Thursday, February 17, 2011

All Things Local "Defies a Blizzard"

Our All Things Local party at the Chicago Cultural Center went on in the blizzard aftermath on February 3, bringing out about 175 hardy Chicagoans to celebrate our four latest guidebook releases, Oldest Chicago, The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats, Carless in Chicago, and Historic Bars of Chicago. Chicago Publishes, the online presence of the City of Chicago's Publishing Industry Programs, which made this event possible, posted a recap.

Authors Jason Rothstein, Christopher Garlington, David Haynes, David Witter, and Sean Parnell all gave readings from their books, and David Witter (Oldest Chicago) even sang and played the harmonica with the Chicago blues band assembled by Scott Madden and including JC Cleavenger, Dan Lopotta, and Scott Carleton.

Thanks to Bess Titus (Schlitz) and Terri Champelli (Schubas) for arranging the free Schlitz and Patrick Rhea (Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket) for arranging the donation of the Route 66 Beer, bottled by Chicago's own Filbert's.

Combine live Chicago roots music, great beverages, and Ann Sather cinnamon rolls, and is it surprising some guests declared the event, "the liveliest thing they've ever attended at the Cultural Center"? Wonderful food donations from Artopolis (LCP's favorite Greektown lunch place) and Pizza Rustica and West Town Tavern (both featured in Carless in Chicago) also helped provide sustenance before we all had to head back out into the cold.

Thanks, too, to these other iconic Chicago businesses featured in our new books for their contributions to the bounty of raffle prizes winners could choose from: The Metro, Schubas, Twin Anchors, Millers Pub, Flourish Bakery, Hot Doug's, Willowbrook Ballroom, Cigar King, Active Transportation Alliance, and Preservation Chicago.

Short but sweet, this event toasted the accomplishments of our new authors and the many distinctive businesses and institutions that make up our local landscape. Congratulations and thanks to you all!

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