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Reviews, interviews, and media appearances for Living Landmarks of Chicago.

“A wonderful bible of Chicago.”

Dina Bair, WGN Midday News

“A Chicago history buff’s dream.”

Tom Barnas, Chicago Scene for WGN-TV

Author Theresa L. Goodrich has a conversation with Nathan Ciulla on Bridging Chicago.

“Theresa Goodrich is an Emmy award winning author and true storyteller. In her book, Living Landmarks of Chicago, she tells the story of 50 of Chicago’s landmarks, delving into what makes them special to our city and its rich history. Theresa shares about her childhood as a young leader and how she came to know she was a writer at heart. She also shares about her battle with breast cancer and why it’s important to her to help others who are fighting as well. Theresa shares very vulnerably about her life and work and what keeps her motivated for future projects.”

Listen or watch here.

Graphic for author Theresa L. Goodrich interview on Bridging Chicago.

Author Theresa L. Goodrich talks with Rudy Segovia of Headliner Chicago about her experience with cancer while writing Living Landmarks of Chicago.


Cindy Ladage of Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl says:

“This book is a masterpiece of history and a travelogue that will inspire you to visit the landmarks you have not seen, and to go back to those that you have.” Read the full review here.


From James Janega, Editor and Co-Author of Chicago Lives: Men and Women Who Shaped Our City:

Our friend Theresa Carter Goodrich wrote her third book. (I say “our,” because if you’ve met her, you assume you’ve always been friends.) And this book, “Living Landmarks of Chicago,” might be my favorite of hers. The topic is Chicago, and Chicago’s famous buildings — the architectural and cultural wonders that attract more than 50 million tourists a year, places some of us residents might take for granted (shame on you), and a few more of us peer up at in ever-deepening wonder.

Thank goodness one of those peering up at our city’s landmarks was Theresa, who set out to take posts on Chicago’s landmarks from her blog TheLocalTourist and weave them into what she meant to be a cheap and easy book, but instead turned into a much richer labor of love — all of our love — about the City of Chicago, and the people who built it. The result sheds light on what makes us Chicagoans, and what makes that special.

Chicago’s complicated, and we’re still learning to face our racial history, how we treat one another, and what the future should hold. This book glances at that, but marches steadily toward something we can all agree on: Chicago, this city, our city, maybe the most American city with its frontier past and chin jutted permanently out, is a beautiful rascal.

By telling the city’s story through its landmarks and the people behind them, Theresa marches us through swamps, massacres, cholera, double-dealing, fires, greed, ambition, ingenuity, gumption, along a path leading from a muddy patch of woods between two great North American water systems to a city that has always reached higher into the sky, and still does, that has always attracted people from around the world, and still does, that has always sought to define its better self — then build it — and still does. Theresa’s writing always made you feel like you were riding shotgun on a fun adventure, and still does.

Buy the book, have it on your shelf, and take a walk around the block with her.


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