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The Chicago Metro History Fair Chicago History Book List

Every year, new books on Chicago History are published.  Most should be available at the Chicago Public Library or interlibrary loan, but also available through used bookstores, national chains, and independent bookstores.  Here are just some of the offerings:

Bold: CMHEC Recommended Title
*Chicago History Museum (CHM) or Chicago Historical Society Title
**Images of America Series Title – Images of America are composed primarily of photographs with explanatory captions. the quality varies depending on the scans and although most books are composed by people considered to experts on the topic, few are academic historians and the quality of the captions vary.



Author / Date


100 Years of Hull House

McCrae,L., Davis, A.

Out of Print – Buy Used

1933 World’s Fair, The: A Century of Progress

Ganz, C. 2008.


A City Comes of Age: Chicago in the 1890’s*

Hirsch, S., Goler, R. 1991.

Out of Print - Buy Used

A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago

Christensen, R., Dennehy, B. 2004.


A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago

Hecht, B., Rosse, H. 1992

Out of Print - Buy Used

A Wild Kind of Boldness:

Out of Print – Buy Used

A View of Bronzeville

Turner, B. 2002.


Annotated Bibliography of Chicago History

Jewell, F. 1979.

Out of Print - Buy Used

As Others See Chicago: Impressions of Visitors, 1673-1933

Pierce, B.L. 2004.


Autobiography of Black Chicago, An

Travis, D. 1991

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Autobiography of Black Politics, An

Travis, D. 1987

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Avengers and Defenders: Glimpses of Chicago's Jewish Past

Roth, W. 2008


Back of the Yards**

Swist, J. 2007.


Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy

Slaton, R. 1988.


Baseball, Chicago Style: A Tale Of Two Teams, One City

Holtzman, J. 2001.

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Bashing Chicago Traditions: Harold Washington's Last Campaign, Chicago, 1987

Holli, M., Green, P.

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Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image

Bukowski, D. 1997.


Big City Boss in Depression and War: Mayor Edward J. Kelly of Chicago

Biles, R. 1984.


Bitter Fruit: Black Politics and the Chicago Machine, 1931-1991

Grimshaw. W. 1995.


Black Baseball and Chicago: Essays on the Players, Teams and Games of the Negro Leagues Most Important City

Heaphy, L. 2006.


Black Chicago: The Making of a Negro Ghetto, 1890-1920

Spear, A. 1969.


Black Chicago’s First Century: Vol. 1, 1833-1900

Reed, C. 2005.


Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City

Drake, S., et al. 1993.


Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs

Grazian, D. 2005.


Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing

Hunt, D.B. 2009.


Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago

Royko, M. 1988.


Bridges of Memory, Volumes 1 and 2

Black, T.


Bronzeville: Black Chicago in Pictures, 1941-1943

Stange, M. 2003.


Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner, Second Edition

Hines, T. 2008.


Capone: The Man and the Era

Bergreen, L. 1996.


Central Michigan Avenue**

Christensen, E. 2003


Challenging Chicago: Coping With Everyday Life, 1837-1920

Duis, P. 2006.


Challenging the Daley Machine: A Chicago Alderman's Memoir

Despres, L., Heise, K. 2005.


Changing Chicago: A Photodocumentary

Rosenblum, N., et al. 1989.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Chaos, Creativity, and Culture: A Sampling of Chicago in the Twentieth Century

Heise, K., 1998.

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Chicago '68

Farber, D. 1994.


Chicago, 1910-29: Building, Planning, and Urban Technology

Condit, C. 1973.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Chicago: A Biography

Pacyga, D. 2009.


Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research

Szucs, L.D. 1996.


Chicago and the Old Northwest 1673-1835

Quaife, M. 2009


Chicago Architecture: 1885 to Today

Keegan, E. 2008.


Chicago Architecture: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives

Waldheim, C., Ruedi Ray, K. 2007.


Chicago at the Turn of the Century in Photographs: 122 Historic Views from the Collections of the Chicago Historical Society

Viskochil, L. 1984


Chicago Baseball in the City

Gentile, D. 2006.


Chicago Bears History

Taylor, R. 2004.


