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A Native's Guide to Chicago's Western Suburbs

book cover, A Native's Guide to Chicago's western suburbs

Laura Mazzuca Toops
& John W. Toops, Jr.
Lake Claremont Press
ISBN: 0-9642426-6-4

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There’s Life in the Suburbs!

        Whether you’re a life-long resident, new in town, or just passing through, let A Native’s Guide to Chicago’s Western Suburbs be your personal tour guide of the best this region has to offer:

        Full of the fascinating sights, places, stories, and facts that sometimes even locals don’t know about, A Native’s Guide to Chicago’s Western Suburbs equips you with everything you need to enjoy and navigate the suburbs like a true insider. From the American Movie Palace Museum to the Harley Davidson Mall, from Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces to the Sears Catalog homes, from Riverfest to Ribfest, the “Native’s Guide” is your essential guide to Chicago’s Western Suburbs.


“Quirky, humorous and well-researched...a neighborhood guide highlighting the unique, multidimensional character of each western suburb.”

    — Pioneer Press, Oct. 6, 1999

“The area shines in the book...chronicles interesting facts, including history, entertainment and shopping guides, sightseeing possibilities.”

    — Life Newspapers, Sept. 12, 1999

“They (the authors) say the western burbs are more exciting than you’d think, and to prove it they spent nine months exploring unusual shops, museums, and other points of interest.”

    — Chicago Reader, Oct. 29, 1999

“With humor and reverence, the authors provide suburb-by-suburb overviews of about 40 neighborhoods, highlighting their unique features, histories, and quirks...This is a guide for everyone -lifers and visitors alike-filled with little-known facts and tips from true insiders. It’s the source to turn to when you’re looking for a Sunday afternoon day-trip, or when you’re hankering for food from someplace other than a chain restaurant.”

    — Clairmarie Szopa,

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