Living Landmarks of Chicago
Tantalizing tales and skyscraper stories: bringing Chicago’s landmarks to life
“A wonderful bible of Chicago.” WGN
From the man shipped home in a rum barrel to the most dangerous woman in America, Chicago history comes to life in these tantalizing tales.

Living Landmarks of Chicago goes beyond the what, when, and where to tell the how and why of fifty Chicago landmarks. 

More than a book about architecture, these are stories of the people who made Chicago and many of its most popular tourist attractions what they are today.

History lines Chicago’s sidewalks. Stroll down LaSalle or Dearborn or State and you’ll see skyscrapers that have been there for a century or more. It’s easy to scurry by, to dismiss the building itself, but a hunt for placards turns up landmarks every few feet, it seems. Here’s a Chicago landmark; there’s a National Historic landmark. They’re everywhere.

Ironically, these skyscrapers keep the city grounded; they illustrate a past where visionaries took fanciful, impossible ideas and made them reality. 

Buildings sinking? Raise them. 

River polluting the lake and its precious drinking water? Reverse it. 

Overpopulation and urban sprawl making it challenging to get to work? Build up. 

From the bare to the ornate, from exposed beams to ornamented facades, the city’s architecture is unrestrainedly various yet provides a cohesive, beautiful skyline that illustrates the creativity of necessity, and the necessity of creativity.

After a sound-bite history of the city’s origins, you’ll meet the oldest house in Chicago—or is it? Kinda. Sorta. Depends on who you ask. 

That’s Chicago. Nothing’s simple, and nothing can be taken for granted. The reason the city has a gorgeous skyline and a vibrant culture and a notorious reputation for graft is because of those who built it, envisioned it, manipulated it.

Download Living Landmarks of Chicago today and and see what made Chicago so very...Chicago.

What people are saying about
Living Landmarks of Chicago
"A meticulous researcher and a gifted storyteller, {Theresa} combines her talents to weave important historical facts with little-known morsels that bring these legends to life." 
M. Pilgeram
"I have read many histories of this, my favorite US city, and I could not put Theresa L. Goodrich’s book down. It should be available in every living landmark, at every city hotel...It should be required reading for city administrators, high school history classes, and tourism bureaus. Brilliant book."
"Goodrich has a unique and special voice as an author. She is first and foremost a storyteller, and her style combines a quirky sense of humor with a historian's thirst for facts. Rather than being a dull "and then, and then, and then" kind of history book, this one reads like an adventure tale. After the first few pages, you will find yourself fascinated and wanting to read more."

Learn their stories

In this deep dive into Chicago history, Emmy-winning author Theresa L. Goodrich tells the stories of fifty significant Chicago landmarks. 

Each chapter is a vignette that introduces the landmark and brings it to life, and the book is organized chronologically to illustrate the development of the city's distinct personality.

These fifty landmarks weave an interconnected tale of Chicago between 1836 and 1932 (and beyond).

Clarke House 

Lake Park (Grant Park) 

Charles Hull House (Hull-House Museum) 

Lake Park (Lincoln Park & Lincoln Park Zoo) 

Water Tower & Pumping Station 

Page Brothers Building 

Palmer House 

Bryant Block (Delaware Building) 

Nickerson Mansion (Driehaus Museum) 

Studebaker Brothers' Lake Front Carriage Repository (Fine Arts Building) 

Glessner House 

Rookery Building 

Auditorium Building 

Monadnock Block 

Charnley House (Charnley-Persky House) 

Marshall Field and Company Building (Macy's on State Street) 

Palace of Fine Arts (Museum of Science & Industry) 

Art Institute of Chicago 

Newberry Library 

New York Life Insurance Building (Kimpton Gray) 

Tree Studios 

Chicago Varnish Company (Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse) 

Chicago Public Library (Chicago Cultural Center) 

Schlesinger & Mayer (Sullivan Center) 

Orchestra Hall (Symphony Center) 

Majestic Building and Theater (CIBC Theatre) 

The Blackstone Hotel 

Federal Life Building (Hotel Julian) 

 D. B. Fisk & Company (Hotel Monaco) 

 Municipal Pier #2 (Navy Pier) 

 Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge) 

 The Drake Hotel 

 Wrigley Building 

 Columbian Museum of Chicago (Field Museum) 

 The Chicago Theatre 

 London Guarantee & Accident Building (LondonHouse Hotel) 

 The Chicago Temple 

 Union Station 

 Tribune Tower 

 Bismarck Hotel (Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago) 

 Oriental Theatre (James M. Nederlander Theatre) 

 Stevens Hotel (Hilton Chicago) 

 Medinah Athletic Club (InterContinental Chicago) 

 Carbide and Carbon Building (Pendry Chicago) 

 Civic Opera House 

 Adler Planetarium 

 Shedd Aquarium 

 Chicago Board of Trade Building 

 Merchandise Mart (theMART) 

 Chicago Historical Society (Chicago History Museum)

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