About Patrick T. Reardon and contact information

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6220 North Paulina Street
Chicago, Illinois 60660



Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. In news stories, in-depth investigations, analyses, essays and books, he has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was a reporter at the Chicago Tribune.

He has also written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books.

Today, he is writing a history of the Chicago Loop and researching a history of Chicago..

Daily Meditations for Busy Dads, Patrick T. Reardon



Reardon is the author of five books:

Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Dads (ACTA)
Starting Out: Reflections for Young People (ACTA)
Love Never Fails: Spiritual Reflections for Dads of All Ages (ACTA)
Woven Lives: 100 years in the story of the St. Gertrude faith family.
Catholic and Starting Out: Five Challenges and Five Opportunities

He has also written one or more chapters for the following books:



In 2009, he authored two planning booklets for the Burnham Plan Centennial — Our Region, Our Future and Creating Tomorrow’s Green Region — and wrote 78 essays over a nine-month period for the Burnham Blog.

He also edited (and wrote key portions of) a report for the Friends of the Parks titled “The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago’s Lakefront Parks” — a call to action to fulfill the dream of Daniel H. Burnham and generations of Chicagoans by creating a lakefront park spanning the city’s entire thirty-mile-long shoreline.

In 1997, he was one of ten writers profiled by Christopher Ringwald in Faith in Words: Ten Writers Reflect on the Spirituality of Their Profession.

Reardon was the urban affairs writer and a feature writer at the Chicago Tribune during a 33-year career at the newspaper. He specialized in writing about social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.

He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, public housing, Chicago’s public school system, the middle-class migration out of the city, the rebirth of the Chicago River, the inner workings of a ward boss’s organization, the social and cultural shifts behind the disappearance of the city’s taverns, the surprising importance of alleys in the life of the city, and the emotional, cultural and historical factors behind suburban sprawl.

Reardon was one of a team of Tribune writers and reporters who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for “Gateway to Gridlock,” a series of stories about the nation’s over-crowded skies. As a team leader, he has won three Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for reporting. In addition, his book reviews won two Lisagors for arts criticism.

During his career, Reardon used his expertise in social policy, demographics, statistics, community organizing, Chicago politics, Chicago history, the geography of the city and region, the city’s literature, the multiplicity of governments in the region, real estate development, religion and the history of the nation and world to hold a mirror up to the people of the metropolitan region. His goal has always been to help people understand where they’d been, where they were and where they were going.

He also wrote more than 200 book reviews and profiled such writers as Gay Talese, Haki Madhubuti, Sandra Cisneros, Patrick O’Brian, Richard Russo, Robert Caro, John Keegan, Antonia Fraser, P.D. James and Roddy Doyle.

In 2010 and 2011, Reardon wrote for and edited the website of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development.

He has also written for a variety of publications, including National Catholic Reporter, U.S. Catholic, the Chicago Sun-Times, Health Progress, Reality, Streetwise and Illinois Heritage.

In addition, Reardon has contributed op-ed pieces to the Tribune on subjects ranging from women in major league baseball, the marital status of Jesus, Fort Dearborn, worries about Alzheimer’s disease, an all-too-human umpire, sainthood, the abrupt decision of Mayor Richard M. Daley to leave office, the joy of snow-shoveling and death.

In 2011, Reardon was named by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to serve as a member of the advisory board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. In 2012, he was named to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

He has been a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library. He has lectured on Chicago history at the Chicago History Museum and on journalism at Northwestern University, DePaul University and Roosevelt University. His poems have appeared in many periodicals.

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Reardon and his wife, Cathy Shiel-Reardon, a psychotherapist and school social worker, live in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Their daughter Sarah is a public school teacher in Chicago. Their son David, a financial analyst, married Tara Ruccolo, an event planner, in October, 2013.

28 thoughts on “About Patrick T. Reardon and contact information

  1. Mr. Reardon

    I read your article entitled Who Is a Saint and thought you might be interested in a book I wrote which was released a few weeks ago. It is CREATED EQUAL and is available on Amazon, etc. Although it is a legal thriller, it touches on both sides of the debate about women priests.

    R A Brown

  2. Pat,
    I’ve just spent some time on your Facebook page, reading your book reviews, the St. Gertrude history excerpt, admiring the picture of you and Cathy, and Sara’s prescient primary school biography.
    Love that I know you and yours.
    Just finished a book that I think is important in the area of mourning. Can you imagine a book by a grieving widow that reads like a compelling novel? Amy Welborn lost her husband, Mike Dubriel, who dropped dead of a heart attack at 50, leaving 2 little boys, and a stepdaughter. She takes the family to Sicily for an extended trip. The book is part travelogue/ part theological/ part griefological memoir. Wow! I didn’t want it to end.
    Must sell!
    Congrats to you and Cathy on Sara’s achievement. You two gave her the tools and the love.
    Julie is off to DC to work at an “urban” architecture firm.
    Wow! Where did it all go?


