The Guardian published an article "Friends for faraway places" (June 14, 2008), in which Julian Barnes recommends the perfect reading for Sicily, William Boyd covers Los Angeles, and Dave Eggers gives a list of books to be read concerning Chicago.
Chicago for Eggers is best represented by:
Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March, "the ultimate Chicago book."
Jonathan Kozol's Savage Inequalities judges the public schools in American cities, including Chicago.
Stephen Eliott's Happy Baby is set in Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s.
Gwendolyn Brooks's, Maud Martha is set in the 1930s and 1940s on the South Side.