TikTok Historian Brings Chicago’s Past Into The Present

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"In my opinion, everything cool about America originated in Chicago," Sherman Thomas told Reset's Sasha Ann Simons. "So I'm just trying to teach that. I'm trying to reach children my daughter's age and get them to enjoy history." Courtesy of Sherman Thomas
tiktok historian sherman thomas
"In my opinion, everything cool about America originated in Chicago," Sherman Thomas told Reset's Sasha Ann Simons. "So I'm just trying to teach that. I'm trying to reach children my daughter's age and get them to enjoy history." Courtesy of Sherman Thomas

TikTok Historian Brings Chicago’s Past Into The Present

From the videos your family sends you in the group chat of new dance trends to recipes like steak in a toaster, TikTok is home to all kinds of short, easy-to-digest entertainment.

But one Chicagoan is using it to connect users with the city’s storied past. Shermann Thomas (aka “Dilla”) and his TikToks cover everything from crime boss Al Capone, the history of the Italian beef sandwich and why the Loop is… well, the Loop. Reset checks in with Thomas about his motivation and love for Chicago history.

GUEST: Shermann Thomas, TikTok “historian”