    • Nancy — Thanks for the note. What’s the title of the mourning book? I’d like to take a look at it. It’s great that Julie has been able to get work at a firm in her field. Today, many kids get out of college and can’t find a job in what they’ve been trained to do. I know she’s 1,000 miles away, but so was David….and he returned to Chicago. Pat

  3. Mr Reardon, While searching for information about my father who was a pow in Camp 54, I came across the journal of Demitri Hayidakis and the amazing story attached to it and would like to know if anyone traced the artist who made those remarkable sketches?
    Heilie Havenga

  4. Dear Mr. Reardon: I’m wondering if your book, “Starting Out: Reflections for Young People” is still available for purchase? I can’t find a new copy for sale online, except @ amazon.com for >$300!! From what I’ve read about the book & garnered from your other writings, it sounds like it might be the perfect “congratulatory” gift for our grandson, Brandon . . . a high school sophomore, star athlete & all-around great kid (who occasionally quotes Scripture on his FB page) . . . to recognize his recent induction into the National Honor Society & help guide him through life. Thanks very much….Jill McGuire

  5. Hello Mr. Reardon –

    I was given an article you wrote for the Chicago Tribune but the published date was cut off. The title of the article is “Where public housing is a beautiful place” and it’s about the Historic North Side CHA (Lathrop Homes) which opened in 1938. It is the subject of possible demolition. I was born and lived 40 years in Chicago and my family actually lived in this project for 14 years. Could you give me some idea of when you wrote this? I would like to get a reprint of your article for my family. Thank you!

  6. Seems like you have accomplished a lot in your life Pat since you left the Claretians. Wish I could say the same about myself. Spent 20 years in the Air Force, was a Mr. Mom for 7 years raising 3 of our 6 bio kids, and then taught 4th and 5th grade for 13 1/2 years. Retired a few years back and will be leaving Germany this summer to live in Green Bay and follow the Packers. If you don’t remember me, you were my sponsor when I entered St Jude back in 1965 as a Sophomore. God Bless you and your family and continue to keep up the good work.

    • Of course I remember you, and, somehow across the years, I’d heard you were living in Germany. Don’t be so humble about your accomplishments — my biggest accomplishment, I think, is working with my wife to raise our two kids, one of whom is now teaching 3rd grade at an inner-city Chicago public school. Yours sounds like a pretty full life. If I were much of a Bears fan, I’d get on you for being a Packers fan, but, really, the Packers are pretty amazing in pro sports. Let me know if ever you’re in Chicago. Pat

  7. Dear Patrick,
    I just read your article published in the Sun Times this morning – A veteran reporter says, ‘I vote for wonder’ – and I absolutely agree with your perspective. I loved the article so much, I wanted to share it with friends and family, but the Sun Times did not post it at their website. At least I can’t find it there – or anywhere – on the internet. Do they wait a day before they publish so people are forced to buy today’s papers? That would make sense, so I’m not criticizing – I’m just trying to understand why your article cannot be found there today. Anyway, if/when you get the URL for this article, I’d love to post it and share it with those who do not live in Chicago. It’s exactly my sentiment….
    Keep the positive message going!

  8. I read your article in the Sun-Times yesterday, drawn into it by the line “I vote for wonder and joy”. Years ago I attended a Genesis 2 seminar at St. Nicks in Evanston and this brought back memories of Father Bill Flaherty who commented on keeping a sense of awe when considering life. Thank you for the uplifting words much needed, Anne

    • Thanks for your note. Open eyes are an important aspect of going through life. Seeing the bigger picture has great value. Pat

  9. Thank you for the “I vote for wonder” article. I decided to send it as my holiday greeting since it expressed my beliefs much better than I could have done. I have gotten responses of gratitude and people saying it was just what they needed to hear. I know it was for me.

  10. Hi Patrick! You have some things in common with me. We both had an Uncle Connie until recently – the same Connie. We both have the name Patrick too. We are not related though not by blood anyway. Uncle Connie for you he was your father’s brother and for me he was my mother’s sister’s husband (Aunt Pat too is my aunt and she too like Uncle Connie was the youngest child in her family). Uncle Connie was your uncle and technically my uncle in law. You have made your livelihood off of writing and often on subjects relating to history and our Chicago. I made my living as an attorney but not off of history and Chicago but I am and have been a life long history buff and Chicago trivia fan. Many times over the years when you were with the Chicago Tribune I saw and read articles written by you and enjoyed them too. I wondered if you were related to Uncle Connie but I never asked Uncle Connie because I presumed in error that Reardon was a fairly common name so the odds were against your being related to Uncle Connie. I learned otherwise when I saw an article after Uncle Connie died where you mentioned him and his sister, Sister Julia. Take care from another, Pat, who also had the same Uncle Connie.

    • Thanks, Patrick, for the gracious note. I wonder if it would be correct to think that we are cousins-in-law…..or something like that.

  11. If your Great-Grandfather was Patrick J. O’Connor of Clarr, County Kerry, Ireland, you are my second cousin. From my name, you can guess he was my great-grandfather as well. I am still in touch with members of the family in that area. Con Reardon was my father’s first cousin.

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