History

Today's Chicago Blues

Catalog Number: 
Book Hanson, Karen
Date: 
2007
Edition: 
1st
Abstract: 
Chicago boasts more landmarks in blues history than any other place north of the Mississippi Delta. This guidebook brings together everything fans will need to know about the blues in Chicago for both newcomers and longtime devotees of the genre. A handy and informative way to enrich the experience of this celebrated music.
Language: 
English
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ISSN/ISBN: 
189312194

A Chicago Tavern: a Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream

Date: 
2006
Volume: 
1st ed.
Abstract: 
In the summer of 1934, a baby goat fell off a truck and made its way into a tavern owned by Greek immigrant William Sianis, and an icon was born. Soon the Billy Goat Inn became a haven for police, politicians, reporters, and anyone else hungry for hospitality and the unique atmosphere "Billy Goat" Sianis had to offer. But did Billy really jinx the Cubs? When he and one of his goats were barred from entering Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series, the Cubs' loss fueled a legend. Today there are seven Billy Goat Taverns, and within this volume you'll be sat down next to luminaries such as Mike Royko, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Don Novello as you are reminded why the American Tavern is still the friendliest place in town.
Language: 
eng
Notes: 
paperback book
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ISSN/ISBN: 
1-893121-49-6

Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County

Catalog Number: 
b.20.2
Date: 
March 2005
Volume: 
1st ed
Abstract: 
Family historian Grace DuMelle provides the means to trace your Chicago connections like a pro. She shows you not just what to research, but how to research. Without wading through lots of preliminaries, choose any of the self-contained chapters that focus on the questions beginners most want answered and jump right in! (From publisher)
Language: 
eng
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Abstract borrowed from Lake Claremont.
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ISSN/ISBN: 
1-893121-25-9

Chicago's Midway Airport: The First Seventy-Five Years

Catalog Number: 
Book, Lynch
Date: 
January 2003
Edition: 
1st ed
Abstract: 
Midway was Chicago's first official airport, and for decades it was the busiest airport in the nation, and then the world. Its story is an American story, encompassing heroes and villains, generosity and greed, boom and bust, progress and decline, and in the final chapter, rebirth. Join Christopher Lynch as he combines oral histories, narrative, and historic and contemporary photos to celebrate the rich and exciting 75-year history of this colorful airport and the evolution of aviation right along with it. Heroes and Daredevils Meet a cast of characters whose dreams, courage, and resolution put the pieces in place for one of the country's most historic airports as they first charted the space between Heaven and Earth from the Chicago area. Inventors. Barnstormers. Airmail flyers. World War aviators. Industrialists. All-star pilots like Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, and Bessie Coleman. Transportation Hub Follow a bustling, centralized metropolis as it evolves from the nation's railroad capital of the 19th century to the aviation leader of the 20th, both roles intersecting in the 1940s when train tracks of the largest railroad in the country ran through the airfields of Midway, the world's busiest airport. Heart of a Neighborhood Journey to a residential neighborhood with one-square-mile of excitement at its core: An airport that served as employer, visitor's attraction, social center, and lifeline to glamour. One with its elementary school just yards away from an active runway. Crossroads of the World Relive Midway's heyday — a golden era when movie stars and international dignitaries routinely deplaned there to great media fanfare, when Marshall Field's Cloud Room provided elegant dining with a panoramic view of the tarmac. Birth of the Airlines Watch the emergence of fledgling airlines at Midway—United, American, and others—that changed forever the way people traveled. From there began the brutal competition that still marks the industry today. It ended the dominance of the railroads, legislated the inexpensive "non-skeds" out of business, and re-emerged in the 1990s with such no-frills carriers as ATA and Southwest Airlines that continue operating successfully from Midway today. Reinvention Discover an airport penned in by its own success, unable to expand and initially unable to accommodate the jet age. Through persistence, repositioning, political maneuvering, and ongoing reinvention, the cherished Midway is once again on top, thriving in a new age of challenges in the air.
Language: 
eng
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Abstract borrowed from Lake Claremont.
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ISSN/ISBN: 
1893121186

Riots to Revolution: Chicago in 1968

Date: 
2007
Abstract: 
A history of Chicago political upheaval in 1968 during the Democratic National Convention and riots. Includes a timeline and index of important contributors.
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English
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