CHICAGO TOUR-GUIDE
PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Fast Facts about the CTPA

Organization's Purpose:

To promote and maintain high standards of proficiency, excellence and integrity within the tour guiding profession.

Date Founded:

June 29th, 1990

Incorporated:

February 1991 as a Not-For-Profit Corporation

Membership:

Membership is open to tour guides, individuals who would like to become tour guides, destination management company owners and principals, event planners, transportation companies, others serving the tour industry or individuals who are interested in sharing information about and promoting tourism in the metro Chicago area. Members regularly work with convention groups and visitors to the city, providing meet and greet assistance at the airport, conducting general city highlight tours as well as specialized tours for business, educational or entertainment purposes. Many CTPA guides have special abilities such as fluency in a foreign language or advanced training in areas such as music, the arts, architecture, history, technology or business. To find out more, visit our membership page.

Membership Breakdown By Category:

Current #'s Member Category Description Type of Entity Works In Tourism Votes?
44 Certified Guide Experienced guides who have passed the CTPA certification test Individual Yes Yes
118 Candidate Guide Guides who have not taken the test or may take it when eligible Individual Yes Yes
15 Friend Individuals who do not seek employment in tourism Individual Does not seek work or retired No
34 Associate DMC's, event planners, venues, shops, transportation & hospitality companies Organization - uses/hires guides Yes No
2 Honorary Recognized for their support of the CTPA and/or guides Individual or Organizational Yes or No No

Membership Fees:

EARLY BIRD must be
POSTMARKED before DEC 31
Regular Rate
(January 1 - June 30)
Half Year Rate
(July 1 - December 15)
$40 - Early Bird Individual Member $50 - Individual Member $25 - Individual Member
$75 - Early Bird Joint Member
(2 Individuals/same location)
$95 - Joint Member
(2 Individuals/same location)
$45 - Joint Member
(2 Individuals/same location)
$55 - Early Bird
Company (Associate) Member
$65 - Company
(Associate) Member
$32.50 - Company
(Associate) Member
  • EARLY BIRD must be POSTMARKED before DEC 31
    • $40 - Early Bird Individual Member
    • $75 - Early Bird Joint Member (2 Individuals/same location)
    • $55 - Early Bird Company (Associate) Member
  • Regular Rate (January 1 - June 30)
    • $50 - Individual Member
    • $95 - Joint Member (2 Individuals/same location)
    • $65 - Company (Associate) Member
  • Half Year Rate (July 1 - December 15)
    • $25 - Individual Member
    • $45 - Joint Member (2 Individuals/same location)
    • $32.50 - Company (Associate) Member

Associate members (outside the U.S.) - $100
Other Fees: Name Badges (Optional) - $15/badge    
Note: Badges are only ordered in February!

Member Benefits:

Officers:

Officers are elected are may serve multiple terms.

Title Name Phone Email
President Wayne Galasek, CTG (708) 289-1273 wgalasek@aol.com
Vice President Marlin Keesler, CTG (630) 736-7391 marlin@chicagorunningtours.com
Treasurer Sharon Sylvester, CTG (708) 370-1745 sharonsyl2@hotmail.com
Co-Secretary Margaret Hicks, CTG (773) 593-4873 margaret@chicagoelevated.com
Co-Secretary Wendy Bright, CTG (312) 810-6609 wendysue302@yahoo.com
Co-Secretary Donna Primas, CTG   primascopy@aol.com

Committees:

Committee Members are appointed by the President and serve for one year. Committee Chairs serve for two years and are members of the Board of Directors. The CTPA President is an ad-hoc member of all committees.
Active committees: Education, Certification, Membership, and (in an election year) Nomination.

Meetings & Events:

Click to view the 2017 Meetings, Events, Tours and Special Invitations

Monday, January 23 Certified Tour Guide Testing, Part 3 - Routing.
Monday, January 23 First Quarterly Meeting at Roosevelt University Gage Building. Patrick Steffes of Forgotten Chicago speaks about U.S. President & First Lady connections to Chicago.
View The PDF Recap Here
Friday, January 31 Calendar year membership dues payment deadline!
Sunday, February 21
(each year)
International Tourist Guide Day, an annual event sponsored by the World Federation of Tourist Guides Assn. (WFTGA).
Friday, March 24 Familiarization Trip to the Field Museum & special exhibit entrance to see "Specimens".
View The PDF Recap Here
Monday, March 27 Quarterly Meeting at Roosevelt University, Gage Building. CTPA 2016 Open House and Job Fair. Directories and ID cards are distributed.
April  
May  
Monday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting at Roosevelt University, Gage Building. Author Greg Borzo presents "Chicago Fabulous Fountains."
July Members joining after July 1st pay half price annual dues
August  
September  
October In an election year (2018), nominations for Officers are due.
Monday, October 23 Quarterly Meeting at Roosevelt University, Gage Building. Topic TBD
November In an election year (2018), ballots are mailed, received and counted by the end of the month.
December In an election year (2018), election results are announced.

Click to hide the 2017 Meetings, Events, Tours and Special Invitations

Certification Test:

The CTPA Certification Test was developed to be a mastery test - not a qualifications test. To be eligible to take the test, the applicant must be a CTPA member and have worked as a guide for at least one year. Passing the test requires accurate knowledge of Chicago history, geography, transportation, museums, cultural attractions, landmark buildings, sculpture, neighborhoods and venues of interest to visitors - the information given on a 3 or 4-hour comprehensive Chicago City Highlights Tour. The CTPA Certification Test has 3 parts. The parts must be taken in order and a pass grade achieved to advance. The test parts are: written test, oral/slide identification and vehicle routing.