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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, neig ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 10th 2002 by Thunder Bay Press
(first published November 1st 2000)
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I bought this book at a used bookstore about a year ago and it just sat on my night table. A minute before we were leaving for Chicago I grabbed it and read it on the plane. So interesting! I read about Daniel Burnham quite a bit in The Devil and the White City, so it was nice to have that background. Then, walking around Chicago was even more interesting than normal - just wish we had had more time there.
Got this as a gift for someone, and it's sure worth the money! The quality is great, and some of the comparisons are surprising and interesting. If you're hoping for an overview, most of the "before" pictures were taken between the 1920s and 1940s.
Jan 23, 2008 Suzy Prybell rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Architecture lovers, Chicago buffs
Recommended to Suzy by: Kelly F.
This was an interesting look at the city from the Chicago Fire to present day. It was interesting to see the changes, and how unfortunately the beautiful architecture erected in the late 1800s was torn down for more functionally ugly buildings in the 70s. I did learn some about the city I've grown up in, and it really made me want to take the Chicago River architectural tour this spring. Nerd Alert.
During a recent trip to Chicago I purchased this as a souvenir of the trip. It is full of some great old pictures and pictures of how the city is in 2012. I enjoyed the book very much, it brought back great memories and educated me on things we missed about the city.