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Statue of the Republic, 1893
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...
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 &...
Erie Street, Looking East
Ruins; People; Streets;
View of Chicago in Ruins from the Michigan Avenue Hotel, 1871
Ruins; Buildings; Hotels
Stereograph. View of Chicago in Ruins from the Michigan Avenue Hotel, 1871. Lovejoy & Foster, photographers. Fifty years of steady growth ended on October 8, 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire destroyed...
Cribben & Sexton Stove Warehouse, ca. 1871
Stereograph. Cribben & Sexton Stove Warehouse, ca. 1871. Lovejoy & Foster, photographers.
Western News Company, ca. 1871. J.H. Abbott, photographer
Stereograph. Western News Company, ca. 1871. J.H. Abbott, photographer
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...
Plan of Chicago in 1925: Fifteen Years Work of the Chicago Plan Commission, 1925
Plans; Reclamation of land; Coastlines;
Digital reproduction of a page on Chicago lake front from the book The Plan of Chicago in 1925: Fifteen Years Work of the Chicago Plan Commission. Issued from the headquarters of the Chicago Plan Commission,...
Recreation [Navy] Pier, seen from the Lake, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1921
Piers & wharves; Amusement piers; Sports & recreation facilities; Waterfronts
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...
On the Grand Basin, July 14, 1892
Passengers; Piers & wharves; Boats
Reproduction of an albumen print
View from Dearborn Park looking northeast, ca. 1860s. Copelin & Melander, photographers
Parks; Trails & paths; Trees; Buildings; Business enterprises;
Stereograph. View from Dearborn Park looking northeast, ca. 1860s. Copelin & Melander, photographers. The main offices of the Pullman Palace Car Company dominate this early view of Dearborn Park. In the...
Windsor Park Bathing Club original members, n.d.
The Windsor Park Bathing Club was founded in 1900. Family memberships cost $4.00 for the duration of the life of the club, which was discontinued in 1903. Members could enjoy outdoor activities at the...
Last Council of the Pottawatomies, 1833
Postcard. The Last Council of the Pottawatomies, 1833, from the painting by Lawrence C. Earle. Artist Lawrence C. Earle’s scenes depicting the history of Chicago were originally painted for the Banking...
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...
Plan of Chicago Harbor
This 1839 plan for the Chicago harbor illustrates five years of shoreline encroachments and marks the position of the piers on the Chicago River. The blueprint notes that the public ground at Randolph...
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...
Map of Chicago, Incorporated as a Town, August 5, 1833, compiled from the original "Map of Chicago about 1833," by Walter H. Conley and O.E. Stelzer, 1933
Programme of Review of Passenger Launches, July 14, 1892
Launches; Passengers; Committees;
Typed document. A review of the Fair’s passenger launches occurred three months before the dedication of the buildings in October 1892, and almost ten months before the formal opening of the Fair on...
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