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Where is the Sears Tower?

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Where the Tour Buses Don't Go: Chicago's Hidden Sites of the Mysterious, Macabre, Ghostly & Glamorous

Where the Tour Buses Don't Go: Chicago's Hidden Sites of the Mysterious, Macabre, Ghostly & Glamorous

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This isn't your average travel book--
and these aren't your average tourist destinations!

Take a wild ride through hidden Windy City history--often dark, sometimes inexplicable, and occasionally glamorous. Meet the gangsters, ghosts, serial killers and celebrities that only Chicago could produce. This journey into eclectic Chicago lore includes: 19 spine-tingling creepy sites (Resurrection Mary, Lonely Ghost of Lake Forest, St. Rita's and so many more); all things Al Capone (seven notable Scarface sites and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre); other Outfit bigshot hangouts, graves and hit locations; Monsters of the Midway like Holmes, Gacy, Speck and more; murder and mayhem featuring 12 killers; and literally dozens of celebrity homes and hangouts from downtown to the suburbs and beyond!

Where To Bike Chicago : Best Biking in City and Suburbs

Where To Bike Chicago : Best Biking in City and Suburbs

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Where to Bike Chicago, Best Biking in the City and Suburbs

Where To Weekend Around Chicago

Where To Weekend Around Chicago

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Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry

Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry

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The Chicago
Literary Hall of Fame has partnered with Chicago publishers After Hours Press
and Third World Press to produce a definitive collection of poetry by living
Chicago poets. Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry features
the work of a widely diverse list of over 160 poets and artists all with strong
ties to Chicagoland. With a Foreword by noted scholar Carlo Rotello, the
new anthology is edited by Donald G. Evans (executive director of the Chicago
Literary Hall of Fame) who completed the project begun by the late
poet-editor-teacher Robin Metz formerly of Knox College.

A dazzling
array of voices representing many generations of Chicagoans grace the pages
of Wherever I'm At including essential poets such as Li-Young
Lee, Elizabeth Alexander, Stuart Dybek, Angela Jackson, Tyehimba Jess, Sandra
Cisneros, Campbell McGrath, Ana Castillo, Maxine Chernoff, Patricia Smith,
Edward Hirsch, Kathleen Rooney, Luis Alberto Urrea, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Luis J.
Rodriguez, Elise Paschen, Sterling Plumpp, Marianne Boruch, Haki Madhubuti,
Rachel DeWoskin, Ed Roberson, Tara Betts, and Reginald Gibbons, to name a
few. The list is exhaustive in its diversity and according to editor Don
Evans, deliberately so. This anthology also showcases the incredible
visuals of an equally talented group of Chicago artists whose work amplifies
the poetic musings throughout.

White Hurricane

White Hurricane

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In early November 1913, not quite 19 months after the loss of the Titanic in midatlantic, an autumn gale descended on the Great Lakes. Gales of November - like the one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald in the 1970s - are a fact of life for Great Lakes mariners, but this one was anything but ordinary. Meteorologists now believe that a blast of cold polar air met a warm, moist air mass entrained in a low-pressure cell moving up from the Gulf of Mexico through the U.S. heartland, and the result was a violent weather bomb and the worst recorded storm in Great Lakes history. The storm lasted four days, with sustained winds as high as 75 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, white-out blizzard conditions, and mountainous seas. U.S. Weather Bureau) issued storm warnings on Friday morning, November 7, the warnings contained no hint of anything more than 50-mile-per-hour winds for Friday and Saturday. Most ships were making their final trips of the season; their captains knew that as autumn turned to winter the weather would only get worse, and then the lakes would freeze. Across the Great Lakes, hundreds of ships left port that weekend, heading directly into the jaws of what became a survival storm. On the ocean, with sea room, a well-found ship can often survive by running off before a storm until it blows out. On the Great Lakes there is never sufficient sea room. In the driving snow, ship masters could only guess where the treacherous shores lay. Ships iced up and became topheavy; some turned turtle. By Monday evening 19 ships had sunk, another two dozen were driven ashore, and at least 238 sailors had lost their lives. second-story eaves, and facing shortages of milk, bread, and meat, was confronting the worst natural disaster in its history. White Hurricane recreates the four-day storm with narrative intensity and factual depth. To make sense of this big, sprawling, multifaceted story, author David Brown develops it chronologically and focuses on the most exciting human dramas. One or two ships in each of the four hardest hit lakes - Superior, Huron, Michigan, and Erie - carry the narrative, while other disasters are reported more briefly as they occur. original and secondary sources the richest, most exciting, most mysterious, and most humanly moving stories. The destructive impacts ashore - especially the privations in Cleveland - weave another narrative strand. The U.S. Weather Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard owe their existence in part to the Storm of 1913. Like Isaac's Storm and The Heart of the Sea, White Hurricane is both thrilling narrative and scrupulous history. This is the book that carries The Perfect Storm to the heart of America, and David Brown, a Great Lakes mariner and writer and the author of The Last Log of the Titanic, is the ideal guide.
White Sox 2005 World Series Champions

