Chi Town by Norbert BleiChi Town by Norbert Blei

Chi Town

byNorbert Blei

Paperback | March 12, 2003

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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 Town is 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.
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 Chicag...
Title:Chi TownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 12, 2003Publisher:Northwestern University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810120402

ISBN - 13:9780810120402

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Chi Town Blues
Man in the Window
Chicago's Basements: The Best Bargains in Town
Chef Louis: Supercook
Museum of Science and Industry
Sydney J. Harris: Strictly Personal
To Stop and Shop
Europe in Chicago
Cook County Hospital: The Confidence of Competence
Fred and the Chocolate Factory
Bill Stipe: Invisible Artist
Max Zimmerman: I Can Drink It For You Wholesale
Nik Klein: The Man Who Made Rocking Horses
Travels with Royko, or The Kid Who Scattered Pigeons
Paint My Body, Color Your Mind
Hoke Norris and the Quiet Night of Soul
Leaving the Big Bulls to Him for Whom the Bell Tolls on the Hour: J. Robert Nash
Marshall Field's
A Man on a Bench
Max Marek: The Antique Dealer Who Beat Joe Louis
Chicago's Unfortunate Newsies: They Come with the Corner
Chicago's Public Library
School for Brewmasters
Jovan Trboyevic: Restaurateur
the Great Hot Dog Quest
Dr. Preston Bradley: Amazing Grace
Mornings at Pixley's
Chanoyu in Uptown Chicago
The Headhunter: Dr. A. R. Schwartz
Inside Chicago's Foreign Banks
A Warm Conversation with Burr
Scavenger City
Gene Sage: Party Man
On James T. Farrell: Not Resting in Peace
Flake-Out at the Skin-Flicks
Dixie: On the Outskirts of Town
Jerome Holtzman: Chicago's Dean of Baseball
Aiko: Poetry in Paper
Paul Romaine: A Writer's Bookseller in Chicago
Bringing the Good News to Skid Row
Bill Mauldin, Up Front
Ben Gingiss: Tuxedo Junction
Nelson Algren (1909-1981): Buried Alive in Chicago
Sing a Song for Van Buren Street
Dance with Me Petros!
Sam Karnick: Window Washer
the Petrakis Story, 1980
Studs: The Art of Talk
The World's Greatest Czech Bakeries (Memories of Old Bohemian Bakeries)
Back to the Neighborhood: The Houby Parade
M. Pancner's: A Czech Shop on Main Street/Cermak Road
Libby & Jana: The People's Restaurant (L&J Lounge: The People's Bar)
Epilogue: Coming Back.

Editorial Reviews

"Blei's . . . powerful, uneven, brooding interest dwells two streets down from Nelson Algren, a block away from Harry Park Petrakis, and along the very busy line from Ernest Hemingway to Carl Sandburg, a few versts from Chekhov." --Arthur Shay, Chicago Sun-Times