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America at the Fair: Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition
 

At the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the United States was fast becoming the world’s leading economy.  Chicago, the host city, had grown in less than half a century from a village to the country’s second-largest metropolis.  During this, the Gilded Age, the world’s most extensive railroad and steamship networks poured ceaselessly through Chicago, carrying the raw goods and finished products of America’s great age of invention and industrial expansion.  The Fair was the largest ever at the time, with 65,000 exhibitors and millions of visitors.  It has been called the “Blueprint of the American Future” and marked the beginning of the national economy and consumer culture.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 288 pgs.    

Price:  $23.50

 
A Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville's Engine 78,  by Karen Kruse
 
From its humble beginnings in 1884 as a one-story frame building with one bay to house Hose Company 4 and its team of horses, Engine Company 78 has been the firefighting sentinel at the end of Waveland Avenue, sitting in the shadow of Wrigley Field.  Karen Kruse, the daughter of a firefighter, uses vintage photographs and moving stories from firefighters themselves to capture the spirit and heroism of this historic Chicago landmark.  Captain Robert F. Kruse served the Chicago Fire Department for 30 years, half of those at Wrigleyville's Engine Company 78.  Having grown up within the tight-knit firefighting community, Ms. Kruse records the dramatic and touching stories from her father's and his peers' experiences.  In this volume, she combines them with the unique history of Lakeview's firehouse and first-hand accounts of some of Chicago's most fiery tragedies, the brave men who battled them, and the diversity of the neighborhood that housed them.  Includes a foreword by Mike Ditka and preface by Fire Commissioner James Joyce.
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price: $21.00
 
 

Carson's: The History of a Chicago Shopping Landmark,  by Gayle Soucek

 

Carson Pirie Scott and Company always enjoyed a sterling reputation in Chicago, even among the merchant princes of State Street.  For more than one hundred years, in architect Louis Sullivan's stunning commercial masterpiece, Carson's stood shoulder to shoulder with retail icon Marshall Field's, establishing itself as an anchor of contemporary style.  It was a place that brought the world to the Midwest, from Parisian fashion to the authentic ambiance of the Mediterranean dance numbers and the Santa's Village displays.  Relive the friendly shopping experience that has kept the Carson's name alive for over a century and a half.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs. 

Price:  $19.95

 

 

 

 

Chicago in the Great Depression,  by J. R. Schonauer and K. G. Schonauer

 

Carl Sandburg called Chicago the “City of the Big Shoulders,” and those shoulders withstood the stock market crash of 1929.  Chicagoans rallied to collect funds to celebrate the centennial of the city’s incorporation in 1833.  A Century of Progress International Exposition, held in 1933 and 1934, brought jobs and businesses to Chicago and cheered people with the prospect of new technology and the promising face of the future. Neighborhood churches and community organizations helped each other, and the Great Migration brought new arrivals from the American South. Together, these factors helped to hasten the end of Prohibition and the fall of notorious gangsters like Al Capone and John Dillinger.  Jazz rolled in, with Chicagoans dancing along to the tunes of the big bands.  Even if pocketbooks were bare, souls were full of hope.

 

Softcover, 6.5 x 9.25, 128 pgs.

Price:  $21.00  

 

Chicago Images,  by edited by Tom Rakness

 

Rising quickly from the ashes of the Great Fire in 1871, Chicago awed visitors from around the world at the 1893 World's Fair, dubbed the Columbian Exposition.  Long known as the "Second City," Chicago is actually a city of firsts: the first skyscraper, the first Ferris Wheel (at the World's Fair), one of the first public zoos in Lincoln Park.  A truly world class city, Chicago offers residents and visitors such attractions as its abundance of museums, the magnificent art institute, a diverse live theatre scene and the incomparable Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Its many neighborhoods host hundreds of festivals that enliven the city.  The images in this book illustrate how all this and more helps to ensure that visitors will never forget Chicago, "that toddlin' town," and perhaps will remember it as "my kind of town."

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.

Price:  $21.00

                                                                                                     

 

Chicago Monumental,  by Larry Broutman

 

This is a superb coffee table book.  The City of Big Shoulders is alive with public sculpture.  Its monuments, memorials, fountains, grave markers, and architectural adornments speak to us from storefronts and bridges, from parks and cemeteries, in the language of stone and bronze.  In Chicago Monumental, photographer and writer Larry Broutman brings his unique vision to the page, presenting a gorgeous full-color photographic tribute to over 250 of Chicago's monuments, fountains, memorials, and statues in parks and cemeteries, as well as those on the city's streets and buildings.  It may be enjoyed as a visual history, as social documentary, as a guidebook, as a portable art gallery, or as itself a piece of public sculpture.  

