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We feature a handpicked selection of travel guides, maps, literature, books on art, nature and culture, all designed to help you get more out of your travels to Chicago. Order an essential package, and we'll ship any additional items for free.

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Eyewitness Guide Chicago

Eyewitness Guide Chicago

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

This superb guide to Chicago features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions (USM70, $20.00)

Never a City So Real, A Walk in Chicago

Never a City So Real, A Walk in Chicago

by Alex Kotlowitz

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Kotlowitz interweaves history, anecdote and biography in this brief, street-level view of Chicago and its residents. (GLK35, $16.95)

City of the Century, The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

City of the Century, The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

by Donald L. Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

As blustery and swaggering as the Chicago of myth, this monumental biography of the city takes in the sweep of its history from the days of Joliette, Marquette and other explorers, to the celebrated 1893 Chicago Fair. (GLK05, $21.00)

Chicago's Famous Buildings

Chicago's Famous Buildings

by Franz Schulze | Kevin Harrington

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

This pocket guide includes more than 160 of Chicago's classic legacy of buildings by Adler, Sullivan, Burnham, Root, Wright, and others. (USM15, $18.00)

Chicago Map

Chicago Map

by Borch Maps

  • MAP

A colorful, waterproof map of the city center of Chicago. (USM19, $8.95)

 
City Walks Chicago

City Walks Chicago


by Henry De Tessan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • BOXED
  • 52 PAGES

Explore the city with these 50 colorful, convenient cards, each with a map and suggested walking tour. (USM147, $14.95)

Fodor's Chicago's 25 Best

Fodor's Chicago's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to Chicago, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights. (GLK06, $13.99)

Lonely Planet Chicago

Lonely Planet Chicago


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This practical guide to Chicago features maps, an overview of culture, history and nature, and a good deal of nuts-and-bolts information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. (USM88, $21.99)

Chicago, Growth of a Metropolis

Chicago, Growth of a Metropolis


by Harold Mayer | Richard Wade

  • HISTORY
  • 1973
  • PAPER

A classic, beautifully illustrated history of Chicago. (USM34, $40.00)

Chicago, The Second City

Chicago, The Second City


by A.J. Liebling

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A witty, wonderfully entertaining portrait of the city by the New Yorker writer who lived in Chicago for a year in 1952. His reports about life in the city unleashed a storm of protest, which Liebling gleefully addresses in his forward. (USM81, $17.95)

Last Call, The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Last Call, The Rise and Fall of Prohibition


by Daniel Okrent

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES

Okrent explains how an unlikely coalition of forces succeeded in banning alcohol -- and how Americans everywhere managed to keep drinking at any cost -- in this entertaining history. (USA542, $18.00)

Nature's Metropolis, Chicago and the Great West

Nature's Metropolis, Chicago and the Great West


by William Cronon

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

A masterly thought provoking history of the transformation of Chicago from backwater to economic powerhouse. (USM17, $19.95)

Stud Terkel's Chicago

Stud Terkel's Chicago


by Studs Terkel

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

This tribute celebrates Chicago, the home of the author, Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian Studs Terkel. Accompanied by black and white photographs, memories and reflections. (USM156, $19.95)

Lost Chicago

Lost Chicago


by David Garrard Lowe

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 262 PAGES

A magnificent collection of photographs of grand buildings, now long gone, along with a history of the city. (USM32, $35.00)

Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture

Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture


by Judith Paine McBrien

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This pocket guide features 100 of Chicago's architecturally significant buildings. (USM84, $21.95)

Boss, Richard J. Daley of Chicago

Boss, Richard J. Daley of Chicago


by Mike Royko

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A groundbreaking account of the man and his political machine by Chicago's favorite columnist, published in 1970 while Daley was still in office. (USM28, $17.00)

Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture


by Robert C. Twombly

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 456 PAGES

A biography analyzing Wright's work in relationship to his personal life and political views. (GEN196, $55.00)

You Were Never in Chicago

You Were Never in Chicago


by Neil Steinberg

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Steinberg's coming-of-age story as an outsider who joined the elite ranks of Chicago journalism, tracing his observation of the city's vanishing industrial past and enduring landmarks while exploring its complex political dynamics and the individuals who shaped his regional understandings. (USM196, $15.00)

Chicago Poems

Chicago Poems


by Carl Sandburg

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

A collection of poems on the City of Big Shoulders, including "Chicago" and "Fog." The Dover Thrift Edition. (USM94, $2.50)

Loving Frank, A Novel

Loving Frank, A Novel


by Nancy Horan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER

Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society. (CHI80, $15.00)

Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie


by Theodore Dreiser

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 489 PAGES

Dreiser's absorbing first novel follows the fate of a young country girl in Chicago. Originally published in 1900, it's an excellent portrait of the young metropolis. (USM93, $5.95)

The Devil in the White City, Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

The Devil in the White City, Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America


by Erik Larson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

This fascinating account of Chicago's 1893 World's Fair interweaves the true stories of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor, who terrorized its visitors. (USM123, $16.00)

The Neon Wilderness

The Neon Wilderness


by Nelson Algren

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A collection of short stories set in Chicago by South-Side native Algren, winner of the National Book Award in 1950 for The Man With the Golden Arm. (USM95, $13.95)

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