new essay forthcoming in “the chicago neighborhood guidebook” from belt publishing

Cover of the Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook from Belt Publishing

After a couple of years of hard work on the part of its editor and authors, Belt Publishing today opened pre-sales for its new Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, due to hit shelves this fall.

Based on the success of its “idiosyncratic” guidebook series for Cleveland and Detroit, the Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook aims to explore community history and identity in a global city through essays, poems, photo essays, and art articulating the lived experience of its residents.

I’m pleased to have provided the essay for my first and favorite Chicago neighborhood, Albany Park (which is also where I teach at Northeastern Illinois University). The essay is based on the writing I’ve done about the LaBagh Woods and the intersection of the natural and the urban on the city’s northwest side.

Pre-order the book here.

Author: Ben van Loon

Writer, Researcher, Chicagoan