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Des Plaines, Illinois: Including its History, The McDonald's Museum, The Des Plaines Theater, Lake Opeka in Lake Park, and More Paperback – August 2, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Earth Eyes Travel Guides (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1249223946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1249223948
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,699,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was very disappointed when I looked through this book. It was not what I expected. Indeed, I feel somewhat misled. The title "Des Plaines, Illinois" implies that the book is about Des Plaines, Illinois. This 241 pages paperback has very little about Des Plaines and virtually nothing that is new or interesting. The book seems to have been pieced together by a computer from other resources - sort of a fact book about Illinois. Indeed, the first section of 73 pages is entitled "Overview of Illinois." It talks about the Shedd Aquarium and the Government of Illinois, etc.

I thought that section two would be more focused because this section is entitled "Overview of Des Plaines,Illinois." Of its 55 pages, only the first 6 pages deal specifically with Des Plaines. There are 14 pages about Cook County and then 34 pages about Chicago.

Then there is a brief section about the "treaty of Chicago."

Next comes a section called "things to see in and around Des Plaines." We start with the Museum Campus Chicago. There is also the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the Chicago Cultural Center. You see what I mean. It is as if the author concluded that there wasn't much intersting about Des Plaines, so she decided to write about Chicago instead.

Very disappointed.

David Koehler, born in Des Plaines and doing research for a family history covering Des Plaines from 1830 to 1945.
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