Exhibit Honors Chicago Mayor Harold Washington

Harold Washington silhouette

Learn more about Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in a permanent exhibit in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall on the 9th floor of the Harold Washington Library Center. See a timeline of his life and projects he and his administration completed during his tenure. Washington, the 42nd mayor of Chicago, was the city’s first African American mayor. […]

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Happy Birthday, Chicago!

Mayor Harold Washington cutting a birthday cake for Chicago. Cake is elaborately detailed with a large city seal on top. Smiling man with a chef's hat is in the background.

177 years ago Chicago was officially incorporated as a city. Chicago’s newspapers are a wonderful primary source for descriptions of the city’s birthday, no matter which date Chicago chose to celebrate. For example, the March 4 charter was printed by the Chicago Democrat newspaper. In September 1903 Chicago marked the centennial of the 1803 establishment of […]

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