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Great American Get-Together in Chicago

Program Number: 21174RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/29/2013 - 5/6/2013;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join many of Road Scholar’s best-loved instructors for a week of companionship, scholarship and good old-fashioned fun in the world-class city of Chicago. Based in one of the Windy City’s most illustrious hotels, we’ll set off on expert-led field trips to prestigious museums, famous landmarks and architectural masterpieces. Then we’ll cap it all off with a final-night gala you won’t want to miss!




Highlights

• Talk with experts about the historical and political character of Chicago, as well as Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright, two famous Americans with ties to the city.
• Explore the famed Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History, Museum of Science and Technology and other important institutions that make Chicago a cultural capital.
• From Wright’s Emil Bach House to Lorado Taft’s monument in Heald Square to the many buildings designed by Charles Atwood, survey Chicago’s stunning architectural array on a narrated study cruise.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day on city streets.



Program has been limited to 200 participants, but the group will be divided into smaller groups for most activities.



Coordinated by Jewish Community Center Chicago.




Chicago

From charming old neighborhoods to late-night music clubs and a bustling pier on Lake Michigan, Chicago has a tempo that lures visitors and permanent residents alike. Home to the northern blues and jazz scene, world-class art collections, a renowned symphony orchestra and fine cuisine, Chicago has a bit of everything for everyone.



Accommodations
The historic Palmer House hotel, the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, located in the center of downtown.
Meals and Lodgings
   Palmer House Hilton Hotel
  Chicago, Illinois 7 nights
 Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.
  Contact info: 17 East monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do
  Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.
  Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please see comments below If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please see comments below If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. To make those reservations, please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at Phone: (224) 406-9257
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in is at 3:00pm. Check in, pick up packets in hotel lobby. Road Scholar program begins at 5:45 PM. You will be staying at Palmer House Hilton Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at Palmer House Hilton Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license. Completed health form returned to coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
55 E Monroe Parking Garage across the street from the hotel offers preferred parking discount to guests of the Palmer House. $42 overnight parking. Prices may be subject to change.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chicago, Illinois
  Nearest city or town:  Chicago, IL
  Nearest highway: I-90.
  Nearest airport:  O'Hare International (ORD) or Midway (MDW)
  From End of Program
  Location: Chicago, Illinois
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

O'Hare Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Express
phone: 800-284-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

A round trip shuttle ticket to the hotel is included in the program cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes depending on traffic 

   

Transportation to the hotel will be reserved based on flight information received from Road Scholar. Anyone who does not wish to return to the airport on the morning of the last day of the program should make separate reservations with the shuttle company. Shuttle leaves O'Hare every 10 minutes from the baggage claim area and at a counter at entrances 1E, 2D and 3E. For Program Only Participants please contact shuttle directly to schedule your pickup. Please use code GOJCC.

 

Midway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Available curb side at the airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

A round trip shuttle ticket to the hotel is included in the program cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes approximately depending on traffic 

   

Transportation to the hotel will be reserved based on flight information received from Road Scholar. Anyone who does not wish to return to the airport on the morning of the last day of the program should make separate reservations with the shuttle company. Prices subject to change. For Program Only Participants please contact shuttle directly to schedule your pickup. Please use code GOJCC.

 
Driving Directions
  North of the City Take I-190 to I-90/94 east (Kennedy Expressway). Take I-90/94 to Monroe Street exit, turn left on Monroe Street (East) , Approximately 8 blocks to The Palmer House Hilton. Hotel is on the right.
  South of the City Take Stevenson Expressway (I-55) Northeast to Kennedy Expressway (I-90) West. Exit Monroe Street, turn right (East), 8 blocks to The Palmer House Hilton. Hotel is on the right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation & Program Overview
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm

REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation this evening.

