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Chicago building clearance photographs, 1939-1958

Primarily exterior views of property west, north, and south of the Loop, to be acquired by the City of Chicago in order to be demolished for various expressway and building projects. Most of structures depicted no longer exist. Almost all are in areas now occupied by the Kennedy, Eisenho...

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Chicago Department of Public Works photograph collection, 1860-1978.

Photographs documenting the construction of over twenty bridges along various branches of the Chicago river. Street-level and elevated views show the bridges in different stages of construction. Also includes images of commercial and industrial buildings in the area of Illinois Street and Cass St...

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Chicago (Ill.) Dept. of Planning records about the Near North Side

Architectural drawings and renderings for Lake Shore Drive near the Oak Street interchange, rapid transit subway plans, Near North Side sidewalk plans, a map of land use for the Near North Side as of January 1970, and a metropolitan transportation study map. All records pertaining to the Chicago ...

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Chicago Plan Commission lantern slide collection, 1910s-1930s.

Collection of lantern slides used by the Chicago Plan Commission, which was formed in 1909 as an outcome of the Burnham Plan. Slides were used to illustrate lectures that were given to organizations and businesses to promote the Plan. Subjects include street, park, and lakefront improvements espe...

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City of Chicago Maps, [ca. 1673-ongoing, bulk 1800-2000]

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 ...


Daniel Burnham South Shore Drive architectural drawing

Five-panel pencil and color/wash on paper architectural rendering of Daniel Burnham's South Shore Drive and lakefront plan dated October 1896. The drawing represents an early visualization of Burnham's concepts and was possibly prepared for his presentation to the South Park Comissioners on Octob...

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Milton Pikarsky papers, 1942-1984

Correspondence, speeches, and articles, 1962-1978; scrapbooks, 1965-1973; appointment books, 1974-1977; reports, newspaper clippings, awards, and other papers of Milton Pikarsky, a civil engineer who served as commissioner of public works for the City of Chicago, Illinois (1964-1973); and chairma...

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South Side Anti-Crosstown Coalition (Chicago, Ill.) records

Research files, transportation reports, correspondence, maps, newspaper clippings, publications, and other records of the South Side Anti-Crosstown Coalition (also known as the 99th-Beverly Anti-Crosstown Coalition), a group formed in the 1970s to oppose construction of the proposed Crosstown Exp...

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Visual materials of the Uptown Chicago Commission, [ca. 1955-1975]

Primarily includes photoprints of buildings and streets in the Uptown community of Chicago (Ill.) as well as the activities of the Uptown Chicago Commission. Also includes a set of ca. 75 slides that document the Old Town neighborhood. Most buildings and sites are identified.

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William K. Brussat collection of visual materials, [ca. 1880s-1950s]

Photographs and other prints collected by William K. Brussat, who worked for Chicago's Office of Housing and Redevelopment from 1952-1955. Images related to many topics often involved in city planning, such as images of buildings, bridges, streets, utilities, and recreation spaces; portraits of m...

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