Wicker Park: From 1673 thru 1929 - Paperback Book
Against the backdrop of Chicago's creation and development, the Wicker Park districts emergence and explosion as a vital contributing factor to the city's rich historic fabric is chronicled in Wicker Park: From 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide. A fascinating patchwork of people; buildings; companies; political, religious, social, and community organizations; and events, the book provides the reader with a window into life in Wicker Park in the mid 1800s through the early 1900s.
Waves of immigrants started with Irish, German, Norwegians and were followed by Eastern European Jews and Poles. Each brought the development of institutions, organizations, and buildings, many of which continue to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century Wicker Park community. Stories about and from the people of those times clamor for the readers attention, taking them on a roller coaster ride of emotions that range from amazement to belly laughs and salty tears.
Early residents included famous brewing families such as Uhlein (Schilitz Brewing Company), Legner (West Side Brewing Company), and Seipp (Seipp Brewing Company); future corporate moguls such as the Pritzker Family (Hyatt Hotels, Hammond Organ and McCalls Magazine), and Arie Crown family (Hilton Corporation, General Kynamics and the Rock Island Railroad); entertainment work names such as Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Studios, and movie impresario Michael Todd; as well as Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Saul Bellow.
After learning about Wicker Park, its clear why its internationally renowned, and on both the National Register for Historic Places (1979) and a Chicago Landmark Neighborhood (1991).
Features over 275 photos, illustrations, maps, and diagrams
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