Patti Swanson is a historian, educator, and artist living in Chicago, Illinois. Raised near Austin, Texas, Patti came to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a degree in art history at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and stayed for the city's rich history, friendly people, and balmy winters.
Patti is the creator, chief guide, and organizer of Chicago for Chicagoans, as well as a Senior Field Agent for Atlas Obscura. In addition to giving architectural and history tours, Patti is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the overlap between the city & the book arts. Her artwork focuses on community activism, memory, place, genealogy, and the accessibility of the arts.
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Photo by Loren Rozewski.