My Chicago Bibliography

I don’t live in Chicago. I visit often, and I read about Chicago a lot. I collect books on the city–pictoral, encyclopedias, food tomes, etc.  Here’s a list of books in my collection.


Maps & Photography

Reference & Nonfiction (including Narrative Nonfiction)

Fiction & Poetry

I have books by Christina Henry and Jim Butcher, both set in Chicago, in my stack. However, I try to avoid reading genre fiction set in the city so that I don’t inadvertently take material/ideas that belong to others.

Tour and Travel Guides

I have lots of these, including:

Childrens’ Books

Do you have recommendations for books I should add to my list? I love getting new ideas, so feel free to let me know in the comments!

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1 Stephanie June 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Great bibliography!! I do live in Chicago, and I highly recommend adding some magazines to your “reference” books ;-) Namely, Time Out Chicago and Chicago Magazine. They’re not always so date specific, and have great cultural stories! I’ve learned so much about the city from these mags, and I grew up here! I may have some book recs for you as well, so I’ll let you know!


2 Chloe Neill June 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Thanks for the tips! Great ideas!


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