The creator of the Chicago Survival Guide is Nicholas Curry. He was born and raised on the south side of Chicago in the Park Manor neighborhood. He is 25 years old. In 2009 he graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Networking Systems Administration from DeVry University- Chicago. Four years later in 2013, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in English from Fisk University located in Nashville, Tennessee. After working as a bank teller for a year, Nicholas realized that he wanted to further his education. In the fall of 2014, he began matriculating in Clark Atlanta University’s African American Studies program where he received his Master of Arts degree in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University in May of 2016. Now back home in Chicago, Nicholas works as a substitute teacher in the Chicago Public School system, trying to make a difference in all of the children’s lives whom he encounters. Intriguingly, Nicholas thought of the idea of the Chicago Survival Guide while on the phone with his girlfriend. “We were just on the phone conversing about ways that I could attempt to give back to the community that I love so much. I’m naturally a writer so I knew that I wanted to give back through my writing. I briefly was a freelance writer for the Chicago Defender newspaper, and though I loved the experience, I felt limited with my writing. I wanted to write freely and get my message out there, try to save lives and provide hope for the Chicago community.” The Chicago Survival Guide was officially birthed on October 4th, 2016, and plans to enhance and attempt to save the city of Chicago through its stories and survival tips.