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Time Out Chicago

Time Out Chicago

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The pride of the midwest, Chicago has recently been named one of the top cities in the US for architecture, conventions, tourism, dining, sports and culture.The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, touted as the most important new cultural building in Chicago in our lifetime, is set to open in mid- May. The city has a non-stop year round schedule of festivals, from the Chicago Blues Festival to Taste of Chicago to Lollapalooza, many of which are accompanied by free events to coincide. The restaurant scene has expanded dramatically over the last decade and its reputation is stellar.
Time Out Chicago

Time Out Chicago

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From the top of the Sears Tower to the bottom of Lake Michigan, the first edition of the Time Out Chicago Guide has the Windy City well and truly covered. Written and researched by a team of resident writers and with colour photographs throughout, it's the definitive guide to America's most underrated city.
Time Out Chicago 4th ed.

Time Out Chicago 4th ed.

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Time Out's team of local writers gives chapter and verse on the local sights, sounds, eats, and treats of the Windy City in this new edition of Time Out Chicago. The guide offers a behind-the-scenes look at every neighborhood, as well as the full lowdown on quirky towns and lakeshore hideaways beyond the city limits, including reviews of all the major museums and attractions, and guided tours to the paths less traveled. This book also provides complete coverage of the local music scene (not just the blues, but rock, rap, jazz, funk, punk, and so much more), sports (where to watch, where to play, and where to buy the T-shirt), shopping (from the high fashion of the Magnificent Mile to Swedish bakeries, occult bookstores, and farmers' markets), and the whole gamut of restaurants (from posh nosh to foot-long subs). Color photos and maps throughout ensure easy use for any visitor to this city of architectural treasures.
Time Out Chicago 5th Ed

Time Out Chicago 5th Ed

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Compiled by the staff of Time Out Chicago, the weekly magazine for cultural listings in the region, this comprehensive guide covers everything there is to see and do in the Windy City, from high-end shops, low-down dive bars, and soaring skyscrapers to crumbling juke joints, nonstop festivals, and superb restaurant scene. Recently been named one of the top cities in the U.S. for architecture, conventions, tourism, dining, sports, and culture, Chicago is the pride of the Midwest.
Time Out Chicago Eating and Drinking 2009

Time Out Chicago Eating and Drinking 2009

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Written by knowledgeable locals, this illustrated guide covers the best Chicago has to offer for the hungry visitor or resident. Containing a whopping 1,000 restaurant reviews by candid critics, the book covers everything from hidden-gem breakfast spots to stylish pubs. The extensive index is searchable by alphabet, cuisine, genre, neighborhood, and specific criteria ranging from outdoor seating to rooms with a view. Fun sidebars explore such topics as making reservations and solo dining, while clear maps of downtown Chicago, the surrounding area, and the Chicago transit system make reaching each destination a snap.
Time Out Chicago Eating and Drinking 2010

Time Out Chicago Eating and Drinking 2010

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Written by knowledgeable locals, this illustrated guide covers the best Chicago has to offer for the hungry visitor or resident. Containing more than 1,000 restaurant reviews by candid critics, this guide covers everything from hidden-gem breakfast spots to stylish pubs. With restaurants organized by cuisine and price point, the extensive index is also searchable by alphabet, cuisine, genre, neighborhood, and specific criteria ranging from outdoor seating to rooms with a view. Fun sidebars explore such topics as making reservations and solo dining, while clear maps of downtown Chicago, the surrounding areas, and the Chicago transit system make reaching each destination a snap.
TimeOut Chicago 3rd Edition

TimeOut Chicago 3rd Edition

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In a city of architectural treasures, the building continues. A radical new project by Rem Koolhaas has sprouted up on Mies van der Rohe's ITT campus, the new Trump Tower Chicago is finally underway and the futuristic designs of the Millennium Park are nearing completion. The toddling town is striding into the 21st century with the openings of even more clubs, bars and restaurants, as well as funky new hotels from, among others, the Hard Rock group. Time Out's team of local writers give chapter and verse on the local sights, sounds, eats and treats in 320 pages of crisp prose, as well as the full low-down on quirky towns and lakeshore hideaways beyond the city limits.
Tinder Box: Iroquois Theater Disaster 1903

Tinder Box: Iroquois Theater Disaster 1903

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The Iroquois Theater in Chicago, boasting every modern convenience, advertised itself proudly as "absolutely fireproof" when it opened in November, 1903. Mr. Bluebeard, a fairy tale musical imported from the Drury Lane Theatre in London was the opening production. And leading the troupe of nearly 400 was one of the most popular comedians of the time, Eddie Foy.