All author proceeds are donated to The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.  

 

Hardcover, 9" x 13, 218 pgs.

Price: $49.50

 

State Street: One Brick at a Time,  by Robert P. Ledermann

 

Go window shopping in an era when Chicago's State Street was "The Place."  Linger on the mezzanines of magnificent movie palaces like the Oriental, sample the confectionary delights of Krantz Candies or recklessly splurge on dress shields or mustache wax at Kresge's or Woolworths five-and-ten-cent stores.  Allow yourself to be enchanted by the painstakingly prepared displays at Marshall Field's, but save plenty of time to visit Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co., The Fair, Montgomery Ward, Goldblatts, Wieboldt's and the Boston Store.  Above all, meet the people behind the glitter and glamour of State Street who poured so much heartfelt energy into making it the magical place that it was.  From the laying of its first bricks, Robert P. Ledermann lovingly recounts the history of this unique thoroughfare.

 

Softcover, 9 x 7.5, 159 pgs.

Price:  $22.50

 

                                                                                                    

 

 

Chicago Unleashed,  by Larry Broutman 

 

Gravitating from a successful career in science and engineering, Larry Broutman became an avid world traveler and wildlife photographer.  More than 5 years in the making, Chicago Unleashed is a collection of whimsical images created by the Chicago native.  The images combine wildlife photographed by Broutman in the wildlands of the world and iconic Chicago urbanscapes he also photographed.  The cover image shows a lion photographed in Kenya, comfortably poised beneath one of the lions in front of Chicago's Art Institute.  Text accompanying each image provides information on the city's most important art, architecture, tourist sights, parks, and more, often with a tongue-in-cheek twist in the lighthearted spirit of the book.

All author proceeds are donated to The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.

 

Hardcover, 8.9" x 10, 144 pgs. 

 Price: $29.50

 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America,  by Erik Larson

 

This is two tales of a city, and the stories of two men linked by the magical Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, nicknamed the “White City” for the gleaming white color of the buildings.  Architect Daniel Burnham built it; serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes used it to lure victims to his World’s Fair Hotel.  Erik Larson takes readers from the original inspiration for the Fair—the creation and erection of a tower in Paris, France—through the excruciating planning, building and ultimate creation of the Fair.  The fairgrounds, dubbed The White City for its gleaming white buildings, seemed an impossible project, given the time constraints and adverse soil conditions throughout the area.  But Burnham prevailed and built it; and a demented doctor used it to lure victims to his "murder castle," where dozens met their deaths.  Here, then, is a ticket to the greatest fair in history—a place where incredible dreams came to life alongside darkest nightmares.

 

                                                                                                         

Softcover

Price:  $16.00   

 

You Were Never in Chicago,  by Neil Steinberg

 

In a 1952 New Yorker essay, A.. Liebling dubbed Chicago "the second city."  From garbage collection to the skyline, his descriptions were withering.  Among the outraged responses from Chicago residents was a postcard that simply said: "You were never in Chicago."  Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg adds his voice to the defense with a mix of memoir, history and travelogue, capturing what it is that endears the Windy City to natives and attracts others like himself to his adopted city.

 

Softcover, 9 x 6, 247 pgs.

Price:  $15.00

 

Good Old Neon: Signs You're in Chicago,  by Nick Freeman

 

What constitutes a great sign?  "For me," says Nick Freeman, "it’s an elusive synchronicity of color, shape, typography, enhanced by authenticity and eccentricity.  Signs that have been maintained and still illuminate are always beguiling.  The fragility of glass tubing continuously exposed to harsh Chicago weather makes the survival of an old sign a kind of urban miracle, deserving of photographic preservation.  Even the many that have outlived their functional glory days have their own visual appeal.  Animated neon signs, working or not, are a special treat.”

Delight in Chicago’s rich neon heritage with this full-color collection of gaudy, garish, and downright spectacular signs.  From the far South Side to the Wisconsin Dells, Good Old Neon documents the familiar and the obscure, capturing in 135 photos these fast-disappearing artifacts of a glorious era when brightly lit signs filled the urban landscape.

 

Softcover, 7 x 7, 140 pgs.

