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General Information

Name:  Eric Bronsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Eric Bronsky on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bronsky is a lifelong resident of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bronsky is an award winning author. He was recently presented the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal for Great Lakes Regional Non-Fiction for his book Downtown Chicago in Transition. He is also a transit enthusiast and freelance writer and photographer, worked as an architectural modelbuilder and historian for the City of Chicago under several mayors.

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Titles At Your Library

Downtown Chicago in Transition
ISBN: 0979789206

Chicago's Books Press, an imprint of Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.. 2007

It is like no other book about Chicago's past and present--exploring the dynamic changes that have continuously shaped the greater Loop district from the late nineteenth century to the present time. Downtown's evolution is vividly portrayed through more than 250 historical photos interlaced with a tapestry of memories, experiences and thoughts related by interviewees such as Josephine Baskin Minow, Gary Johnson, Jerome R. Butler, James McDonough, Ann Roth, James O'Connor, Kay Mayer, Michael Demetrio, Bernard Judge, Paul Meincke, Potter Palmer IV and Marshall Field V. A descriptive narrative introduces each section of the book, tying all the elements together.

The Rise of the Magnificent Mile
ISBN: 0979789257

Chicago's Books Press. 2008

Chicago's North Michigan Avenue, also known throughout the world as The Magnificent Mile, traces its early history to 1837 when the City of Chicago was incorporated. It is difficult to imagine that today's famous avenue, with shopping malls, skyscrapers, condominiums, world class stores, and major hotels was once a dirt road with a few wooden houses. Almost all of the buildings and mansions were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, except for the Water Tower and Pumping Station. The street that would become known as North Michigan Avenue after the Michigan Avenue Bridge was opened in 1920, was originally called Pine Street. The Fourth Presbyterian Church was built in 1914, and, during the 1920s, such structures as the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Allerton Hotel, Palmolive Building and Drake Hotel, along with numerous low rise and mid rise buildings went up along the avenue. Construction ground to a halt during the Great Depression and World War II, but, beginning in the 1950s and continuing throuhout the rest of the 20th century, there was an explosion in construction on and near North Michigan Avenue. Two of the best known buildings erected during that period were The John Hancock Building and Water Tower Place. The book also covers the development of the Streeterville neighborhood to the east of the avenue with its world reknowned educational and medical complexes. In addition, Rush Street, and its entertainment venues and restaurants gets special treatment in the book, along with the well known Oak Street. Today, the area known as The Magnificent Mile, and the broader Greater North Michigan Avenue District, is a major attraction in a world class city where visitors increasingly come to discover why Chicago is such a special place. The book includes interviews with 25 well known Chicagoans, skillfully blended with more than 275 black and white, duotone and color photographs presented in a then and now format.

Chicago's Classic Restaurants: Past, Present and Future
ISBN: 0985273305

Chicago's Books Press. 2011

This book explores Chicago's classic restaurants from pre-1900 until the present including classics like Henrici's, Fritzels, Shangri-La, The Bakery, Le Perroquet, The Berghoff, The Pump Room, The Cape Cod Room, and The Walnut Room among many others. Then, post-1970, Richard Melman and Lawrence Levy introduced a new type of fun restaurant atmosphere in Chicago restaurants that ranged from RJ Grunts, DB Kaplan, and Fritz That's It to Lawrence of Oregano. Then there were the more upscale, traditional classic restaurants that included Ambria and Le Francais which preceded Everest, Tru, Trio, and Spiaggia. Chicago has traveled a long road to achieve its status with world-class restaurants that have included Charlie Trotter's, Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill, Scott Harris' Francesca restaurants, Boka, Perennial, Girl and the Goat, Blackbird, Avec, and Grant Achatz' Alinea and Next.

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