Seeking Chicago (Paperback)

The Stories Behind the Architecture of the Windy City-One Building at a Time

By Tom Miller

Universe, 9780789333872, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

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Description

Richly detailed and full of engaging stories, this charming guide traces the history of Chicago's unparalleled architecture.

Meticulously researched, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, Seeking Chicago is truly a must-read for anyone interested in the story of the Windy City and how it got that way. Unlike other books about local history, here Tom Miller reveals the stories of many smaller, more modest buildings that are off the beaten track - the very structures that most guide books overlook - along with the iconic landmarks.

Chicago is possibly the most important American city for experiencing important architectural masterpieces. There are numerous ways to learn about its architectural heritage, from museums to curated walking and driving tours and even a boat tour. While the basic factual histories of Chicago's landmarks are fairly well known, there are additional layers of history - often with dramatic human interest angles - that don't always get included in the "official" tours. Tom Miller tells the story of Chicago's rich architectural and social history building by building. The stories behind the city's buildings is an impressive architectural history reading and a dramatic sampling of American social history--family feuds, scandals, and mob hits. He excels at uncovering the dramas that have unfolded within the architecture and detailing them to tell an engaging and largely unknown side of Chicago's history.


About the Author

Tom Miller moved to New York City in 1979 from Dayton, Ohio. The transplanted "Buckeye" brought with him a passion for investigating the personal stories of buildings. While his first employment was in the bustling Garment District as an office manager, he has since been involved for many years with the New York Police Department, where--whether on patrol or marching its wide avenues--he had the opportunity to see the city's seemingly endless variety of buildings. Tom currently holds the rank of Deputy Inspector within the NYPD's Auxiliary Police Force. In 2009 he started his blog, "Daytonian in Manhattan" which has now reviewed over a thousand buildings, statues and other points of interest. He is the author of Seeking New York published by Universe in 2015.