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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 - 2011-10-15 (first published in 1951)
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“Once you’ve become a part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren’s writing that “you should not read it if you cannot take a punch.” The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled wi...
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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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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for...
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South Side
Natalie yMoore - 2019-04-04 (first published in 2016)
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Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet, swept under the rug i...
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The House That Jane Built
A Story About Jane Addams
Tanya Lee Stone - 2015-06-23
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This is the story of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who transformed a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her house as a community center.This title has Common Core connections....
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Larry Gets Lost in Chicago
Michael Mullin - 2010-07-13
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This time everyone's favorite wandering pooch blows through the Windy City with his owner Pete and Pete's family. After exploring the Magnificent Mile and scarfing down hot dogs at Navy Pier, the family boards a train at the railway station, losing sight of Larry when the hungr pup pursues a tasty snack... oh no! Will they ever be reunited? While L...
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Journey Around Chicago from A to Z
Martha Zschock - 2005-03-15
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Next stop, Chicago! That's the shout from conductor Martha Day Zschock, who has taken children and their delighted parents on Journeys Around Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Maine, Nantucket, and Cape Cod since starting this bestselling series in 1999. Hop aboard the L, circle the Loop, board a water taxi, walk the w...
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Larry Loves Chicago!by Skewes, JohnBoard book
1900-01-01 (first published in 2014)
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Just like visitors and locals, Larry the pup loves the Navy Pier, Chicago-style hot dogs, the L, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, the “Bean”, and more! Fans of the best-selling Larry Gets Lost in Chicago will love this board book introducing young readers to the sites and sounds of the city. We know your little ones will too....
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Native Son
Richard Wright - 2008-04-29 (first published in 1940)
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Now an HBO Film!“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for...
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W is for Windy City
A Chicago City Alphabet
Deborah Dover Layne - 2010-04-08
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Marvel at the treasures on display at the Art Institute, window shop along Michigan Avenue's mile-ong Magnificient Mile, or take in a game at Wrigley Field. Explore the Windy City, past and present....
Good night Chicago explores the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, Chicago River and bridges, Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, Water Tower Place, blues musicians, fantastic fountains, Adler Planetarium, and more. Welcome to the Windy City. Young readers will be treated to a personal tour of one of t...
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The Lazarus Project
Aleksandar Hemon - 2009-05-05
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
Building Stories by Chris Ware
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis
The Chicago Cubs by Rich Cohen
Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
Southern Exposure by Lee Bey
Chicago Then and Now® by Kathleen Maguire
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The Chicago Coloring Book by Chris Arnold
C is for Chicago by Maria Kernahan
Chicago History for Kids by Owen Hurd
Chicagoisms by Alexander Eisenschmidt
Chicago ABC by John Skewes
Colorful Chicago by Laura Lahm
I Sailed with Magellan by Stuart Dybek
100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die by Molly Page
Chicago Poems by Sandburg Carl 1878-1967
Chicago Baby by Jerome Pohlen
123 Chicago by Puck
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