The Agate Holiday Gift Guide: Chicago Edition!

Not sure what to give your loved one for the holidays? Does your loved one live in Chicago? Worry not, my friend—your local indie publisher has got you covered. Scroll down to find amazing books for anyone who lives in or simply loves Chicago. Check out these great selections!

For the sports fan!

Decade-by-decade team histories from the Chicago Tribune comprising essays, original reporting, archival photographs, and various memorabilia from Chicago’s most beloved franchises. From left to right, titles include The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Bears: A Decade-By-Decade HistoryThe Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Bulls: A Decade-By-Decade HistoryThe Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Cubs: A Decade-By-Decade HistoryThe Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Blackhawks: A Decade-By-Decade History, and coming in April 2018, The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago White Sox: A Decade-By-Decade History

For the holiday baker!


Holiday Cookies: Prize-Winning Family Recipes from the Chicago Tribune for Cookies, Bars, Brownies and More

Chicago Tribune

A collection of the best recipes from the Chicago Tribune’s annual holiday cookie contest, as judged by the newspaper’s award-winning food writers.

For the trivia whiz!


NEW 10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything: A Collection of Fascinating Historical, Scientific and Cultural Trivia about People, Places and Things

Mark Jacob, Stephan Benzkofer

A carefully curated collection of fun and obscure facts, covering everything from language and food to politics and war.

For the caffeine fiend!


NEW Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home

Jessica Easto with Andreas Willhoff

This accessible guide to making coffee explores multiple pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew techniques on 10 different devices.

For the Chicago enthusiast!


The Chicago Coloring Book: Iconic Landmarks and Hidden Gems (Adult Coloring Book)

Chris Arnold

Hours of coloring fun in more than 50 original pen-and-ink illustrations, featuring modern architectural treasures, local icons, and Chicago food and fauna.

For the true crime aficionado!


Capone: A Photographic Portrait of America’s Most Notorious Gangster

Chicago Tribune

A visual retelling of the rise and eventual fall of Al Capone—the Chicago gangster, bootlegger, and leader of Prohibition’s most infamous crime syndicate.

For the photography guru!


Gangsters & Grifters: Classic Crime Photos from the Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

A powerful and visually stunning photographic collection that tells the dark story of Chicago’s nefarious crime underworld.

For the history buff!


A Century of Progress: A Photographic Tour of the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair

Chicago Tribune

A comprehensive photographic portrait of the second Chicago World’s Fair, a civic milestone forever honored by the fourth star on Chicago’s flag.

For the journalist!


Chicago Flashback: The People and Events That Shaped a City’s History

Chicago Tribune

A history of Chicago told through the stories, headlines, and photographs of its hometown newspaper.

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