This piece was written in 2001 for a friend who was to spend a week in my hometown, Chicago. I think it provides still a valuable personal view of the city, although a few things have changed since that time: the wonderful old Berghoff Restaurant is gone; the venerable Marshall Field Department Store has become Macy's.
If you view my multi-volume collection of Chicago postcards (Chuckman's Collection, http://chuckmancollection.blogspot.com/), you can get an even better feel for some of the things discussed here.
If you look at a site called The Overflow at 79th (http://groupchi.com/gallery3/), you will find many albums of personal photographs and memories about growing up in a Chicago neighborhood, among them Chuckman's Places.
CHICAGO, A PERSONAL AND SENTIMENTAL TOUR