White Sox 2005 World Series Champions

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Celebrate a Championship 88 Years in the Making. A dazzling collection of stories, columns, and player profiles from the award-winning team of Sun-Times reporters. Loaded with dozens of eye-popping full-color photos of the Sox in action, including Contreras, Konerko, Garland, Podsednik, Buehrle, and manager Ozzie Guillen! Relive and remember an incredible season not seen in Chicago since 1917, from Opening Day to the glorious final out of the World Series!
Who We Were A Snapshot History of America

Who We Were A Snapshot History of America

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Since the first snapshots were taken in 1888, Americans have used simple, inexpensive cameras to record their life stories. In the process, they have left behind millions of pictures that document the story of America. Now, for the first time, these personal photographs have been gathered together to tell the nation's history.
Why Architecture Matters

Why Architecture Matters

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For more than a decade, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin has been writing fiery, intelligent essays on the state of contemporary architecture. His subjects range from high-rises to highways, parks to public housing, Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry. Why Architecture Matters collects the best of Kamin's acclaimed columns, offering both a look at America's foremost architectural city and a taste of Kamin's penetrating, witty style of critique.
Wicked City - Chicago From Kenna To Capone

Wicked City - Chicago From Kenna To Capone

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The Wicked City is an account of Chicago's vice, crime, capitalism, and corruption from Pierre the Mole, who sold whiskey to the Indians, through Jonny Torrio and Al Capone, who bootlegged a Great Lake's worth of booze during the Roaring Twenties. Chicago's drive for wealth and power in this fifty-year span are evoked through the spirited accounts of the careers of its leading tycoons--such as Charles Yerkes, Marshall Field, George Pullman, and Big Bill Thompson--and its leading gangsters: the Terrible Gennas, Jim Colosino, Dion O'Banion, Diamond Joe Esposito, Johnny Torrio, and Al Capone. The Chicago portrayed here is raw, real, and vital; its raucousness, lawlessness, ebullience, and greed become poetic.
Wild Chicago

Wild Chicago

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After 15 years on the air and a thousand stories on everything from the Ancient Astronaut Society to Zoe the Barbie Doll collector, the extremely popular public television series "Wild Chicago"""now has its own companion guidebook. Curious natives and intrepid tourists seeking a slightly skewed take on the Windy City and its surrounding communities need look no further than this irreverent yet authoritative guide.
Host Will Clinger, producer Harvey Moshman, and correspondent Mindy Bell have collected their 500 favorite offbeat and unusual people and places that have been featured on the show. They know their viewers--people who will drive an hour to find that one artist who taxidermies the heads of turkeys and dresses them in doll clothes; who would rather see a sock puppet version of "Titanic "than a production of "Macbeth "at the Goodman; who love to explore and discover--and show off their knowledge to friends. They wrote this book for them and for countless others with a taste for the bizarre and unconventional.
This indispensable tool reveals seldom seen corners and little known wonders of Chicago, such as:
*American Pet Motel (more than just a place to board bowser)
*Lava Lamp Factory (cosmic illumination on the northwest side)
*Cut-rate Caskets (for sale to the public)
*Foot polo (without the horses)
*House of Whacks (latex & leather fashions)
*Those Darn Accordions! (must see to believe)
*Lee Watson's Reptile Swamp (need we say more?)
*Perry's Deli (when you're hungry for food--and abuse)
As they say on "Wild Chicago"," " "to navigate the urban jungle, you need a wild guide!"
Wildsam Field Guides: Chicago

