The text from the 1989 ad reads (and the choice to quote here is not without admiration for the anonymous author, who had done his/her homework):
Looking at the prominence of its financial institutions, some people would assume that Chicago's literary output consists chiefly of bank statements and stock portfolios.
That's pure fiction.
Chicago, in fact, has provided sanctuary and inspiration to some of the greatest poets, novelists and journalists of our time.
It was here (in nearby Oak Park) that Hemingway was born. Here, as a boy, that he visited the Field Museum of Natural Hisotry, and spent hours fueling his imagination in the Hall of African Mammals. Here that he attended his first prizefight. It was here that the poet Carl Sandburg, enthralled with his "City of the Big Shoulders", rose to become America's foremost literary journalist.
It was here that The Little Review, a forerunner of the Greenwich Village bohemianism of the 1920's, challenged censorship laws by serialising James Joyce's Ulysses. Here that Harriet Monroe founded Poetry, the magazine that helped establish the reputations of such prestigious poets as Edgar Lee Masters and T.S. Eliot.
And it was here that Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson and Frank Norris drew inspiration for a body of work that would become central to the development of American literature. An achievement which could only occur in a city Norman Mailer once described as "the last of the great American cities". A city bursting with energy, rich with stimuli.
Railroads. Stockyards. Architecture. Neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods, in particular, spawned still another generation of Chicago literary talent. Writers like Nelson Algren, James T. Farrell, Richard Wright. Writers who painted a powerful, gritty, unforgettable portrait of modern urban life.
Today, that literary tradition is still here. In the novels of Nobelist Saul Bellow. In the plays of David Mamet. And in the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black ever to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
You've read the book. Now see the city.