The wait is Over! We are thrilled to announce that the second edition of “Oldest Chicago” is finally here.
About the Book: Chicago has thrived for almost two hundred years, growing from a backwoods swamp, to a rail and manufacturing hub, to a light of the new Millennium. While many great structures have been lost or demolished, much of this history still lives on.
Within the pages of Oldest Chicago II get to know the history of the Windy City’s most iconic buildings and the stories that bring their walls to life. Included are some of the businesses and buildings from the city’s inception through the turn of the twentieth century that are examples of Chicago’s living history like The First United Methodist Church (1831); The Old Water Tower (1859); and Wrigley Field (1916). Many others are still run by the same family members whose dedication has made them not only enduring businesses but living landmarks.
These include: Anderson’s Books (1875); Central Camera (1899); Margie’s Candies (1921); Clark Devon Hardware (1924); Magic Inc. (1926); Wendella Boat Tours (1935); Hagen’s Fish Market (1946); and Superdawg (1948). The book also highlights many of the lasting food and drink entities like Marge’s Still (1885); Fluky’s (1929); Mallört (1934); Al’s (Italian) Beef (1938); and Pizzeria Uno (1943) that give Chicago its unique identity.