 Dinner: WELCOME DINNER: Enjoy dinner at the hotel and begin getting to know your fellow participants. The beautiful surroundings enhance a menu featuring fresh local produce and seasonal American cuisine.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: Welcoming remarks, introductions, and general program information. We will review the schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: As with all of Road Scholar's "Great American Get Together" programs, you will have opportunities to hear excellent speakers, go on field trips and excursions, attend events with the group, and explore on your own. The schedule that follows describes the major program activities. Participants will be sub-divided into logistically manageable smaller groups. Each presentation and field trip will rotate so that everyone has an opportunity to attend them all. Depending on which group you are in, you may follow the representative schedule shown or will have an itinerary with variations from day to day. If you have questions about the schedule your group will follow, please do not hesitate to ask your Group Leader.

   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Special Guest at Breakfast, Field Trips to Chicago Board of Trade, Willis Tower, Museum of Science and Industry, Free Evening to Explore on Your Own
(Tuesday, April 30)

Note: Field trips involve both bus rides and walking.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

During breakfast, we will welcome a special guest, none other than "Bertha Palmer" (1849-1918) -- socialite, philanthropist, and wife of Potter Palmer, the wealthy business magnate, original owner, and namesake of the Palmer House.

 Morning: FIELD TRIPS: This morning we will divide into small groups to begin our expert-led explorations. Chicago’s reputation as a world class city comes in part from the rich and diverse collection of architectural styles that define our skyline and the buildings that define our city. We start the day with visits to two such structures.

Chicago Board of Trade: This national historic landmark is the home of the CME Group. Learn about the history of two of the city’s most important exchanges, the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Willis Tower: Explore the tallest building in the western hemisphere -- 1,353 feet high. Take in an unforgettable view of Chicago from the Sky Deck, the glass balcony that extends four feet outside the 103rd floor!

 Lunch: We will have lunch at the Museum of Science and Industry.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Museum of Science and Industry. MSI is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere -- home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. MSI’s mission is to inspire inventive genius by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational, realized through world-class exhibits. The museum is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
 Dinner: What’s a trip to Chicago without experiencing real Chicago-style pizza? Enjoy our savory deep-dish favorite at a popular local pizzeria.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Make the program memorable by doing what appeals most to your personal interests. You might consider a Jazz performance at one of the many local clubs. Or, walk over to Buckingham Fountain on the lakefront to see the local denizens in their natural habitat. There’s lots to choose from, and your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and recommendations. You are also welcome to join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" activity.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Art Institute, Berghoff Restaurant, Free Evening to Explore on Your Own
(Wednesday, May 1)

Note: Field trips involve both bus rides and walking.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Dubbed "the greatest American architect of all time” by the American Institute of Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright called his philosophy "organic architecture" in which the designs are in harmony with humanity and its environment. He arrived in Chicago in 1887 and began working as a draftsman, soon developing his own distinctive style.

PRESENTATION: Life and Times of Ernest Hemingway. One of Chicago’s most notable favorite sons, Hemingway was born in 1899 in the suburb of Oak Park, which he later called “a place of wide lawns and narrow minds.” But Chicago was also regarded as the literary capital of American by none other than H. L. Mencken, and it was here that Hemingway received his only formal education and became a keen observer of what was real in people’s lives.

 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: City Exploration. Board a motorcoach for an expert-led exploration of the city from as far north as renowned Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, to Hyde Park at the southern end of the city, home of President Barack Obama and the University of Chicago. See and learn more about Chicago history, the immigrants and neighborhoods who have given the city its rich culture and texture, and businessmen whose influence have made it the world-class city that it is today.
 Dinner: Dine at Chicago's oldest restaurant, The Berghoff, founded in 1898. Originally located one door away from its present location, the bar sold beer for a nickel and sandwiches for free! It has long been a favorite Chicago landmark, the menu reflecting its German roots.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Stroll along the “Magnificent Mile” -- one of the world’s great avenues showcasing all that makes Chicago an international destination. This 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue is stacked with more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels, unique attractions, and entertainment venues. Whatever your interests, your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and recommendations. You are also welcome to join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" activity.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Oak Park Field Trips to Hemingway Home, Frank Lloyd Wright Studio, Historic Sites, Dinner & Evening To Explore On Your Own
(Thursday, May 2)