Price:  $17.95

 

                                                                                                        

 

Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and

Murderers in an American Courtroom,  by Andy Austin

 

In 1969, cameras are banned in the federal courthouse where antiwar activists who came to be known as the Chicago Seven are about to be tried.  Artist Andy Austin approaches local TV reporter Hugh Hill, tells him she can draw, and is hired as a courtroom artist for ABC News.  She reflects: "The courthouse is a grand bazaar of American life."  Her recollections and vivid images include: Chicago 7 defendant Bobby Seale, bound and gagged in the courtroom; serial killer John Wayne Gacy (who obliged her with a smile for her sketch); Harry Aleman, Ken Ito, John D’Arco, Joey “the Clown” Lombardo, and a roster of other mobsters; and members of the El Rukns gang, whose alleged crimes included terrorist conspiracies.  Austin's depictions draw even more color from her detailed recollections of court testimony.  With nuances of character only an artist can capture, Rule 53 will delight history and true crime buffs, court watchers, and CSI Fans.

 

                                                                                                          

Softcover, 6 x  9, 408 pgs.

Price:  $19.95

 

Sin in the Second City,  by Karen Abbott

 

It was an The Everleigh Club opened in Chicago in 1900 and lasted 11 years as the self-proclaimed grandest whorehouse in America.  In this book rife with quaint period details, Karen Abbott presents photographs of the club’s gaudy extravagance, drawings that alert innocent young women to the perils of white slavery and memorable johns like the Everleigh customer who called himself Uncle Ned and who at Christmas would plant his feet in buckets of ice, drink sarsaparilla and order the house’s ladies to sing “Jingle Bells.”

 

Softcover, 8 x 5, 358 pgs.

Price:  $15.00                

 

  
Chicago Haunts 3,  by Ursula Bielski 
 
In Chicago Haunts and More Chicago Haunts, historian/author/paranormal researcher Ursula Bielski took readers on unnerving tours of her city, where the chill of death lingers from tragic events that have shaped its history and still haunt its memory.  Now she shares many new tales of Chicago ghosts, including the John Wayne Gacy murders, the atrocities of Richard Speck, recently revealed accounts of the infamous Dunning Asylum---and, for the first time, her own story of growing up in a haunted house.  
 
Softcover, 8.5 x 5.5, 224 pgs.
Price:  $15.95
                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chicago "L",  by Greg Borzo
 
Discover the world famous Chicago “L”—in all its grit and glory.  Over the past 100 years, there have been numerous calls to tear it down, but the thundering “L” remains one of Chicago’s most enduring icons.  Operating 24/7 since 1892, it is not only an antique but a working antique.  More than 10 billion people have ridden the “L,” which now carries half a million people a day over 222 miles of track.  The heavy, rumbling “L” has a light side too.  It is sought out by tourists, featured in major motion pictures, enjoyed by wide-eyed kids, photographed by admirers, and studied by historians.  Greg Borzo, former editor of Modern Railroads, draws on some 240 captivating photographs, drawings, and maps to tell the story of this celebrated elevated (including a look at its precursors).  Ride with him as it rumbles above and through the heart of the Loop, out into the surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs, and The Chicago “L” brings to life the tenacious transit that the city knows as “the L.” 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 168 pgs.                                                   
Price:  $26.50

 

The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz,  by David Balaban

 
Brothers Barney and A. J. Balaban started out with a rented Nickelodeon theatre, but their dream was to operate large movie palaces.  So in 1916 they joined with Sam and Morris Katz to form the Balaban and Katz Theatre Corporation.  By the mid-20s, the B&K chain, as it became known, had populated Chicago with large, ornate theatres boasting plush lounge areas, antiques and artwork. The Chicago Theatre in Chicago's Loop (restored in recent years) featured first-run films alternating with live stage shows by top bands and Hollywood stars.  Most of the other B&K theatres are gone, but grandson David Balaban has collected a treasure house of photos that witness to their proud exteriors and marquees and their magnificently elegant interiors.
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $21.00

 

The Chicago Outfit,  by John J. Binder

 

No business, legitimate or otherwise, has had a more raucous influence on the history of a city than that of "the outfit" in Chicago. From the roots of organized crime in the late 19th Cenury to the present day, The Chicago Outfit examines the evolution of the city's underworld, focusing on their business activities and leadership along with the violence and political protection they employed to become the most successful of the Cosa Nostra crime families.  John J. Binder has researched and studied organized crime in Chicago for over 12 years.  Through a vivid and visually stunning collection of images, many published here for the first time, he tells the story of the people and places of the world of organized crime from a fresh and informed point of view.

