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The Little Black Book of Chicago (Travel Guide) (Little Black Travel Book) Spiral-bound – August 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Little Black Travel Book
  • Spiral-bound: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Pauper Press; Spi Har/Ma edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593598122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593598129
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Travel Roundup: Best Travel Series of the Year, 2008. Hooper, Brad (author). FEATURE. First published September 15, 2008 (Booklist). We select the Little Black Travel Books as our travel guide series of the year. The main reasons for designating these guides as best of the year are their portability and user friendliness. (The spiral binding allows the reader to keep the book open to a certain page.) Individual volumes are small enough to fit into a pocket, but in terms of helpfulness, they are twice their physical dimensions. The other reason these guides are so worthy of praise is the fact that each volume has a neat, tidy, and nicely detailed foldout map to the particular area under discussion. The chapters in each volume correspond to the geographical areas into which the authors divide the city for the tourist. Each chapter gives basics on places to see, available art, and entertainment venues, places to eat and drink, where to shop, and where to stay. You can study a range of guides before your actual trip, but this is definitely a commendable candidate for carrying with you on site. Little Black Travel Books (Peter Pauper Press). --Booklist (American Library Association)<br /><br />When I buy a guidebook, I usually look for the Frommer's $ a Day budget guides -- Washington D.C. from $80 a Day, Paris from $95 a Day, etc. Why? Well, mostly because I'm a creature of habit. I started buying the Frommer's and Let's Go guides years ago because they focus on budget travel. Let's Go is great for backpackers and those on a really tight budget. Frommer's is a bit more mature but still budget-minded (think hotels rather than hostels), and I like their ''Suggested Itineraries'' section and their maps (Frommer's maps are among the best). But now that there are so many other guidebooks to choose from, I buy Frommer's mostly because I can be in and out of the store in minutes rather than hours and I know I'll come home with a reliable guide. Then, just this past month, everything changed... I discovered something new... You see, when I went to the bookstore to pick up guidebooks for my upcoming honeymoon, I got an idea... Since we're going around the world with stops in Milan, Lake Como, Dubai, Shanghai, and Tokyo, and I needed to buy a guidebook for each destination. Why not, I thought, buy five different guidebooks (from five different publishers) and compare them to find my favorite. So that's what I did. I bought one brand for each stop and then, on my way out, I saw a little Paris guide I'd never seen (or heard of) before. So I picked that up too. (I go to Paris at least once a year so I can never have enough Paris guidebooks.) Here's what I found... and it surprised me: My favorite book of all -- for both pre-trip planning and on-the-ground support -- is The Little Black Book of Paris. The other guides I bought are all divided into sections this way: Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to Do. But The Little Black Book of Paris is divided by area. And each area has its own fold-out map (which, to be honest, blows the Frommer's maps out of the water). While the guide doesn't have an entire history or culture section like most of the others do -- Lonely Planet, TimeOut, Fodor's, etc -- it's well written and there's an overview of each area at the beginning of each section. I liked the guide so much I went back to the bookstore to buy more. Unfortunately, they don't have guides for my other destinations as they're a fairly new series. They do, however, have one for Washington D.C., where I live, so I bought that. After reading both guides -- Paris and D.C. -- cover to cover, I got so excited about these guidebooks I called the publisher to see what other books they have in the works. Turns out, Paris, D.C., New York, and Rome are the only guides on shelves to date. But San Francisco and London --Lori Appling - The Travel Writer's Life

When I buy a guidebook, I usually look for the Frommer's $ a Day budget guides -- Washington D.C. from $80 a Day, Paris from $95 a Day, etc. Why? Well, mostly because I'm a creature of habit. I started buying the Frommer's and Let's Go guides years ago because they focus on budget travel. Let's Go is great for backpackers and those on a really tight budget. Frommer's is a bit more mature but still budget-minded (think hotels rather than hostels), and I like their ''Suggested Itineraries'' section and their maps (Frommer's maps are among the best). But now that there are so many other guidebooks to choose from, I buy Frommer's mostly because I can be in and out of the store in minutes rather than hours and I know I'll come home with a reliable guide. Then, just this past month, everything changed... I discovered something new... You see, when I went to the bookstore to pick up guidebooks for my upcoming honeymoon, I got an idea... Since we're going around the world with stops in Milan, Lake Como, Dubai, Shanghai, and Tokyo, and I needed to buy a guidebook for each destination. Why not, I thought, buy five different guidebooks (from five different publishers) and compare them to find my favorite. So that's what I did. I bought one brand for each stop and then, on my way out, I saw a little Paris guide I'd never seen (or heard of) before. So I picked that up too. (I go to Paris at least once a year so I can never have enough Paris guidebooks.) Here's what I found... and it surprised me: My favorite book of all -- for both pre-trip planning and on-the-ground support -- is The Little Black Book of Paris. The other guides I bought are all divided into sections this way: Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to Do. But The Little Black Book of Paris is divided by area. And each area has its own fold-out map (which, to be honest, blows the Frommer's maps out of the water). While the guide doesn't have an entire history or culture section like most of the others do -- Lonely Planet, TimeOut, Fodor's, etc -- it's well written and there's an overview of each area at the beginning of each section. I liked the guide so much I went back to the bookstore to buy more. Unfortunately, they don't have guides for my other destinations as they're a fairly new series. They do, however, have one for Washington D.C., where I live, so I bought that. After reading both guides -- Paris and D.C. -- cover to cover, I got so excited about these guidebooks I called the publisher to see what other books they have in the works. Turns out, Paris, D.C., New York, and Rome are the only guides on shelves to date. But San Francisco and London are due out later this year (July and September respectively). And they hope to publish four a year from now on, with Boston and Disney World on their 2008 list. These books are a real find, and I'm glad I stumbled on them. I encourage you to check them out. --Lori Appling - The Travel Writer's Life

