Lake Claremont Press celebrates the power and character of place for our particular corner of the globe, Chicago and greater Chicagoland. Our nonfiction histories and guidebooks foster and reveal Chicago’s special identity by exploring our city’s history, culture, geography, built environment, people, and lore. We publish authors with specific Chicago passions and knowledge and local organizations with Chicago-centric missions. We are a small, independent, niche publisher and we stand broad-shoulders to shoulder with the publishing houses of that other big city.


Founded by Sharon Woodhouse in 1994, Lake Claremont Press has published over 60 titles, including local bestseller Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City and several award winners. Other favorites over the years have included Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago and the MoviesThe Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural HistoryA Cook’s Guide to ChicagoThe Streets and San Man’s Guide to Chicago EatsThe Golden Age of Chicago Children’s TelevisionOldest ChicagoHistoric Bars of Chicago, and Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom.


LCP authors and books have been featured in hundreds of local and national newspapers, magazines, and online publications, and on dozens of local and national radio programs, television shows, and cable channels, including CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, A&E, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, The National Geographic Channel, WGN, Chicago Tonight, the Chicago Stories series, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and the New York Times. Our staff and authors are actively involved in promoting and sharing our love and knowledge of Chicago with our community and the world beyond.


In 2016, Lake Claremont Press added the distribution imprint "A Chicago Joint," to its mix, offering our special brand of distribution and support services to self-published authors of high-quality, Chicago-focused nonfiction as a way of expanding the content we can bring to our individual and retail customers.


Our books are available retail at dozens of Chicago book, gift, museum, and specialty shops, and online here, at, and, among many others.


Our books are available wholesale from Baker & Taylor. Books may also be purchased directly from us (on this site); discounts start on orders of two or more copies. We have excellent discount options for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits that would like to purchase our books in volume for use as gifts, premiums, fundraisers, and more. Contact Sharon at 312/226-8400 or for more information.


Our staff members and authors are available to speak on Chicago history topics and book writing and publishing for luncheons, meetings, conferences, parties, and special events. Call the press at 312/226-8400, or email for more information.


We welcome first-time and established authors to submit book proposals and finished manuscripts on all things Chicago. We publish non-fiction trade paperbacks only at this time.


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