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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920

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This book revises the picture of the glittering Chicago of impressive mansions and museums; it exposes the city's corrupt underbelly and the realities of life in an age which is often assumed to have been simpler and more moral than ours. Includes chapters on the Haymarket riot, the gamblers' wars, the notorious levee red-light district and institutionalized graft.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1996)
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What I wouldn't do to have half the knowledge of the Chicago underworld as Richard Lindberg. This is a wonderfully written and referenced overview of several important points in Chicago history in the late 1800's and early 1900's, including labor unions, the levee district, newspaper politics, and the start of prohibition. Lindberg has lovely way of crafting fact into writing that is informative and interesting. I would recommend his books to anyone looking to learn a little more about the gritt ...more
Had some interesting facts about Chicago, but it wasn't nearly as good as Sin in the Second City. Sin really let the reader get to know the players in depth. By virtue of being a shorter book and covering a wider range of topics, Chicago by Gaslight didn't give the reader a good feel for the people involved.

The most interesting parts were about Haymarket Square.

This book was a dry telling of Chicago history. I prefer history books that come alive like Sin or Thunderstruck.

Dr Penner
Lindberg provides a remarkable account of the turn of the century in Chicago. Pre-Al Capone, Chicago by Gaslight tells so many unheard of stories of crime, corruption and the like that existed through Chicago’s great history. Recommended for anyone interested in the gritty and squalor underbelly of any major city (especially Chicago!)
Mike Beyer
Pretty good so far it's an anthology of unconnected events from the late 19th and early 20th century. Stories about places and events like the Haymarket bombing, The Levee are told and it all ends with the advent of prohibition. The event that really put the organized in crime. My main complaint is the lack of images.
Want to know the tawdry, seamy side of Chicago? This very entertaining book will fill you in on some of the city's legendary shadier characters.
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