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Signature City Chicago: Your Kind of Town

Program Number: 2818RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 5/1/2016 - 5/6/2016; 5/15/2016 - 5/20/2016; 5/26/2016 - 5/31/2016; 5/29/2016 - 6/3/2016; 6/5/2016 - 6/10/2016; 6/19/2016 - 6/24/2016; 6/26/2016 - 7/1/2016; 7/7/2016 - 7/12/2016; 7/21/2016 - 7/26/2016; 8/4/2016 - 8/9/2016; 8/18/2016 - 8/23/2016; 9/4/2016 - 9/9/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/23/2016; 9/22/2016 - 9/27/2016; 10/2/2016 - 10/7/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/14/2016; 10/23/2016 - 10/28/2016; 10/27/2016 - 11/1/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,175.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

The brawny, dynamo of a city described by Carl Sandburg in his famous poem, “Chicago,” has shed its grit but not its frenetic rush. Discover Chicago’s glittering skyscrapers, fine dining, revitalized lakefront, urbane cultural scene, celebrated museums and the tony Magnificent Mile on an exceptional adventure that draws back the curtain on Chicagoans and “their kind of town.”


• Examine Chicago’s growth on a professor-led field trip through the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
• Experience the city’s new waterfront parks and visit the renovated Chicago History Museum.
• Enjoy expert-led visits to the Field Museum of Natural History and the renowned Art Institute of Chicago.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day.

You may enjoy a more active, small group program, "Out and About in Chicago: Find Art, Architecture, History and More in a World-Class City” (#21908) at a modern, full service hotel near the Magnificent Mile.

Date Specific Information


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Coordinated by Jewish Community Center 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.

Centrally located hotel near the Magnificent Mile, overlooking the Chicago River.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Zbigniew Banas

A Polish-born graduate of the University of Chicago and Brown University, Zbigniew Banas is a well-known local journalist and scholar. He maintains a dual interest in politics and cinema, providing radio commentary and teaching classes on both subjects. For more than 20 years, he's been active in various adult education programs of the Jewish Community Center of Chicago. At present, he is also a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University, and a Master Teacher for the Princeton Review test preparation company.
Marshall Jacobson

Born and raised in Chicago, Marshall Jacobson knows the Windy City! He graduated from South Shore High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a master’s degree in social service administration at the University of Chicago. He is a Chicago Greeter and was a volunteer for five years for the Chicago Architecture Foundation as an award-winning docent. Marshall served as the vice president for development at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, and is an active supporter and visitor to the Chicago History Museum, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Marshall actively participates in a variety of liberal arts classes, with favorites in art history and film, at Northwestern University. Besides being a bon vivant and Renaissance man, Marshall is an actor and has performed in several productions around Chicago.
David Lebowitz

David Lebowitz grew up in Bridgeport, Conn., graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and then served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany. After leaving the service, he embarked upon a business career that ultimately took him to Chicago with his wife, Anita. After a number of years in manufacturing, David and Anita acquired a small retail business in Chicago’s South suburbs. Shortly after they bought the business, he started another career as an independent manufacturer’s representative serving both large and small retailers in the Midwest. After retiring, David joined SCORE, a National volunteer organization that provides mentoring and support for small businesses. His idea of relaxation is reading a good book and he loves to travel – he and Anita have enjoyed participating in a number of Road Scholar programs. Becoming Group Leaders in Chicago allows them to share their love of this great city with folks who like travel and learning as much as they do.
Anita Lebowitz

Anita Lebowitz is a retired “people person.” Born in Liberty, N.Y. — a small town in the Catskill Mountains — she attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., where she majored in elementary education. After meeting her husband David, who took her away to Germany for two years while he was in the U.S. Air Force, they later moved to Bridgeport, Conn., followed by Chicago’s South Side. While living in Chicago’s suburbs, Anita became the owner of a bath boutique and soon became involved in many community organizations. For more than 18 years, she served on the board of directors of a local bank — the first woman ever to do so. She was also the first woman to receive the Business Person of the Year award from the local Chamber of Commerce. Since retiring from business she continues to volunteer for many organizations. In her spare time, Anita loves to cook, bake, read, travel, garden and spend time with her family.
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters
  Chicago, Illinois 5 nights
 Club Quarters
Type: Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is a private, full service hotel in the center of downtown Chicago and located on the Chicago River. This landmark tower, built in 1928, has been fully restored to its historic grandeur and offers spectacular views of the skyline, including floodlit landmarks. Luxury shopping along the Magnificent Mile is just 1 block away. Grant Park is 10 minutes' walk and Navy Pier is 1 mile away.
  Contact info: 75 E Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
phone: 203-905-2100 xor3123576400
  Room amenities: Guest room features free high-speed internet access/wired at desk, latest design workstation with task lighting, luxury bedding and linens. Refrigerators are available upon request and availability.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include 24-hour front desk, non-smoking rooms, fitness center, bar, free wi-fi in the entire hotel, room service, free chilled, purified bottled water.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Per hotel availability For shoulder dates, please call Member Services at 203-905-2100 and ask for 'Road Scholar pre-post program rates', or email
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Per hotel availability For shoulder dates, please call Member Services at 203-905-2100 and ask for 'Road Scholar pre-post program rates', or email
  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 Club Quarters that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 PM with drop off at hotel in Chicago, IL. You will be staying at Club Quarters the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license. Completed health form returned to coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
Garage located next to the hotel for $21/day. Underground parking available at 350 E. Monroe or 201 E. Randolph for $13/day.
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

Midway Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Express
phone: 888-284-3826


Per Person/One Way:


$20 one-way and $36 round-trip
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes depending on traffic 


Prices subject to change. Shuttle leaves Midway every 15 minutes.


