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Thomas Dyja's "The Third Coast" celebrates Chicago's "greatest years" through the 1950s. Dyja (left) blames air travel for shifting some of Chicago's might to the east and west coasts, eroding the city's "Third Coast" status. He spoke at a forum moderated by Peter Skosey of the Metropolitan Planning Council.


'The Third Coast' author celebrates Chicago’s “greatest years” 'The Third Coast' author celebrates Chicago’s “greatest years”

by Julie Davis
Jun 12, 2013


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Thomas Dyja's "The Third Coast"

Author Thomas Dyja’s new book, “The Third Coast”, examines what he calls Chicago’s “final period as the nation’s primary meeting place,” the 1940s and 1950s. Dyja recognized influential Chicagoans, from Mies van de Rohe to Studs Turkel, as he heralded this golden era at a talk at the Metropolitan Planning Council last week.