Holiday downtime is as good of a time as any to catch up on reading—or at least thinking about your 2016 reading list. We're rounded up a few books to consider about our beloved Chicago.
Cool Chicago, by Kathleen Maguire. During the dead of winter, it can be easy to forget how incredible our corner of the world actually is. In this book, Maguire highlights some of the iconic spots in the city, such as the murals in Pilsen, The Bean, and the Signature Room at 95th—a mental to-do list for when the weather warms up again.
They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration 1910-1950, by Sarah Kelly Oehler. Written as a catalog to accompany an exhibit mounted at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, this volume explores artwork that depicts the many waves of migration that helped shape Chicago in the 20th century.
Now Arriving: Traveling To and From Chicago By Air, 90 Years of Flight, by Neal Samors and Christopher Lynch. Just released this past May, this book traces the evolution of Chicago as it grew into a major crossroads of the U.S—and eventually, the world—large enough to support two airports. Featuring an archive of photos that documented the rich and famous jetting in and out of the city, Now Arriving is another example of books and film illustrating the heyday of air travel, when it was chic and not weighed down by security lines and cramped planes.
Alternative Spaces: A History in Chicago by Lynne Warren. New York City might be well-known as the art capital of the United States, but it was Chicago that brought nationally and internationally recognized artists to a wider audience, thanks to a variety of galleries and other exhibition spaces.