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Eric Bronsky, Neal Samors
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It is like no other book about Chicagoâ€™s past and presentâ€”exploring the dynamic changes that have continuously shaped the greater Loop district from the late nineteenth century to the present time. Downtownâ€™s evolution is vividly portrayed through historical photos interlaced with a tapestry of memories, experiences and thoughts related by interviewees such as Josephine Baskin Minow, Gary Johnson, Jerome R. Butler, James McDonough, Ann Roth, James Oâ€™Connor, Kay Mayer, Michael Demetrio, Bernard Judge, Paul Meincke, Potter Palmer IV and Marshall Field V.
The book is brimming with a rich variety of subjects including architecture and urban planning, department stores, restaurants, movie palaces, public transportation, parks, and remembrances of a cross-section of influential current and former Chicagoans. Highlighting its 250+ pages is a remarkable assemblage of more than 250 photographs ranging from seldom-seen views found in local archives to previously untapped collections. Unique and obscure subjects are featured together with some of downtownâ€™s more familiar and enduring icons. The most alluring images are enhanced to full-page size or reproduced in color, while photographs separated by decades invite spirited comparison. A descriptive narrative introduces each section of the book, tying all the elements together.
This book is co-authored by Chicago historians Eric Bronsky and Neal Samors. The authors have created a virtual time machine trip through downtown Chicagoâ€™s whirlwind past, one that is sure to evoke pleasant memories and encourage sharing with family and friends.
Eric, a transit enthusiast and freelance writer, worked as an architectural modelbuilder and historian for the City of Chicago under several mayors. Neal has authored or co-authored seven books about Chicagoâ€™s neighborhoods and eras. His recent book, Chicago in the Sixties: Remembering a Time of Change, won the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award in the History Books category.
Book Publisher: Chicago's Books Press
No. of Pages: 250