A Selection of some the Coolest Chicago Maps

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Phillip Thompson | 0 comments

NOTE: This is a work in progress. I am in the process of adding notes and sources. But for now, 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.

Chicago Maps: Early Settlement. 1800-1833

early chicago map

early chicago birds eye settlement view

early chicago map 1830

early chicago map streets


Chicago Maps: Growth and Industrialization until the Fire. 1857-1871

vintage chicago map

chicago vintage map

chicago early map

chicago birds eye map

chicago fire map

Chicago Maps: Post-Fire. 1874-1893

chicago birds eye

chicago map


chicago view

chicago vintage map

chicago worlds fair view illustration

chicago birds eye map

Chicago Maps: Into the 20th Century. 1898-1916

chicago birds eye vintage

chicago rail map vintage


plan of chicago 1909

chicago vintage map

chicago birds eye map

Chicago Maps: Post-Depression into mid-Century. 1930-1958

chicago annexation map

chicago aerial 1930s map

chicago gangland map

chicago birds eye map

chicago map

chicago ethnic map

chicago vintage rapid transit map

chicago aerial view

Chicago Maps: Modern Interpretations

chicago hyde park panorama map

chicago super mario map


chicago map

chicago map

chicago map


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