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Aerial map looking south east from North and Clark, 1893, Chicago.

Aerial map looking south east from North and Clark, 1893, 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.

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

Bird’s Eye view of Chicago, 1892.

Bird’s Eye view of Chicago, 1892.

SmithsonianMag.com recently posted an awesome interactive map which allows you, through a spyglass, to explore 1868 Chicago - overlaid with a contemporary map.
Be sure to toggle back and forth with the “swap views” option in the upper right corner.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/What_Did_Chicago_Look_Like_Before_the_Great_Fire.html

SmithsonianMag.com recently posted an awesome interactive map which allows you, through a spyglass, to explore 1868 Chicago - overlaid with a contemporary map.

Be sure to toggle back and forth with the “swap views” option in the upper right corner.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/What_Did_Chicago_Look_Like_Before_the_Great_Fire.html

1954 graphic showing the effects of an h-bomb on downtown Chicago.

1954 graphic showing the effects of an h-bomb on downtown Chicago.

Detailed Chicago map from 1857, including legal cab fares...

This amazing map from 1857 allows you to zoom in and explore the city (population 110,000).

Note that everything north of North Ave to Fullerton (where the town of Lake View starts) is countryside. The south and west sides are a bit more developed.

Also, pan all the way east to learn “Legal Hack or Cab Fares,” which really don’t seem that much different from today.

1869 Gold Coast map showing the Catholic Cemetery, just north of Banks St and east of State Street. The occupants of the cemetery would be eventually moved to other locations, including Graceland.
It is still very common, during construction in the area, to uncover pre-Civil War era burial sites.
Note the shoreline and the existence what we now call the Viagra Triangle at Rush and State.
via Hidden Truths

1869 Gold Coast map showing the Catholic Cemetery, just north of Banks St and east of State Street. The occupants of the cemetery would be eventually moved to other locations, including Graceland.

It is still very common, during construction in the area, to uncover pre-Civil War era burial sites.

Note the shoreline and the existence what we now call the Viagra Triangle at Rush and State.

via Hidden Truths

Mural showing the routes of American Airlines, 1933, Century of Progress World’s Fair, Chicago.

Mural showing the routes of American Airlines, 1933, Century of Progress World’s Fair, Chicago.

I love these steampunk/fantasy images of Chicago from artist Matthew Buchholz’s Alternate Histories series.

Plan your escape route for the impending zombie attack by getting your own copy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/alternatehistories/search?search_query=chicago&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search

Terminal map of the Chicago and North-Western Railway

Terminal map of the Chicago and North-Western Railway

This to me is the most interesting thing I’ve ever posted. I could stare at these for hours.

Two meticulous maps showing the names and locations of every brothel, bar, casino and saloon that existed in the Cheyenne and Levee Districts of Chicago between 1870 and 1905.

Completed by Levee historian Bryan Lloyd.

Click to enlarge.