WGN with Nick Digilio and the Tribune at Midnight

Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking on live radio with Nick Digilio in WGN at the Tribune Tower. It was a little eerie being down there at midnight on a Thursday. Everything was pretty dark and quiet, and even the lights inside the lobby were dimmed. Producer Dan took me up to their new studios on the 7th floor. The bottom level has been rented out to a restaurant, which is currently in the works.WGN Radio Tribune Chicago nick digilioThis vintage microphone was displayed in the entryway, and of course I love the historic artifacts so I tried my best to get a decent photo of it from behind the glass. As I waited I listened to Nick‘s live voice from around the corner with a strange one-second delay through the speakers. A television screen with an infomercial for the Tummy Tuck Belt further added to the surreal state of being downtown so late. A very elderly man slowly scuffled by. I imagined he may have been at the Tribune for the majority of his long life.

And then I was up. At this point I’ve done radio interviews that have aired on SNS Post, WGN (with Rick Kogan), and National Public Radio (with Rick Steves). So I’m starting to get this radio-interview-thing down so I wasn’t nervous. I had been concerned beforehand about being lively at that hour of the night, since it’s usually past my weekday bedtime, but a spontaneous (and amazing) trip to a Korean spa in the burbs had re-energized me.

nick digilio Wgn radio show with Amanda ScoteseIn case you haven’t heard Nick Digilio before, he started out in radio reviewing films, especially “bad” ones, and now his radio presence has expanded to include anything from pop culture to politics, especially things of a local note. When his producer first contacted me, he wrote, “Our host Nick Digilio loves Chicago and loves booze so this is right up his alley.”

Here we are chatting about the Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour, which always studies Trib Tower, the Loop Interior Architectural Tour, wandering Chicago, drinking, and the secret to why newspaper drivers are such reckless drivers.

So enough about the back-story to the interview. If you’d like to have a listen, please head here.

— Amanda Scotese, Executive Director



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Private Tour Coordinator and Tour Guide

There is no shortage of things to discover in Chicago—I love being an urban explorer and uncovering its hidden places. I have an MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago, and I have worked as a museum educator and kindergarten teacher. My desire to learn new things fuels my passion for educating others, which I get to experience every day as a Chicago tour guide. I live in the northern neighborhood of Rogers Park.

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Whether you are a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, the vibrant history and modern majesty of Chicago never ceases to amaze. I’m a graduate of Columbia College with an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art. I’ve worked for many years as an educator at City Colleges of Chicago. As tour guide at Chicago Detours, I integrate my enthusiasm for culture and architecture with my passion as an educator. West Town/Noble Square area is home for me.

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With our Chicago neighborhoods, vibrant cultural institutions and nearly two centuries of larger-than-life stories, there’s never a dull moment here! I’m a fifth generation Chicagoan and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to guiding tours, I’m a creative writer and amateur genealogist. I also enjoy the city’s dynamic theater scene. You can also read overlooked stories from 19th-century newspapers on my “Second Glance History” blog. I live in River North.


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Chicago is unique as it always evolves into the future while holding on to the past. I’m fascinated by how people latch on to old architecture but happily pave over others. My background is in theater and performance and I’ve been a tour guide here for more than 10 years. Currently I’m finishing my Master’s in Public History at Loyola University because I love to teach the history of this scrappy city. I’m in the Edgewater neighborhood.


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Chicago’s history is so fascinating, you could spend a lifetime uncovering its secrets…I’m willing to give it a try! I have an M.A. in US History from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and then pursued doctoral studies in Urban History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I love to learn new aspects of Chicago’s rich history and then share my knowledge as a tour guide with Chicago Detours. I live in Ravenswood.

“Marie was a bubbling fountain of information and contagious enthusiasm.”


Operations Coordinator and Tour Guide

As a fourth generation Chicagoan, I have been living and loving Chicago by bike, on foot, public transit or automobile. I am a graduate of UIC where through the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, began my eagerness to understand the nature, history and impacts of urban planning and development. It is incredibly rewarding to give back to this wonderful city by helping out in the office of Chicago Detours. I live in the incredibly diverse neighborhood of Albany Park.
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Chicago has so many neighborhoods, buildings, and by-ways that it’s hard to go long without seeing something new, or something familiar from a new angle. I studied Cinema History for my M.A. from the University of Chicago. I’ve worked as a culture writer for various publications and as an educator of the humanities at the City Colleges of Chicago. I’m thrilled to share my love of this city’s busy past and unique architectural spaces with Chicago Detours. I live in the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park.

“Alex was fascinating to listen to. He clearly knows his history and it shows.”
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Amanda Scotese

Executive Director and Tour Guide

I’m an interpreter of personal stories from the past and the city’s landscape. I love to imagine what originally happened inside old unmarked buildings, and what forces have shaped their design. I studied Chicago history, architectural history, and anything Chicago-related 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. I’ve written travel articles for publications like Rick Steves’ Italy best-selling travel guides, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and The Chicago Food Encyclopedia. I live in the Chicago neighborhood of West Avondale.
“You can TELL Amanda is hyper-passionate about doing the research and getting the story that nobody’s heard before.”
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