Study in Nightlife, 1930, Chicago. Victor Haveman

Study in Nightlife, 1930, Chicago. Victor Haveman

The old police station (still standing but not in use) at Addison and Halsted, 1920, Chicago.

The old police station (still standing but not in use) at Addison and Halsted, 1920, Chicago.

Cricket Hill (Montrose Harbor), 1964, Chicago.

Cricket Hill (Montrose Harbor), 1964, Chicago.

Here’s an expanded version of the previous map of Logan Square, north to Belmont, in 1881. 

Note at Woodard and Spaulding there is a “haunted house.”

Here’s an expanded version of the previous map of Logan Square, north to Belmont, in 1881.

Note at Woodard and Spaulding there is a “haunted house.”

Logan Square, 1881, Chicago.

Logan Square, 1881, Chicago.

Chicago, An Untamed Prehistoric Wilderness, 1820

Get your embellished copy of this classic Chicago map here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/70801410/chicago-in-1820

Chicago, An Untamed Prehistoric Wilderness, 1820

Get your embellished copy of this classic Chicago map here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/70801410/chicago-in-1820

The second Fort Dearborn, 1818, Chicago.

Note how the mouth of the Chicago River is not at the end of the east branch, but sits to the south at the end of an inlet.

The second Fort Dearborn, 1818, Chicago.

Note how the mouth of the Chicago River is not at the end of the east branch, but sits to the south at the end of an inlet.

Map of Native American trails in the Chicago region, 1804.

The map was made in 1900 to show 1804 trails, but some of the trails shown are thousands of years old.

Can you recognize which trails we still use as roads today?

Click the image to make it larger or get a closer look here: http://history.wilmettelibrary.info/2487821/image/1394360?r=j

Map of Native American trails in the Chicago region, 1804.

The map was made in 1900 to show 1804 trails, but some of the trails shown are thousands of years old.

Can you recognize which trails we still use as roads today?

Click the image to make it larger or get a closer look here: http://history.wilmettelibrary.info/2487821/image/1394360?r=j

Chicago as it appeared at the end of the last ice age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

As waters from prehistoric Lake Chicago dried up (the ancestor to Lake Michigan), ridges and moraines,carved out by retreating glaciers,  were revealed as the land as we know it today.

Blue Island, seen here as an actual isle in Lake Chicago, was named as such by early pioneers because it did seem to be an island when viewed from a distance, rising from the prairie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Island,_Illinois

Chicago as it appeared at the end of the last ice age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

As waters from prehistoric Lake Chicago dried up (the ancestor to Lake Michigan), ridges and moraines,carved out by retreating glaciers, were revealed as the land as we know it today.

Blue Island, seen here as an actual isle in Lake Chicago, was named as such by early pioneers because it did seem to be an island when viewed from a distance, rising from the prairie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Island,_Illinois

Chicago Avenue (actually State Street in the early 1950s), contemporary, Alain Bertrand

Chicago Avenue (actually State Street in the early 1950s), contemporary, Alain Bertrand

Inspecting installation of the escalator at the Monroe/Adams subway station, 1942, Chicago.

It’s remarkable how little has changed. 

via the NY Daily News

Inspecting installation of the escalator at the Monroe/Adams subway station, 1942, Chicago.

It’s remarkable how little has changed.

via the NY Daily News

Looking east from the north west side entry point of the Washington Street Tunnel, 1878, Chicago. 

Residents of Wicker Park would have traveled by horse-drawn streetcar or carriage, down Milwaukee Ave, to this point to enter the downtown area.

Looking east from the north west side entry point of the Washington Street Tunnel, 1878, Chicago.

Residents of Wicker Park would have traveled by horse-drawn streetcar or carriage, down Milwaukee Ave, to this point to enter the downtown area.

Steel Lamp, 1950, Chicago. Rae Russell

Steel Lamp, 1950, Chicago. Rae Russell

Looking north on Michigan Ave to Chicago Ave, 1927, Chicago.

Notice that even in winter, people rode OUTSIDE on the city’s double-decker buses.

LoC.gov

Looking north on Michigan Ave to Chicago Ave, 1927, Chicago.

Notice that even in winter, people rode OUTSIDE on the city’s double-decker buses.

LoC.gov

The Hiawatha awaits passengers at Union Station, 1943, Chicago. Union Station

The Hiawatha awaits passengers at Union Station, 1943, Chicago. Union Station