 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $21.00 
 

 

Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair: A Century of Progress by Samantha Gleisten

 

"You will enter a Century of Progress, perhaps like an explorer, curious and eager, penetrating an amazingly rumored domain in search of treasure."  So promised the Official Guide Book.  A century after the city's incorporation, Chicago hosted the 1933 World's Fair, which was so successful that it was held over into 1934.  Aptly named "A Century of Progress," the Fair confirmed Chicago's place as a major American city.  Like the phoenix from the ashes, Chicago emerged from its devastating 1871 fire as one of the most architectually significant and aesthetically inviting cities in the world. On 424 lakeside acres, the Fair brought together innovators and inventors from around the world. Despite the Great Depression that engulfed the nation's economy, Chicago hosted visitors from around the world at a fair commemorating human progress. 
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $19.95

Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs,  by Mike Danaher & Allison Hantschel
 
From dancing at Hanley's House of Happiness to raising pints at Kelly's Pub on St. Patrick's Day, the history of the Irish community in Chicago is told through stories of its gathering places.  Families are drawn to the pub after Sunday church, in the midst of sporting events, following funerals, and during weddings.  In good times and bad, the pub has been a source of comfort, instruction, and joy¾ a constant in a changing world.  Based on interviews with tavern owners, musicians, bartenders, and scholars, Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs explores the way the Irish pub defines its block, its neighborhood, and its city.
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs. 
Price:  $21.00    
 

 

Chicago's Historic Pullman District, by Frank Beberdick and the Historic Pullman Foundation

 

The town of Pullman, the brainchild of George M. Pullman, began as a small community on the south side of Chicago.  In 1879, Pullman, builder of the Pullman Sleeping Car, purchased land just west of Lake Calumet.  Here he built his model town in 1880.  The first planned industrial town, its center was the Pullman railroad car business.  Employees lived in well-constructed houses on pleasantly landscaped streets, with all the necessary conveniences: a bank, library, theatre, post office, church, parks and recreational facilities.  The Hotel Florence (pictured on cover), the Grand Old Lady of Pullman, is still a major visitor attraction.  With photos from the Foundation archives, this book chronicles the history of the community from Pullman's birth in 1831 through the 1990s.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $19.95

 

 

 

Chicago Italians at Work,  by Peter Nicholas Pero
 
For more than a century, Italian immigrants and their descendants contributed their labor and talent to building the city.  This book focuses on a period from 1890 to 1970, when industry was king in this midwestern metropolis.  Generations of Italians found work in companies such as U.S. Steel, Western Electric, Pullman, Crane, McCormick/Harvester, Hart Schaffner and Marx, and other large industrial corporations.  Other Italians were self-employed as barbers, shoe workers, tailors, musicians, construction workers, and more.  A complex network of family enterprises also operated in the Chicago Italian community.  Small shopkeepers generated work in food services and retail employment; some of which grew into large, prosperous enterprises that survive today.  Finally, Italians helped develop trade unions, which created long-term economic gains for all ethnic groups in Chicago.  Through historic photographs and text, Chicago Italians at Work chronicles the labor and contributions of an urban ethnic community.  
 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     

Price:  $21.00

 

 Chicago's Little Village: Lawndale-Crawford,  by Frank S. Magallon

 

Little Village has been known by several names over the past 140 years, but its rich culture and history have never been forgotten.  Situated on Chicago's southwest side, Little Village has gone from real estate promoters Millard and Decker's affluent "suburb" Lawndale to one of the largest Bohemian enclaves in the United States.  This vibrant neighborhood is known today as the largest Mexican community in the state of Illinois.  Little Village has almost always been a working-class immigrant neighborhood filled with hardworking men and woman who want their piece of the American dream.  From residents such as the martyred world's fair mayor Anton Cermak to the typical immigrant family next door, these strong-willed people have made their mark on Chicago and the rest of the New World.  The author's connection to Little Village spans nearly three-quarters of a century with his father's and mother's families residing within the community.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs. 

