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Chicago was actually part of Virginia for several years. A young general named George Rogers Clark captured the Illinois Territory from the British in 1778, but did it on behalf of the state of Virginia. Illinois remained part of Virginia until 1784, when it was ceded to the fledgling United States of America.

Michael Corcoran in the Osaka Garden

Tour guide Michael Corcoran rests a moment on the bridge in the Osaka Garden in Jackson Park, on the site of the original Japanese garden and HO-O Den Palace of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

About Us

Brainsnack Tours is the "brainchild" of Michael Corcoran, CTG, and his wife Kate, who have lived in Chicago since 1987.

Michael, with experience as both a step-on and walking tour guide, developed his love and expertise for Chicago's history and architecture when pursuing his B.A from DePaul University. He combines his experience as a writer, storyteller, and professional stand-up comedian with his tour-guide expertise to provide informative and tailored tours infused with dry wit.

Kate has degrees in history and anthropology, but actually works as the director of research and information systems (computer geek, for short) for a small national non-profit association based in Chicago. An avid amateur digital photographer, Kate is solely to blame for the photos on this site and for the Website design.

     
               

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