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Sixties Story

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Slow Food Guide to Chicago

Slow Food Guide to Chicago

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With more than 500 recommended restaurants, this is the third in a series of destination city guides for eco-gastronomic travelers--adventurous people who seek out quality, tradition, and fresh, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients when they explore the restaurants, markets, and bars of a city.
Slow Food Guide to Chicago

Slow Food Guide to Chicago

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"Now, Michelin; Next, Slow Food"

Chances are, whether or not you've heard of the Slow Food movement, you're familiar with slow food. It could be the best corn on the cob you've had all summer, or the ballpark frank that saw you through the seventh inning stretch at the last Cubs game. Slow Food is simply about the whole experience of food, from production to preparation to enjoyment and conviviality.* It is a revolutionary international movement that prizes locally sourced foods and sustainable agriculture, and slowly, its manifesto is gaining ground.

Now an inventive new series of Slow Food guidebooks has food critics and travelers raving. This September, the publisher that brought you The Slow Food Guide to New York City (2003) releases the second book of the series, The Slow Food Guide to Chicago: Restaurants, Markets, Bars. Written by a team of Chicago natives and members of Slow Food USA, the guide reviews over 300 Chicago area establishments and serves up a fresh, comprehensive look at the city's diverse food landscape.

So Big

So Big

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and widely considered to be Edna Ferber's greatest achievement, So Big is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago.

Hailed as a novel "to read and remember" (New York Times), So Big is the unforgettable story of the indomitable Selina Peake DeJong and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity in the face of a challenging marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. First published in 1924, So Big is a brilliant literary masterwork from one of the twentieth century's most accomplished and admired writers, and still resonates today with its unflinching views of poverty, sexism, and the drive for success.

So You Think Youre a Chicago Blackhawks Fan

So You Think Youre a Chicago Blackhawks Fan

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So You Think You're a Chicago Blackhawks Fan? tests and expands your knowledge of Blackhawks hockey. Rather than merely posing questions and providing answers, you'll get details behind each--stories that bring to life players and coaches, games and seasons.

This book is divided into multiple parts, with progressively more difficult questions in each new section. Along the way, you'll learn more about what has made the Hawks one of the most popular teams in the NHL. The book includes players and coaches of the past and present, from Stan Mikita to Bill Mosienko, Bobby Hull, Pierre Pilote, Glenn Hall, Tony Esposito, Ed Belfour, Jim Pappin, Keith Magnuson, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Chelios, Denis Savard, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, and so many more. Some of the many questions that this book answers include:

- A Chicago star of the 1950s set an NHL record that may never be broken by scoring three goals in 21 seconds in a game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 23, 1952. Who is he?
- Which Blackhawks legend appeared in the movies Wayne's World? and Wayne's World 2?
- True or false: The National Football League once played its championship game in Chicago Stadium?
- Patrick Kane set a franchise record in 2015-16 when he had at least one point in 26 consecutive games. Which Chicago Hall of Famer held the previous team record with a 21-game points streak?

This book makes the perfect gift for any fan of the Hawks!

Soldier Field

Soldier Field

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Sports fans nationwide know Soldier Field as the home of the Chicago Bears. For decades its signature columns provided an iconic backdrop for gridiron matches. But few realize that the stadium has been much more than that. Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City explores how this amphitheater evolved from a public war memorial into a majestic arena that helped define Chicago.

Chicago Tribune staff writer Liam Ford led the reporting on the stadium's controversial 2003 renovation--and simultaneously found himself unearthing a dramatic history. As he tells it, the tale of Soldier Field truly is the story of Chicago, filled with political intrigue and civic pride. Designed by Holabird and Roche, Soldier Field arose through a serendipitous combination of local tax dollars, City Beautiful boosterism, and the machinations of Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson. The result was a stadium that stood at the center of Chicago's political, cultural, and sporting life for nearly sixty years before the arrival of Walter Payton and William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

Ford describes it all in the voice of a seasoned reporter: the high school football games, track and field contests, rodeos, and even NASCAR races. Photographs, including many from the Chicago Park District's own collections, capture these remarkable scenes: the swelling crowds at ethnic festivals, Catholic masses, and political rallies. Few remember that Soldier Field hosted Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr., Judy Garland and Johnny Cash--as well as Grateful Dead's final show.

