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Chicago Unzipped City Guide Offers Inside Look At Chicago

The new guidebook created by Northwestern students offers reviews of more than 1,400 restaurants, stores, bars and other establishments.

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August 8, 2008 | by Alan K. Cubbage
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A new guidebook created by Northwestern University students provides an insider's look at Chicago and its neighborhoods. "Chicago Unzipped," now available for purchase, offers reviews of more than 1,400 restaurants, stores, bars and other establishments, as well as maps and directions on how to find all the neighborhood hot spots.

"We wanted to create a guidebook that goes where others don't and really let people know what it's like to live like a Chicagoan," said Nicholas Jackson, editor-in-chief of Chicago Unzipped.

More than 50 writers and photographers fanned out across Chicago's neighborhoods for more than a year, interviewing in-the-know local residents and checking out shopping and dining spots across the city. The result is a lavishly illustrated 384-page guidebook that gives detailed information on places to eat, shop and visit in 25 featured neighborhoods, in addition to the city's main tourist attractions.

The guidebook is a project of Northwestern Student Holdings, a student organization designed to encourage entrepreneurship among Northwestern undergrads. Northwestern students handled the entire production of Chicago Unzipped, from original concept to final production.

Chicago Unzipped is available for purchase online at www.chicagounzipped.com, Beck's Bookstore and the Northwestern University Norris Center in Evanston and at Poster Plus in Chicago.