Item description for Compass American Guides: Chicago, 3rd Edition by Jack Schnedler...
Created by local writers and photographers, Compass American Guides are the ultimate insider's guides, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of America's most spectacular destinations. This photo-packed guide to Chicago contains everything there is to see and do from extensive information on music venues, museums, and theaters to shopping on Michigan Avenue; loads of historical and cultural background; topical essays and literary excerpts; archival images; detailed color maps, and unique regional dining and lodging options. These gorgeous full-color guides are perfect for new and longtime residents as well as vacationers who want a deep understanding of Chicago and its surrounding areas.
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Studio: Compass America Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.72" Weight: 1.16 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2001
Publisher Compass America Guides
ISBN 0679008411 ISBN13 9780679008415
Reviews - What do customers think about Compass American Guides: Chicago, 3rd Edition?
Mostly about the history / culture of Chicago... Jun 8, 2005
To sum up my opinion, this book seems more like a book about the history / culture of Chicago than a tourist guide for the city. Specifically, the book has an interesting account of the history of the city, and many beautiful photos. Unfortunately, the descriptions of the sights and restraunts are not informative enough if this book was to be used as a tourist guide. This seems to be a general trend in the "Compass American Guides" line of Fodor's. A significant weakness in my opinion.
The section in this book about Grant Park is a representative example of the general feel of this book. The description of Grant Park feels a little short, but does does list all the important sights of the park. Furthermore, the photograph that accompanies the description of the park is of a little girl eating a watermelon. The picture is a closeup so that you can't actually see any of the park. This is useful for capturing Chicago culture, but not useful for knowing what the park is like. I would have prefered a picture of the famous Buckingham Fountain.
Also, this book does not say anything about the Millenium Park except to say that it exists. This is probably because the book was published in 2001 and that is the same year the park was opened. However, the Millenium Park is an important sight so it would be good to get a guide that includes a description of it.