The title page describes the contents:
Sights and Scenes in the Great City. Her Growing Industries and Commercial Development, Historical and Descriptive. Prominent Places and People. Episodes in Useful Lives, and Local Reminiscences. For the use of the Buyer, Shipper, Tourist, Inventor, and all others interested in the growth and advancement of the Garden City. For Popular Distribution. Illustrated.
Elmer Epenetus Barton published a series of city business books like this one, including volumes on Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. Given the rarity and desirability of the Chicago book, it was reprinted in 2008 by Kessinger Publishing.
Condition: Contents generally very good, though printed on inexpensive paper and toned overall. Spine cracked and end pages loose. Covers worn, soiled, lightly dampstained, but intact. Could use minor work by Green Dragon Bindery.