Chicago: A Pictorial Celebration

Chicago: A Pictorial Celebration

by Penn Publishing Ltd., Dennis H. Cremin
     
 

With the help of Elan Penn's glorious images, university professor and public historian Dennis Cremin leads us on a spectacular tour of the windy city. Visit beloved landmarks and great institutions, such as the Water Tower, Hull House, and Navy Pier, and learn about Chicago's history from the settlement days to the grand metropolis we know today. Celebrate

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With the help of Elan Penn's glorious images, university professor and public historian Dennis Cremin leads us on a spectacular tour of the windy city. Visit beloved landmarks and great institutions, such as the Water Tower, Hull House, and Navy Pier, and learn about Chicago's history from the settlement days to the grand metropolis we know today. Celebrate world-renowned cultural sites, such as the Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, as well as brilliant newcomers, including the Mexican Fine Arts Museum. Walk through the beautiful city-created Millennium Park, a spectacular result of the partnership between public and private sectors. Gaze at the economic, political, and artistic structures that marked Chicago's budding cityscape in the past, and still remain today: the Stock Yards Entrance, Pilgrim Baptist Church, and Lincoln Park's Bates Fountain. This collection truly captures the essence of a great city.

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Library Journal
There's more than meets the eye in this pair of glossy picture books. Green (on Las Vegas) and Cremin (on Chicago) are both college professors, and they approach their subject cities from an historical perspective. Las Vegas's history is briefer than Chicago's, to be sure, but each metropolis has played a unique role in the development of the United States and its world image. Chicago, once noted for its stockyards, now known for its skyscrapers, is depicted through handsome photographs of, and detailed information on, its architecture and public monuments. The Merchandise Mart is here, along with the Wrigley Building and the Sears Tower. Soldier Field takes pride-of-place with a southside eatery, Leon's Bar-B-Q, the Water Tower, and more. Green's Las Vegas book, in contrast, offers a fascinating collection of early-day photographs of the city, including desert springs in the 1900s and the Desert Inn casino/resort as it appeared in the 1950s. Casinos-old and new-abound in glittering photos and background notes. Some readers may be surprised to discover there's more to Las Vegas than "The Strip": wedding chapels, Liberace's Museum, and shopping malls vie for attention with day-trip locations to places like Red Rock Canyon or the Springs Preserve. Despite their coffee-table format (indeed, Penn's attractive photos make them browser-friendly), both books are indexed and include useful background information for the traveler. (Other books in the series cover Toronto and Washington, DC.) Purchase where there is demand.-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402723872
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

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