Chicago Black Renaissance, The and Women’s Activism

Meis Knupfer, A. 2006


Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories

Whiteis, D. 2006.


Chicago Blues: The City and the Music

Rowe, M. 1981.


Chicago Boxing

Curtin, S., Johnston, J. 2005.


Chicago: City of Flight**

Edwards, J., Edwards, W. 2003.


Chicago: City on the Make: 50th Anniversary Edition, Newly Annotated

Algren, N., Terkel, S.


Chicago: Creating New Traditions

Duis, P. 1976.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Chicago: Crossroads of America*

Mahoney, O., et al. 2006.


Chicago Days : 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City

Chicago Tribune. 1996.


Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903

Brandt, N. 2006.


Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City

Hurd, O. 2007.


Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis

Mayer, H., et al. 1973


Chicago in Maps: 1612-2002

Holland, D. 2005.


Chicago in the Sixties

Samors, N. 2006.


Chicago Jazz: A Cultural History, 1904-1930

Howland Kenney, W. 1993.


Chicago NAACP, The and the Rise of Black Professional Leadership, 1910--1966

Reed, C.R. 1997.


Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide

Durkin-Keating, A. 2008.


Chicago Parks Rediscovered

Dina, F. 2002


Chicago People

Younker, R. 2001.


Chicago Politics Ward by Ward

Fremon, D. 1988.


Chicago Portraits – Second Edition

Skinner-Sawyers, J. 2010.


Chicago River, The: A Natural and Unnatural History

Hill, L. 2000.


Chicago River, The: An Illustrated History and Guide to the River and its Waterways

Solzman, D. 2006.


Chicago School of Architecture, The: A History of Commercial and Public Building in the Chicago Area, 1875-1925

Condit, C. 1998.


Chicago Sketches: Urban Tales, Stories, and Legends from Chicago History

Sawyers, S. 1995.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Chicago Soul

Pruter, R. 1992.


Chicago Stories: Tales of the City

Miller, J. 2003.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Chicago Tavern, A: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream

Kogan, R. 2006


Chicago Then and Now

McNulty, E. 2007.


Chicago Transit: An Illustrated History

Young. D. 1998.


Chicago Tribune: The Rise of a Great American Newspaper

Wendt, L. 1984.

Out of Print – Buy Used

Chicago Tunnel Story, The: Exploring the Railroad Forty Feet Below

Moffat, B. 2002.

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Chicago Under Glass: Early Photographs from the Chicago Daily News*

Jacob, M., Cahan, R. 2007.


Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park Neighborhood**

Oswald, J. 2003.


Chicago's Englewood Neighborhood: At the Junction**

Lettiere Roberts, M., Stamz, R. 2002.


Chicago's Historic Pullman District**

Beberdick, F. 1998.


Chicago’s Loop: Then and Now

Knox, J., Belcher, H.O. 2002.


Chicago’s Maxwell Street**

Grove, L., Kamedulski, L. 2002.


Chicago's Monuments, Markers, and Memorials**

Graf, J., Skorpad, S. 2002.


Chicago's North Michigan Avenue: Planning and Development, 1900-1930

Stamper, J. 1991.


Chicago’s Southeast Side**

Sellers, R. & Pacyga, D.  1998.


Chicagoan, The: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age

Harris, N. 2008.


Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age

Durkin-Keating, A. 2005.


Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy

Knight, L. 2006.


City in a Garden, The: A Photographic History of Chicago's Parks

Sniderman Bachrach, J. 2001.


City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago

Spinney, R. 2000.


City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

Miller, D. 1997.


City of Neighborhoods: Histories and Tours

Pacyga, D. 1986.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Colonel, The: The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick, 1880-1955

Norton-Smith, R. 2003.


Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago

Anderson, A., Pickering, G. 2008.


Conspiracy in the Streets: The Extraordinary Trial of the Chicago Eight

Wiener, J. 2006.


Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells

Wells, I., Duster, A. 1991.


Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America

Green, J. 2007


Devil in the White City, The: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (Fiction)

Larson, E. 2004.


Destination Chicago Jazz

Demlinger, S., Steiner, J.


