Career Month: Creative Careers in Tourism

Hear from Executive Director and Founder of Chicago Detours, Amanda Scotese, AM'13, on how to have a side job or career in the growing niche of hyperlocal tourism.

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Chicago Detours History and Background:

Chicago Detours is a group of educators, historians, artists, and storytellers. Founder Amanda Scotese launched Chicago Detours in July 2010 after spending close to a decade in Italy as a Tour Guide and Guidebook Researcher with Rick Steves’ Europe. She decided to bring her travel expertise back home with tour experiences that are fun, educational, and truly make us feel connected with our grand city. Their professional Chicago tour guides are highly trained and educated, and they know how to spark discussions and create a lively group dynamic on public and private group tours of Chicago. Today Chicago Detours is a community of Chicagoans passionate about sharing the architecture, history, and culture of Chicago through the Chicago Detours blog and our guided walking and bus tours.


I like wandering Chicago by foot, stopping to imagine what goes on inside unmarked buildings or where passersby are headed. I studied Chicago history, architectural history, and anything Chicago through my M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. My love for stories was enriched by my B.A. in Literature from the University of Michigan. My travel writing has appeared in print and online, including Rick Steves’ Italy best-selling travel guides, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Chicago Like a Local. Chicago is a world-class city and I love to show it off as a Chicago tour guide.

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