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CultureShock! Chicago

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CultureShock! Chicago is an insightful and thorough guide that will help you make Chicago your home. Discover the real Chicago beyond the usual tourist attractions and the gloss of promotional brochures and be acquainted with the reality of living and working in this exciting city. Find out what lies behind the Chicagoan façade and how to make friends in your new community. Chock-full of useful information to help you settle in, CultureShock! Chicago covers a wide range of practical issues such as how to negotiate the grid and get around the city, what to expect from Chicago's extreme weather, how to find suitable accommodation and how to conduct business and manage your finances, among others. It also explores the many excellent recreational facilities in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city. CultureShock! Chicago is the one book you will need to make a success of living, working or studying in Chicago.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Dedication
  8. Map of USA
  9. Chapter 1 First Impressions
    1. Habla English
    2. The City That Works
    3. A City of Neighbourhoods
  10. Chapter 2 Overview of Chicago
    1. Welcome to Chicago
    2. A Tale of the Three Cities
    3. Zeroing in on Chicago
    4. Geography and Climate
    5. History
    6. Economy
    7. Political Machinery
    8. Landmark Status
    9. Places to Know About
    10. You and Uncle Sam
    11. The Status of Immigrants
    12. Social Security and Taxes
  11. Chapter 3 Behind the Façade
    1. Ethnic Demographics
    2. Religion and Spirituality
    3. Language
    4. Roles of Men and Women
    5. Stages of Life
    6. The Place of Race and Class
    7. Cracking the American Nut 66
  12. Chapter 4 Meeting Chicagoans
    1. A Word about Names
    2. Home Life
    3. Dining with Chicagoans
    4. Talking the Talk
    5. The Life of the Party
    6. Short Social Occasions and Rituals
  13. Chapter 5 A Place to Call Home
    1. Where to Live
    2. Types of Housing
    3. Renting a Property
    4. Buying a Property
    5. Connecting to Services
    6. Getting Domestic Help
    7. Your Address and Mail
    8. Chicago on the Ground
    9. Getting Around in Chicagoland
    10. Public Transportation
    11. Driving in Chicago
    12. Healthcare
    13. Safety
    14. Drug Use and Abuse
    15. Education in Chicago
    16. Money Matters
    17. American Retailing
    18. Tips about Tipping
  14. Chapter 6 Tasting Chicago
    1. Food for Your Table
    2. You say Tomato...
    3. Food Labelling
    4. Beverage Basics
    5. Eating, Chicago Style
    6. The Meal Plan
    7. Eating Out
    8. Specialty and Ethnic Foods
    9. Special Dietary Requirements
    10. Drinking Out
  15. Chapter 7 Chicago at Play
    1. The Great Outdoors (And Indoors)
    2. Your Media Diet
    3. The Holidays
    4. The Chicago Calendar
  16. Chapter 8 Learning the Language
    1. What Sort of English?
    2. English on the Street
    3. The Informal Classroom
    4. The Formal Classroom
    5. Finding a Tutor
    6. When in Rome...
  17. Chapter 9 Chicago at Work
    1. The City Workplace
    2. Division of Labour
    3. Doing as the Natives Do
    4. Business and Politics
    5. Self-Employment
    6. Alien Entrepreneurship
  18. Chapter 10 Chicago at a Glance
    1. Famous Chicagoans
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index