Division Street America

Terkel, S. 2006.


Douglas/Grand Boulevard**

Mahoney, O.


Down on the Killing Floor

Halpern, R., 1997


Downtown Chicago in Transition

Bronsky, E., et al. 2007.


Early Chicago*

Dankers, U., Meredith, J.

$59.95 (order from CHM)

Electric City, The: Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880-1930

Platt, H. 1991.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Encyclopedia of Chicago, The

Grossman, J., et al. 2004.


Encyclopedia of the Chicago Literary Renaissance: The Essential Guide to the Lives and Works of the Chicago Renaissance Writers

Pinkerton, J., Hudson, R. 2004.


Ethnic Chicago: A Multicultural Portrait

Holli, M., Jones, P. 1995.


Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront

Wille, L. 1991.


Forgotten Chicago**

Gordon, R., Paulette, J. 2004.


From Lumber Hookers to the Hooligan Fleet: A Treasury of Chicago Maritime History

Chicago Maritime Society. 2008.


Gangs of Chicago, The: An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld

Asbury, H. 2002.


German Workers in Chicago: A Documentary History of Working-Class Culture from 1850 to World War I

Keil, H., Jentz, J. 1988.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Global Chicago

Madigan, C. 2004.


Go West!: Chicago and the American Expansion*

Mahoney, O. 1999.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television, The

Okuda, T., Mulqueen, J. 2004.


Grafters and Goo Goos: Corruption and Reform in Chicago, 1833-2003

Merriner, J. 2004.


Grand Illusions: Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893

Harris, N., et al. 1993.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Great Chicago Fire, The

Lowe, D. 1979.


Growing Up with a City

DeKoven Bowen, L. 2001.


Harold, The People’s Mayor

Travis, D. 1988.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Haymarket Tragedy, The

Avrich, P., 1984


Historic Photos of Chicago

Lewis, R. 2006.


Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era

Russick, J. 2007


History of Chicago, A: Volume 1 – The Beginning of a City, 1673-1848

Pierce, B. 2007.


History of Chicago, A: Volume 2 – From Town to City, 1848-1871

Pierce, B. 2007.


History of Chicago, A: Volume 3 – The Rise of a Modern City, 1871-1893

Pierce, B. 2007.



Best, F., rep. 2000


Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago & the Movies

Bernstein, A., Pluard, H. 1998.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Hull House

Glowacki, P., Hendry J. 200


Hyde Park**

Grinnell, M. 2001.


Jewel of the Gold Coast, The: Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Chicago

Sexton-Kalmbach, S. 2009.


Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration

Grossman, J. 1991.


Leopold and Loeb: The Crime Of The Century

Higdon, H. 1999.


Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy

Horwitt, S. 1992.


Lincoln Park**

Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance. 2005.


Literary Chicago: A Book Lover’s Tour of the Windy City

Holden, G. 2001.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Looking Backward: True Stories from Chicago's Jewish Past

Roth, W. 2006.


Lost Chicago

Lowe, D. 2000.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939

Cohen, L. 2008.


Making of the Mayor of Chicago, The: 1983

Holli, M., Green, P. 1984.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960

Hirsch, A. 1998.


Man-Made City, The: The Land-Use Confidence Game in Chicago

Suttles, G. 1990.


Maritime Chicago**

Karamaski, T., Tank, D.


Mayors, The: 3rd Edition – A Chicago Political Tradition

Green, P., Holli, M. 2005.


Meatpackers: An Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and Their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality

Halpern, R., Horowitz, R. 1999.


Mexican Chicago: Race, Class, and Citizenship

Arredondo, G., 2007


Mexican Chicago**

Jirasek, R., Tortolero, C., 2001


Millennium Park:

Gilfoyle, T., 200


Native Chicago

Straus, T. 2002.

Out of Print – Buy Used

Natural History of the Chicago Region, A

Greenberg, J. 2004


Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

Cronon, W. 1992.


Navy Pier: A Chicago Landmark

Bukowski, D. 2000.


Near West Side Stories: Struggles for Community in Chicago's Maxwell Street Neighborhood

Eastwood, C. 2002.


Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago, and the Civil Rights Movement

Ralph, J. 2005.


Our Old Town: The History of a Neighborhood

Baugher, S. 2001.

Out of Print – Buy Used

Plan of Chicago, The: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of an American City

Smith. C. 2007.


Polish-American Politics in Chicago, 1888-1940

Kantowicz, E. 1975.


Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922

Pacyga, D. 2003.


Popular Fronts: Chicago and African-American Cultural Politics, 1935-46

Mullen, B. 1999.


Printer’s Row**

Gordon, R., Paulett, J. 2003.


Pullman Blues

Perata, D., 1996


Pullman Case: The Clash of Labor and Capital in Industrial America

Papke, D. 1999.


Pullman Porters and Rise of Protest Politics in Black America

Bates, B., 2000


Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919

Tuttle, M. 1996.


Racketeer's Progress, The: Chicago and the Struggle for the Modern American Economy, 1900-1940

Cohen, A. 2009.


Rally ‘Round the Flag: Chicago in the Civil War

Karamanski, T., 1993


Real Chicago Sports

Kahan, R., et al. 2005.

Out of Print – Buy Used

Remembrances of the Angels: 50th Anniversary Reminiscences of the Fire No One Can Forget

Kuenster, J. 2008.


Richard J. Daley: Politics, Race, and the Governing of Chicago

Biles, R. 1995.


Rights in Conflict: The Violent Confrontation of Demonstrators and Police in the Parks and Streets of Chicago During the Week of the Democratic National Convention of 1968

Walker, D. 1968.

Out of Print – Buy Used

Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and Black Middle Class

Tye, L., 2005


Riverview: Gone but Not Forgotten 1904 - 1967

Wlodarczyk, C. 1977.

Out of Print – Buy Used

Rogers Park**

Day Archer, J., Santoro, J. 2007.


Rogues, Rebels, and Rubberstamps: The Story of Chicago City Council from the Civil War to the Third Millennium

Simpson, D. 2001.


Route 66 in Chicago**

Clark, D. 2007.


Saloon, The: A History of Drinking in Chicago and Boston, 1880-1920

Duis, P. 1988.


Second City Unscripted, The: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater

Thomas, M. 2009.


Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys and the Battle for America’s Soul

Abbott, K. 2008.


Sinking Of The Eastland, The: America's Forgotten Tragedy

Bonansinga, J. 2005.


Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874

Sawislak, K. 1995.


Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz

Roeper, R. 2007.


Streetwise Chicago: A History of Chicago Street Names

Hayner, D., McNamee, T. 1988.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times

Terkel, S. 1995.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Taylor Street: Chicago’s Little Italy**

Catrambone, K., Shubart, E. 2007.


The Many Faces of Hull-House, the Photographs of Wallace Kirkland

Johnson, M. 1989.

Out of Print - Buy Used

The People are the News: Grant Pick’s Chicago Stories

Pick, G. et al. 2009.


The Reason Why Colored American Is Not in World's Columbian Exposition: The Afro-American's Contribution to Columbian Literature

Rydell, R. 1999.


They All Fall Down: Richard Nickel's Struggle to Save America's Architecture

Cahan, R. 1995.


To Serve and Collect: Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal, 1855-1960

Lindberg. R. 1998.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Twenty Years at Hull House with Autobiographical Notes

Addams, J. 2009.


Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman

Smith, C. 2007.


Urban Revolt: Ethnic Politics in the Nineteenth-Century Chicago Labor Movement

Hirsch, E. 1990.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Walking With Women Through Chicago History II

Hunt, J. 2007.


We’ve Got a Job to Do: Chicagoans and World War II*

Duis, P., LaFrance, S. 1992.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs

Golenbock, P. 1999.

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Women Building Chicago: A Biographical Dictionary

Schultz, R., Hast, A. 2001.

Out of Print - Buy Used

Work and Community in the Jungle: Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922

Barrett, J. 2002.


Other Sources of Note:

- Chicago History Museum materials (also available at the Chicago Public Library)
- Chicago History magazines (and the yearly or compiled indices)

- The Encyclopedia of Chicago online:


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