Welcome to my new, recurring Interview Series. In this space I will publish my interviews with prominent Chicagoans, and occasionally non-Chicagoans.
Chicago produces a number of nationally and internationally known personalities, from actors and chefs to writers and presidents and more. As is often the case, these people get their start in Chicago and eventually move elsewhere to pursue their careers. But, in most cases, their time spent in Chicago was formative and influential. My interviews will explore how Chicago shaped the people who came from it.
Why did I choose an interview format instead of a series of biographical pieces or encyclopedic-like posts? Simply put, because people can explain what Chicago means to them better than I can.