Re: Books about community areas in Chicago
Date: October 01, 2012 08:11PM
As you may have noticed, we have started the Clear-Ridge Historical Society and are working toward the Gafield Ridge history you are asking about. If you read the Wikipedia article about Garfield Ridge this is something we put together. If you are on Facebook check out our site it has a lot of great pictures. The Clearing Book, written by Robert Hill, is a great history of the area, including some of Garfield Ridge. We are actually reprinting that book complete with photos, maps, etc. I also worked on a website that is still up and has some pictures and info about Garfield Ridge www.garfieldridgehistory.weebly.com .
Regarding your question about the communities, the Arcadia company offers a series that has many Chicago communities. These are essentially photobooks, written usually by local historians and that are published by Arcadia. The Chicago communities include, Chicago Lawn, Beverly, Portage Park, Bridgeport, Back of the Yards and a few more. Check out their website for more info:
Independent titles occasionally crop up. I have seen more than one about Beverly, Back of the Yards and several north side communities.