The ‘Second City’ is Second to None

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I know I said in my last post that we’d be going somewhere warm, but I’m excited to be bopping over to Chicago instead. I’m licking my chops thinking about all the good eats, but I’m also going to get into the culture too. In fact, the Art Institute of Chicago is hosting an exhibit entitled: Picasso in Chicago. It should prove to be grand.

FoodLoversGuideToChicagoFor those who love to eat their way around a city, I recommend Food Lover’s Guide to Chicago. This book not only lists some of my favorite restos, like the yummy Chicago Diner (Meat Free Since ‘83); it also gives you the layout of the city and great transit information. Once you peek through the first few pages, you’ll know Chicago like a local.

For those who want to really take a bite out of Chicago history, I recommend The Pig and the Skyscraper by Marco D’Eramo. Although it may lean toward the dramatic, it’s a great, detailed history of the Second City. – this title is not available through CADL, but ask your librarian how to request it through MelCat. — Ah! Not familiar with MelCat? Do yourself a favor and ask about it or get step-by-step instructions in My’brary Adventure’s post, Your Library Can Only Hold So Many Books.

Here’s to hoping that my favorite Picasso painting ‘Girl Before a Mirror’ will be on loan from MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)!

- Kevin P., Bookmobile/Outreach Librarian at CADL

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness . . . — Mark Twain

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