Chicago's Neighborhoods, Incorporated

Chicago's Books Press, an imprint of Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc. is an independent press that was established in 2003 and has now published numerous books about Chicago neighborhoods, downtown, North Michigan Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, classic restaurant, the Chicago River, and how the city developed over the decades, as well as publications that focus on a cross-section of the city's well-known personalities and places.  The company was created by Dr. Neal Samors, who has authored, co-authored and/or published 24 books, including the company's six newest books: Now Arriving: Traveling To And From Chicago By Air, 90 Years Of Flight, by Neal Samors and Christopher Lynch, Chicago's River At Work And At Play, by Neal Samors and Steven Dahlman, Uptown: Portrait of a Chicago Neighborhood in the mid-1970s by Bob Rehak, Chicago's Classic Restaurants: Past, Present and Future, by Neal Samors, Eric Bronsky and Bob Dauber, Chicago From The Sky: A Region Transformed by Lawrence Okrent, and Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through The Wilderness by Dennis Downes.

Dr. Samors is a lifelong resident of Chicago who grew up on the city's Far North Side and developed a passion for the history, neighborhoods and people of Chicago and its surrounding areas. His books reflect a continued commitment to tell the many stories about his hometown from its inception to the present. Dr. Samors' books have won three Independent Publishing Awards as well as several Superior Achievement awards from the Illinois State Historical Society.

Now Arriving: Traveling To And From Chicago By Air, 90 Years Of Flight


In the 18th Century, Chicago was just a village along the banks of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River that had been inhabited by numerous Native American tribes for thousands of years. When Americans began moving westward across the country in the early 1800s, many of them traveled to and settled in what would become the city of Chicago. They came by boat across the Erie Canal and then the Great Lakes, and by wagon and horses, and began settling in the new town and city of Chicago.


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Traveling To And From Chicago By Air

Chicago's River At Work And At Play


This is a special look at the Chicago River, yesterday, today and tomorrow. It includes interviews with key individuals who are intimately aware of the history of the river as well as the several contemporary and future issues of this unique body of water that has had a tremendous influence of the growth of the Chicago metropolitan area.


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Chicago's River At Work And At Play

Uptown: Portrait of a Chicago Neighborhood In the mid-1970's


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This book of striking black-and-white photographs forms a fascinating time capsule. The photos, taken during the mid-1970s, depict life in the aging North Side Chicago neighborhood of Uptown. More than 200 evocative photographs comprise the portrait of this Chicago neighborhood in transition. The author's photos allow the reader to experience the conflicts and ironies of life in one of the city's poorest, most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods.


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Uptown: Portrait of a Chicago Neighborhood In the mid-1970's

Chicago's Classic Restaurants: Past, Present and Future


This book explores Chicago’s classic restaurants from pre-1900 until the present including classics like Henrici’s, Fritzels, Shangri-La, The Bakery, Le Perroquet, The Berghoff, The Pump Room, The Cape Cod Room, The Walnut Room, and Gordon among many others.


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Chicago's Classic Restaurants: Past, Present and Future

Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through The Wilderness


This book is by Dennis Downes, a renowned artist and sculptor, and focuses on the history of Native American trail marker trees. The book is the result of the author’s lifelong passion concerning the role of trail marker trees by Native Americans throughout their history, both pre- and post-European settlement in North America.


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Native American Trail Marker Trees

Chicago From The Sky


This large format (11 x 11) book offers a 240-page pictorial history—from an aerial perspective—of the far-reaching change that has occurred in Chicago and its region in the span of a single generation, between 1985 and 2010. This history is presented through more than 250 color photographs by Mr. Okrent, and a complementary selection of maps and historic images drawn from his personal collections. Spare, highly informative text and picture captions serve to broaden the reader’s understanding of the period covered.


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Chicago From The Sky

Chicago's Lake Shore Drive, Urban America's Most Beautiful Roadway


Travel America's highways from Maine to San Diego and you'll find almost universal agreement that no urban road compares to the stunning beauty and charm of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. For more than 19 miles it edges the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago providing one spectacular view after another. It cuts through four city parks, adjoins five major museums and one zoo, and is the home address of Chicago’s cultural, business and political leaders.


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Chicago's Lake Shore Drive