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American Explorers

Welcome to the Blog Series!

We invite you to join us on cultural explorations in our cities.  We will share some of our highlights and trips around Chicago.  

We will also post community events that we invite you to join!  More to come soon!  

                                          Alfred Pell

Hello Chicago!!

My name is Alfred, my pronouns are he/him. I’m a 21-year-old white man, and I’m a student at Columbia College Chicago.


I grew up in rural America and in American suburbs. Everyone has a complex relationship with home, and this is what I think of as mine.


I love going out with friends, and I’ve been working on enjoying my own company too.


What too many people in Chicago don’t realize is that any person living here would be happier if they just knew where to go, who to talk to- how to have fun and stay safe.


I’m here to help you explore the street in front of you at your own pace.

                         Nathalie Mintjens

Hello everyone!

My name is Nathalie Mintjens and I recently graduated from Lake Forest College, just north of Chicago.  


I am originally from Belgium, Swaziland, and Hong Kong, and I am slowly starting to call Chicago home. 


I have a strong passion for cultural exploration, travel, and promoting diversity. I love trying new cuisines, watching live shows, and immersing myself in nature.


As part of our American Explorer series, I will be exploring cultural restaurants around the Chicago area as well as other unique locations to check out. 


I hope you enjoy reading about my explorations, and that they inspire you to check out my recommendations


                      Anthony Herring

Hi everyone!

My name is Anthony Herring, and I’m currently a student at Ball State University (I’ll be starting my senior year in August).

I live right outside Chicago, in the western suburbs. I’ve been to the city frequently, and there’s nothing better than Chicago in my opinion. I love the atmosphere and beauty that it brings to Illinois, and I’m glad to live so close to all of it!

I love to write (both fiction and nonfiction), having done so for many years; it acts as both a hobby and something that I’m studying in school as an English major. Here at Ethnic Events, I’ll be putting my writing skills to good use by assisting with blog posts and social media! There, I’ll be informing you about various cultural subjects that will hopefully move you to explore them yourselves.