Soldier Field captures the dramatic history of Chicago's stadium on the lake and will captivate sports fans and historians alike.

Soldier Field

Soldier Field

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Sophomoric Philosophy

Sophomoric Philosophy

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Sophomoric Philosophy by Victor David Giron, is the coming-of-age story of Alejandro ("Alex") Lopez, a 30-something first generation Mexican-American who is struggling with his direction in life. Alex is an accountant working for a large corporation and is torn between his desire to lead an artistic life and the reality of his mundane, ordinary existence in contemporary Chicago.
Sox and the City

Sox and the City

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Over the last 40 years, Richard Roeper has attended White Sox games, watching as his team established a losing streak that was almost unparalleled in major league baseball history. In this account of what it was like to grow up a White Sox fan in a Cubs nation, Roeper covers the recent history of the organization, from the heartbreak of 1967 and the South-Side Hit Men to the disco demolition and the magical 2005 season when they became world champions. Encapsulating what it means to be a baseball fan, root for the same sorry team no matter what, and find vindication, this history of the White Sox is flavored with trivia; anecdotes about players, owners, and broadcasters; plus Roeper's own humorous and personal reminiscences.

Space Within : Inside Great Chicago Buildings

Space Within : Inside Great Chicago Buildings

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For the first time, the interiors of some of the Chicago area's greatest buildings, designed by celebrated architects, are brought together and featured in truly stunning original photographs. These Chicago-area homes, religious spaces, and commercial and public structures give visual meaning to Frank Lloyd Wright's belief that "the space within becomes the reality of the building." Text by author Patrick F. Cannon, who has lived and worked in Chicago and its suburbs for more than sixty years, discusses each building's architecture, architect, and place in history. James Caulfield, a noted architectural photographer, leads a visual tour into both the intimate and grand interiors of the Chicago area's finest buildings. Now the duo's fifth book, The Space Within demonstrates that good design comes in many styles. While many of these architectural masterpieces are open to the public, others particularly the private homes can only be seen here.
Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History

Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History

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The lives of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary--if misunderstood--thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes, jerks, and evil doers from history all get their due in the short essays featured in these enlightening, informative books. Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History features 15 short biographies of nefarious characters.
Spectacle in the White City

Spectacle in the White City

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Over 27 million people visited the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Countless more experienced the fair through the wondrous images of C. D. Arnold, the era's foremost architectural photographer. Through his luminous pictures, Arnold became the event's leading historian, publicist, and visual philosopher. This gallery of Arnold's photographs, painstakingly retouched to achieve a new radiance, presents a magnificent tribute to the White City of shining Beaux-Arts buildings.
In addition to its visual tour of the Exposition's extensive buildings and grounds, this lavish book also celebrates a city that treasures its architecture. The classical Greek and Roman design expressed by the Chicago World's Fair defined the course of American monumental building for decades to come, and the text accompanying these historic photographs provides fascinating interpretations of the Exposition's influence on American building styles and tastes. From conception to closing day and beyond, Spectacle in the White City offers glimpses of past splendor that will be treasured by Chicagoans, history buffs, and lovers of fine art and photography.
Spectacular Chicago

Spectacular Chicago

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"Spectacular Chicago is a visual celebration of this great city in an oversize format befitting one of the world's most exciting urban areas. The book surveys all the things that make the city great, from its checkered history and stunning architecture to its dynamic sports scene and colorful blues bars. Lake Michigan, The Loop, the Magnificent Mile in the Near North and the Lakeshore Apartments of the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park on the Northside, and the spirited neighborhoods of the Southland -- it's all here, captured in lush color photographs and Tom Allen's lively, informative text.
Spectacular Homes of Chicago: An Exclusive Showcase of Chicago's Finest Designer

Spectacular Homes of Chicago: An Exclusive Showcase of Chicago's Finest Designer

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More than 250 photographs of the work of nearly 50 leading interior designers in the Greater Chicago area.
Spinster Sisters

Spinster Sisters

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Jodi and Jill Spingold are the Spinster Sisters...

