The Chicago History Museum store is revamping everything, including its book selection, which takes up one wall of the sunlit Lincoln Park shop. Newly managed by Event Network, a specialty retailer for cultural attractions across the country, the store is realigning its book selection to serve the museum's mission. "We're trying to get a tighter selection of Chicago history books and things that are really focused on the museum's collections and exhibitions," said store director Jennifer Vlna. Many of the museum's exhibits, such as the dioramas on the Great Chicago Fire and the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, are complemented by books in the store, such as Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America." There are shelves of books by Studs Terkel and about Abraham Lincoln, picture books and maps, current and back issues of Chicago History magazines, local titles in the "Images of America" book series complete with sepia images of Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods, and "The Encyclopedia of Chicago." Though the Chicago authors' shelf is sparse, Vlna expects that it will grow with the store's mission-oriented redesign.
The Chicago History Museum store, 1601N. Clark St., 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday or go to