This book, like the series of five exhibitions around Illinois in 2000-2001 that preceded it, is a reclaiming of the city's art heritage from the first half of the 20th Century. The 48 Chicago-area artists included within the collection, whose paintings were collected by Powell and Barbara Bridges of Wilmette, Illinois, worked across a spectrum of generally respresentational styles. But the core of the book's 78 paintings are the ones with Chicago as the subject. In addition to their beauty and artistic merit, these works are also a glimpse into the past, fragments of history and they tell a part of the story of Chicago. © Chicago Tribune, Section 14, Books, December 12, 2004.