Wildsam Field Guides: Chicago

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Wildsam Field Guides: Chicago presents a balanced and beautiful collection of stories and intel that spotlights a city of contrasts and culture. Inside, readers will find Chicago travel recommendations, as well as stories and insights from heralded locals and lesser-known heroes.

The icon of the Midwest, including:

  • Picks for the perfect weekend, bookstore browsing, Italian beef, food halls, city biking, poetry and contemporary art
  • Tales from inside Wilco's Marina City loft
  • Extreme weather, The Drake Hotel and Michael Jordan
  • Archival finds on Al Capone, The Wrigley Curse and Barack Obama
  • How to build the perfect Chicago hot dog
  • Ticket scalping memories
  • Masterworks ranging from Grant Wood's American Gothic to Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate and Sue the T. Rex
  • Deep-dish pizza, record stores and Lake Michigan as told through illustrated maps
  • Interviews with magicians, visual artists, professors and crime reporters
  • Original essays and poetry by Rebecca Makkai, Roger Reeves and Patricia Smith
  • Windies' City: Chicago's Historical Hidden Treasures

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    Windy City Ghosts

    Windy City Ghosts

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    Windy City Ghosts is a look at the many ghost stories surrounding Chicago and the suburbs. The book is broken down by geographic area in Chicago including the north, south and west side and downtown Chicago.
    Windy City Ghosts II

    Windy City Ghosts II

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    Windy City Ghosts II is the follow-up to the best selling Windy City Ghosts by author Dale Kaczmarek. A further look at ghosts, hauntings and poltergeist phenomena throughout Chicagoland and the suburbs.
    Windy City Queer: Lgbtq Dispatches from the Third Coast

    Windy City Queer: Lgbtq Dispatches from the Third Coast

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    The contributions of the Midwest and, specifically, Chicago to LGBTQ literature have been invaluable yet largely uncelebrated over the last century. This anthology charts a map of queer Chicago and showcases its thriving urban arts community, which boasts a unique history, legacy, and sensibility deeply rooted in the urban Midwest.
    Here is a first-rate collection of queer voices from Chicago's literary landscape. Celebrated writers Edmund White, Achy Obejas, Sharon Bridgforth, Brian Bouldrey, E. Patrick Johnson, Carol Anshaw, David Trinidad, and Mark Zubro are joined by emerging voices from the queer literary scene. These pieces span all literary genres, from fiction and poetry to memoir and essays, and portray a full gamut of gay Chicago lives from the everyday to the quirky, from public spectacles to quiet intimacies, from family life to nightlife, from dating to marriage, from loving to mourning. The writing that comprises this volume, which seeks to claim a queer space on the literary continuum, is surprising, smart, hilarious, and heart wrenching.

    Windy City: A Novel of Politics

    Windy City: A Novel of Politics

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    For readers who loved Primary Colors and Thank You for Smoking comes thiswise and funny novel of politics--Chicago-style--from NPR anchor and nationalbestselling author Simon.
    Windy City: Novel of Politics

    Windy City: Novel of Politics

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    In a novel as brawling and boisterous as Chicago itself, Scott Simon delivers a tale both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, capturing the multiethnic tumult of big city politics.

    The mayor of Chicago is found in his office late at night, murdered, facedown in a pizza. As police race to find the killer, the interim mayor, Sundaran "Sunny" Roopini, tries to juggle his responsibilities as a recently widowed father of two teenage daughters while herding his forty-nine fellow city aldermen toward choosing a new mayor. Over the course of four days, this raft of colorful characters-heroes, rascals, and pinky-ringed pols of all creeds, colors, and proclivities-will clash, as Sunny, a flawed but decent man, tries to hold together his family and his city.