Chicago by Day and Night
The Pleasure Seeker's Guide to the Paris of America
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
304 Pages, 4.50 x 7.00 in, 90
- Published: May 2013
To introduce this compulsively readable, gift-quality journey through the Chicago of 1893, Chicago writers and humorists Paul Durica and Bill Savage have added an expert introduction to Gilded Age Chicago and the World's Columbian Exposition. Showcasing the first Ferris wheel, dazzling new electrification technologies, and exhibits from around the world, the Exposition was Chicago’s chance to prove it had risen from the ashes of the Great Fire and would claim a place among the world’s great cities.
Both a perfect keepsake or gift for Chicago travelers as well as an invaluable text for readers interested in the history of Chicago, the Midwest, or Gilded Age urban life, Chicago by Day and Night is a beloved classic of Chicago writing.
By Paul Durica and Bill Savage
CHAPTER I. — Where to Stay — A Concise Description of the
Hotels of Chicago, their Characteristics, their Prices, with
some Account of the People Who Patronize Each — The
Great Palmer House Tragedy.
CHAPTER II. — The Theatres — A Complete Description of the
City's Splendid Play Houses and the Attractions They
Present — Beautiful Belles of Burlesque.
CHAPTER III. — The Great Auditorium and the New German
Theatre — Two New Edifices of which all Chicagoans are
CHAPTER IV. — Two Unique Playhouses. Being the Madison
Street Opera House and Park Theatre, where the Shows
are not Painfully Orthodox and Feminine Beauty is the
CHAPTER V. — Free and Easy Shows — Where Etiquette is not
always Strictly Observed. Being Music and Dance Halls,
and Such Like Free and Easy Resorts — "Papa" Engel's
CHAPTER VI. — Churches and Church Services. A Full Account
of Chicago's Handsomest and Most Popular Churches, their
Location and their Pastors.
CHAPTER VII. — The Panoramas and Libby Prison — Places of
Delightful but Quiet Entertainment that the Stranger cannot
Afford to Miss.
CHAPTER VIII. — Perils and Pitfalls — A Chapter that All Should
Read, inasmuch as it Tells of the Traps Set by the Wicked
for the Unwary.
CHAPTER IX. — As to Adventuresses — The Seductive but Conscienceless Creatures whose Wiles Work Mischief with those
who Do Not Play the Prudent Part and Keep them at a Distance.
CHAPTER X. — The Tiger and its Haunts — Gambling Games
Great and Small wherein the Process of Parting the Fool
and his Money is Carried on with Facility and Dispatch.
CHAPTER XI. — Masquerades and Similar Entertainments
wherein the Giddy Find Delight. Fun and Revelry the
Order of the Night.
CHAPTER XII. — On Shopping — A Few Pertinent Pointers for
CHAPTER XIII. — Carousels— A Unique Form of Diversion that
is Patronized by Many.
CHAPTER XIV. — Turkish Baths — Massage — Manicures — The
First the Winebibber's Salvation, the Second a Doubtful
Luxury, the Third a Charming Experience.
CHAPTER XV. — Hackmen and their Ways — A Few Hints as to
the Proper Way to Treat "Cabby” — His Legal Rates of
CHAPTER XVI. — The City's Moral Code — A Complete Refutation of the Libelous Assertion that Chicago is the Wickedest City in the World.
CHAPTER XVII. — The Parks and Boulevards — Which Perhaps
Constitute the City's Grandest Feature.
CHAPTER XVIII. — Racing — The Three Great Race Tracks
where One May See Unrivaled Contests in Equine Speed —
The Glories of Derby Day and the Gay Cavalcade on the
CHAPTER XIX. — Open Air Attractions. Which Bring the
Pleasure Seeker Entertainment and the Delights of Fresh
Air at the Same Time — Mighty Pyrotechnical Displays.
CHAPTER XX. — An Ideal Afternoon — The Prettiest Drive That
Mortal May Wish to Take, With Possibly Other Charms
CHAPTER XXI. — On the Water — The Aquatic Side of the Paris
of America — Trips of all Sorts on the Lake.
CHAPTER XXII. — The Restaurants of Chicago— Places Where
the Best of Provender is to be Had at Moderate Rates — The
Fascinating Table D'Hote.
CHAPTER XXIII. — The Haymarket Monument, with a Succinct
Account of One of the Most Thrilling Periods in Chicago's
CHAPTER XXIV. — Cheyenne — A Unique Spot in the City's
Centre that it is Safer to Read About than to Visit.
CHAPTER XXV. — Candies and Flowers — Some Beautiful Chi-
CHAPTER XXVI. — Summer Night Concerts— The Delights of
Music Enjoyed by the People During the Dog Days.
CHAPTER XXVII. — Special Features — The Elevated Railroads;
the County Jail; the Masonic Temple and Other Sights
CHAPTER XXVIII. — A Few Final Words — Mainly in an Advisory Strain.
PART II.THE GREAT WORID'S FAIR. — Being a Complete History of the Stupendous Exposition that will be Thrown Open in 1893, when the Peopled World Will be Called Upon to View the Progress of the Future Metropolis — How the Exposition will be Opened in the Fall of the Present Year — The Colossal Buildings and Their Contents — Hints for the Wayfarer to Follow in His Strolls About the City During Fair Time.
“With humor and keen insight, Paul Durica and Bill Savage introduce modern readers to Chicago’s thrillingly lurid past. One hundred twenty years after its publication, Chicago by Day and Night remains a timeless and quintessential guide to the most sinful pleasures in the city’s incandescent history.” —Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City