Author and historian Adam Selzer has spent over a decade running hundreds of tours per year for companies such as Chicago Hauntings and Weird Chicago. Early in his career, he began fact-checking the stories commonly told on such tours and found that they were a mess! With painstaking research, he rebuilt the stories he was telling from the ground up, spending hours poring through reels of microfilm, piles of paper from the legal archives, and drawers full of long-forgotten photos and documents.
He is the author of several books, such as Ghosts of Chicago (Llewelyn 2013), Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the US Film Industry (University of Columbia Press 2015), The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History (Random House 2015), Ghosts of Lincoln (Llewelyn 2015), and countless articles, blog posts, and stories – not to mention several novels published by Random House and Simon & Schuster! An H.H. Holmes book he describes as “truly epic in scope” will be released in 2016-17.
One of the best tour guides in the city and a captivating, hilarious storyteller, he appears regularly on TV and the radio talking about the strange history of the city he loves. He is also a sought-after lecturer, appearing at schools and libraries all over the United States.
Regular public tours will commence in Spring, 2016. Until then, private tours are always available, and Adam will be partnering with Atlas Obscura for several special events.