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Chicago (Lonely Planet Travel Guides) Paperback – 30 Sep 2001


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Product details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186450210X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864502107
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,759,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryan grew up in Santa Cruz, California, which he left at age 17 for college in the Midwest, where he first discovered snow. All joy of this novelty soon wore off. His first job was in Chicago at a small muckraking publication where he had the impressive title of Managing Editor because he was second on a two-person editorial staff and the first person was called Editor. After a year of 60-hour weeks, Ryan took his first trip to Europe, which lasted for seven months and confirmed his long-suspected wanderlust. Since then his byline has appeared in scores of publications and he has covered everything from wars to bars. He definitely prefers the latter. He wrote Lonely Planet's Chicago and Moscow, co-wrote Texas, Canada and Western Europe, and coordinated Russia, Ukraine & Belarus, Great Lakes, Out to Eat - London, Netherlands, and Britain. In the future, Ryan hopes to add more warm-weather destinations to this list, although covering places filled with pubs is a novelty that never wears out. He currently lives in San Francisco and works as author liaison manager at Lonely Planet's Oakland office.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
Written by a local, this book has the sort of comfortable feel about it that makes you think you know the city before you even arrive. The walking tours are invaluable, and the short history of the city is great background reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1999
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This thoughtfully written and informative guide answers all the questions that a traveler would have before setting off for Chicago. In fact, it would benefit someone who has lived in Chicago for many years. The author's knowledge of what it is like to live in Chicago - as opposed to simply knowing something about the attractions, restaurants, hotels, etc. - sets this guide apart from others.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By russ_bod@lineone.net on 28 Jun. 2001
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I have visited Chicago 3 times in the last 2 years and every time this book has been my trusty guide. I planned my first visit on the information that this book gave and it didn't let me down. My only criticism is that it doesn't cover the many museums that Chicago has to offer, on just about any subject you care to mention, in enough detail.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The book is better than the climate! 8 Jan. 2000
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Format: Paperback
I moved to Chicago a few months ago, and so I was able to road-test this book extensively. I found it to be an invaluable resource to just about anything going on in the Windy City. You can feel that the author lived here for an extensive period of time. As with most big cities, things change fast in Chicago, so I am eagerly awaiting the second edition!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great guide to the Windy City! 16 July 1999
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This thoughtfully written and informative guide answers all the questions that a traveler would have before setting off for Chicago. In fact, it would benefit someone who has lived in Chicago for many years. The author's knowledge of what it is like to live in Chicago - as opposed to simply knowing something about the attractions, restaurants, hotels, etc. - sets this guide apart from others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the COOL guide to Chicago. 4 Mar. 1999
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Format: Paperback
I'd choose this over any of the stuffy, expensive, "traditional" guides to Chicago because it offers lots of cool insight into the "real" Chicago that thrives under the surface and late into the night.
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A fun, yet, incredibly informative read! 5 Oct. 1998
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Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a fun book with lots of humor and style as well as a practical and incredibly informative guide to the "Windy City" you have found it with Lonely Planet's 'Chicago' by Ryan Ver Berkmoes. From washing your clothes to a night on the town, there is no need for any other guide in hand. Cyndi Lester
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lonely planet chicago 1 July 2002
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Format: Paperback
excellent book - great presentation, well written, super photographs. much information that can really be used while at the same time being highly readable. wouldn't think of arriving in chicago without it!
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