Individual Author Record
Name: David Anthony WitterPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: in Miller, Indiana Sites:
Illinois ConnectionDavid grew up in Lincoln Park in the '70's. He graduated from Columbia College (B.A. in writing), and Northeastern Illinois University (B.A. in education).
Biographical and Professional InformationDavid Anthony Witter is a Chicago based writer, photographer, and teacher of English and Special Education. Besides Oldest Chicago, his work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Living Blues, New City ,Fra Noi The Chicago Reader, The Bay Area Music Magazine, and entries in the Italian-American Experience, an Encyclopedia and BluesSpeak, The Best of the Chicago Blues Annual. Upcoming works include Be-Bop, Swing, and Bella Musica, The History of Italians in Jazz, with William Dal Cerro.
- Oldest Chicago, Lake Claremont Press, 2008
- Chicago Magic, A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle, The History Press, 2013
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 1893121445 Lake Claremont Press. 2011 Dozens of the oldest local treasures in Chicago and its suburban and exurban areas are highlighted in this guide, which includesicons such as the city's oldest business, Peacock Jewelers Merz Apothecary tavern Schaller’s Pumpthe Biograph Theater anddrive-in, Superdawg. Remarkable for having survived demolition and extinction for decades, these beloved landmarks have also helped define the city’s landscape, offering continuity and civic identity across generations. With Chicago having lost Marshall Field’s, Carson Pirie Scott, and many more historicgemsin recent years,this book is also a reminder of the value of these familiar faces and a call to preserve them for a future sense of place.
Oldest Chicago is about the places that have survived the passage of time.
But Oldest Chicago isn't only a history book--it's a guide.
Everyone tries the newest...why not try the oldest? Visit the oldest house. Worship at the oldest church. Get on your soapbox at the oldest park. Party at the oldest nightclub. Taste the foods that generations of Chicagoans have savored at the oldest hot dog stand, pizzeria, soda pop maker, ice cream parlor, diner, chili vendor, liquor distributor, soul food restaurant, and bakery.
Don't just read about Chicago's history--experience it!
Chicago Magic:: A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle
ISBN: 1626191271 The History Press. 2013 By the end of America's Golden Age of Magic," Chicago had taken center stage in front of an American audience drawn to the craft by the likes of Harry Houdini and Howard Thurston. Cashing in on a craze that rivaled big-band mania, magic shops and clubs sprang up everywhere across the Windy City, packed in customers and put down roots. Over the last century, for example, Magic, Inc. has outfitted magicians from Harry Blackstone Sr. to Penn and Teller to David Copperfield. Magic was an integral part of Chicago's culture, from its earliest venture into live television to the card sharps and hucksters lurking in its amusement parks and pool halls. David Witter keeps track of the shell game of Chicago's fascinating magic history from its vaudeville circuit to its contemporary resurgence."