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Oldest Chicago
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Oldest Chicago

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Oldest Chicago by David Anthony Witter

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Dozens of the oldest local treasures in Chicago and its suburban and exurban areas are highlighted in this guide, which includes icons such as the city's oldest business, Peacock Jewelers; Merz Apothecary; tavern Schaller's Pump; the Biograph Theater; and drive-in, Superdawg. Remarkable for having survived demolition and extinction for decades, these beloved landmarks have also helped define the city's landscape, offering continuity and civic identity across generations. With Chicago having lost Marshall Field's, Carson Pirie Scott, and many more historic gems in recent years, this book is also a reminder of the value of these familiar faces and a call to preserve them for a future sense of place. Oldest Chicago is about the places that have survived the passage of time.Oldest business: Peacock Jewelers (1838); oldest apothecary: Merz Apothecary (1875); oldest tavern: Schaller's Pump (1889); oldest theater: the Biograph Theater (1914); and oldest drive-in restaurant: Superdawg (1948). In Oldest Chicago, journalist David Witter highlights dozens of the oldest local treasures in Chicago and its suburban and exurban areas. Remarkable for having survived demolition and extinction for decades, these beloved landmarks have also helped define our city's landscape, offering continuity and civic identity across generations. Rather than celebrate the past, many of Chicago's business and political leaders have risen to power by tearing it down. Chicago has lost, and continues to lose, many great civic, architectural, and cultural landmarks. In recent years, Marshall Field's and Carson Pirie Scott have vanished from the city's landscape. Other structures like the Uptown and Ramova Theaters are also in danger of being permanently lost. Oldest Chicago is a reminder of the value of these familiar places and a call to preserve them for a future sense of place.But Oldest Chicago isn't only a history book--it's a guide.Everyone tries the newest...why not try the oldest? Visit the oldest house. Worship at the oldest church. Get on your soapbox at the oldest park. Party at the oldest nightclub. Taste the foods that generations of Chicagoans have savored at the oldest hot dog stand, pizzeria, soda pop maker, ice cream parlor, diner, chili vendor, liquor distributor, soul food restaurant, and bakery.Don't just read about Chicago's history--experience it!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781893121447
ISBN-10: 1893121445
Format: Paperback / softback
(213mm x 137mm x 15mm)
Pages: 257
Imprint: Lake Claremont Press
Publisher: Lake Claremont Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2011
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Anthony Witter

David Anthony Witter is an English and special education teacher at Kelly High School in Chicago, a freelance writer and photographer, and a regular contributor to "New City" and "Fra Noi." His work has appeared in "Bay Area Music Magazine," the "Chicago Blues Annual," the "Chicago Reader," the "Chicago Tribune," and the "Washington Post." He lives in Chicago. Native Chicagoan David Anthony Witter grew up in Lincoln Park in the 1970s and watched as the community around him changed completely in less than a decade. He attended Alcott Grammar School, Lane Technical High School, Columbia College (B.A. in writing), and Northeastern Illinois University (B.A. in education). A teacher of Special Education and English, David has worked for the Chicago Public Schools for over 16 years. He currently teaches at Chicago's Kelly High School. Also a freelance writer and photographer, he is a regular contributor to New City and Fra Noi. His work has appeared in the" Washington Post," the "Chicago Tribune," the "Chicago Reader," "Living Blues," the "Chicago Blues Annual," the "Bay Area Music Magazine," and the "Copley News Syndicate."

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