Required Reading

Required Reading: Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions

Required Reading: Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions

Michael Czyzniejewski’s Chicago Stories takes us down the road of a hilarious recount of Chicago history as we’ve never seen it.

Required Reading: Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab

Dmitry Samarov, artist, writer and cab driver of eleven years shares his experiences and drawings in the recently published Hack: Stories From a Chicago Cab.

The Chicagoan

Between 1926 and 1935 ran a magazine called the Chicagoan. Published in the same vein as the New Yorker as a cultural spotlight on the Second City, the periodical fizzled out in less than a decade.

Required Reading: Soup and Bread Cookbook

Soup and Bread events bring together people from all backgrounds to make soup and share stories. Now you can own the cookbook compiled from past events.

Required Reading: Sin in the Second City

In Karen Abbott’s Sin in the Second City readers can learn about the Levee, Chicago’s red-light district. At the heart of it all was the Everleigh Club.

Required Reading: The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel

Required Reading: The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel

The story begins on Twitter, on September 27, 2010, and goes on to explore the world of @MayorEmanuel. If nothing else, when finished reading this book, you’ll walk away with a deeper appreciation for coffee, Twitter, and five o’clocks on motherf***ing Fridays.

Required Reading: A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun lassos several issues including gender relations, abortion, racial integration, identity politics, and class tensions.

Required Reading: Chicago: City on the Make

Required Reading: Chicago: City on the Make

The definitive introduction to Nelson Algren’s work is his essay / love song / poetic anthropomorphization of the city he once loved.

Required Reading: Native Son

Richard Wright’s novel Native Son delves into the racial tensions on the South Side of the city, addressing issues that we as Chicagoans still face today. Read this book in hopes that there will never be another one written just like it.

Required Reading: Devil in the White City

It may be hard to believe for those familiar with the story’s South Side setting of Jackson Park and 63rd, but at one time the former was an illustrious and seemingly impossible fairground for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition; at the latter was an infamous killing house.