Costco to Host Book Signing for Local Chicago Authors

Wilbert Jones, Kathleen Willis-Morton, and Maureen O’Brien will be available to sign copies of pictorial history
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CHICAGO - Aug. 14, 2014 - PRLog -- What was once described as an undesirable swampland has been transformed into one of the most beautiful and wealthiest neighborhoods in America. Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, developed in the late 1800s, was first called the Astor Street District. It was named after one of the first multimillionaires in the United States, John Jacob Astor. Astor never lived in Chicago.

In 1885, Astor Street District’s first mansion was built. Potter Palmer, a dry goods merchant and owner of the Palmer House Hotel, built his palatial, castle-like residence on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Banks Street; inside the Palmer mansion were 42 lavishly furnished rooms which required 26 servants to maintain.

Many wealthy Chicagoans followed Palmer’s lead and built mansions in the neighborhood. Several homes took up an entire city block and, as time progressed, the name Gold Coast was adopted. On January 30, 1978, the entire Gold Coast district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Join the authors for a signing:

Where:  Costco

2746 N. Clyburn Avenue, Chicago IL 60614

When:  Saturday, August 23rd, 2014; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online. (

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town? Visit

Chicago’s Gold Coast

by Wilbert Jones, Kathleen Willis-Morton, Maureen O’Brien, with photography by Bob Dowey and foreword by Richard Driehaus

Images of America series

128 pages/ softcover

Published: July 9, 2012
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