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General Information

Name:  Dennis Foley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, IL

-- Dennis Foley on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Dennis is a life-long Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dennis wrote ''The Streets and San Man’s Guide to Chicago Eats'' during his six-year tenure as an electrician in the City of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College—Chicago, and his work has appeared in ''Poetry Motel'', ''Hair Trigger 23 and 24'', ''Block’s'' Magazine, ''The Use of Personal Narratives in the Helping Profession'', ''Gravity'', '''', and a number of other publications. Now working primarily as a freelance writer, Dennis also coaches basketball at his alma mater, St. Laurence High School.

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Titles At Your Library

The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats
ISBN: 1893121275

Lake Claremont Press. 2004

Midwest Independent Publishers Association - First Place - Humor Book Award

Midwest Independent Publishers Association - Honorable Mention - Midwest Regional Interest Book Award

Winner of 2 Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards!
1st Place--Humor
Honorable Mention--Regional

Tongue-in-Cheek Style.
Food-in-Mouth Expertise.

Prepare for the Total Chicago Lunch Experience.

So here's my scoop. I work for the City of Chicago. You might have seen me out on the road before, or at least one of my co-workers. We drive around the city all day in those blue vehicles marked 'City of Chicago, Department of Streets and Sanitation.' Now ask any Streets and San guy what he truly enjoys most, and the answer will be--lunch. That's right--lunch. Any reasonably intelligent Streets and San guy will map out his day according to where he wants to eat lunch.

I've been driving these city streets for many a year now, and as such I know where some of the best food joints are. No, I'm not talking about those expensive, high-falootin' places. See, Streets and San guys are bargain hunters--and we're not real big on fighting off high cholesterol either. This handy guide highlights some of our favorite eating spots, places where you will not only get a good bite to eat at a good price, but places where you can taste some of the culture our neighborhoods have to offer at the very same time.

Whether you're a native Chicagoan or a tourist, on the Southeast Side or the Northwest Side, in the mood for rib tips or a combo, I'll help you find a place to satisfy your mid-day cravings according to the strict standards of the City of Chicago's Department of Lunch.

Enjoy and eat big.

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