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Jacob Kaplan, Editor and Co-Founder of Forgotten Chicago, is an historian who has researched and written extensively on Chicago’s built environment, particularly as it relates to the city’s industrial, transportation and political history. He also serves as vice-president of Preservation Chicago, is a board member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society, and the Northwest Chicago Historical Society. He holds a BA in History from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to his history pursuits, he is the Executive Director of the Cook County Democratic Party.
Serhii Chrucky is a Co-Founder of Forgotten Chicago who has concentrated his efforts on researching and producing photographic documentation of Chicago’s architectural heritage. He works as a freelance architectural photographer, and his images have been featured in numerous print and online publications as well as gallery exhibitions in Illinois, Missouri, and New York. In addition, Serhii taught art and photography for five years at the college level. He holds an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Patrick Steffes is an Editor with Forgotten Chicago and has presented to more than 6,000 people in Illinois and Indiana, while also compiling a database with over 30,000 rarely seen images and articles on Chicagoland architecture and development. Patrick has also served on the Editorial Advisory Board from 2013 to 2017 for the upcoming book Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. He holds a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his previous experience includes five years with the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and serving on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Daniel Pogorzelski is devoted to promoting Chicago’s rich legacy of ethnic communities, history, and architecture as a writer and editor for Forgotten Chicago. Daniel has co-authored four history books to date, and has appeared on film and television discussing the history of Chicago and of Polish Americans. In addition to serving as Vice President of the Northwest Chicago Historical Society, Daniel has been involved in a number of community initiatives on his native Northwest side, such as the installation of historic kiosks at Six Corners, the Murals and Community Garden at Addison and Avondale, and working with the Polish Triangle Coalition.

Other Contributors

Matthew Kaplan
Joe Sislow
Terence Banich
Mircea Damian
Corinne Jude Aquino
Bill Savage

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