Note: Field trips involve both bus rides and walking.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Oak Park. Located less than 10 miles from the loop, this community is the birthplace of Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway. It is also the community where Frank Lloyd Wright spent the first twenty years of his career developing the Prairie style of Architecture. We will break into smaller groups to learn more about these two important men and this historic part of the city.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP continues: We will continue our smaller group exploration of this historic neighborhood, returning to the hotel by approximately 4:00pm.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own. Our group leaders will be delighted to make recommendations that meet with your tastes, preferences, budget. Or, you are welcome to join a group leader for dinner at a local restaurant "Dutch treat."
 Evening: FREE EVENING: By now you have a good sense of all Chicago has to offer and how to get around. If baseball is your thing, take in the 7:10pm game at Cellular Field, when the White Sox host the Cleveland Indians. If you enjoy comedy and improv, Second City is a popular destination You are also welcome to join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" activity.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: History of the Windy City, Back Story of Chicago Politics, City Motorcoach Exploration, Dinner & Evening On Your Own
(Friday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: History of the Windy City.

PRESENTATION: Chicago Politics, The Back Story.

 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Art Institute of Chicago. Hone your knowledge and appreciation for art at the world-famous Art Institute. Home to more than 300,000 works, the permanent collection includes “American Gothic,” the famed Chagall Windows and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. You will have ample time to explore the galleries in-depth.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. It’s Friday night and the city offers a broad range of choices for dinner. If you want to take in that game, you have time for ballpark food at Cellular Field prior to the 7:10pm start. If you prefer fine dining, group leaders will be pleased to suggest some favorite restaurants. You are also welcome to join a group leader for dinner at a popular downtown eatery “Dutch treat.”
 Evening: FREE EVENING: The city is alive with opportunities for a night on the town. If you enjoy classical music, you might consider getting tickets for this evening's 8:00pm performance at Symphony Center, where Pablo Heras Casado will conduct the Chicago Sympony Orchestra in an evening featuring dance-inspired works by Ravel, Debussy, and Falla. If it's musical theatre you prefer, you might want to attend a performance of "The Book of Mormon." Or, join a group leader for a "Dutch treat" night out.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Chicago History Museum, Free Afternoon & Evening
(Saturday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Chicago History Museum. CHM is the city’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1856. It cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history to illuminate the past, shed light on the present, and inform the future. In addition to thousands of manuscripts, hundreds of paintings, sculpture and more, its historical artifacts include the bed on which Abraham Lincoln died and George Washington’s compass.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own upon return to the hotel from this morning's activities. If you would like, join a group leader for lunch at a local eatery "Dutch treat."
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Continue your personal independent exploration of all Chicago has to offer. Our group leaders will be happy to make recommendations, or help you navigate your way around the city. Perhaps you are interested in an afternoon at Navy Pier and the Smith Stained Glass Museum. Or, perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Hyde Park. If you enjoy theater, you might want to consider a matinee performance. If you would like, join one of our group leaders for the afternoon to explore neighborhoods and activities "Dutch treat."
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening and what a choice you have! Chicago is a city with a rich culinary history defined by the waves of immigrants that settled in the city. Whatever your preference, Greek, German, Chinese, Italian, Swedish, Polish, our group leaders can help you find the perfect place to enjoy dinner this evening. You are also welcome to join a group leader for dinner "Dutch treat."
 Evening: FREE EVENING: If you enjoy classical music, you might consider getting tickets for this evening's 8:00pm performance at Symphony Center, where Pablo Heras Casado will conduct the Chicago Sympony Orchestra in an evening featuring dance-inspired works by Ravel, Debussy and Falla. If you enjoy musical theater, you might want to attend a performance of "The Book of Mormon." Or, join one of our group leaders for a "Dutch treat" night out.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago River Cruise, Farewell Dinner, Musical Performance
(Sunday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.

During breakfast, hear a local expert who will tell you about Chicago's musical heritage in Blues and Jazz.

