WBEZ | Augusta Blvd. http://www.wbez.org/tags/augusta-blvd Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Finding ‘Augie March’ in Saul Bellow’s Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/finding-%E2%80%98augie-march%E2%80%99-saul-bellow%E2%80%99s-chicago-92283 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/Macy&#039;s-atrium-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Saul Bellow’s Chicago of the 1930s and ‘40s there were millinery factories in the Loop and Humboldt Park was more Polish than Puerto Rican.</p><p>At age 9, the Nobel laureate immigrated to Chicago from Canada and grew up on the near West Side in a two-flat on Augusta Boulevard. His childhood in the city was fodder for many of his later novels, including <em>Humboldt’s Gift</em> and <em>The Adventures of Augie March</em>, which was recently selected by Chicago Public Library as this fall’s choice for <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/onebook_onechgo.php">One Book, One Chicago</a>.</p><p>Like Bellow, street-smart Augie grows up in Humboldt Park during the Great Depression. As he ages he engages in various business endeavors: stealing books from Carson’s to sell to unsuspecting college students, for example, or smuggling immigrants into the U.S. from Canada. Chicago is a backdrop throughout, and at times, almost a character in the book.</p><p>For all the changes the city has seen, many landmarks from Bellow’s Chicago childhood are still recognizable, if not iconic. Jason Lesniewicz, a tour guide for <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/tours/tourism/Chicago_Neighborhood_Tours.htm">Chicago Neighborhood Tours</a> helped us seek out some sites beloved to Augie, and to Bellow, that still capture the city’s distinctive sense of place. Photos of many locations on the tour along with Lesniewicz's explanations follow.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Saul Bellow's childhood home</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/saul-bellow-house-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Saul-Bellow%27s-house-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="Saul Bellow's childhood home at 2629 W. Augusta Blvd. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Carson's</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/carsons-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Carson%27s-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="Carson's, a classic Louis Sullivan building dating from 1899. Augie goes there to steal books. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Marshall Field's</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/macys-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Macy%27s-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="Macy's on State, formerly Marshall Field's. "></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Tiffany-roof-Macy%27s.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The Tiffany ceiling in Marshall Field's."></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Macy%27s-atrium-2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The atrium inside Marshall Field's."></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Macy%27s-atrium.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The atrium, looking up. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Palmer House </strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/palmer-house-hilton-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Palmer-House-lobby-1_0.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="The lobby of the Palmer House."></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Peacock-doors-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="The peacock doors inside the Palmer House. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Reynolds Club</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/reynolds-club-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Reynolds-Club.jpg" style="width: 334px; height: 500px;" title="The Reynolds Club at the University of Chicago."></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Humboldt Park Lagoon</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/boat-house-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Humboldt-Park-boat-house-1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The boat house at Humboldt Park."></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Humboldt-Park-Lagoon-1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="Fishing in the Humboldt Park lagoon."></p><p>WBEZ is a media sponsor of One Book, One Chicago. You can see a full listing of related events <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/oboc/11f_augie/oboc_11f_greeting.php">here</a>.</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/finding-%E2%80%98augie-march%E2%80%99-saul-bellow%E2%80%99s-chicago-92283