About the Author

Author Margaret Littman contributes to Moon Metro Chicago, Real City Chicago, and Chicago SHOPS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Margaret Littman is a journalist and author who splits her time between Nashville, Tenn, Chicago, Ill. and wherever else her travels take her. She loves to write about overlooked domestic destinations that should be reconsidered. In addition to her paper-bound books, she is the author of the iPhone and Droid app travel guide, Nashville ★ Essential ★ Guide.

Customer Reviews

The maps are very easy to read and useful.
KD
It really just highlights major things though, so if you want something really detailed I would suggest a different book.
S. Gresham
I have recently used it in my last two visits and I highly recommend it.
Jetta

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Canthespam VINE VOICE on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I waited anxiously for over a month for the publication of this 2011 Chicago edition. Since it wasn't in the stores yet, I ordered it sight unseen based upon the Amazon description and the reviews of an older edition. I expected much more 'insider' tips and information. Most of the sights and information in this little book, can be found in any guide book - Foder's, Frommer etc... The difference is that this guide is fairly easy to carry with you, unlike the others.

It is divided into neighbors with small and I mean really small, fold out maps. That is one of the main reason that I ordered it. I wish that my eyes were better or that the maps were a larger, as they are very hard to read, but of course that would defeat the purpose of a smaller book. The restaurants, hotels etc.. are not new or hidden gems - they are in most other guide books too. Several of the restaurants, ie: The Pump Room, are out of business, but this cannot be avoided with publication time.

Would I recommend buying this Chicago guide ... hmmm - it is a handy reference for transportation and has very basic descriptions of neighborhoods and sights, which would come in handy. I would suggest reading other books also, and going prepared with some knowledge of what you want to see and do, and use this as a carry long supplement that will fit in your purse or backpack. It certainly isn't the definitive guide book - not that there is ONE book that fits that bill - I guess I expected too much.

If you can't tell - I am an obsessive - compulsive researcher when I plan a trip :-) - once I'm on the plane, I relax and enjoy myself for the duration.
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Format: Spiral-bound
When traveling to another city it's always a good idea to have a compact and easily portable travel guide to help plan out the daily itinerary and provide background information on what is available to be seen and/or experienced. That's where the Peter Pauper Press 'Little Black Travel Book' series comes in handy. The newest addition to this outstanding travel guide series is "The Little black Book Of Chicago" which includes eleven fold-out maps and is packed from cover to cover with information on the sights and resources available when enjoying what the Windy City has to offer. Of special note are all the 'Insider Tips' making this a thoroughly 'user friendly' compendium of advice and descriptive information on everything from neighborhoods, to restaurants, parks, shops, and lodgings. "The Little Black Book Of Chicago" is especially recommended for Chicago bound visitors and has a great deal to offer even the native born Chicagoan!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Smith on June 15, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I love this book,and use it religiously when I visit Chicago for business. It was all I needed to negotiate public transportation, or navigating the city. I was pleased to discover the water taxi service it describes, which impressed my co-travelers.
I don't love the spiral binding, but, can see where it is useful for opening the book fully and not worrying about breaking its spine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin on August 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My employee is leaving me and moving to Chicago this week. Today, I presented her with "The Little Black Book of Chicago - 2013 Edition". I was so excited when the book arrived and I saw how convenient this little book is with cute little maps of every neighborhood, bus and metro line info, and so many helpful little hints to open up the doors to her new city...she was SO HAPPY! The whole office signed our names in the "Notes" section in the back to make it a memorable keepsake. It's such a great gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jetta on December 8, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Great for short trips to the city. I have recently used it in my last two visits and I highly recommend it. It spares you the time consuming task of reading everything and then deciding to what neighborhood you'd rather head to. Not that much histoy or pictures at all, if thats what you are looking for you might be happier buying something else. But for an quick or improvised trip it's just perfect. Nice format too, easy to use and it comes with hassle free foldable maps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maria on August 31, 2010
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This is the perfect book to tuck inside a cross body bag for easy reference! My husgand and I go to Chi town a few times a year and it's alway nice to be able to pull the little maps out and not have to deal with the gigantor maps from the train station! This is a must have for visitors. Very helpful on restaurants so you don't make the mistake of going into a high dollar place! Great!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By snaasko on September 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Others have commented on the content of the book, which I agree is good, but the format of this book is really not optimized for a Kindle, or the reader app for iPad or iPhone. I've looked at it on all three devices and the maps are of such a low resolution that they are useless. Street names are unreadable, even when you zoom in. Of course, if you are using a networked device, there's always Google Maps, but there is no integration between addresses within the ebook and any map app, and the app doesn't have traditional copy and paste functionality (only Note|Highlight|Share) so you can't easily see the locations on any map, which is what this book is supposed to be about. So, the ebook version is a nice list of suggested things to do, organized by location, but if you really want any type of on-the-ground location information, get the hard copy.
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