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Lake Shore, from Foot of 23rd Street, ca. 1893
Debris; Beaches; Coastlines; Lakes & ponds; People
Reproduction from a viewbook. Lake Shore, from Foot of 23rd Street, ca. 1893. Rubbish from the Fire was used to fill in the area on the lakeshore between the outlying Illinois Central railroad track and...
Kinzie House near Fort Dearborn in 1804, n.d.
Tipis; Canoes; Coastlines; Houses
Postcard. The Kinzie House near Fort Dearborn, 1804, from the painting by Lawrence C. Earle in the Banking Room of the Central Trust Company of Illinois, 152 Monroe St., Chicago. When DuSable sold his...
Iowa State Building along the Lakefront, ca. 1893.
State government; Beaches; Walking; People; Children
Illinois Central Round House, from Chicago Illustrated
Jetties; Lakes & ponds; Winds; Railroads;
"The breakwater was essential for the protection of the land and the railroad tracks. Occasionally, an adventurous Chicagoan would venture out along its surface, only to be turned back by the force of...
Illinois Central Rail-Road Company Offer (sic) for Sale Over 2,400,000 Acres, Selected Prairie, Farm and Wood Lands
Covers (Illustration); Advertisements; Selling; Land
In the decade between 1850 and 1860, the Illinois Central had transformed the face of the Chicago lakefront, and had stimulated the development of the city's outlying areas. The era of railroad growth...
Great Central Depot Grounds, with Entrance to Harbor, from Chicago Illustrated
Sailboats; Boats; Waterfronts; People; Railroad stations; Railroads;
This view of the Great Central Passenger Depot was one of the most familiar scenes in Chicago in the 1860s. Trains from the Illinois Central Railroad, the Michigan Central and the Chicago, Burlington &...
Digital reproduction of a photograph: a gondolier on a gondola, Chicago, 1893.
Gondolas; Umbrellas; Passengers; People; Lakes & ponds;
First Fort Dearborn built in 1803
Forts & fortifications; Horses; Horseback riding; Men;
Postcard. The First Fort Dearborn built in 1803, from the painting by Lawrence C. Earle
First Annual Statement of the Trade and Commerce of Chicago, for the year ending December 31, 1858: reported to the Chicago Board of Trade by Seth Catlin, Superintendent
Ships; Shipping; Documents; Commerce;
Included in this commerce report to the Chicago Board of Trade is a listing of the various craft which sailed between Chicago and other lake ports during the 1859 season. Schooners made up the majority...
Erie Street, Looking East
Ruins; People; Streets;
Electric Launch on the Grand Basin, 1893
Fairs; Monuments; Flags; Flagpoles; Fountains; Canals; Gondolas; Buildings; Optical illusions; Waterways;
East Side of the Transportation Building, 1893
Facades; Deterioration; Sculpture
The World's Columbian Exposition buildings stood with elegant facades, presenting a city in trompe-l'oeil, an optical illusion. They were designed to be temporary, however, and Fair visitors would recollect...
Deck of the S.S. Mabel Bradshaw
Decks (Ships); Steamboats; Passengers; Lakes & ponds;
This small, wooden passenger steamer was built in the Spring of 1889, and named for a relative of her owner, Hugh Bradshaw of Chicago. The Mabel Bradshaw's original service ran between Holland, Michigan...
Daniel H. Burnham to Lyman J. Gage, President of the World’s Columbian Exposition, February 13, 1891.
Daniel H. Burnham’s original 1891 cost estimate for construction of the World’s Columbian Exposition topped $16,000,000. While the Exposition company was expected to bear the greatest financial responsibility...
Cribben & Sexton Stove Warehouse, ca. 1871
Stereograph. Cribben & Sexton Stove Warehouse, ca. 1871. Lovejoy & Foster, photographers.
Court of Honor, ca. 1893
Fairs; Monuments; Flags; Flagpoles; Fountains; Canals; Gondolas; Buildings; Optical illusions; Waterways; Gardens
In 1890, nearly twenty years after the Great Chicago Fire and at the zenith of his career as an urban planner and landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted found the opportunity to resurrect his plan...
Construction Stage: Dredging, June 1891
Dredging; Progress photographs;
Digital reproduction of a photograph. Albumen print. Construction for the World's Columbian Exposition: dredging, Chicago's lakefront, June 1891
Combination Book of Souvenir Tickets, made possible by the Palmer House, Chicago, through a special arrangement with a Century of Progress, 1933
Digital photograph of a group of Tickets for A Century of Progress, a world fair in Chicago in 1933-1934.
Chicago South Park Commission, Plan of the South Open Ground..., as proposed to be laid out by Olmsted, Vaux & Company, Landscape Architects, 1871
The design for Chicago's park system began in 1869, with Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s ambitious proposal for the South Park.
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