 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Field Museum. Learn as you explore this world-class institution that was primarily an outgrowth of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Combining the fields of Anthropology, Botany, Geology, Paleontology and Zoology, the Museum uses an interdisciplinary approach to increasing knowledge about the past, present and future of the physical earth, its plants, animals, people, and their cultures. It seeks to uncover the extent and character of biological and cultural diversity, similarities, and interdependencies so that we may better understand, respect, and celebrate nature and other people. You will have opportunities to see exhibitions on gems, dinosaurs, mummies, Africa, the Pacific, the Ancient Americas, Pawnee Indians, and much more during an expert-led exploration.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurants.
 Afternoon: CHICAGO RIVER CRUISE: Observe and appreciate more of the city's eclectic architecture from the deck of a boat cruising along the Chicago River.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delighteful farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: A special treat awaits with a musical performance exclusively for Road Scholar.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Breakfast and Departure
(Monday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel beginning at 6:30am.
 Morning: We hope you have enjoyed this Great American Get-Together in Chicago and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Chicago, Illinois General Overview
Museums and galleries, sporting events, e.g., Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Musuem of Contemporary Art, Stained Glass Museum, Adler Planetarium, Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Lincon Park Zoo, Navy Pier. For additional information, visit www.choosechicago.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago


Author: Mike Royko


Description: This is the story of the late Richard J. Daley, politician and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious youth on Chicago’s South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of the Democratic Party machine. A bare-all account of Daley’s cardinal sins as well as his milestone achievements, this scathing work by Chicago journalist Mike Royko brings to life the most powerful political figure of his time: his laissez-faire policy toward corruption, his unique brand of public relations, and the widespread influence that earned him the epithet of “king maker.” The politician, the machine, the city—Royko reveals all with witty insight and unwavering honesty, in this incredible portrait of the last of the backroom Caesars. This new edition includes an Introduction in which the author reflects on Daley’s death and the future of Chicago.



Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone


Author: John Kobler


Description: The public called him Scarface; the FBI called him Public Enemy Number One; his associates called him Snorky. But Capone is the name most remember. And John Kobler’s Capone is the definitive biography of this most brutal and flamboyant of the underground kings—an intimate and dramatic book that presents a complete view of Al Capone and his gaudy era. Here is Capone’s story: his violent childhood in Brooklyn, his lieutenancy to Johnny Torrio, his rise in the ranks of the underworld, the notorious St. Valentine Massacre, his eventual control of the entire city of Chicago, and his decline during his imprisonment in Alcatraz. Capone was the ultimate gangster, and Capone is the ultimate in gangster biographies—a classic in the literature of crime.



Chicago Blues: The City & the Music


Author: Mike Rowe


Description: Chicago has always had a reputation as a ”wide open town” with a high tolerance for gangsters, illegal liquor, and crooked politicians. It has also been the home for countless black musicians and the birthplace of a distinctly urban blues—more sophisticated, cynical, and street-smart than the anguished songs of the Mississippi delta—a music called the Chicago blues. This is the history of that music and the dozens of black artists who congregated on the South and Near West Sides. Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Tampa Red, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, Eddie Taylor—all of these giants played throughout the city and created a musical style that had imitators and influence all over the world.



Chicago Days: 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City


Author: Chicago Tribune


Description: Journey back through time to relive events that shaped the Chicago metropolitan area and contributed to its world-class reputation. Chicago Days is a collection of 150 essays and 500 dramatic photographs compiled from the voluminous files of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Historical Society, and other important collections.



Chicago Then and Now


Author: Elizabeth McNulty


Description: The latest installment in the popular Then and Now series showcases the capital of the Heartland and one of the premier cities in the nation and the world: Chicago. Chicago's change and growth over the last century is captured in this photographic history. Modern color photos sit side by side with black and white archival photographs. Every important building, avenue, neighborhood, and point of interest is documented. It covers all of Chicago's landmarks from Navy Pier to the Stockyards and from the Southside all the way up the Magnificent Mile. Take in a game at Wrigley Field, then take it all in from the top of the Sear's Tower. The Water Tower and all the other architectural features that make Chicago great are also included.



