I enjoy nothing more than taking visitors around Chicago, and nothing frustrates me more than knowing that a friend is
coming to town when I won't be here myself to offer one of my personal tours. I have created a website that includes
some of what I might offer to visiting friends and family, if I were here to show you around.
My perspective will be the perspective of history. People are attracted to Chicago by its architecture and dazzled
by its lakeside location, but history pulls it all together. History is my love, and Chicago history is my passion.
To me, history is not only the past. I am equally interested in the history that is being made all around
us, the history of today that is shaped by yesterday's events and today's people to create a future we can only dream of.
When I walk around the Hispanic neighborhoods of the North Side of Chicago, why is it that ice cream is being sold from
pushcarts decorated with pictures of monarch butterflies? It is because of the connection that began long ago and continues
today between Mexico and Chicago. Michoacán is the state in Mexico where the monarch butterflies
spend their winters. Many immigrants to Chicago also come from Michoacán. There is a wonderful
symmetry between the migration of these butterflies between Chicago and Mexico and the history of an immigrant community that
has enriched our city. What explains the connection is history -- the story of the past, and the history being made