Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker's Guide to the Paris of America
Publish Date: 2013-05-21
Showcasing the first Ferris wheel, dazzling and unprecedented electrification, and exhibits from around the world, the Worlds Columbian Exposition of 1893 was Chicagos chance to demonstrate that it had risen from the ashes of the Great Fire and was about to take its place as one of the worlds great cities. Millions would flock to the fair, and many of them were looking for a good time before and after their visits to the Midway and the White City. But what was the bedazzled visitor to do in Chicago?
Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seekers Guide to the Paris of America, a very unofficial guide to the world beyond the fair, slaked the thirst of such curious folk. The pleasures it details range from the respectable (theater, architecture, parks, churches and synagogues) to the illicitdrink, gambling, and sex. With a wink and a nod, the book decries vice while offering precise directions for the indulgence of any desire. In this newly annotated edition, Chicagoans Paul Durica and Bill Savagewho, if born earlier, might have written chapters in the originalprovide colorful context and an informative introduction to a wildly entertaining journey through the Chicago of 120 years ago.