Chicago: A Brief History


Author: Vook


Description: "Chicago: A Brief History" presents a comprehensive look at the city’s transformation from a fur trade outpost to America’s Second City. This compact digital compendium helps you track the diverse forces that shaped the city as we know it. You’ll explore the exciting history behind the city’s cultural, economic, and architectural mainstays. You’ll also gain valuable insight into groundbreaking Chicago events and major figures down through history, including: The Birth of a Major Trade City The Great Fire of 1871 Construction of the Sears Tower Chicago’s “Public Enemies” The University of Chicago ...and more.



Death at the Fair


Author: Frances McNamara


Description: The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition provides a vibrant backdrop for this exciting new mystery. Emily Cabot is one of the first women graduate students at the University of Chicago, eager to prove herself in the new field of sociology. While she is busy exploring the Exposition with her family and friends, her colleague, Dr. Stephen Chapman, is accused of murder. Emily sets out to search for the truth behind the crime, but is thwarted by the thieves, corrupt politicians, and gamblers who are ever-present in Chicago. A lynching that occurred in the dead man's past leads Emily to seek the assistance of the black activist Ida B. Wells. Rich with historical details that bring turn-of-the-century Chicago to life, this novel will appeal equally to history buffs and mystery fans.



Lost Chicago


Author: David Garrard Lowe


Description: The City of Big Shoulders has always been our most quintessentially American—and world-class—architectural metropolis. In the wake of the Great Fire of 1871, a great building boom—still the largest in the history of the nation—introduced the first modern skyscrapers to the Chicago skyline and began what would become a legacy of diverse, influential, and iconoclastic contributions to the city’s built environment. Though this trend continued well into the twentieth century, sour city finances and unnecessary acts of demolishment left many previous cultural attractions abandoned and then destroyed. Lost Chicago explores the architectural and cultural history of this great American city, a city whose architectural heritage was recklessly squandered during the second half of the twentieth century. David Garrard Lowe’s crisp, lively prose and over 270 rare photographs and prints, illuminate the decades when Gustavus Swift and Philip D. Armour ruled the greatest stockyards in the world; when industrialists and entrepreneurs such as Cyrus McCormick, Potter Palmer, George Pullman, and Marshall Field made Prairie Avenue and State Street the rivals of New York City’s Fifth Avenue; and when Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and Frank Lloyd Wright were designing buildings of incomparable excellence. Here are the mansions and grand hotels, the office buildings that met technical perfection (including the first skyscraper), and the stores, trains, movie palaces, parks, and racetracks that thrilled residents and tourists alike before falling victim to the wrecking ball of progress.



Loving Frank


Author: Nancy Horan


Description: I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright. Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan’s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah’s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel’s stunning conclusion.



Presumed Innocent


Author: Scott Turow


Description: Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades, PRESUMED INNOCENT brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-human, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial--including his own life. It's a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart. And it will hold you and haunt you...long after you have reached its shattering conclusion. Biography Scott Turow was born in Chicago in 1949. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College in 1970, receiving a fellowship to Stanford University Creative Writing Center which he attended from 1970 to 1972. From 1972 to 1975 Turow taught creative writing at Stanford. In 1975, he entered Harvard Law School, graduating with honors in 1978. From 1978 to 1986, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, serving as lead prosecutor in several high-visibility federal trials investigating corruption in the Illinois judiciary. In 1995, in a major pro bono legal effort he won a reversal in the murder conviction of a man who had spent 11 years in prison, many of them on death row, for a crime another man confessed to. Today, Scott Turow is a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal an international law firm, where his practice centers on white-collar criminal litigation and involves representation of individuals and companies in all phases of criminal matters. Turow lives outside Chicago



Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago


Author: Richard Lindberg


Description: This is an uncensored neighborhood-by-neighborhood map to the back alleys and boulevards of Chicago where some of the most infamous events of the city's criminal past occurred. Capone, Dillinger, and other organized crime figures have left an indelible imprint on the Windy City.



The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History


Author: Libby Hill


Description: An Intimate Biography of the Heroic Creek that Chicago Made When French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story--the story of the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city.



The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America


Author: Erik Larson


Description: Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.





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