With a radio show, speaking engagements, DVDs, and two bestselling books, they've built a thriving cottage industry helping other single women find happiness. Their futures have never been brighter-until Jill turns out the lights on Jodi by announcing her engagement.

Jodi is stunned. How can they be the Spinster Sisters if one of them is married? Complicating things is her own love life, involving three vastly different paramours offering three different kinds of happiness-none of which Jodi is sure she wants. And her ex-husband, backed by his lawyer girlfriend, may be angling for a piece of the Spinster Sisters empire.

Now, Jodi must make some tough decisions, keep the business afloat, and get to the altar to stand by her sister-even if means that from now on she'll be single all by herself.

Spiritual Traveler-Chicago and Illinois

Spiritual Traveler-Chicago and Illinois

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The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois is a unique guidebook. It introduces hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, meetinghouses, Buddhist meditation centers and Hindu temples, as well as retreat centers of various religious traditions. It lists landmarks that rank among America's finest works of architecture and contain treasures of spiritual art and history. It describes numerous beautiful gardens, parks, cemeteries, and other peaceful places, as well as the natural beauty of the land between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Introductory chapters recount the spiritual history of Illinois, offer an overview of many faith traditions, and explain its sacred architecture. Written for readers and seekers of every faith or none, The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois reveals the stories behind these extraordinary sites and places of spiritual power and takes you to the heart and soul of this ancient land. +
Sports Traveler Chicago

Sports Traveler Chicago

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Anbritt Stengele, the ultimate Chicago sports fan and owner of Sports Traveler, a sports tourism company, knows what's on your mind when it comes to sports and she now shares all her best Chicago advice with you: How to have the best game day, how to celebrate your fandom, and where to find new sports fan experiences. "Sports Traveler Chicago" covers where to sit, what to eat, what else to see at the park, fan customs, lodging picks, transportation advice, pre-game parties, post-game traditions, historical sites, bars for fans, fan memories, off-season conventions, minor league teams, and more! With information on baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, auto racing, horse racing, bicycle racing, lacrosse, golf, and the Chicago Marathon.

You're a Sports Traveler!

You've waited a long time to visit the Friendly Confines, the House that Jordan Built, or the historic colonnades of Soldier Field.

You're coming in from the suburbs, want to grab a great meal after the game with other fans and hope to avoid city traffic as much as possible.

A group of your old friends is getting together for one fun-filled day at the stadium.

You want to impress key customers with a first-class experience at the park or the racetrack.

You're looking for some affordable family-friendly outings, or even to show your kids an old-fashioned time at the ballpark.

You're not in Chicago to see art or dinosaurs in a museum. You're a Sports Traveler and this guide's for you!

Anbritt Stengele, the ultimate Chicago sports fan and owner of Sports Traveler, a sports tourism company, knows what's on your mind when it comes to sports and she now shares all her best Chicago advice with you: How to have the best game day, how to celebrate your fandom, and where to find new sports fan experiences.

"Sports Traveler Chicago" covers where to sit, what to eat, what else to see at the park, fan customs, lodging picks, transportation advice, pre-game parties, post-game traditions, historical sites, bars for fans, fan memories, off-season conventions, minor league teams, and more!

"With information on baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, auto racing, horse racing, bicycle racing, lacrosse, golf, and the Chicago Marathon. Look for Sports Traveler guides for other cities coming soon!"

Stand-Up Comedy (In Chicago)

Stand-Up Comedy (In Chicago)

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Ten years after Chicago saw its first full-time comedy club open, the landscape was decidedly different. Stand-up comedy has exploded in the last couple of years, a club owner told the Chicago Tribune in 1985, that s the only way to describe it: exploded. It was truly a comedy boom, with as many as 16 clubs operating at once, and it lasted nearly a decade before fading, taking with it some of Chicago s oldest comedy stages, including the Comedy Cottage, Comedy Womb, and Who s on First. Still, stalwarts like Barrel of Laughs (south) and Zanies (north) persevered. That part of the story is known; overlooked is the fact there was a comedy boom, period. To hear the story, it is as if stand-up comedy innately morphed from a dated nightclub scene to what one Chicago Sun-Times writer called Chicago s atomic comedy blast. "