Chicago and the Windy City
Explanations to why Chicago is called “Chicago” and how she got labeled as the “Windy City”.
Biographical essays on some of the first pioneers of Chicago.
1860-1870 Pre-Fire Chicago – A large collection of photographs to recreate a vision of what the city looked like at this time.
1871 Chicago Fire – A section devoted to the cause and aftermath of the Great Fire.
1872-1880 Rebuilding of Chicago – Currently still in construction, a collection of the rebuilding of Chicago.
1881-1900 Golden Age of Chicago – Currently still in construction, the dawn of the skyscraper .
1893 World’s Fair – The biggest event of the 19th century was held in Chicago and the White City was born.
1909 Chicago Facts – A contemporary listing of Chicago’s accomplishments.
1909 Plan of Chicago – The Burnham Plan is an essay, principally authored by Daniel Burnham in 1909, entitled The Plan of Chicago. The essay was written in response to a request by the city’s social and business upper crust for a detailed city plan.
1917 Flag of Chicago – A short history and the meaning of the official flag of Chicago
1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair – The second World’s Fair held in Chicago celebrated her first hundred years.
Baseball – Take a trip to a bygone era where the Cubs were called the White Stockings and had to miss two seasons because a fire in 1871 destroyed their uniforms.
Bicycling – Before the automobile, the bicycle was the new mode of individual transportation and Chicago played a major role.
Camp Douglas – A Civil War prison of war camp that at one time was the setting of an event that could have changed the outcome of the war.
Cemeteries – Chicago is the home to four of the oldest cemeteries in a large city.
Chicago Geography – Articles about the street numbering logic as well as who her early streets were named after and why.
Chicago Courthouses – A brief history of the four Chicago courthouses.
Chicago Harbor – A detailed description of the activity in Chicago’s harbor in its peak from 1872 to 1884.
Chicago Police – A brief history of the early years of the Chicago Police Department as well as a list of “Firsts”.
Fort Dearborn – The fort that started it all.
Newspapers – A complete family tree directory of all the Chicago Newspapers. Organized by each successive owner by date.
Notorious Chicago – A collection of some popular and some unpopular stories that made up Chicago’s notorious past.
Population & Ward Maps – A complete set of charts that indicate each ward’s boundaries during Chicago’s early years.
Population & Annexation
1837 Ward Map
1847 Ward Map
1853 Ward Map
1863 Ward Map
1869 Ward Map
1876 Ward Map
City Limits & Ward Map 1835-1869
Railroads and Aviation – Chicago’s railroad boom was also the home of the General Time Convention which established the four time zones. Afterwards, Chicago became a major airline hub.
Chicago’s Railroad Stations
Chicago Railways Company Routes
Chicago Burlington & Quincy
Chicago & Northwestern Railway
Chicago’s Elevated Railroad
Chicago’s Elevated Railroad’s First Day
Chicago Midway Airport
1911 Aviation Show
Raising Chicago – Article describing how the citizens of Chicago got its town out of the mud.
Seal of Chicago – A brief description of the Seal of Chicago.
Silent Movie Capital – Chicago was briefly the silent movie capital of the country.
Tallest Buildings – Tables that show the history of the tallest buildings in the United States and Chicago