The Book Cellar
Join us at The Book Cellar for Chicago trivia and Ellen Shubart's presentation of What's With Chicago?
About the author:
Lifelong Chicagoan Ellen Shubart has worked more than two decades as a journalist, some years as a college-level instructor, and others as a city planning advocate. A historian by training, with master's degrees in U.S. history and historic preservation, she has written two books for Arcadia Publishing, Glencoe, Illinois and Taylor Street, Chicago's Little Italy. She spends her retirement giving tours of Chicago architecture with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
About the book:
Why don't Chicagoans douse their hot dogs in ketchup? What do Chicagoans mean when they say, "I'm going on the 'L' to the Loop?" How did a snowstorm change a mayoral election? These and many other aspects of life in Chicago are the basis of What's With Chicago?, a look at a Midwestern city with a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Drawing immigrant settlers from around the world, creating neighborhoods where "Old World" food and customs persist while advancing through the twenty-first century, Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper, home to spectacular architecture, and host to year-round sports events. Author Ellen Shubart presents a handbook to understanding the city whether you are a tourist, a newcomer, or a long-time resident. Discover the secrets, the not-so-secret, and the well-known stories and facts about the Windy City.