September 30, 2009
Chicago historian Richard C. Lindberg will be at the Niles Public Library tonight (September 30th) at 7 PM discussing his latest work, The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago's Democratic Machine. The book is described as "a tale of a larger-than-life figure who fused Chicago's criminal underworld with the city's political and commercial spheres to create an urban machine as Chicago entered the 20th century."
Michael Corcoran, the brain behind Chicago's Brainsnack Tours and a certified Chicago tour guide, has some good news for movie fans. He has been working with author Arnie Bernstein on an updated edition of the popular Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago and the Movies and published by Lake Claremont Press. Read all about it here. Do check out Michael's website; there is lots of information and trivia. One day soon I'm going to have to avail Mr. Corcoran of his services. There is soooo much I don't know! Consider yourself warned, Michael!
And while I'm talking about Lake Claremont Press, Coming Soon! - but not soon enough for me - is Oldest Chicago by David Witter. The publication date is not yet set in stone, but you can get a tiny preview at "Meet David Witter, Author of Oldest Chicago."
I'm not familiar with Witter, so I did a little looking around for a website, etc. I found a great piece titled, The Chicago Archives of Alcohol: A Self-guided Tour by David Witter. Same gentleman? Don't know, but I'm guessing it is. If so, we are in for a treat. Not the same writer? Doesn't matter. You'll like the piece. It begins, "The best way to understand the history of Chicago is to go to a saloon." Who says history isn't fun?