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Best Books About Chicago

Recommendations from 10 articles, Edgar Wright, Sahil Bloom, Sarah Parcak and 5 others.
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City on the Make
Nelson Algren - 2001-09-25 (first published in 1951)
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Chicago: City on the Make by Nelson Algren is a gritty, poetic portrayal of Chicago and its people. Algren presents the city's history through the eyes of its "nobodies nobody knows". The book captures the dynamic tension between Chicago's beauty and brutality, energy and greed, in a way that made it controversial upon its original publication in 1951. Sixty years later, this anniversary edition includes historic photos and annotations, making it more accessible than ever. The result is a raw, honest, and unforgettable exploration of one of America's most fascinating cities.
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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Erik Larson - 2003-02-11
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Discover the thrilling story of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in 'The Devil in the White City.' Author Erik Larson brings to life the extraordinary events surrounding the fair and the two men at its center: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the construction of the "White City," and H.H. Holmes, a notorious serial killer who used the event to lure victims to his gruesome World's Fair Hotel. Larson's skilled storytelling interweaves the tales of these two men, showcasing the incredible successes and sinister secrets of 19th-century Chicago.
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South Side
Natalie yMoore - 2016-03-22
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"South Side" by Natalie Moore sheds light on the harsh reality of segregation in the "world class city" of Chicago. Despite its luxurious amenities, Chicago is considered one of the most segregated large cities in the US. Moore delves into this issue through reported essays and personal stories of those living in segregated communities on the South Side. Discover the lasting impact of historic segregation and the policies that perpetuate it in this insightful and important narrative.
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The House That Jane Built
A Story About Jane Addams
Tanya Lee Stone - 2015-06-23
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Discover the inspiring story of how one woman helped transform a struggling Chicago neighborhood by opening up her house as a community center. This book tells the powerful tale of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her legacy of community building. With connections to Common Core, this is a must-read for anyone looking for a story of perseverance and empowerment.
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Native Son
Richard Wright - 2005-08-02 (first published in 1940)
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This influential novel follows Bigger Thomas, a young black man who accidentally kills a white woman, and his downward spiral afterward. Set in 1930s Chicago, the story explores poverty and hopelessness in inner cities and what it means to be black in America. This restored edition includes an essay by the author and notes on the text. Now an HBO Film!
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Larry Gets Lost in Chicago
Michael Mullin - 2010-07-13
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Join Larry the wandering pooch on his adventure through Chicago as he explores landmarks like the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Art Institute, Wrigley Field, and Lincoln Park Zoo. When Larry gets separated from his family, will they ever be reunited? With fun illustrations and engaging storytelling, this book is perfect for young readers who love to learn about new cities and cultures.
Get your little ones excited about Chicago with this charming board book! Join Larry the pup as he discovers all the best sites and sounds of the city, from the iconic Navy Pier to the mouthwatering Chicago-style hot dogs. Perfect for fans of the bestselling book Larry Gets Lost in Chicago, this adorable introduction to the Windy City is sure to delight both visitors and locals alike.
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Journey Around Chicago from A to Z
Martha Zschock - 2005-03-15
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Explore the Windy City like never before with this captivating children's book. From the Lincoln Park Zoo to Wrigley Field, readers will discover everything Chicago has to offer. Join conductor Martha Day Zschock as she takes you on a journey around the city's famous landmarks and neighborhoods. With stunning illustrations and fun facts, this book is perfect for both kids and adults alike. With over 250,000 copies sold, it's no wonder why Zschock's books are loved by teachers and parents nationwide. Hop aboard and let the adventure begin!
Explore the Windy City through the eyes of young readers in Good Night Chicago. With an engaging tour of Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, Field Museum of Natural History, blues musicians, and more, this bestselling book from the Good Night Our World series is perfect for introducing children to iconic locations and exciting themes. Join a multicultural group of people as they experience Chicago's attractions while learning about the city's wonders through rhythmic language. Perfect for bedtime storytelling, this book celebrates the beauty of North America's most beloved regions.
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W is for Windy City
A Chicago City Alphabet
Deborah Dover Layne - 2010-04-08
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Discover the enchanting beauty of the Windy City as you travel through its past and present. Unravel the secrets of iconic landmarks like the Art Institute and Wrigley Field, and indulge in the world-renowned shopping experience on Michigan Avenue. Join the adventures that await you in the breathtaking W is for Windy City.
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The Lazarus Project
Aleksandar Hemon - 2008-05-01
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
Building Stories by Chris Ware
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis
Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
The Chicago Cubs by Rich Cohen
I Sailed with Magellan by Stuart Dybek
Southern Exposure by Lee Bey
Chicago Poems by Sandburg Carl 1878-1967
Chicago Then and Now® by Kathleen Maguire
Chicago Baby by Jerome Pohlen
By Brad M. Epstein Chicago Bears ABC by
The Chicago Coloring Book by Chris Arnold
C is for Chicago by Maria Kernahan
Chicago History for Kids by Owen Hurd
100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die by Molly Page
Chicagoisms by Alexander Eisenschmidt
Chicago ABC by John Skewes
123 Chicago by Puck
Colorful Chicago by Laura Lahm
Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
47th Street Black by Bayo Ojikutu
Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno
The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry
Negroland by Margo Jefferson