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Chronicles of Old Chicago

Exploring the History and Lore of the Windy City

By Adam Selzer

Discover the fascinating history of Chicago – home to Obama, Al Capone and the Chicago Cubs, politicians, mobsters, and more, told through 24 dramatic true stories. Known as an expert on Chicago’s folklore and crime stories, Adam Selzer takes readers through Chicago’s history from the 1800s to the present with tales of the politicians, eccentrics, and the famous and infamous who shaped the city. Essays explore historic events from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the beginnings of the film era (Chicago was home to film long before Hollywood); speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama; the historical contributions to the birth of rock ‘n roll of Chess Records, who signed Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Little Walter, and Willie Dixon; and baseball legends and curses. Learn about the city’s legendary ghosts and haunted hotels. Also included are guided walking tours around many of the sites mentioned, illustrated with color photographs and maps.

Chronicles of Old Chicago: Exploring the History and Lore of the Windy City appeals to American history buffs, Chicago residents, baseball fans, political historians, and tourists, with:

  • Ÿ Intriguing profiles of historic and cultural figures including Abraham Lincoln, Mrs. O’Leary, Jane Addams, Captain Streeter, Charles Comiskey, Chess Brothers, Mayor Richard Daley, Oprah Winfrey, and more
  • Ÿ More than 400 photographs and illustrations
  • Ÿ 6 Easy-to-follow walking tours with 9 detailed maps
  • Ÿ Complete Index

About the Author:
Adam Selzer, a historian and tour guide, was born in Des Moines and makes his home in Chicago, where he resides with his wife, stepson and cats in the west Loop. The passionate Chicago-lover appears regularly on TV and radio talking about Chicago history, and he has published 15 books, ranging from young adult novels to books on the history of the Windy City including the recent Ghosts of Chicago. He can often be found writing in coffee shops or poking around old buildings, empty alleyways, and dusty libraries around the city.

Trade Paperback
272 pages, 5¼ x 8
200+ Illustrations and Photos
9 Color Maps
Travel / History

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