only passionate about architecture, but also passionate about Chicago and what it has to offer visitors. Some of the things that make her an excellent tour guide include (click anywhere you see green font to learn more!):
- A background in Comparative Literature and languages, and years of experience teaching levels K-12 and university-level writing and language courses. She is highly skilled at communicating information in an interesting and graspable way.
- Ten years of experience in professional editing and translation through her freelance business, The Finer Point. She is articulate, and naturally conveys information in a very engaging way. She was even asked to have her tour translated into a number of languages for a major boat tour company in Chicago!
- Nine years of experience as a tour guide in Chicago (both on architecture boat tours and food-tasting tours). She is completely comfortable leading a group of people, maintaining the interest and pace of the group without losing sight of the individuals.
- More than a decade of improv comedy training and performance experience, having performed with a team at the famous iO (formerly "ImprovOlympic"). She is quick-thinking, adaptable, funny, and great company for exploring Chicago!
Hillary is an avid swing dancer, and enjoys cooking for friends and family. She is also the proud "mother" of three adorable cats, Bepps, Gimlet, and Jelly. (Because she is a proud cat lady, and because you've read this far, she'd like to share this secret photo album with you here.)
meet the only non-Hillary guide at Inside Chicago Walking Tours...
Adam, a seasoned tour guide in Chicago with experience both on bus tours and boat tours, has a strong background in theater performance, and currently performs in Chicago. His warm, charismatic personality shines through in every tour he leads. Witty, engaging, confident, and fun, Adam will continue to lead our popular "Look Up, Look Down" tour route, and will be adding our exciting new "Time Traveler's Tour" to his daily tours!