Living Landmarks of Chicago

Living Landmarks of Chicago

by Theresa L. Goodrich


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Living Landmarks of Chicago goes beyond the what, when, and where to tell the how and why of fifty Chicago landmarks. More than a book about architecture, these are stories of the people who made Chicago and many of its most popular tourist attractions what they are today. From the parlor used as a meat locker to the fight over the Field Museum, history comes to life in these tantalizing tales. Each chapter is a vignette that introduces the landmark and brings it to life, and the book is organized chronologically to illustrate the development of the city's distinct personality. These fifty landmarks weave an interconnected tale of Chicago between 1836 and 1932 (and beyond).

History lines Chicago's sidewalks. Stroll down LaSalle or Dearborn or State and you'll see skyscrapers that have been there for a century or more. It's easy to scurry by, to dismiss the building itself, but a hunt for placards turns up landmarks every few feet, it seems. Here's a Chicago landmark; there's a National Historic landmark. They're everywhere.

Ironically, these skyscrapers keep the city grounded; they illustrate a past where visionaries took fanciful, impossible ideas and made them reality. Buildings sinking? Raise them. River polluting the lake and its precious drinking water? Reverse it. Overpopulation and urban sprawl making it challenging to get to work? Build up. From the bare to the ornate, from exposed beams to ornamented facades, the city's architecture is unrestrainedly various yet provides a cohesive, beautiful skyline that illustrates the creativity of necessity, and the necessity of creativity.

After a sound-bite history of the city's origins, you'll meet the oldest house in Chicago-or is it? Kinda. Sorta. Depends on who you ask.

That's Chicago. Nothing's simple, and nothing can be taken for granted. The reason the city has a gorgeous skyline and a vibrant culture and a notorious reputation for graft is because of those who built it, envisioned it, manipulated it.

"What you learn in this book is not so much where the landmarks are or how they were made (you will learn those things) as much as why they matter, why their grandeur persists. Every chapter's story is supported by a journalist's tenacious research to find not merely the first brick in a building, but to track down the very moment the ghost of its form was born." Award-winning author Bull Garlington

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960049578
Publisher: Local Tourist
Publication date: 04/21/2021
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 387,371
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Theresa is an Emmy-winning author and content creator with a penchant for storytelling and a keen eye. She's the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist, author of the Two Lane Gems book series, and contributor to the Midwest Road Trip Adventures anthology. She's slightly obsessed with Chicago, history, and road trips. When she's not writing, speaking, or on the road, she's cooking and planning her next adventure.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Bull Garlington. x

Preface. xiii

What is Living Landmarks?. 1

Chicago: The Origin Story. 4

1836 Clarke House. 8

1836 Lake Park Grant Park. 14

1856 Hull House Hull-House Museum... 21

1864 Lake Park Lincoln Park & Lincoln Park Zoo. 28

1869 Chicago Water Tower & Pumping Station.. 35

1872 Page Brothers Building. 40

1873 Palmer House. 44

1873 Bryant Block Delaware Building. 50

1883 Nickerson Mansion Driehaus Museum... 54

1885 Studebaker Brothers' Lake Front Carriage Repository Fine Arts Building. 59

1887 Glessner House. 64

1888 The Rookery. 70

1889 Auditorium Building. 76

1891 Monadnock Block. 83

1892 Charnley House Charnley-Persky House. 89

1892 Marshall Field & Company Macy's on State Street. 96

1893 Palace of Fine Arts Museum of Science and Industry. 105

1893 Art Institute of Chicago. 111

1893 Newberry Library

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