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 26 books, including the company's newest books: Changing Chicago: A Portrait in Postcards and Photos, by Neal Samors and Steven Dahlman, Now Arriving: Traveling To And From Chicago By Air, 90 Years Of Flight, by Neal Samors and Christopher Lynch, and Chicago's Classic Restaurants: Past, Present and Future, by Neal Samors, Eric Bronsky and Bob Dauber.

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.

Changing Chicago: A Portrait in Postcards and Photos


Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, and for the years that followed before the Great Chicago Fire, the city grew slowly and steadily, finally becoming for a brief period the second largest city in America. After the Fire in 1871, the city rebuilt quickly and technological changes came with brick buildings, a more modern downtown and transportation system. This was the prologue to the concept of this new book about how Chicago has changed and adapted over the past 145 years. The authors, through the use of a combination of striking and evocative postcards gathered by Lawrence Okrent, black and white photos drawn from collections amassed by the Chicago History Museum and the CTA, and color photographs taken by one of the book’s co-authors, Steven Dahlman, have created a book that provides the reader with the many ways in which Chicago has changed from the 1880s to today.


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Changing Chicago

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 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