I’ve been going through the reference shelves at the Reader office (yes, occasionally we use real books for reference) and I’ve found lots of old, interesting guidebooks to the city. Surely they’re out of date and practically useless, I think. But then again, maybe not. Maybe some things are timeless. Maybe some things never change—or just don’t change much.

Here’s a description of the Uptown neighborhood from Sweet Home Chicago 2 by Tem Horwitz, published by Chicago Review Press in 1977 (with a back cover blurb credited to the Reader: “The latest and liveliest addition to the guidebook shelf”):