Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781935195153 Published June 2011

The Place of Religion in Chicago

Wilbur Zelinsky and Stephen A. Matthews

Wilbur Zelinsky and Stephen A. Matthews

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

224 pages | 52 halftones, 91 maps | 8 1/2 x 11
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781935195153 Published June 2011

With The Place of Religion in Chicago, Wilbur Zelinsky and Stephen A. Matthews provide the first detailed, systematic geographical study of the religious landscape of Chicago. Zelinsky and Matthews have scoured the city—from the South Side to the West Side to the North Side—to document and investigate the locations and traits of the various houses of worship, as well as the congregations that sustain them. Their account is rounded out with photographs, color maps, and tables, making this volume valuable to geographers, sociologists, and anthropologists—but also to anyone with an interest in Chicago and its heritage.

Peter Haggett, University of Bristol
The Place of Religion in Chicago is a clearly written account of a little-studied aspect of American landscape. Based on unique field surveys and supported by photographs, tables, and beautifully crafted maps, the book will form a lasting contribution to our understanding of an overlooked element of the American urban scene: the religious landscape of a major metropolis.”
M. Beth Schlemper, University of Toledo

“Zelinsky and Matthews offer a detailed study of Chicago’s religious landscape, one that is illustrative of the diversity that exists at the national scale. The research is quite comprehensive, and the book will be a great resource for academic and non-academic professionals. It will certainly make an important contribution to the study of religion in America—such an in-depth examination of an urban area’s religious geography is original and a welcome addition to the literature.”

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