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The Encyclopedia of Chicago

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One of the great American metropolises, Chicago rises out of the prairie in the heart of the country, buffeted by winds coming off the plains and cooled by the waters of the inland sea of Lake Michigan. Chicago is a city of size and mass, the cradle of modern architecture, the freight hub of the nation, a city built on slaughterhouses and cacophonous financial trading temp ...more
Hardcover, 1152 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by University Of Chicago Press
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Jun 16, 2008 Joan added it
Fourteen years in the making, this historical reference was developed by the Chicago Historical Society and the Newberry Library. According to the editors, it had to be one volume, no magnifying glass required. It was a tremendous undertaking and, of course, there has already been criticism over what's not in it. I have some myself. But you can't put everything in a "one volume, no magnifying glass required" encyclopedia! The good news is that the Chicago Historical Society is putting it all onl ...more
I love this book, and recommend it to anybody who loves Chicago. It's a fantastic, incredibly comprehensive and organized really well. What's great is that it goes back really far, considers a lot of cross sections of the population, and goes into things you might not even have considered looking up, but are really interested in when you see them.

A fantastic book that's fun just to take down for an idle 20 minutes, or for real study of a great place.
I hope it's obvious that I haven't read this ENTIRE book. I probably shouldn't tell you this, can access everything in the print version (and more) online for free. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistor...
Perfect reference tool for history and geography of Chicago and its suburbs.

Lots of interesting info about Chicago and surrounding areas.
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