Price:  $21.00

 

 

 Chicago's Maxwell Street,  by Lori Grove, Laura Kamedulski, Chicago Historical Society

 

"Maxwell Street preserved old world culture, whether from the Ukraine, Mexico or Mississippi.  A grassroots avenue for survival got created there for immigrants and poor people.  Its existence (gave) meaning to our daily living and working in Chicago.”  Studs Terkel, broadcaster, oral historian, & author.  “Maxwell Street became the Ellis Island of the Midwest for 100 years.  Other market streets existed, but Maxwell Street was the biggest and brassiest, combining a kaleidoscope of races and religions, of businessmen, hustlers and musicians.  It was a national treasure.”  Ira Berkow, New York Times columnist.  “The guys that played [there] in the 1940s were pioneers of the blues.  They built the road for the blues in Chicago for Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and all the rest.”  Jimmie Lee Robinson, Chicago blues musician.  Lori Grove and Laura Kamedulski are museum professionals.  Their selection of images reflects the rich cultural diversity that existed throughout the history of Maxwell Street and its market.  
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $21.00

 

Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood,  by Peter N. Pero
 
For over 150 years, Pilsen has been a port of entry for thousands of immigrants.  Mexicans, Czechs, Poles, Lithuanians, Croatians, and Germans are some of the ethnic groups who passed through this "Ellis Island" on Chicago's Near Westside.  Early generations came searching for work and found plenty of jobs in the lumber mills, breweries, family-run shops and large factories that took root here.  Today most jobs exist outside of Pilsen, but the area still abounds with close-knit families, elaborate churches, mom-and-pop stores, and sturdy brick homes.  Nearly 200 photographs from libraries, personal scrapbooks, and museums illustrate a neighborhood that has been home to such notables as Anton Cermak, Amalia Mendoza, George Hallas, Cesar Chavez, Judy Barr Topinka, and Stuart Dybek.
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $21.00 

 

 Chicago's South Side Irish Parade, by Bridget Houlihan Kennedy

 

Considered to be one of the largest neighborhood-based St. Patrick's Day parades outside Dublin, Chicago's South Side Irish Parade began quite modestly, with 17 children under the age of 10 marching twice around the block.  Dubbing themselves the "Wee Ones of Washtenaw and Talman," the founders of this great parade marched with homemade signs, costumes, and a baby buggy while neighbors and family members cheered them on. Over the next 31 years, the parade grew into an annual event, attracting hundreds of thousands who came to celebrate Irish heritage with family and friends.  Because of the crowds, alcohol consumption and rowdiness, organizers declared 2009’s the last parade.  But in 2012 it made a triumphant return in a more controlled, family-friendly format.
 
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $21.00

 

 Chicago's South Shore,  by Charles Celander

 

Chicago's South Shore evolved from marshland to farmland and from suburb to city neighborhood. Located between Jackson Park and 79th Street, and from Lake Michigan to Stony Island, it was settled in the early 1800s by German and Scandinavian farmers.  In the 1890s, the expansion of the Illinois Central Railroad into undeveloped farmland set the stage for one hundred years of development and demographic change.  Pictures herein, many taken by a resident photographer, depict faces, places and events that shaped the area's evolution.  German, Swedish, Irish and African-American families are but some of the many who have called South Shore home.  Today the neighborhood continues to build on its glorious past and play a vital role in Chicago's future. 
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price:  $21.00
 

 

 

Christmas on State Street: 1940s and Beyond,  by Robert Ledermann
 
State Street, that great street!  The name evokes memories for anyone who has lived in or visited Chicago.  This book vividly recreates a Christmas holiday trip down State Street.  You will visit stores that flourished during the 1940s, viewing old display windows peopled with such Christmas characters as Wieboldt's Cinnamon Bear, Montgomery Ward's Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Marshall Field's Uncle Mistletoe.  Historic black and white and color photographs, many never published elsewhere, will whisk you back to the excitement of State Street shopping, the charm of holiday dining in fine State Street restaurants and the magical wonder of a child's first holiday trip to State Street, complete with a visit to Santa Claus.
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs., b&w and color photos     
Price:  $23.85
 

 

 Chicago's State Street Christmas Parade,  by Robert P. Ledermann

 

In this companion to Christmas on State Street, Robert Ledermann presents over 200 photographs, including 16 pages in color, to march you down memory lane as part of Chicago's famed State Street Christmas parade.  Filled with pageantry, the parades showcased amazing floats and displays, often featuring local VIPs, television celebrities and Hollywood stars.  Photos include the famous window displays at Marshall Field's and Carson Pirie Scott stores, now gone from State Street, and dining at the Berghoff Restaurant, also a memory.  The Christmas parade and scenes along its route come alive again in this vivid picture history.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs., b&w and color photos     
Price:  $23.85

