1893 Columbian Exposition – This Gallery features the official photography of The 1893 World’s Fair. Also included are several engravings from “Art and Architecture” magazine.
1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair – The second World’s Fair held in Chicago celebrated her first hundred years.
Pre-Fire Chicago – This Gallery is the largest on-line collection of Pre-Chicago Fire images in the world. Many of these images have not been reproduced in over 80 years. Most of the images have colorized backgrounds. The intent was to just add a little lustre to the B&W images. The buildings themselves have remained in their original half tone state.
Pre-Fire Engravings – This Gallery contains engraved views of Chicago. Raoul Varin’s engravings were published by A. Ackermann, Paris, France and were based on earlier printed views such as those published by Jevne and Almini in 1866 and depict Chicago during the 19th century. Views include the earliest settlements in the 1830s, the Chicago River, streets in the business district, government buildings, hotels, and other prominent sites. The Gallery will also include the seven known engravings of Edwin Whitefield’s Views of Chicago published between 1860-63.
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 – A collection of photographs that show the extensive damge that was caused by the Conflagration of the Century. In the process of being rebuilt.
1872 – 1880 The Rebuilding of Chicago – Chicago began rebuilding almost immediately with many buildings built from the same plans as those destroyed by The Fire.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. – A Trip through the Sears Roebuck and Co Homan Avenue campus.
Sears, Modern Homes – A collection of testimonials of owners who built Sears catalog homes.