None of the many socialites and journalists who flocked to the shows were aware that city building inspectors and others had been bribed to certify that the theater was in good shape. In fact, the building was without a sprinkler system or even basic fire fighting equipment; there was no backstage telephone, fire alarm box, exit signs, a real asbestos curtain or ushers trained for emergencies.

A month later, at a Christmas week matinee, the theater was illegally overcrowded with a standing room only crowd of mostly women and children. During the second act, a short circuit exploded a back stage spotlight touching off a small fire which spread in minutes throughout the theater. Panic set in as people clawed at each other to get out, but they could not find the exits, which were draped. The doorways, locked against gate-crashers, were designed to open in instead of out, creating almost impossible egress.

The tragedy, which claimed more than 600 lives, became a massive scandal and it remains the worst theater fire in the history of the country.

Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903

Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903

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This the 100th anniversary of one of worst man-made disasters of the 20th century. When the Iroquois Theatre opened in Chicago on November 23, 1903, it was considered one of the grandest structures of its day, a monument to modern design and technology, as well as absolutely fireproof. This was a theatre that would rival any in New York or Paris. Instead it became the funeral pyre for hundreds of victims. Tony Hatch, former CBS reporter and Emmy Award winner, tells the grisly story in meticulous, riveting detail, based on more than forty years of research, including many exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses. In Tinder Box, he tells the Iroquois story as it has never been told before. In a rush to open the theatre on time, corners were cut, and the Iroquois lacked the most basic fire-fighting equipment: sprinklers, fire alarm boxes, backstage telephone, exit signs and functioning asbestos curtain. Some exists, for aesthetic reasons, were hidden behind heavy draperies, doors opened inward and exterior fire escapes were unfinished. But Chicago officials, the theatre owners and managers, the contractor, stagehands--all looked the other way. Then, on December 30, 1903, disaster struck. The theatre was packed, overcrowded with a standing-room-only audience, mostly women and children who had come to see the popular comedian Eddie Foy perform in the musical fantasy Mr. Bluebeard. A short circuit in a single backstage spotlight touched off a small fire that, in minutes, erupted into an uncontrollable blaze. More than 600 people died. Because of the magnitude of the catastrophe and the obvious corruption that allowed it to happen, building and fire laws were changed to prevent it everhappening again. Tinder Box is a riveting history of a traumatic and costly calamity.
To Love Mercy

To Love Mercy

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Frank S. Joseph's debut novel evokes nostalgia at the same time that it confronts difficult questions of race and ethnicity in segregated Chicago of the late 1940s. The book chronicles a day and night in the life of two young boys--one black, one white--who unexpectedly find themselves lost in the city, exploring with the innocent enthusiasm of children while their families tear each other apart in fear. The racial tensions threaded through the novel come to a climax as the families meet to reunite with their children and personal choices are weighed with a shattering clarity against the pressures of the city.
To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire

To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire

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On a grey winter day in December 1958, one of the deadliest fires in American history took the lives of ninety-two children and three nuns at a Catholic elementary school on Chicago's West Side. The blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School shocked the nation. It left many families physically and psychologically scarred for life, destroyed a close-knit working-class neighborhood, and sowed popular suspicion of the church hierarchy and city fathers. No one was ever prosecuted for setting the fire; to this day it remains an officially unsolved mystery. In To Sleep with the Angels, two veteran journalists tell the moving story of the fire and its consequences. David Cowan and John Kuenster have worked for years, talking with hundreds of sources and ferreting our documents to reconstruct a minute-by-minute narrative of the tragedy and the sorrows of its aftermath. It is a story of ordinary people caught up in a mind-numbing disaster. In gripping detail, the authors describe the fear, desperation, and panic that prevailed among children, teachers, firefighters, and parents in and around the stricken school building on that cold Monday afternoon. Beyond the flames, the story of the fire at Our Lady of the Angels became an enigma whose mystery has deepened with time: its cause was never officially explained despite evidence that it had been intentionally set by a troubled student at the school. The authors reveal for the first time this youngster's "confession" and the decision by a local judge not to pursue the case against him. The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago also refused to press an investigation, preferring to label the fire a terrible "accident."
To Sleep With the Angels: The Story of a Fire

