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Against the backdrop of Chicagos creation and development, the Wicker Parkdistricts emergence and explosion as a vital, contributing factor to the citysrich historic fabric is chronicled in WICKER PARK FROM 1673 THRU 1929 ANDWALKING TOUR GUIDE.MoreAgainst the backdrop of Chicagos creation and development, the Wicker Parkdistricts emergence and explosion as a vital, contributing factor to the citysrich historic fabric is chronicled in WICKER PARK FROM 1673 THRU 1929 ANDWALKING TOUR GUIDE.A fascinating patchwork of people- buildings- companies- political,religious, social, and community organizations- and events, the book providesthe reader with a window into life in Wicker Park in the mid 1800s through theearly 1900s. The United States civilization was laboriously pushing fromeast to west as Wicker Parks immigrant factory workers struggled for a betterlife- sea captains brought the world to Chicago- and merchants, industrialists,bankers, politicians, physicians, priests, ministers, and beer barons met amyriad of challenges.Waves of immigrants started with Irish, German, Norwegians and were followedby Eastern European Jews and Poles. Each brought the development ofinstitutions, organizations, and buildings, many of which continue to surviveand thrive in the twenty-first century Wicker Park community.Stories about and from the people of those times clamor for the readersattention, taking them on a roller coaster ride of emotions that range fromamazement to belly laughs and salty tears.Early residents included: famous brewing families such as Uhlein (SchilitzBrewing Company), Legner (West Side Brewing Company), and Seipp (Seipp BrewingCompany)- future corporate moguls such as the Pritzker Family (Hyatt Hotels,Hammond Organ and McCalls Magazine), and Arie Crown family (HiltonCorporation, General Dynamics, and the Rock Island Railroad)- entertainmentworld names such as Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Studios, and movieimpresario Michael Todd- as well as Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author SaulBellow.Whether you take an armchair tour or a self guided walking tour of thishistoric Chicago neighborhood, your experience will be enhanced by more than 275photos, illustrations, maps, and diagrams clearly relating how the district cameto be and how it grew. Internationally renowned, Wicker Park is both onthe National Register for Historic Places (1979) and a Chicago LandmarkNeighborhood (1991).