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On the Beach, by James Fagan, ca. 1893
Beaches; Walking; Sand; People; Children; Trees; Buildings; Smoke; Boardwalks;
Gondolas; Umbrellas; Passengers; People; Lakes & ponds;
Sunset on the Dream City
Gondolas; Sailboats; Boats; Sunrises & sunsets; Clouds; Smoke; Buildings;
To the National Commissioners of the World’s Columbian Exposition from Frank I. Bennett, Charles T. White and James R. Mann, n.d.
Frank Bennett, Charles White and James Mann were members of the committee to research the suitability of Jackson Park for the World’s Columbian Exposition. Among the reasons cited by the committee was...
Profile of a Section of the Kinzie’s Addition
Horizontal scale 150 feet to 1 inch. Vertical scale 40 feet to 1 inch. Note: The figures in red at the intersection of the streets denote the proposed grade above high water in the Chicago River. Those...
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...
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...
Chicago Crib, from Chicago Illustrated
In the mid-1800s, as today, Chicago was supplied with water from Lake Michigan. At that time however, water was drawn only about one mile north of the Chicago River, into which the city sewers discharged...
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...
Manhattan Beach, n.d.
Beaches; Sunbathing; Swimmers; Waterfronts;
Manhattan Beach was located at 75th Street and the lakeshore. The Chief Justice Wallace, a passenger steamer, carried passengers from Manhattan Beach to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.
Mayor and Common Council of the City of Chicago, Praying an Appropriation to Protect that City from the Encroachments of Lake Michigan, February 17, 1840
Petitions; Mayors; City council members; Taxes;
Mayor Alexander Lloyd and the Common Council did not plead for an appropriation of money from the Government. Instead, they asked for an "unconditional donation" of the land in the Fort Dearborn Addition...
Nichols Beach, n.d.
Snow; Beaches; Dwellings; Sports & recreation facilities;
One of the most well-maintained beaches of the South Side recreation areas was Nichols' Beach. It was run by George Nichols, whose residence adjoined the beach. Nichols' close proximity and vigilance over...
Luncheon by Daniel Hudson Burnham, architect, to his business city planning colleagues, when the Plan of Chicago was completed in 1908
Meetings; Conference rooms; Tables; Men; Government officials; City planning;
p. 1020 photo caption: "Luncheon by Daniel Hudson Burnham, architect, to his busines city planning colleagues, when the Plan of Chicago was completed in 1908." The name of each person in the photo follows...
S.S. Illinois in Chicago, 1917
Photograph. A combination freight-and-passenger steamer, the all-steel Illinois, sister ship to the S.S. Missouri, was built in South Chicago in 1899 for the Northern Michigan Transit Company. In 1922,...
S.S. Manitou on Lake Michigan, 1917
Steamboats; Lakes & ponds;
Photograph. Built in 1893 for the Lake Michigan & Lake Superior Transportation Company, the Manitou provided express service for the Chicago-Mackinac Island route for 40 years. During this period she changed...
S.S. Isle Royale on the Chicago River, 1933
Steamboats; Ships; Skyscrapers;
Photograph. The Isle Royale Line became the new owners of the former S.S. Manitou. The Isle Royale's run was Chicago and Lake Superior, but by the middle of the Depression, she was out of service and partly...
S.S. Alabama in the Chicago Harbor, 1934
Photograph. The most photographed Goodrich steamer of all time, the Alabama was commissioned in 1910, and served on the cross-lake passenger and cargo route for many years. The Goodrich Transit Company...
Recreation [Navy] Pier, seen from the Lake, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1921
Piers & wharves; Amusement piers; Sports & recreation facilities; Waterfronts
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
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...
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