What are the best books set in Chicago?

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    #1There Are No Children Here

    There Are No Children Here

    There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America is a book for young adults written by Alex Kotlowitz. It was released in 2010 and became a National Book Bestseller.


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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I've never been a fan of deep books because I don't want to be down and sad, but I realized I miss out on one of the most iconic periods in our history. Now I see it in a new light thanks to this book!"
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    #2The Neon Wilderness

    The Neon Wilderness

    The Neon Wilderness is a book by National Award winner Nelson Algren. It is a collection of short stories related to the author's other works. It was originally released in 1947. It includes Algren's first published work, "So Help Me".


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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I know the Neon Wilderness is a good book to read after digesting The Man With the Golden Arm. It's not a good book for those who don't like short story collections, but sometimes it serves as different windows that colorfully and vividly displays the past. "
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    #3The Man With the Golden Arm

    The Man With the Golden Arm
    The Man With the Golden Arm is a realistic drama novel for young adults and adults written by Nelson Algren and with the introduction from James R. Giles. It was originally published in 1949. It won the first National Book Award.

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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This book deserves all the praises it got in the last 50 years! It contains all necessary elements for a great book, and the dialogue makes you feel like you are just a few feet away from the scenes. I rarely say this about a book that has a deep and sorrowful story like this, I will read this two or three more times!"
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    #4The Door in the Sky

    The Door in the Sky

    The Door in the Sky is a fantasy and adventure novel for children authored by Sandy Klein Bernstein. It was originally released in August 2012. It is about a fantasy world being connected to the real world through the Chicago Space Museum.


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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a good book for kids, but for young adults, not so much. I'd tell my wife to check this one out and order one for our twin boys."
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    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.


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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I'm a big dystopia fan and I love the Divergent series, though I wish more of Chicago's elements were captured in Veronica Roth's books. But yeah, very solid!"
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    #6The Lazarus Project

    The Lazarus Project

    The Lazarus Project is a realistic drama and coming-of-age novel for young adults written by Aleksandar Hemon. It was released in 2008 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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    Jesse Butler
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Hemon is a very talented writer and this book shows it. It can be a little hard to keep track of at first because it intertwines two stories but it is amazingly well written so it works out. It is the type of book you can go back through and pick up on all of the things you missed the first time."
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    #7Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants is a book by Sara Gruen which tells the story of Jacob who has to work with a problematic man in a traveling circus and later they will acquire an elephant that they will name Rosie.


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    Vincent Hill
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is pretty excellent and has a great story to it. With that said I don't necessarily believe the topic would be the best for it, as it is the traveling circus but you never know some action does happen in Chicago."
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    #8Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 


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    Zachary Butler
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Native Son was recommended to me by a colleague in which I bought the book to spark my curiosity. A fabulous book that is set in Chicago and tell the tales of how people are struggling in the old days. However it focus mostly on the African American people and the hopelessness and the treatment they got from society which is still happening today. Would recommend."
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    #9Dead Beat (The Dresden Files)

    Dead Beat (The Dresden Files)

    Dead Beat is an urban fantasy mystery fiction written by Jim Butcher. It is the seventh book in The Dresden Files series and first published in 2005 by Roc.


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    Karen Tucker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Dead beat is part of the Dresden Files series. It is set in Chicago and features a character who is akin to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The book has a great story line and also features the sights of Chicago as its backdrop. I recommend this book to mystery lovers everywhere."
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    #10Fool Moon (The Dresden Files)

    Fool Moon (The Dresden Files)
    Fool Moon is an urban fantasy mystery fiction written by Jim Butcher. It is the second book in The Dresden Files series and first published in 2001 by Roc.

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    Lawrence Chapman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Fool Moon is a great read if you can get passed the lame pun in the title. It's very suspenseful and the way the story unravels is pretty innovative for the genre."
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    #11Storm Front (Dresden Files)

    Storm Front (Dresden Files)
    Storm Front is a supernatural paranormal mystery novel written by Jim Butcher as the first book for The Dresden Files series. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2000 by Penguin ROC.

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    Olivia McCoy
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It will drag you into the magic and intensity of the story and you won't want to put it down. "
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    #12Binding Arbitration

    Binding Arbitration
    Libby Tucker and Aidan Palowski had a one night stand that ended up with her being pregnant. He refused parenthood, until he found out that his own son had cancer, seven years later. Aidan is now a successful baseball player, and will try as hard as he can to make things up for when he abandoned both Libby and their son many years ago. 

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    Harold Hudson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I was pretty appreciative with what this book was trying to attempt. It was interesting that it takes place in Chicago, but I didn't feel that it was a necessary component to the story. Following Libby and her pursuit of Aidan for the benefit of her Son kept me interested along the way."
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    #13Black City Saint

    Black City Saint

    Black City Saint is a science fiction novel written by Richard A. Knaak. This science fiction novel was published on March 1, 2016 by Pyr. Black City Saint is the first book of the Black City Saint novel series.


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    Olivia Graham
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Chicago is a popular setting for a lot of books. Black City Saint tackles science fiction in the big city."


Best What are the best books set in Chicago
1There Are No Children HereBooks 30 Paid
2The Neon WildernessBooks 27 Paid
3The Man With the Golden ArmBooks 27 Paid
4The Door in the SkyBooks 23 Paid
5DivergentBooks 22 Paid
6The Lazarus ProjectBooks 21 Paid
7Water for ElephantsBooks 18 Paid
8Native SonBooks 18 Paid
9Dead Beat (The Dresden Files)Books 10 Paid
10Fool Moon (The Dresden Files)Books 8 Paid

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