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Strange But True: Chicago: Tales of the Windy City Paperback – December 1, 2005


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Strange But True: Chicago brings together the city's most bizarre news items, almost-believable urban myths, incredibly antiquated laws, curious little-known facts, and neighborhood eccentric oddballs and weirdos into one compulsively readable guide. Whether you're a native Chicagoan or just passing through, Strange But True: Chicago is your guide to the Windy City's wackiest, most offbeat, mostly totally true tales, trivia, and events.

* Learn the grisly method used by gangsters to dispose of their victims . . .      Sausage anyone?
* Meet the eel who is at the cutting edge of biotechnological development  and the  world's grossest nature museum exhibits
* Cheer Bertha Palmer' revenge over the Infanta of Spain five years after the rude royal refused to socialize with an "inkeeper's wife"
* Discover the crooked mayor who received campaign funds from Al Capone, threatened to punch King George V, staged a rodeo in the Chicago City Council, and served the world's largest martini
* Uncover never-repealed laws that forbid "unsightly or disgusting" people from showing their faces in public, the carrying of hatpins, or offering a whiskey or a cigar to your dog
* And much more!

Only in Chicago . . .

is it illegal to take a French poodle to the opera
is there a tradition of drag queen galas stretching back to 1907
can British visitors be arrested for not speaking the American language correctly


About the Author

Thomas J. O'Gorman is a writer, scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library of Chicago, historian-in-residence of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, a contributor to Town & Country magazine, a political speech writer at Chicago's City Hall, and former managing editor of World of Hibernia magazine. Among other titles, he has authored Architecture in Detail: Chicago; One Hundred Years: A History of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago; Park Life: the Summer of 1977 at Comiskey Park; and Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago.

Lisa Montanarelli, has written for numerous publications, including Art and Antiques Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and Playboy Magazine. She is also author of Strange But True: San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Series: Strange But True
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762736801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762736805
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,591,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fun little book is a collection of screwy facts, and almost-believable urban myths about the Windy City. From murderers and madams through money-mad socialites, quacks, charlatans and thieves, there are Chicagoans galore, not to mention strange laws (don’t take your poodle to the opera in Chicago!) and even stranger facts.

Now, as you might expect, this is something of an oddball trivia book. As a native Chicagoan (OK, Chicagolandian), I enjoyed reading about some events and people that I had thought I had known, and about some events and people I had never heard of. So, if you would like a book that is a bazaar of the bizarre of Chicago, then you will like this book...I know I did!
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By James Butler on October 24, 2009
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This is a must-have book for Chicagoans who entertain those from other cities, and for travelers to read in the car on the way to that beautiful city for vacation. Neat stuff!!
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By Joe Hollenkamp on March 28, 2014
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Amusing anecdotes about our City. I have several copies and they are good for gifts to friends. I use it in my writing and tours.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jimbo on May 14, 2007
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people who like strange and different thing will like is book.it just wasn't my kind of book
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