Sidewalks: Portraits of Chicago

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Honorable Mention

Few people know Chicago as do Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood, and their "Sidewalks" column for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine is a tour of the city like no other, taking readers to the off-beat and quintessential spots that give Chicago its character--that make its inhabitants feel at home and tell its visitors that they have arrived. Accompanied by evocative color photographs by Charles Osgood, Kogan's pieces revisit the lost places and people of Chicago, and take readers down the quiet byways and thriving thoroughfares, pointing out the characters and cornerstones, the oddities and institutions that make the city what it is. In this collection you will find an elegy for Maxwell Street, the marketplace that pulsed with city life for more than 100 years; a remembrance of a disturbing advertisement ("Are you a slave to housework?") on the side of a building on Irving Park Road; a cross marking a deadly intersection; a magical miniature golf course; as well as ballad singer Fred Holstein, the denizens of the World Gym and memories of Bensinger's pool hall, the day-camp kids of summer, bike couriers, the creatures of the beach, and much, much more. Here is Chicago, past, present, and--let's hope--future, captured in the unique archive of Sidewalks.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"When Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood take a detour to one of Chicago's sidewalks, they're telling us about the city's true main streets, where people work and live and love and dream and express themselves in a uniquely Chicago way. Kogan and Osgood are journalists, but they are also poets. Their stories are the stories of a great city captured at a certain moment in time. This is an instant treasure." --Richard Roeper

"Of course, the sidewalk is the heart side of all great cities. It is here where the anonymous millions--those who make the city work--run, amble, play, jump, hop, and breathe. Of course, it calls upon our most gifted and insightful of journalists, Rick Kogan, with his magic words, and Charlie Osgood, with his gimlet eye, to do the trick. And how they do it! Sidewalks is a wonderful book that tells you the basic truths of our city, Chicago. Six thumbs up, including mine." --Studs Terkel

"What a perfect combination, Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood! Who tells better stories than Rick? And who sees for us better than Charles? Again, what a perfect combination!" --Victor Skrebneski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810151932
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,458,648
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Rick Kogan began his newspaper career at sixteen. He has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Tribune, where he is a senior writer and columnist for the Sunday magazine. He is the author of ten books, including Yesterday’s Chicago (in collaboration with his father, Herman); Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder, and the Price of Truth (in collaboration with Maurice Possley); America’s Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers; and A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream, the history of the Billy Goat. He is also the creator and host of WGN’s Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan.
Charles Osgood was born in Milwaukee and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He attended Ripon College and received a master of fine arts in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After beginning his career at the City News Bureau, he came to the Chicago Tribune as a reporter, switching to photography, his lifelong passion, in 1970. Since then assignments have taken him along sidewalks around the world.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Morning on Maxwell     2
A Life on the Water     4
The Flock of Fifty-Third     6
A Good Walk Unspoiled     8
High on Religion     10
Running the Tables     12
Post no Belles     14
Clean Machines     18
Nine Lives to Live     20
Healing and Hope     22
Big Big Man     24
The Man on the Porch     26
Biking in Blizzards     28
A Bloody Good Pub     30
Somewhere     32
Making a Splash     34
Just Plain Folk     36
In the Corn     38
The Kids of Summer     40
One Very Big Bat     42
Hot Coffee, Cool Cats     44
And Now     46
Barn Again     48
Memories of a Blue Bike     50
And They're Off     52
Decades of Grunts     56
My Lover the Car     58
Giving Back     60
Spicy Surprises     62
Little Big Man     64
Ethan's Little Secret     66
Underground Books     68
Sundaysin Saloons     70
Urban Beasts     72
Uptown Guy     74
C'mon In-Really     76
Two Stories, No Waiting     78
Skull Session     80
A Life in Three Acts     82
Poetry in Commotion     84
Follow the Bouncing Ball     88
When the Mood Strikes     90
The Collector     92
Keeping Pace With Mustangs     94
Boo's Soul Kitchen     96
Taking it to the Streets     98
Writing on the Wall     100
A Taste of Cotton Candy     102
No Place Like Home     104
Set 'Em Up     106
A Cat and Mouse Story     108
Kids Stuff     110
Jazz and Guns     112
Of Bar Stools and Barbershops     114
Hope in Hammond     116
Keeping the Faith     120
Adventures in the Skin Trade     122
Life At a Buck a Bag     124
Rough Road     126
Innocence of the Cows     128
The Fixers     130
Rocky at Royko's Grove     132
Hot Dog Fever     134
Art of the State      136
A Street-Smart Fellow     138
Winter wonderlands     140
Making a Mark     142
Tito Gets a Haircut     144
The Roadside Gallery     148
A Thriving Five-and-Ten     150
A Refugee's Lasting Legacy     152
A Cold Day in Paradise     154
The Death of Big Kitty     156
The Sands of Time     158
Uneasy Neighbors     160
The Oldest Library     162
Happy Endings     164
Creatures of the Beach     166
A Toothpick Titanic     168
Well Traveled     170
A Patch of Peace     172
In a Day's Work     174
Life and Death on the River     176
Ham and Fromage     178
Any Way the Wind Blows     180
A Novel Garden     184
When in Roma's     186
Still Tough     188
Words to Live By     190
Meet the Doughnut Man     192
Local Literature     194
Saloons in the Sky     196
Written on the Rocks     198
Eating at Joe's     200
Hooked on Ice     202
The Battle of Balbo     204
What's for Frokost?     208
Dubious Honors     210
The Quick Brown Fox     212
A Touch of the Past     214
Loving Bonnie     216
Of Bullets and Bricks     218
A Winning Meal Ticket     220
The Way Things Were     222
An Ode to Bologna     224
Mr. Barber     226
A Deadly Shortcut     228
American Dreamer     230
A Cop Who Loved Music     232
A Big Hug     234
The Last Beach     236
On the Road to Nowhere     238
New Voices in the Park     240
Acknowledgments     243
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