Here's a collection of what I think are some of the coolest maps of Chicago I've ever seen. One of the things I love about the city is just the way it was planned and has a beautiful, orderly pattern of streets that radiates out from a core, right where the seeds of the city were first planted. It's on view from the beginning, in the early maps. Later cartographers and artists took liberties in presenting the cityscape in different ways, highlighting certain elements like new transit lines, parks and boulevards, and modern aerial views.
NOTE 2: If you want a closer view of these maps, right-click on the image and select "Open image in new tab." That will allow you to get an expandable view of the image and a better look at the details.
Imaginary view of Chicago in 1779. A. T. Andreas, History of Chicago from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, vol. 1 (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1884), frontispiece. Source
Chicago in 1820. Chicago Lithographing Company, 1867. Chromolithograph on paper. Library of Congress. Image source
Map of Chicago in 1812. Image source.
"Map of Chicago, Incorporated as a Town August 5, 1833." Walter Conley & O.E. Stelzer, 1933. Image source.
The original 1830 subdivision by the Illinois and Michigan Canal Commissioners. Image source.
Chicago In Early Days. 1779-1857. Kurz & Allison, 1893. Source.
Lithograph by Christian Inger, based on a drawing by J.T. Palmatary. Published by Braunhold & Sonne. 1857. Source.
Chicago, Chicago Lithographing Co., 1868. Image source.
Currier & Ives.; published in Harper's Weekly (1 August 1874) Image source.
Richard’s Illustrated and Statistical Map of the Great Conflagration in Chicago. 1871. Image source.
The City of Chicago / sketched & drawn on stone by Parsons & Atwater. Currier & Ives, publisher. 1874. Image source.
Guide map of new Chicago and suburbs. Author Stine & Clark,1889. Source.
"Bird's eye view of Chicago, 1892." Roy, Peter. Image source.
"1893 Grand View of Chicago." Treutlein, Th. Eagle Lithographing Co. Reynertson & Beckerman, 1893, c1892. Image source.
"Bird's eye view of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893." Rand McNally and Company. Image source.
Library of Congress illustration of the official birdseye view of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois in 1892. Image source.
Bird's-eye-view of the business district of Chicago. Poole Brothers, c1898. Image source.
These are the shows so far confirmed. Stop by! Say hello! Give me some constructive criticism!
Show of Hands.
MAY 4-6. Architectural Artifacts (Ravenswood)
Renegade Craft Fair (Spring).
MAY 12-13. Halsted St (Pilsen)
57th Street Art Fair.
JUNE 2-3. Kimbark & 57th (Hyde Park)
Printers Row Lit Fest.
JUNE 9-10. Dearborn & Harrison (Printer's Row)
Gold Coast Art Fair.
JUNE 16-17. Grant Park. Just North of Buckingham Fountain.
Southport Art Festival.
JULY 14-15. Southport & Waveland (Southport Corridor)
Bucktown Arts Fest.
AUG 25-26. Holstein Park area (Bucktown)
Renegade Craft Fair (Fall).
SEP 8-9. Division & Damen (Ukrainian Village)
SEPT 15-16. Venue: Beyond Design. (Ravenswood)
Show of Hands (Holiday).
NOV 16-18. Architectural Artifacts (Ravenswood)
Renegade Craft Fair (Holiday)
DEC 1-2. Bridgeport Art Center (Bridgeport)
The One of a Kind Show (Holiday).
DEC 6-9. Merchandise Mart (River North)
I'm happy to announce a Kickstarter to create print editions of two new illustrated map editions.
These maps are two distinct, illustrated bird's eye views / panoramas that celebrate Chicago's beautiful lakefront. One is a view eastward, focusing on the details and sites along the lakeshore, and one is the view westward, a color edition of the (recently sold-out) "Lakefront Currents."
Just click here or the image preview below to visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support. I greatly appreciate it!
Illustration of 123 Sesame Street at dusk. THE house of Sesame Street. There's a lot I'm learning. Bert and Ernie live in the garden unit. Elmo lives alone on the ground floor, the human family (who also own the place) on the second, Big Bird in the courtyard next door, and Oscar of course in the can out front. Bert kept a pigeon coop on the roof. I also never appreciated the house itself. Italianate, mid-1800s brownstone, based on those fantastic New York City row homes.
Will create a limited edition giclée print of this. Contact me and let me know if you are interested.
I made this little illustration of one of the little wonders of the city: The iconic Chicago hot dog stand. Love these spots. Here's my piece. And below the drawing, all the must-haves for any truly authentic Chicago hot dog joint.
Painted in super-bright colors. By that I mean red and yellow. Picnic table & an umbrella that matches the building.
Called Sammy’s, Marty’s, Charlie's. A name that sounds like someone your grandpa would have a coffee with.
Proudly World Famous, Original, Founded circa 1954 or some combination in a fifties-era font.
Some relics of the good old days that actually date back to the good old days. For a few examples: a newspaper dispenser, pinball, gumball machine.
Some hints of their old logo or old name, maybe on a second sign or inside.
On the front of the building, everything on their menu painted in big letters.
Vienna Beef logos. Bonus: The Vienna Beef poster with the gigantic hot dog on Navy Pier.
Two line cooks with their heads down, working like crazy, radio turned up.
Amazing meats and fries, unbelievable cheap, incredibly fast.