Dubbed required reading by the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook offers an intimate, idiosyncratic look at the third-largest city in the country. Part of Belt's growing series of unique city guides, The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook explores community history and identity in a global city through essays, poems, photo essays, and art articulating the lived experience of its residents. Edited by Belt senior editor Martha Bayne, the book builds on 2017's critically acclaimed Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. What did one pizzeria mean to a boy growing up in Ashburn? How can South Shore encompass so much beauty and so much pain? Where's the best borscht in Ukranian Village? Who's got a handle on the ever-shifting identity of Rogers Park? All this and more in this lyrical, subjective, completely non-comprehensive guide to Chicago. With contributions from more than forty writers, including Megan Stielstra, Audrey Petty, Dmitry Samarov, Lily Be, and many others, covering forty-three of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. A snapshot of a city at an inflection point, The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook is grassroots history at its finest, and a must-read for anyone keen to understand what makes Chicago tick.
About the Author
Martha Bayne is a senior editor with Belt Publishing and a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her work has been published in regional and national outlets including Buzzfeed, Eater, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Reporter, the Baffler, and Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism. She is the editor of Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology and Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left, both published by Belt, and the author of the narrative cookbook Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate, 2011).