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Neal Samors
Entertaining Chicago: Remembering the Places, Performers and Stories Throughout the 20th Century
Neal Samors, author

Throughout the 20th Century, Chicago offered its residents a wide variety of entertainment venues, ranging from jazz, blues and comedy clubs to nightclubs and hotels and restaurants, where music was broadcast across the country, to legitimate theaters, movie palaces, classical and opera music, rock and roll clubs and sports that included championship baseball, football, basketball, hockey and bowling.  This book presents numerous stories about such wide ranging opportunities for entertainment from the perspectives of national and international performers as well as average Chicagoans who experienced such entertainment.  The book includes more than 80 interviews ranging from comedians Shelley Bermn, Tom Dreesen and Mort Sahl, jazz musicians Ramsey Lewis and Johnny Frigo, actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, singer/musicians Bonnie Koloc, Judy Roberts, Corky Siegel and Ronnie Rice, as well as journalists Hugh Hefner, Ira Berkow and Richard Christiansen.  Chicago's venues offered more than local experiences; they often set national standards and ranged from the Club DeLisa, Blue Note and Green Mill to Second City and the Steppenwolf Theater.  And, who in the world didn't know about the original Playboy Club, Mister Kelly's, London House and Happy Medium.  This book presents it all in exquisite detail.