Midway Airport


From Airport




Available curb side at the airport


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes approximately depending on traffic 


Prices are subject to change


O'Hare Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Continental Airport Express
phone: 888-284-3826


Per Person/One Way:


$25 one-way and $46 round-trip
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes depending on traffic 


Prices subject to change. Shuttle leaves O'Hare every 10 minutes from the baggage claim area and at a counter at entrances 1E, 2D and 3E.




From Airport




Available curb side at the airport


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes approximately depending on traffice 


Prices are subject to change

Driving Directions
  Directions to Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan From the Madison, Wisconsin Area Take I-90 East to Downtown, Chicago. *Exit on Ohio St. eastbound, travel 1 1/2 miles on Ohio St. (Passing Lasalle St.) to State Street. Turn right onto State Street, travel south 4 blocks to East Wacker (cross State Street bridge). Turn left onto East Wacker, travel east one block, Club Quarters will be the 3rd building on the right hand side. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo. From the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area Take I-94 to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From O'Hare Airport Take I-90/94 to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From Midway Airport Take Cicero Ave. North, 3 miles to I-55. Take I-55 Northeast to I-90/94 North to Downtown Chicago. Exit at Ohio Street. *Follow directions above. From Indianapolis, Indiana Area Take I-65 North to I-90 West, it will turn into I-90/94 West to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio Street. *Follow directions above. From Grand Rapids, Michigan Area Take I-90/94 Westbound to Downtown, Chicago. Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From Iowa Take I-80 or I-88 East to I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) East to Downtown, Chicago. Take I-90/94 traveling northwest To Ohio St. Exit on Ohio St. *Follow directions above. From Urbana and Southern Illinois Take I-57 North to I-90/94 West to Downtown, Chicago Exit at Ohio St. *Follow directions above. Parking System Parking 111 E. Wacker Drive (corner of North Michigan) Tel: (312) 819-5051 Parking is available at a discounted rate at System Parking located at 111 E. Wacker Drive. The cost is $24 for a 24 hour period, with no in and out privileges and $45 for valet parking overnight with in and out privileges. Directions to/from System Parking System Parking is located one block to the East (right) of the hotel. The garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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 and Hotel Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, September 7)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby and pick up your arrival packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
 Dinner: We will have dinner out at a neighborhood restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

The remainder of the evening is free to continue getting to know your fellow participants. Settle in to your room and get a good night’s sleep for the full day tomorrow.
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: City Field Trip by Motor Coach / Free Evening
(Monday, September 8)
 Breakfast: Bella Bacino’s in the hotel.
 Morning: Mark Twain wrote in 1883, “It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them.” Led by an expert, we will have a motorcoach exploration to learn about Chicago history, the immigrants and neighborhoods who gave it a rich culture and texture, and the movers and shakers whose influence made it a world-class city. We begin our journey north along Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive and up to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. As time and traffic allow, we will stop at various locations along the way.
 Lunch: Enjoy traditional Greek food at a neighborhood restaurant in Greektown, setting of the fictional "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
 Afternoon: Continuing our motorcoach introduction to the city, we ride through Chinatown and down past U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park), home of the Chicago White Sox, to the Hyde Park neighborhood, home of the University of Chicago and longtime personal residence of President Obama. We continue to Planetarium Point and conclude in the city’s “front yard” -- Grant Park -- at the fabulous Buckingham Fountain inspired by Versailles.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for dinner at your own cost if you like. Please see attachment to preparatory materials for a full list of area restaurants.
 Evening: At leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities in the Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, give directions, and will also lead an informal excursion or activity you are welcome to join at your cost (if any).
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Willis Tower Skydeck / Federal Reserve Bank / The Art Institute of Chicago
(Tuesday, September 9)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Aboard a bus, we head to Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), tallest building in the western hemisphere at 1,450 feet (443 meters) high -- 1,730 feet (520 meters) including the twin antenna towers. A film about the building’s construction and history sets the stage for ascending to the Sky deck on the 103rd floor, highest observation deck in the U.S., where you can step onto a glass box balcony that extends four feet outside!

