Chris Drnaso, a lifelong Chicagoan, was born in the early 1950s and raised in a highly industrial area on the southwest side of the city. Chris married his best friend Marilyn in 1982. They make their home in Palos Hills, a southwest suburb of Chicago, not far from the Clearing neighborhood where he grew up. Chris and Marilyn have two sons; Matthew and Nicholas. In 2017, Drnaso celebrated ten years as a cancer survivor. He retired at the end of 2016, after thirty-four plus years in the telecommunication industry. Chris continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers. Drnaso has been a stained glass artist for over thirty years. His passions include reading, painting, writing, and taking long walks in the woods with his eighty-pound, sort of a Black Lab, Abbey Road.