Chicago Heights is a multicultural tableau, depicting the
story of nineteenth-century pioneers and twentiethcentury
workers who built one of the most vibrant of the
small, industrial cities of the Midwest. The exciting collection
featured here is a result of an intensive city-wide campaign
to identify the very best photographs of old Chicago Heights.
About half came from the extensive collections of the
Public Library and the Historical Society, while the rest were
borrowed from local residents.
This fascinating compilation features various past and
present residents of Chicago Heights, a look at its diverse
ethnic groups and religious denominations, and glimpses of old
downtown buildings that no longer exist. The city’s church
groups, ethnic clubs, businesses, factories, and transportation
facilities are all pictured here. Along with detailed captions,
Chicago Heights offers the rare chance to experience the history
of old Chicago Heights, bringing its exciting past alive again.
Authors Dominic Candeloro and Barbara Paul are well known in Chicago Heights as professional historians and preservationists. Candeloro is a former professor and writer who currently serves as the assistant to the mayor. Paul, director of the Public Library, has spent 30 years researching and collecting materials relating to the city's history.