Book, Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Illinois
First Pantheon Edition
"First Published in 1939, 'The WPA Guide to Illinois' captures more vividly than any other guide both Chicago's quick pulse and the richly varied character of the rest of the state. Thirties Chicago, birthplace of the skyscraper, had just played host to the dazzling Century of Progress Exposition; the Board of Trade was the city's tallest building; and State Street was said to be the most brilliantly lighted street in the world. The stunning residences of the Gold Coast along Lake Shore Drive offered the city's most concentrated display of wealth, while on the South Side hundreds of freight cars rattled into the stock yards each night with their noisy cargo of livestock."
Whether you're a life-long resident, new in town, or just passing through, let <em>A Native's Guide to Chicago's South Suburbs</em> be your personal tour guide of the best this region has to offer: <p> <strong>History & Touring</strong> - Historic forts, sprawling homes, old churches, forgotten cemeteries, landmark schools, beautiful parks, Indian trails, art galleries, architectural suprises, ghostly tales, the cookie jar museum . . .</p> <p> <strong>Food</strong> - Drive-thrus and ice cream parlors, bakeries and steakhouses, sports bar spreads and hotel brunches, escargot and mozzarella sticks, crepes and calzones, spiesbraten and ravioli, pizza and pancakes, ribs and chili . . .</p> <p> <strong>Recreation & Entertainment</strong> - Race tracks, country clubs, amusement parks, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, sledding, paint ball, musical theater, historical re-enactments, accordion sing-a-longs, dance bars . . .</p> <p> <strong>Shopping</strong> - Giant mega-malls and quaint boutiques, collectibles and antique dealers, resale shops and flea markets, country crafts and upscale furnishings, crystals and year-round Christmas, folk art and designer clothing . . . </p>