 

Gold Coast Madam,  by Rose Laws 

 

She still has her voluptuous figure at age 52, but her days of pulling tricks are over.  After escaping an abusive marriage, she began freelancing in the suburbs and eventually was juggling three sugar daddies.  Now she has a cadre of girls who “entertain” lawyers, traders, businessmen, judges, politicians, pro athletes and Hollywood stars¾all for top dollar.  In her Chicago high-rise, the doorman has just tipped her that the vice squad is on the way up.  Will she survive another bust?  She must, because she has five kids for whom she’s trying to provide a home life as normal as possible!  A remarkable and eye-opening memoir by the once reigning madam of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 202 pgs.

Price:  $17.95     

 

                                                                                                      

 

Italians in Chicago,  by Dominic Candeloro
 

Chicago's Italian communities played an important role in the rich and diverse mosaic of Chicago history.  As a rail center, an industrial center, and America's fastest growing major city, Chicago offered opportunities for immigrants from all nations.  This intriguing narrative record gives glimpses and echoes of what occurred in the Italian-American communities from their earliest beginnings in the city.  Going back to the 1850s, it explores the lives of ten significant members of the Chicago Italian-American community, including vintage images and tales of such individuals as Father Armando Pierini, Anthony Scariano, and Joe Bruno, and groups such as the Aragona Club and the Maria Santissima Lauretana Society.  Italians in Chicago recounts the challenges and triumphs of Italian immigrants and their role in the city‘s growth.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $21.00

 

 

Portage Park,  by Daniel Pogorzelski and John Maloof

 

Chicagoans well know that their neighborhoods are often overshadowed by the Loop’s luster. Portage Park is one of these hidden gems, offering up a wealth of history, culture, and art. As the site of the largest retail district outside the Loop, the visual backdrop of movies such as My Life and The Color of Money, and the spot where both Abraham Lincoln and John Dillinger legendarily stayed, this corner of Chicago has seen its share of glitz and glory. Discover Portage Park’s architectural treasures, whether in its place as a part of Chicago’s “Bungalow Belt,” its wealth of notable buildings spanning different genres and time periods, or its beautiful churches and grand movie palaces. Many peoples, beginning with Native Americans and going on to the Yankees, Irish, Scandinavians and eastern Europeans have made Portage Park their home, each adding their own unique contribution to the vibrant cultural landscape. The site of the largest concentration of Chicago’s legendary Polish population, it is also the place where immigrants left the inner city’s ethnic enclaves to take part in the American dream. Vintage photographs of the neighborhood and its people illustrate the saga of Portage Park’s development. 

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $21.00 

 

Studs Terkel's Chicago

 

Chicago was home to the country s first skyscraper (a ten-story building built in 1884) and marks the start of the famed Route 66.  It is also the birthplace of the remote control (Zenith) and the car radio (Motorola), the first major American city to elect a woman (Jane Byrne) and then an African American man (Harold Washington) as mayor.  Its literary and journalistic history is just as dazzling, and includes Nelson Algren, Mike Royko and Sara Paretsky.  From Al Capone to the street riots during the Democratic National Convention in 1968, Chicago has (as they used to whisper of a town's fast woman) a reputation.  Chicago also was home to the Pulitzer Prize winning oral historian Studs Terkel, who moved to Chicago in 1922 as an eight-year-old and made it his home until his death in 2008 at the age of 96.  Infused with anecdotes, memories, and reflections that celebrate the great city, this book is a splendid evocation of Studs hometown in all its glory and all its imperfections.

 

Hardcover

Price:  $19.95

                                                                                                

 

Remembering Marshall Field's,  by Leslie Goddard

 

Opened in 1852 as a small dry goods business, the store that became Marshall Field's reigned for more than 150 years as Chicago's leading department store, celebrated for its exceptional service, spectacular window displays, and fashionable merchandise.  Marshall Field and Company weathered economic downturns, spectacular fires, and fierce competition to become a world-class retailer and merchandise powerhouse.  Marshall Field sent buyers to Europe for the latest fashions, insisted on courteous service, and immortalized the phrase "give the lady what she wants."  The store prided itself on its dazzling Tiffany mosaic dome, Walnut Room restaurant, bronze clocks, and a string of firsts including the first bridal registry and first book signing.

 

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $21.00