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Chi Town

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The final work of the acclaimed Chicago Trilogy, this collection of nonfiction tales reveals Sandburg's "city of the big shoulders," concrete and neon; uptown and downtown; State Street, Michigan Avenue; the river, the lake; the matter-of-factness and poetry of Chicago people-from Mike Royko describing his neighborhood to the observations of newspaper vendors, from Studs Terkel interviewing jazz great Dave Brubeck to dinner with Petros in Greek Town. Written with a keen eye, Blei's stories evoke a vanished ...
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Overview


The final work of the acclaimed Chicago Trilogy, this collection of nonfiction tales reveals Sandburg's "city of the big shoulders," concrete and neon; uptown and downtown; State Street, Michigan Avenue; the river, the lake; the matter-of-factness and poetry of Chicago people-from Mike Royko describing his neighborhood to the observations of newspaper vendors, from Studs Terkel interviewing jazz great Dave Brubeck to dinner with Petros in Greek Town. Written with a keen eye, Blei's stories evoke a vanished Chicago, a city of gritty and colorful neighborhoods and their gritty and colorful characters. It is, as he writes, a "love letter to a city that has meant so much to me."

Chi Town is the story of Norbert Blei's love affair with a city that shaped both his life and work. Along the route of this walking tour of the Windy City, you'll dine with Petros in Greek Town, see Studs Terkel in action at WFMT interviewing Dave Brubeck, listen to Mike Royko describe his own neighborhood, share the thoughts of Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, and meet newspaper vendors, trash collectors, bankers and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810120402
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 990,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Norbert Blei is a veteran of the famous City News Bureau of Chicago, winner of a Pushcart Prize in fiction, the author of seventeen books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and the editor/publisher of a small press dedicated to emerging and neglected writers, Cross+Roads Press. Among his many works are the two other books in his Chicago Trilogy, The Ghost of Sandburg's Phizzog (Ellis, 1987) and Neighborhood (Ellis, 1998), and a collection of poems, Paint Me a Picture/Make Me a Poem (Spoon River, 1987). Born and raised in Chicago, he now lives in Door County, Wisconsin.
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Table of Contents


Prologue: Chi Town Blues; Man in the Window; Chicago's Basements; Chef Louis; Museum of Science and Industry; Sydney J. Harris; To Stop and Shop; Europe in Chicago; Cook County Hospital; Fred and the Chocolate Factory; Bill Stipe; Max Zimmerman; Nik Klein; Travels with Royko; Riverview; Paint My Body, Color Your Mind; Hoke Norris and the Quiet Night of Soul; Leaving the Big Bulls to Him for Whom the Bell Tolls on the Hour; Marshall Field's; a Man on a Bench; Max Marek; Chicago's Unfortunate Newsies; Chicago's Public Library; School for Brewmasters; Jovan Tryboyevic; the Great Hot Dog Quest; Dr. Preston Bradley; Mornings at Pixley's; Chanoyu in Uptown Chicago; the Headhunter; Inside Chicago's Foreign Banks; a Warm Conversation with Burr; Scavenger City; Gene Sage; on James T. Farrell; Flake-Out at the Skin-Flicks; Dixie; Jerome Holtzman; Aiko; Paul Romaine; Bringing the Good News to Skid Row; Bill Mauldin; Ben Gingiss; Nelson Algren; Sing a Song for Van Buren Street; Dance with Me Petros; Sam Karnick; the Petrakis Story; Studs; the World's Greatest Czech Bakeries; Back to the Neighborhood; M. Pancner's; Libby and Jana; Epilogue: Coming Back.
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