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Chicago History for Kids
Chicago History for Kids

Chicago History for Kids

Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities

By Owen Hurd, Foreword by Gary Johnson

9 & up, Grades 4 & up

For Kids series


192 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: July 2007

ISBN 9781556526541

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jul 2007)


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From the Native Americans who lived in the Chicago area for thousands of years, to the first European explorers Marquette and Jolliet, to the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series win, parents, teachers, and kids will love this comprehensive and exciting history of how Chicago became the third largest city in the U.S. Chicago’s spectacular and impressive history comes alive through activities such as building a model of the original Ferris Wheel, taking architectural walking tours of the first skyscrapers and Chicago’s oldest landmarks, and making a Chicago-style hotdog. Serving as both a guide to kids and their parents and an engaging tool for teachers, this book details the first Chicagoan Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the Fort Dearborn Massacre, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the world’s first skyscraper, and the hosting of two World’s Fairs. In addition to uncovering Windy City treasures such as the birth of the vibrant jazz era of Louis Armstrong and the work of Chicago poets, novelists, and songwriters, kids will also learn about Chicago’s triumphant and tortured sports history.    Download the">free teaching guide  


Designated a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for 2007

"A fun, fact-filled tome for our pint-sized history buffs." —Chicago Social

"A must read . . . couples smart, page-turning text and creative projects to be enjoyed by parents, children and teachers alike." —Naperville Magazine

"A well-rounded history of Chicago." —Quintessential Barrington

"History comes off the page and onto the kitchen table." —Lake Magazine

Author Biography

Owen Hurd is a former editor at several Chicago publishers and is now a freelance writer. Gary Johnson is president of the Chicago History Museum.