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Join us at Macys on State Street for a signing of Lauren Viera’s book “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Chicago” January 27th | 1pm CST

January 27 @ 1:00 pm


January 27th | 1pm CST

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Chicago | Lauren Viera

We kindly request that if you would like your book signed, it must be purchased at Barbara’s Bookstore. To ensure a smooth and efficient signing process, please present your receipt as proof of purchase.




  • An insider’s guide to Chicago’s hidden gems and lesser-known spots
  • Written by a true local, filled with independent advice, based on thorough research and the author’s personal opinions
  • An inspirational and practical guide to the city’s most interesting places, buildings, restaurants, shops, museums, galleries, neighbourhoods, gardens and cafes, arranged into 100 lists of 5 secrets
  • A new addition to Luster’s successful and attractive series of city guides

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Chicago reveals 500 off-the-beaten- track places and interesting details for anyone who’s keen to explore
Chicago’s best-kept secrets, e.g. 5 caf’s for sitting a spell, 5 iconic merchants, 5 ways to enjoy the Chicago river, 5 unlikely art
destinations, 5 historic music spots… and much more.
Also available: The 500 Hidden Secrets of New York, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Tokyo, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Seattle, The 500 Hidden Secrets of San Francisco, and many more. Discover the series at the500hiddensecrets.com.





Lauren Viera has called Chicago home for more than 20 years. After visiting on a whim during a college break. she was drawn to the city’s thrilling music scene. fantastic Mexican food and friendly people. and fell for the historic architecture. cultural diversity and beautiful show of seasons. While on staff at Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Tribune. and contributing to publications including Chicago Magazine. the Chicago Reader and Crain’S Chicago Business. Lauren has been fortunate to dig deep into the city’s culture from a relX)rter’s of view. With assignments ranging from the of the Art Institute’s Modern Wing to discovering the loudest bands in the Ukrainian Village. she has grown to know and love the people. places and things that make Chicago so wonderfully unique. Beyond writing. lauren’s passion for the city extends to teaching. gardening. preservation. volunteering. and advocating for representation from a diverse cross-section of residents. There are so many things she loves about Chicago. narrowing them down to 500 was a challenge The author wishes to thank all of the people who shared their secrets to grow and diversity the list of treasures that made it into the book. Special thanks to Sam landers at mpe for the referral. Dettie Luyten at Luster for editing and advice. photographer Giovanni Simeone for lovingly capturing the city. and Rick Kogan for embcdying Chicago through and through.



January 27
1:00 pm
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Macy’s State Street
111 N. State Street, Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60602