SPECTACULAR CHICAGO

By Thomas B. Allen

cover image Chicago. Tough. Strong. Proud. When Sinatra sang of his kind of town, he sang for Chicago's millions of fans. They like it for its architecture, for its sports, for its history, for what America's authors and poets have said about it: Chicago is Carl Sandburg's "City of Big Shoulders;" Studs Terkel's "American dream, writ large"; and for H. L. Mencken, "Chicago is alive from snout to tail."

The home of the world's first skyscraper and the third largest city in the nation, the Windy City of Chicago is a city unlike any other in the world. Reborn from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago is renowned as a center of architectural innovations. From Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Roots' Rookery and Monadnock Buildings to Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style masterpieces, Chicago has fought its way to become one of the most distinguished architectural cities in the world. With the arrival of the World's Columbia Exposition in 1893, Chicago placed itself firmly on the map of greatness as a gracious host on an international scale. Such notables as Ernest Hemingway, Al Capone, Marshall Field, Jane Addams, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey have called Chicago, "the most typically American city in America," home.

Spectacular Chicago celebrates the jewels of this great city in a format befitting one of the world's most beautiful and vital urban areas. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the financial centers of The Loop, to the Magnificent Mile in the Near North and the Lakeshore Apartments of the Gold Coast, from Lincoln Park on the Northside to the culturally spirited neighborhoods of the Southland and farther, this lavishly illustrated book takes you on a journey through all of Chicago's environs. Visit the great collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, gaze at the stars in the Alder Planetarium or experience the wonders of Wild Reef at the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Whether it's to Navy Pier or atop the Sears Tower Skydeck, inside Wrigley Field or lingering at an outdoor art tour, this 132-page volume takes you there. With detailed, captivating text by author, Tom Allen, Spectacular Chicago will delight and satisfy even the most energetic of minds.

With more than 200 magnificent contemporary photographs and over 36 pages of panoramic foldouts, Spectacular Chicago amazes even the most native Chicagoan with fantastic views of all of Chicago's most idyllic sites. For travelers who may only see Chicago from 30,000 feet up, as well as those who live, work or visit there, this volume presents an unforgettable view of the city that encompasses its impressive architecture, its diverse people, and of course, its sometimes infamous weather. "Stormy, husky, brawling," Chicago will become your kind of town.


Coming in Spring 2006
16 x 12 in., 132 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-835-5
$50.00 U.S.

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