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Oldest Chicago Paperback – January 24, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Sure, I've been to plenty of the longest-standing Chicago places, such as the oldest hot dog place (Super Dawg), the oldest hotel, the Palmer House, and the oldest Italian restaurant (Italian Village) but there are plenty of places I'd never heard of.
This interesting book also gave me information about things/people I pass by but never knew about.
However, you don't have to be a Chicagoland resident or even a Chicago history buff to enjoy this book. In fact, it's even more suited to the Chicago tourist. After addressing each "oldest place" for 2 or 3 pages, the author provides a brief look at other interesting attractions and/or restaurants in the same neighborhood or of the same type.
Though I quibbled with a fact or two here and there (the McHenry outdoor theater is certainly not closed), this book is a keeper. An informative and fun look at Chicago history. I'd definitely recommend this one
However, technology gives a different way to enjoy the book. The author has taken good care to include the exact street address of almost all the locations that are discussed. This enables the use of Google maps and street view to remotely view (if you will) the building in question. I found that this really added another dimension to the book.
This volume combines historic information with a lively writing style. Overall, I found it to be an excellent book that perhaps opens a new way to view travel literature. I would recommend it to anyone interested in history or the city of Chicago.