Sears in Chicago: A Century of Memories

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From watch catalog to international retail empire, revisit Sears's Windy City history with author Val Rendel and remember how good the “Good Life” once was. In 1887, Richard W. Sears started a Chicago mail-order house that quickly outpaced its competitors, including Montgomery Ward. For millions of rural Americans over the next hundred years, Chicago was the place where dreams came from. Here, the “World’s Largest Store” opened its first retail buildings, debuted its WLS radio station and transformed the global marketplace from the Great Works headquarters complex. Today, Sears has faded from the city of its birth, but many marks of the once-great business remain, from repurposed iconic department store buildings to the Sears kit homes still scattered across the suburbs. The 110-story skyscraper that dominates the skyline will forever be known to locals as the Sears Tower. Sears greatest legacy, however, was the role it played in shaping the lives of generations of Chicagoans.
ISBN: 9781467139946
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Landmarks
Images: 115
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Val Perry Rendel is a Chicago-area writer whose parents met while working at Sears headquarters in the 1960s. She has a PhD in English and spent eighteen years teaching college writing before deciding that “Those who can, do.” Now she spends her days unpacking the secret stories of people, places and things.
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