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Meet Kelli

KELLI MARSHALL is a public speaker, tour guide, and educator who helps visitors and residents discover Chicago through film.

KELLI MARSHALL is a public speaker, tour guide, and educator who helps visitors and residents discover Chicago through film.

Before starting Chicago Movie Tours, Kelli spent more than a decade as a professor of film and media studies. With hundreds of lecturespresentations, and invited talks under her belt, Kelli truly knows how to engage audiences. Her expertise—combined with memorable stories, humor, relaxed participation opportunities, and plenty of visual and aural aids—have earned Kelli several teaching awards and positive reviews.

Kelli's writings on film and television have appeared in books, the popular press, peer-reviewed journals, and encyclopedias. Her work on Seinfeld, classical Hollywood stars, and teaching with Twitter has also been featured on podcasts, local TV, and international radio programs.

For fun, Kelli runs and walks local races, renovates her Chicago bungalow (c. 1924), wrangles her two rescue pups, and curates a Gene Kelly fansite

Kelli holds a Ph.D. in Humanities, an M.A. in English, and a B.A. in English with minors in history and French.