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 light 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!
When not showing people around this gorgeous city on her new architecture walking tours, Hillary is an avid swing dancer, and enjoys cooking for friends and family. She is also the proud "mother" of two adorable cats, Beppe and Gimlet. (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.)