David Anthony Witter

An author, journalist, teacher, lecturer, and historian, David Anthony Witter has been documenting Chicago’s history and neighborhoods for over thirty years. His books include Oldest Chicago; Chicago Magic, A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle; and Be-Bop, Swing and Bella Musica. His historical articles and photographs have appeared in The Chicago Reader, New City, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Living Blues, The Copley News Syndicate, and many other publications. Witter has also added to his feel and appreciation for Chicago’s history and culture through playing blues at local venues.

David Anthony Witter was born in Miller, Indiana—“across the lagoon from Nelson Algren’s summer home,” as he puts it—but has spent most of his life in Chicago. Growing up in 1970s Lincoln Park, before it switched from being an enclave

Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, this new second edition of Oldest Chicago is a 'must' for anyone wanting to visit what this iconic American city has to offer—whether you are a newly arrived traveler or a life-long resident.

WDCB’s Gary Zidek caught up with author David Anthony Witter to talk about the latest edition of his book, Oldest Chicago.


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