Chicago History Timeline

Use these links to find books and other resources on each topic.

Prior to 1850

drawing of the fort
Fort Dearborn. Source: Andreas. History of Chicago
picture of the confluence of the Chicago River and several small buildings
Chicago in 1833. Source: Chicago Landmarks
Drawing of cow and buildings of chicago in 1845
Chicago from the west, 1845. Source: Andreas. History of Chicago

1850 to 1899

photograph showing panaromic view of burned out buildings and rubble.
Chicago After the Fire Source: Andreas. History of Chicago

1900 to 1949

Iroquois theater logo
Playbill from the Iroquois Theatre. Source: CPL Digital Collections
Birds-eye view of buildings
Michigan Avenue in 1920. Source: Greater Chicago
Color aerial view of northerly island
Night view of the exposition. Source: Color Beauties of A Century of Progress

1950 to present

washington in front of placards
Mayor Washington in 1987 Source: CPL Digital Collections
photo of the Chicago Skyline
Chicago Skyline 2009. Source: Municipal Reference Guy