This well-researched guide for budget exploration has highlights of the city, with plenty of affordable accommodation and nightlife listed. It briefly covers the major sites, museums, restaurants, and contains a few walking tours and a useful map.
In July 1984 a woman and her child were murdered by two brothers who claimed they had been ordered to kill her by God. Jon Krakauer uses the case of this horrifying murder to explore Christian fundamentalism in the American mid-west.
A vibrant, contemporary guide to the city with plenty of colour photographs and excellent maps. Feels like an Eyewitness guide with more of a focus on shopping, nightlife and entertainment rather than purely culture and history.
Both a perfect introduction to Saul Bellow and a snapshot of 1930s Chicago, this is the story of a young Jewish boy growing up in a city stricken by the Great Depression wheeling and dealing his way from one barely legal job to another, falling in love and growing up.
A satire set in a Chicago advertising agency which describes an all too familiar corporate environment from the theft of office chairs to the loneliness of the lobby porter. With dry wit and occasional tragedy Joshua Ferris explores the death of the American dream.
A beautifully-presented guide with breath-taking photographs, where practical information sits alongside literary extracts and detailed cultural and historical information. As much a delightful read as a guidebook.
In 1992 the death of a Chris McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness prompted Jon Krakauer to investigate this boy's unconventional life and death. This moving and evocative book is a powerful meditation on the wilds of North America, on those who feel drawn to it and how, eventually, they long for home.
The Time Out guides really do feel like they've been written by an insider with reliable recommendations on restaurants, activities, shopping and night life. This guide also includes a section on excursions to the Niagara Falls and excellent maps.
A great guide to the city, which includes insider's tips on the best activities, restaurants and night life; also includes easy to use maps and decent information on the culture and history of the city.