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Chicago

Chicago

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On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake. This is the story of the five seasons he lives there, during which he meets gangsters, gamblers, policemen, a brave and garrulous bus driver, a cricket player, a librettist, his first girlfriend, a shy apartment manager, and many other riveting souls, not to mention a wise and personable dog of indeterminate breed.

A love letter to Chicago, the Great American City, and a wry account of a young man's coming-of-age during the one summer in White Sox history when they had the best outfield in baseball, Brian Doyle's Chicago is a novel that will plunge you into a city you will never forget, and may well wish to visit for the rest of your days.

Chicago

Chicago

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From Harvey- and Eisner-nominated cartoonist and editor Glenn Head comes Chicago, the hilarious and harrowing tale of a nineteen-year-old virgin who drops out of everything and into the unknown. Abandoning suburbia for art school and then the gritty streets, young Glenn finds himself fending off predators and fighting depression. A visit to Playboy offers entrée into the world of underground comix and R. Crumb, but it's a chance encounter with Muhammad Ali that allows young Glenn to prove his mettle. Like Scorsese circa Mean Streets crossed with revealing autobiography like Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries, Chicago is an unforgettable tale of losing one's mind, finding one's identity, and discovering love where it's least expected.
Chicago

Chicago

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This handy format showcases Chicago's greatest sites and views, including four gatefolds of breathtaking panoramic beauty that capture the visual paradoxes and triumphs of this famous city by the lake.
Visalli photographs the architectural masterpieces famous throughout the world―from Louis Sullivan's ornamental facades to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's sleek office towers―as well as the works of the new generation of the Chicago School of Architecture. But Chicago is about more than buildings: Visalli shoots the dark girders of the El, the taverns open all night, and the pomp of Michigan Avenue. With more than 200 images, Chicago captures the visual paradoxes and triumphs of this great American city.
Chicago

Chicago

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Explore the fascinating world of Chicago: one of America's most important and interesting cities. Find out what makes it so special - from the early days to today.
Chicago

Chicago

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A surprising new look at the Windy City

"Each recognizable image shimmers with a touch of fantasy befitting the area."

--Grand Rapids Press

Award-winning artist Cynthia Davis captures Chicago in these remarkable hand-altered Polaroid photographs. The fifth book in Davis's visual recreations of Michigan and Great Lakes locales, Chicago offers a view of one of America's greatest cities unlike any other.

Davis creates her work by manipulating Polaroid prints while they're still developing. The result are pictures imbued with a dreamlike quality, somewhere between photorealism and impressionist painting.

Anyone who has shopped the Magnificent Mile, visited Navy Pier or the Field Museum, wandered through the canyons of the Loop, ascended to the peak of Sears Tower, or explored the diversity of Chicago's many neighborhoods will appreciate how Davis transforms well-known terrain into landscapes at once familiar and magically new.

Cynthia Davis has won over 100 major awards and has exhibited in numerous shows in galleries and museums, as well as major art festivals around the country. She is the author of Ann Arbor, Traverse City & the Leelanau Peninsula, Saugatuck & Douglas, and Detroit, four books of photography published by the University of Michigan Press. She lives in Ann Arbor. Visit her website at www.cynthiadavis.com.

Chicago

Chicago

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This handy format showcases Chicago's greatest sites and views, including four gatefolds of breathtaking panoramic beauty that capture the visual paradoxes and triumphs of this famous city by the lake.
Visalli photographs the architectural masterpieces famous throughout the world―from Louis Sullivan's ornamental facades to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's sleek office towers―as well as the works of the new generation of the Chicago School of Architecture. But Chicago is about more than buildings: Visalli shoots the dark girders of the El, the taverns open all night, and the pomp of Michigan Avenue. With more than 200 images, Chicago captures the visual paradoxes and triumphs of this great American city.
Chicago

Chicago

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A panoramic photographic odyssey through the streets, architecture, and landmarks of Chicago presents a series of remarkable images, taken over the course of thirty years, that captures the seminal architectural works of Louis Sullivan and Mies van der Rohe, as well as the El, Michigan Avenue, and Lincoln Park, among other sites.
Chicago

Chicago

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Welcome to Chicago! Bordered the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan and spanning the picturesque Chicago River, this metropolis is one of the nation's top business centers and more. Chicago boasts a vibrant mix of cultural events, recreation opportunities, and spectacular architecture. Shoppers can wander the world-famous Magnificent Mile, outdoor enthusiasts can cycle almost 20 miles of lakeside paths, and both visitors and residents can enjoy countless festivals -- including 200 annual parades. Add all that to a tradition of hospitality and plentiful summer sunshine, and it's no wonder Chicago draws 25 million visitors each year.

About the "America" series:

As expansive as America itself, this outstanding series captures outstanding views of panoramic landscapes, brilliant city skylines, and picturesque communities. Each volume focuses on a city or state and features 96 pages and 70 stunning images by internationally renowned photographers, plus descriptive captions.

Chicago "L"

Chicago "L"

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Discover the world-famous Chicago "L" - in all its grit and glory.


The thundering "L" is one of Chicago's most enduring icons. Operating 247 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. Meanwhile, both the Smithsonian Institution and the Chicago History Museum have recently enshrined Chicago "L" cars as the showpiece of major permanent exhibits. The Chicago "L" shows how the early "L" lines helped to build Chicago as well as how today's "L" helps to revitalize neighborhoods and tie the city together. Over the past 100 years, the "L" has survived numerous attempts to tear it down. Today its future is secure. New services are being added and new lines planned. This educating and entertaining book brings the tenacious "L" to life.

