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Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City (Chicago Visions and Revisions)

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Sports fans nationwide know Soldier Field as the home of the Chicago Bears. For decades its signature columns provided an iconic backdrop for gridiron matches. But few realize that the stadium has been much more than that. Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City explores how this amphitheater evolved from a public war memorial into a majestic arena that helped define Chicago.

Chicago Tribune staff writer Liam Ford led the reporting on the stadiumand#8217;s controversial 2003 renovationand#8212;and simultaneously found himself unearthing a dramatic history. As he tells it, the tale of Soldier Field truly is the story of Chicago, filled with political intrigue and civic pride. Designed by Holabird and Roche, Soldier Field arose through a serendipitous combination of local tax dollars, City Beautiful boosterism, and the machinations of Mayor and#8220;Big Billand#8221; Thompson. The result was a stadium that stood at the center of Chicagoand#8217;s political, cultural, and sporting life for nearly sixty years before the arrival of Walter Payton and William and#8220;The Refrigeratorand#8221; Perry.

Ford describes it all in the voice of a seasoned reporter: the high school football games, track and field contests, rodeos, and even NASCAR races. Photographs, including many from the Chicago Park Districtand#8217;s own collections, capture these remarkable scenes: the swelling crowds at ethnic festivals, Catholic masses, and political rallies. Few remember that Soldier Field hosted Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr., Judy Garland and Johnny Cashand#8212;as well as Grateful Deadand#8217;s final show.

Soldier Field captures the dramatic history of Chicagoand#8217;s stadium on the lakeand#160;and will captivate sports fans andand#160;historiansand#160;alike.

About the Author

Liam T. A. Ford, a fifth-generation Chicagoan, returned home after a stint at the Advertiser in Montgomery, Alabama, and joined the City News Bureau, eventually becoming its lead City Hall reporter. Since 1998 he has covered housing, politics, regional development, and the Chicago Park District for the Chicago Tribune. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Prefaceand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Introductionand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Chicago Challenges the World

Part 1and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Getting It Built

Chapter 1and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Born Republican, Adopted by Democrats

Chapter 2and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Soldier Field and the Democratic Ascendancy

Part 2and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A Stadium for All Chicago

Chapter 3and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A Game for Our Youth: Amateur Football at Soldier Fieldand#160;and#160;

Chapter 4and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Chicagoand#8217;s Olympic Legacy

Chapter 5and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A Stage for Acceptable Dissentand#160;

Chapter 6and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Cityand#8217;s Altarand#160;and#160;

Chapter 7and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Military Marches, Music, and an Arsonist Cowand#160;and#160;

Chapter 8and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Americans All: Culture in an Epic Space

Chapter 9and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A Family Placeand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Chapter 10and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; New Religious and Political Movements in a Classic Spaceand#160;and#160;and#160;

Part 3and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Fall and Rise of Soldier Field

Chapter 11and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Celebrations in an Era of Decline

Chapter 12and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Amateur Sports Founder at a Fading Stadiumand#160;

Chapter 13and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Professional Sports in a Changing Eraand#160;

Chapter 14and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Bears, the Stadiumand#8217;s Saviorand#160;

Chapter 15and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; A New Century, a New Stadiumand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Acknowledgementsand#160;

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226257068
Author:
Ford, Liam T. A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Ford, Liam T. a.
Subject:
Sports -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
Subject:
Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.) - History
Subject:
Football - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Football - Professional
Subject:
Football
Subject:
Architecture-Types
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Visions and Revisions
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
78 halftones
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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