About Krista


Art historian and educator Krista August specializes in investigating and curating the history behind local landmarks. Krista’s books and lectures are popular with private and corporate groups, libraries, historical societies and schools.

Her original project, Giants in the Park, was awarded 2011 Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association and received 2014 and 2017 Certificates of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society. In recent years she has developed a series of slide presentations that feature remarkable Chicago and Illinois history.


Krista formerly worked in finance and as a teacher and holds mathematics and graduate education degrees from Northwestern and DePaul universities, respectively. She is a former guide for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


Krista is also is an artist. Her fine art study includes coursework at the Palette and Chisel, the Old Town Triangle Association, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Richeson School of Art, and the Peninsula School of Art.

"The residents really enjoyed your talk – great buzz around the community today."
--  senior living community program coordinator

Excellent book, and if you get the chance, I recommend catching the slideshow presentation! 

Sample of statue paintings (originally created as Giants in the Park book illustrations), available as single or boxed note cards.

Krista's artwork on TV show "Chicago Fire"

"Jessica" - watercolor, sold


"Mimi and Papa Farm"

North Center, Chicago

"LA Rental Bike"



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