To Sleep With the Angels: The Story of a Fire

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On a grey winter day in December 1958, one of the deadliest fires in American history took the lives of ninety-two children and three nuns at a Catholic elementary school on Chicago's West Side. The blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School shocked the nation. It left many families physically and psychologically scarred for life, destroyed a close-knit working-class neighborhood, and sowed popular suspicion of the church hierarchy and city fathers. No one was ever prosecuted for setting the fire; to this day it remains an officially unsolved mystery. In To Sleep with the Angels, two veteran journalists tell the moving story of the fire and its consequences. David Cowan and John Kuenster have worked for years, talking with hundreds of sources and ferreting our documents to reconstruct a minute-by-minute narrative of the tragedy and the sorrows of its aftermath. It is a story of ordinary people caught up in a mind-numbing disaster. In gripping detail, the authors describe the fear, desperation, and panic that prevailed among children, teachers, firefighters, and parents in and around the stricken school building on that cold Monday afternoon. Beyond the flames, the story of the fire at Our Lady of the Angels became an enigma whose mystery has deepened with time: its cause was never officially explained despite evidence that it had been intentionally set by a troubled student at the school. The authors reveal for the first time this youngster's "confession" and the decision by a local judge not to pursue the case against him. The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago also refused to press an investigation, preferring to label the fire a terrible "accident."
Today's Chicago Blues

Today's Chicago Blues

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Chicago is still the center of the blues, with clubs and musicians attracting fans from around the world. With this guide, readers can discover blue Chicago with club reviews, artist biographies, and album recommendations from a longtime local fan. Photos.

Too young to Fall Sleep

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Top 10 Chicago

Top 10 Chicago

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Chicago, is a perfect blend of big-city sophistication and small-town hospitality, with its good-humoured warmth, gleaming skyscrapers, outstanding museums and vibrant art scene. Your DK Eyewitness Top 10 travel guide ensures you'll find your way around Chicago with absolute ease.

Our regularly updated Top 10 travel guide breaks down the best of Chicago into helpful lists of ten - from our own selected highlights to the best architecture, restaurants, blues and jazz joints, and of course, shopping destinations.

You'll discover:

- Seven easy-to-follow itineraries, perfect for a day trip, a weekend, or a week
- Detailed Top 10 lists of Chicago's must-sees, including comprehensive descriptions of the Willis Tower and Its Views, The Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, the Navy Pier, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park
- Chicago's most interesting areas, with the best places for shopping, going out and sightseeing
- Inspiration for different things to enjoy during your trip - including movie locations, fun for kids, hidden gems off the beaten path and things to do for free
- A laminated pull-out map of Chicago and its environs, plus five full-color neighborhood maps
- Street-smart advice get ready, get around, and stay safe
- A lightweight format perfect for your pocket or bag when you're on the move

DK Eyewitness Top 10s have been helping travellers to make the most of their breaks since 2002.

Looking for more on Chicago's culture, history and attractions? Try DK Eyewitness Chicago.

Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot to Betray America

Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot to Betray America

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Treacherous Beauty is the first popular biography of an eighteenth-century society girl named Peggy Shippen--close friend of a British spymaster and wife of Benedict Arnold--and how she was instrumental to the treasonous plot to sabotage the American Revolution.
Trees of Illinois Field Guide

Trees of Illinois Field Guide

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Learn to identify Illinois trees with this handy field guide, organized by leaf type and attachment.

With this famous field guide by award-winning author and naturalist Stan Tekiela, you can make tree identification simple, informative, and productive. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of trees that don't grow in Illinois. Learn about 124 species found in the state, organized by leaf type and attachment. Just look at a tree's leaves, then go to the correct section to learn what it is. Fact-filled information contains the particulars that you want to know, while full-page photographs provide the visual detail needed for accurate identification.

Book Features

  • 124 species: Every native tree plus common non-natives
  • Easy to use: Thumb tabs show leaf type and attachment
  • Compare feature: Decide between look-alikes
  • Stan's Notes: Naturalist tidbits and facts
  • Professional photos: Crisp, stunning full-page images
  • This field guide includes beautiful photography, relevant information, and Stan's expert insights. So grab Trees of Illinois Field Guide for your next outing--to help ensure that you positively identify the trees that you see.

    Trigger City

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