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A Tour of Sister Carrie's Chicago

Explore the Windy City through American author Theodore Dreiser’s classic 19th century novel.

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Early on in Clementine Classics: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser, annotator Clementine the Hedgehog writes, “Everything I know about Chicago is based on the musical/movie, Chicago. So I’m guessing this book will feature a bunch of flat-chested broads, murder and Queen Latifah.” Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your outlook), there are no Renée Zellweger-Richard Gere duets in Sister Carrie.

The classic American novel does, however, offer a comprehensive look at late 19th century Chicago, where Caroline “Sister Carrie” Meeber moves at the start of the book. These are 10 locations that play a key role in Carrie’s formative journey through the Windy City:

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