We continue to the Federal Reserve Bank, where you will gain a deeper understanding of its functions, responsibilities and operations during an expert-led exploration. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks across the country that, with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., serve as the central bank for the U.S. The landmark building has a rich architectural history.
 Lunch: Savor Chicago-style pizza at a popular local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We continue via bus to the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago where you will hone your knowledge of and appreciation for art. Highlights of the permanent collection -- comprising more than 300,000 works in different media -- include “American Gothic,” the famed Chagall Windows and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. Led by art educator Joe Cunniff, we will have an introduction to key galleries, followed by free time to explore in greater depth on your own.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. You might like to stroll down Michigan Avenue, stopping and listening to music in one of the many local bars. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities in the information packet.
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Full Day at the Field Museum of Natural History
(Wednesday, September 10)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will board our bus to begin a day at the world-class Field Museum of Natural History. It originated in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. The name was later changed to honor the generosity of benefactor Marshall Field and to better reflect a focus on the natural sciences. During an expert-led exploration, learn about the museum’s work and collections.
 Lunch: We will have our midday meal in a private room at the Field Museum.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of this iconic Chicago museum, with free time to delve into exhibits that interest you. Among its collections, you can learn about gems, dinosaurs, mummies, Africa, the Pacific, the Ancient Americas, Pawnee Indians, and much more. The lakefront campus is also home to the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium, together regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for dinner at your own cost if you like..
 Evening: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities in the Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, give directions, and will also lead an informal excursion or activity you are welcome to join at your cost (if any).
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Chicago Power Brokers / Chicago Cultural Center / Architectural Study Cruise / Farewell Dinner
(Thursday, September 11)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning at the hotel, we are joined by Professor Zbigniew Banas to learn about Chicago's power brokers, past and present, whose influence has made the city what it is today. Professor Banas will also discuss the notorious, flamboyant political history of “the windy city” (so called, legend says, for loud, long-winded politicians and the many conventions hosted here).

We then board our motorcoach for a field trip to Chicago's Cultural Center. Called the "People's Palace,” it opened in 1897 as the first permanent home for the Chicago Public Library. When the library moved to different quarters, the building was rededicated as America’s first free municipal cultural center. We will explore the building led by an expert. The architecture is stunning with its Classical Revival style and exceptional design details, richly decorated with literary themes and Civil War motifs. The most outstanding feature is a magnificent translucent dome, 38 feet in diameter, made up of some 30,000 pieces of Tiffany Favrile glass.

We will take a short walk to another Tiffany treasure located in the 1907 Marshall Field Company building, now Macy’s flagship store in Chicago and the second-largest department store in the world. The 6,000 square foot dome of iridescent glass mosaic tops a 5-story atrium.
 Lunch: At a restaurant within walking distance to the river cruise boat dock.
 Afternoon: None other than Frank Lloyd Wright said, “It [modern architecture] all started here…" Our study cruise this afternoon presents more of Chicago’s extraordinary architecture and related social history. By necessity due to geographical limitations, Chicago’s business leaders had to look upwards to expand after the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Within less than a decade, new building techniques pushed the city’s skyline ever higher. Some of the world’s greatest architects, supported by visionary business leaders, built not just higher but sleeker and more sophisticated. And it was not only skyscrapers that forged a unique identity. Debris from the great fire created the base of Grant Park. The Merchandise Mart -- once the epicenter of high design and luxury goods, owned for half a century by the Kennedy family -- is the world’s largest commercial building. Chicago also has more moveable bridges than any city in the world including an engineering wonder, the Michigan Avenue Bridge, one of the city’s foremost thoroughfares. Learn about all this and much more during this cruise with expert commentary.
 Dinner: Enjoy a tasty farewell dinner at a neighborhood restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine.
 Evening: At leisure. Share your favorite memories with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure tomorrow.
Accommodations: Club Quarters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chicago History Museum / Program Concludes
(Friday, September 12)

Note: Please note that hotel check-out is by 8:45 am. If you have an early flight, you may bring your luggage with you to the museum for storage, while you explore.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: To wrap-up our Signature City experience, we take the bus for an expert-led field trip to the Chicago History Museum. This institution houses 22 million historical artifacts and documents from Chicago and U.S. history, with an emphasis on five main areas: Living, Working and Governing in the Metropolitan Area, the Built Environment, and Individuals and Ideas. Gain a better understanding of Chicago’s past, its present, and prospects for the future.
 Lunch: Have a Chicago-style hot dog lunch at the History Cafe.
 Afternoon: The bus returns to the hotel after lunch. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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
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

A Farewell to Arms

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Description: Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefieldweary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertionthis gripping, semi autobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingways craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingways own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the authors son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the authors grandson Sen Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.

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.

The Old Man & The Sea

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Description: It is the story of an epic struggle between an old, seasoned fisherman and the greatest catch of his life. For eighty-four days, Santiago, an aged Cuban fisherman, has set out to sea and returned empty-handed. So conspicuously unlucky is he that the parents of his young devoted apprentice and friend, manolin, have forced the boy to leave the old man in order to fish in a more prosperous boat. nevertheless, the boy continues to care for the old man upon his return each night. He helps the old man tote his gear to his ramshackle hut, secures food for him, and discusses the latest developments in American baseball, especially the trials of the old man's hero, Joe Dimaggio. Santiago is confident that his unproductive streak will soon come to an end, and he resolves to sail out farther than usual the following day.

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