View of Chicago Fire devastation from the Chicago Water Tower150 years: The Chicago Fire of 1871 WALKING TOUR with HISTORIAN SALLY KALMBACH S66​ - OCTOBER 16, 2021

Please join the Princeton Club of Chicago and historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach S66 renowned Chicago historian and expert tour guide to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the Chicago Fire of 1871.

Walk through the North Division neighborhood, the most devastated by the fire, for an illustrative perspective on the magnitude of the event and the enormous recovery efforts required to rebound from the disaster. Featuring maps, pictures, and fascinating personal stories of residents and their experiences the night of the fire and throughout the rebuild. Sally will immerse you in the fascinating facts of one of the most impactful events in Chicago's history.

This 2-hour walking tour is outdoors (also includes entrance to St James Cathedral), rain or shine, and limited to 15 guests.  Given the smaller group size and predominantly outdoor setting, proof of vaccination and wearing a mask, while encouraged, is not required.  RSVP below!  SOLD OUT! PLEASE CONTACT RONNIE RAVIV AT TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST!

St James Cathedral

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10:45am - 1:00 pm
Front steps of St James Cathedral
Address is 65 E Huron, but steps are around the corner on Wabash
Chicago, IL

Tour will end in front of the Water Tower, 806 N Michigan Ave.


Join NOW to receive PCC Member priority reservation, member pricing, and to support Princeton events and service opportunities.  Membership is free for Class of 2021, but you must join!


Click HERE to RSVP - space is limited TO 15  SOLD OUT
Specially discounted rates:  $30 for PCC Members, $35 for Non-Members

Questions?  Want to be added to the waitlist? Please contact Co-VP Programs  Ronnie Raviv '95 at


Sally Sexton Kalmbach S66 is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose family founded a coffee and tea company in the early 1880s at the same time Potter Palmer was developing Chicago's Gold Coast. Sally has taught classes in Chicago history at the Newberry Library, and has given numerous speeches and customized tours for individuals and small groups. Her expertise and ability to present material in an accessible, yet informative manner have resulted in a loyal following. Her topics include: Chicago's Gold Coast; Revisiting the Columbian Exposition of 1893; Mrs. Potter Palmer's Gold Coast; Women and the White City; Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour, offered by the Driehaus Museum; and Mrs. James Ward Thorne's Miniature Rooms. 

Sally is a co-founder of the Chicago History Women's Club, a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, a volunteer docent at the Charnley-Persky House Museum, and an active member of the Blue Dolphins Swim Club.

Sally has written books about two legendary women from Chicago's history.  Mrs. Potter Palmer -  The Jewel of the Gold Coast: Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Chicago and Mrs. James Ward Thorne - Mrs. Thorne’s World of Miniatures.