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Chicago is famously a city of neighborhoods. Seventy-seven of them, formally; more than 200 in subjective, ever-changing fact. But what does that actually mean? The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, the latest in Belt's series of idiosyncratic city guides (after Cleveland and Detroit), aims to explore community history and identity in a global city through essays, poems, pho ...more
Paperback, First, 223 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Belt Publishing
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Michael Boyte
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an easy read, and the essays are a nice length, so you can read a few each morning, or tackle the whole thing in a couple long bus rides. There's a lot of thoughtful work in here- the biggest highlight is the poetry, Kevin Coval's bowling ball of a piece is worth the price of admission alone. Props for finding thoughtful essays about parts of the city often ignored: East Side, Hegewisch, West Ridge, and several really excellent pieces by young women: Rebel Girl by Sara Nasser, and the La ...more
Jackie
I really appreciated this book's non-completionist approach to documenting Chicago's neighborhoods. Any attempt to be definitive about the city was bound to fail; this is a way cooler and more dynamic approach.
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Holding off on a review for a few weeks, but this was very good.
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Martha Bayne is a writer and editor based in Chicago. Founder of the Soup & Bread series of hunger-relief fundraisers, she is the author of Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate/Surrey, 2011), and her features and essays have appeared in Time Out Chicago, Bookforum, the Baffler, the Christian Century, and the Chicago Reader, where she was on staff for ten years ...more