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  • Collection ID Maps collection City of Chicago Maps
  • Title City of Chicago Maps [cartographic material].
  • Dates [ca. 1673-ongoing, bulk 1800-2000]
  • Physical description ca. 1,650 maps.
  • Collection summary
    • In the Research Center, please request a map by its author/title, category, date, and its number (if there is one). This is a collection of maps relating to the city of Chicago, or the area that was to become Chicago. Some maps include insets of more than one time period and this is indicated in the Contents note. Maps often show subdivision of areas into lots and often relate to real estate promotion and sales. Streets, railroad lines, parks, and other local features often are indicated. Maps may relate to an area before or after its annexation to Chicago. Maps sometimes include insets showing the relationship of an area to the whole city of Chicago or to the Loop and occasionally suburban areas.
    • In addition to the geographical names in folder titles, maps relate to the following categories: annexations and accretions, aviation, bicycles, bridges, buses, cemetaries, Century of Progress World's Fair, Chicago, Cook and adjacent counties, Fire of 1871, Fort Dearborn, highways and roads, historical and pictorial, Illinois, industries, institutions, parking, parks, political and administrative, population and sociology, portage, postal, prehistory and geology, railroads, real estate, river and harbor, stockyards, street railroads and rapid transit, topography, transportation, wards, waterworks and sanitation and the World's Columbian Exposition. Please consult the online finding aid to identify the map(s) related to each category.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note See collection titled "Cook County Maps" for maps relating only to Cook County, Illinois, collection titled "Cook and Adjacent Counties Maps" for maps relating to Cook and adjacent counties, and collection titled "Illinois Counties Maps" for maps relating to Illinois counties.
  • Acquisition information Acquired by Chicago History Museum, Research Center, from various sources. Donors usually are listed with the individual maps in the finding aid.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available online.
  • Genre Maps.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Maps.
    • Cook County (Ill.) Maps.
  • Subjects
    • Neighborhood Illinois Chicago Maps.
    • Parks Illinois Chicago Maps.
    • Real estate development Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area Maps.
    • Local transit Illinois Chicago Maps.
    • Streets Illinois Chicago Maps.
  • Finding aid URL List online http://chsmedia.org/media/fa/fa/LIB/CityChicagoMapsAccessible.htm