Chicago & North Western Railway

Chicago & North Western Railway

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By the time it was merged into the Union Pacific in 1995, the Chicago & North Western was one of the nations oldest surviving railroads, a testament to the Midwestern stoicism with which it had gone about its business since 1859. This illustrated history chronicles how C&NW emerged from a collection of regional carriers to become a strategic link between eastern railroads and the West.

Author Tom Murray traces the railroads expansion as it extended secondary lines throughout the Midwest. He also explores C&NWs joint ownership of UP passenger trains and describes how the railroad answered challenges from regional rivals with the 400 series of passenger trains. As fascinating as the story are the hundreds of accompanying illustrations--historical photographs, archival images, route maps, and period print ads.

The result is an entertaining and informative history of an iconic Midwestern railroad--a narrative that spans the decades from the 1850s to the 1990s and takes in steam and diesel motive power, freight and passenger operations, and all the key characters, events, and deals that figured in the Chicago & North Westerns rise and eventual demise.

Chicago (Knopf Map Guides)

Chicago (Knopf Map Guides)

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Knopf s unique pocket-size MapGuides all you need to find your way around with six full-color, fold-out street maps of the most popular neighborhoods, plus bus and subway lines, as well as carefully selected information about the essential places to go and things to do.
The Chicago MapGuide takes you to the great American city of architecture and art, from its iconic skyscrapers to the houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from amazing jazz clubs to the masterpieces in the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Up-to-date information on churches, monuments, museums, and gardens, and more than 150 restaurants, cafes, bars, theaters, concert halls, and shops all keyed to the maps
Best places to stay, from inexpensive lodgings to luxury hotels
How to go sightseeing on foot, by car, or by bus
Festivals, holiday information, cultural Web sites
"The "guidebook for the all-around traveler, says "enRoute "magazine. Small enough to tuck into your Prada bag and cool enough to be seen in public. Bright, stylish, small, and easy-to-navigate. "
Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City

Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City

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Chicago's first skyscrapers are famous for projecting the city's modernity around the world. But what did they mean at home, to the Chicagoans who designed and built them, worked inside their walls, and gazed up at their façades? Answering this multifaceted question, Chicago 1890 reveals that early skyscrapers offered hotly debated solutions to the city's toughest problems and, in the process, fostered an urban culture that spread across the country.

An ambitious reinterpretation of the works of Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and John Wellborn Root, this volume uses their towering achievements as a lens through which to view late nineteenth-century urban history. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury sheds new light on many of Chicago's defining events--including violent building trade strikes, the Haymarket bombing, the World's Columbian Exposition, and Burnham's Plan of Chicago--by situating the Masonic Temple, the Monadnock Building, and the Reliance Building at the center of the city's cultural and political crosscurrents.

While architects and property owners saw these pioneering structures as manifestations of a robust American identity, immigrant laborers and social reformers viewed them as symbols of capitalism's inequity. Illuminated by rich material from the period's popular press and professional journals, Merwood-Salisbury's chronicle of this contentious history reveals that the skyscraper's vaunted status was never as inevitable as today's skylines suggest.

Chicago 2009

Chicago 2009

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Chicago 77 : A Community Area Handbook

Chicago 77 : A Community Area Handbook

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With over two hundred neighborhoods divided into seventy-seven community areas, Chicago offers a dazzling and daunting challenge to ambitious tourists and lifelong citizens.


Anyone who's never been to Chicago will be shocked to learn h

Chicago A Photographic Portrait 2

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Chicago Adventure Set

Chicago Adventure Set

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The Chicago Adventure Set consists of a Pocket Naturalist Guide and National Geographic map; ideal, lightweight references to take hiking or driving through this spectacular region. Waterford's folding, pocket-sized Chicago Birds guide is a beautifully illustrated reference to over 140 familiar and unique species and includes a map highlighting birding hotspots. National Geographic's Chicago Destination Map is a waterproof, tear-resistant map that features touring maps to the region and information on the top destinations, historic sites, cultural and other attractions in the region.
Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad

Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad

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Headquartered in Chicago, the Illinois Central Railroad was known as the "Main Line of Mid-America."


This was a major railroad cutting through the middle section of the United States with two major routes.The Main Line, which ran south out of Chicago toward New Orleans, and the Western Lines, which ran west toward Iowa. The Illinois Central Railroad had eight major freight yards in Chicago, which in 1937 handled nearly two million freight cars. It was also well known for its passenger service and operated some of the finest passenger trains: the Green Diamond, the all-Pullman Panama Limited, and the City of New Orleans. Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad covers the railroad's operations within the city of Chicago, plus the outlying suburbs, from the late 1800s to 1960. It explores, through vintage photographs, the passenger and freight trains, suburban trains, locomotives, shops and repair facilities, and people that made the railroad function.

Chicago and Vicinity American Map

Chicago and Vicinity American Map

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The TravelVision line of state road and city maps covers America like nothing else. We employ a large scale that permits us to include more information, yet keep the maps uncluttered and easy-to -read. The maps feature points of interest, airports, camping facilities, parks, selected local attractions and more. State maps feature insets of major cities. Our city map offers additional detail, with depiction of streets on one side and a large scale metro area road map on the other.