Chi Town

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Northwestern University Press, Mar 12, 2003 - History - 384 pages
The final work of the acclaimed Chicago Trilogy, this collection of nonfiction tales reveals Sandburg's "city of the big shoulders," concrete and neon; uptown and downtown; State Street, Michigan Avenue; the river, the lake; the matter-of-factness and poetry of Chicago people-from Mike Royko describing his neighborhood to the observations of newspaper vendors, from Studs Terkel interviewing jazz great Dave Brubeck to dinner with Petros in Greek Town. Written with a keen eye, Blei's stories evoke a vanished Chicago, a city of gritty and colorful neighborhoods and their gritty and colorful characters. It is, as he writes, a "love letter to a city that has meant so much to me."

Chi Townis the story of Norbert Blei's love affair with a city that shaped both his life and work. Along the route of this walking tour of the Windy City, you'll dine with Petros in Greek Town, see Studs Terkel in action at WFMT interviewing Dave Brubeck, listen to Mike Royko describe his own neighborhood, share the thoughts of Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, and meet newspaper vendors, trash collectors, bankers and more.
 

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Contents

Chi Town Blues
1
Man in the Window
21
The Museum of Science and Industry
39
Europe in Chicago
57
Invisible Artist
75
The Man Who Made Rocking Horses
93
Paint My Body Color Your Mind
107
Hoke Norris and the Quiet Night of the Soul
113
Party Man
223
FlakeOut at the SkinFlicks
229
On the Outskirts of Town
235
Chicagos Dean of Baseball
241
Poetry in Paper
253
A Writers Bookseller in Chicago
261
Bringing the Good News to Skid Row
279
Bill Mauldin Up Front
289

Leaving the Big Bulls to Him for Whom
119
Marshall Fields
125
A Man on a Bench
135
Chicagos Public Library
153
School for Brewmasters
159
Restaurateur
167
The Great Hot Dog Quest
175
Amazing Grace
183
Chanoyu in Uptown Chicago
191
Dr A R Schwartz
199
Inside Chicagos Foreign Banks
205
A Warm Conversation with Burr
211
Scavenger City
217
Tuxedo Junction
295
Buried Alive in Chicago
305
Sing a Song for Van Buren Street
311
Dance With Me Petros
319
Window Washer
327
The Petrakis Story 1980
333
The Art of Talk
339
The Worlds Greatest Czech Bakeries
351
The Houby Parade
363
A Czech Shop on Main StreetCermak Road
369
The Peoples Restaurant
375
Coming Back
381
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\Norbert Blei is a veteran of the famous City News Bureau of Chicago, winner of a Pushcart Prize in fiction, the author of seventeen books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and the editor/publisher of a small press dedicated to emerging and neglected writers, Cross+Roads Press. Among his many works are the two other books in his Chicago Trilogy, The Ghost of Sandburg's Phizzog (Ellis, 1987) and Neighborhood (Ellis, 1998), and a collection of poems, Paint Me a Picture/Make Me a Poem (Spoon River, 1987). Born and raised in Chicago, he now lives in Door County, Wisconsin.

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