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General Information

Name:  Rick Kogan  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1951 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Rick Kogan grew up in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood and still lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rick Kogan is a senior writer and columnist for ''Sidewalks'' at the ''Chicago Tribune''. He is the author of a dozen books, including ''Sidewalks I'' and ''Sidewalks II'' , collections of his columns accompanied by the work of photographer Charles Osgood. Kogan is also creator and host of WGN Radio's ''Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan'' and host of ''Chicago Live!'' The son of Chicago newspaperman and author Herman Kogan, he was raised in the city’s Old Town neighborhood and wrote his first story for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' at age 16. His first book was ''Dr. Night Life'', and his recent books include ''America’s Mom: The Life, Lessons'', and ''Everybody Pays'' with co-author Maurice Possley. Kogan was a longtime friend and editor of Ann Landers for the last five years of her life and wrote ''America`s Mom, The Life, Lessons and Legacy of Ann Landers''.


Published Works

  • Dr. Night Life, Chicago Review Press, 1979
  • Sabers and Suites, The story of Chicago's Ambassador East, RR Donnelley & Sons Publishers, 1983
  • Brunswick: The Story of an American Company from 1845 to 1985, Brunswick Corporation, 1985
  • Teamwork: The History of Wells Manufacturing Company, Wells Manufacturing Company, 1987
  • Everybody Pays, Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth, Putnam Publishing Group, 2000 - written with Maurice Possley
  • America`s Mom, The Life, Lessons and Legacy of Ann Landers, Harper Collins Publishers, 2003
  • AMER MOM, Harper Paperbacks, 2005
  • A Chicago Tavern: a goat, a curse and the American Dream- The history of the Billy Goat, Lake Claremont, 2006
  • Sidewalks: Portraits of Chicago, Northwestern University, 2008 - written with Charles Osgood
  • Sidewalks II: Reflections on Chicago, Sidewalks Book Company, 2009 - written with Charles Osgood


Selected Titles At Your Library

Dr. Night Life /
ISBN: 0914090720. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago :. ©1979.

Everybody pays :
ISBN: 0425188671. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York, NY :. 2002.

A Chicago tavern :
ISBN: 1893121496. OCLC Number:

Lake Claremont Press,. [Chicago] :. 2006.

Sidewalks :
ISBN: 0810151936. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2006-c2009.

"Few people know Chicago as do Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood, and their "Sidewalks" column for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine is a tour of the city like no other, taking readers to the off-beat and quintessential spots that give Chicago its character--that make its inhabitants feel at home and tell its visitors that they have arrived. Accompanied by evocative color photographs by Charles Osgood, Kogan's pieces revisit the lost places and people of Chicago, and take readers down the quiet byways and thriving thoroughfares, pointing out the characters and cornerstones, the oddities and institutions that make the city what it is. In this collection you will find an elegy for Maxwell Street, the marketplace that pulsed with city life for more than 100 years; a remembrance of a disturbing advertisement ("Are you a slave to housework?") on the side of a building on Irving Park Road; a cross marking a deadly intersection; a magical miniature golf course; as well as ballad singer Fred Holstein, the denizens of the World Gym and memories of Bensinger's pool hall, the day-camp kids of summer, bike couriers, the creatures of the beach, and much, much more. Here is Chicago, past, present, and--let's hope--future, captured in the unique archive of Sidewalks."--Publisher's website.

Sidewalks :
ISBN: 0984126503. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2006-c2009.

"Few people know Chicago as do Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood, and their "Sidewalks" column for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine is a tour of the city like no other, taking readers to the off-beat and quintessential spots that give Chicago its character--that make its inhabitants feel at home and tell its visitors that they have arrived. Accompanied by evocative color photographs by Charles Osgood, Kogan's pieces revisit the lost places and people of Chicago, and take readers down the quiet byways and thriving thoroughfares, pointing out the characters and cornerstones, the oddities and institutions that make the city what it is. In this collection you will find an elegy for Maxwell Street, the marketplace that pulsed with city life for more than 100 years; a remembrance of a disturbing advertisement ("Are you a slave to housework?") on the side of a building on Irving Park Road; a cross marking a deadly intersection; a magical miniature golf course; as well as ballad singer Fred Holstein, the denizens of the World Gym and memories of Bensinger's pool hall, the day-camp kids of summer, bike couriers, the creatures of the beach, and much, much more. Here is Chicago, past, present, and--let's hope--future, captured in the unique archive of Sidewalks."--Publisher's website.


Awards

  • Chicago's Best Reporter in 1999
  • Chicago's Greatest Living Journalist in 2002
  • Inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in March 2003
  • Rick Kogan was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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