This is a companion site to Hollywood On Lake Michigan, 2nd Edition; but it is most importantly a site for lovers of Chicago and Chicago film/arts/performance/culture/history/etc.


My name is Michael Corcoran and I’m a lecturer, historian, and certified Chicago Tour Guide. One of my most popular tours has always been my Chicago Cinema Tour, which features locations of Chicago shot films interspersed with stories and commentary. Much of this tour was cribbed from Arnie Bernstein’s local classic, Hollywood On Lake Michigan. After years of bothering Arnie and the publisher, Lake Claremont Press, about an updated version; the answer I one day received was “Well why don’t you do it?”

I originally handed in the manuscript in February of 2009 for a release that November. Unfortunately the project then went into limbo for several years before finally being rescued by the wonderful folks at Chicago Review Press.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Hollywood On Lake Michigan, 2nd Edition is now available everywhere!

Aside from Arnie’s excellent history of the early days of Chicago film (which he expanded and reedited) and my own revisions and embellishments of the contemporary section; Hollywood On Lake Michigan, 2nd Edition contains dozens of behind the scenes pictures and historic photos, plus the stunning architectural photography of Kate Corcoran.

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