It's the 1970s, and Chicago's Southside is changing along with the rest of America. For Francis Curtin, a working-class teenager growing up in the West Englewood neighborhood, life is about getting his first car, dodging trouble at his Catholic boys' school, and exploring the city with his closest pals. But Francis' world is set for rapid-fire expansion when he lands a job as an Andy Frain usher. Suddenly Francis is on the sidelines at Soldier Field, backstage for concerts at Chicago Stadium, and rubbling elbows with Harry Carey and Bill Veeck at Comisky Park. Then there are the ushers themselves, a motley crew of characters who expose Francis to the adult world and all its corruption. City Life is about coming of age in one of the most turbulent and thrilling eras in American history. Chicagoans will love this story for its historical undertones and setting in some of the city's most iconic sites, many now demolished or in disrepair.