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Who Is This Book For?

For Businesses

As an information and networking guide, this resource will help you make new business contacts throughout Chicagoland. Businesses may also use The Chicago Book as a sales and marketing tool to promote the region to their clients.

For The Chicago Native

Whether you have lived in Chicagoland for your entire life or grew up here and moved away, you will enjoy The Chicago Book. These pages are filled with people and places you are familiar with, plus more than a few that may be new to you. Chicago natives and Chicagoland expatriates alike will enjoy The Chicago Book.

For The Chicago Visitor

The Chicago Book is also written for the person who is new to Chicago. With basic information, such as location and weather, you will learn the "ins and outs" of the city. If you are visiting the area for the first time, or have a friend or relative from out of town that you would like to show around Chicago, The Chicago Book makes a great tour guide.

No Boundaries

It should be noted that The Chicago Book really could be called The Chicagoland Book. Why? Because, anyone who is from the region knows that, while the City of Chicago boundary lines usually define that familiar skyline, excluding contributions from the surrounding villages, towns and cities that influence the region would seem incomplete. They are all integral to the identity of Chicagoland. Enjoy looking through The Chicago Book and come up with your own boundaries if you'd like.


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Chicago Gives Back  

From The Publisher

The Chicago Book Publisher Matt Walker of MDW Books

Chicago has been called the most "all-American" city, partly because it is in the nation's heartland and partly because all of the best that America has to offer is here. Like scenes from an old folk song, trains still travel to Chicago through amber waves of grain blanketing the prarie and arrive in a city that is anything but flat - architecturally or culturally. The sons and daughters of small nearby towns still flock to Chicago chasing their own piece of the American Dream. They bring with them those classic "Midwest values" and American ingenuity. But they are not the only ones who have built this city. Immigrants from every corner of the globe still come to Chicago chasing that same dream.

It all started as little more than a swampy bog. Local indians called it Shikaakwa, which means "striped skunk" or "the smell of onions." Evidently the stench was not enough to keep away those who could smell the capitalistic opportunities that would come from being located on the shores of Lake Michigan and the banks of the Chicago River. They knew that once a canal would connect the Chicago River with the Mississippi, the final link of a water route from the St. Laurence Seaway to the Gulf of Mexico would be in place and the money would flow, too.

Chicago is not just "all-American" because of its centralized location. The impact the city has had on American culture is priceless. Rock-and-roll was hugely influenced by Chicago-style blues. That's the same kind of blues that Jake and Elwood played in The Blues Brothers (what many still call the greatest Chicago movie). Real life outlaws like Al Capone and John Dillinger have cemented the city's image with gangsters. Perhaps the only more recognized faces connected with Chicago today are Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan.

Many other "all-American" inventions like pinball, roller skates, revolving doors, Playboy Magazine and even the skyscraper came from Chicago. They are all here in the pages of The Chicago Book. So whether you are a life-long Chicago native or a first-time visitor you'll enjoy taking a closer look at what the first Mayor Daley called "the city that works." Take your time though. There is a lot from the city - and this book - to enjoy.

Matthew Walker

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