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History and General Information

  • Adams, Rosemary K., ed. A Wild Kind of Boldness: the Chicago History Reader. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1998.
     
  • Andreas, Alfred T. History of Chicago. 3 volumes. Chicago: A.T. Andreas, 1884-86.
     
  • Andreas, Alfred T. History of Cook County, Illinois. Chicago: A.T. Andreas, 1884.
     
  • Angle, Paul M., editor. The Great Chicago Fire, Described in Seven Letters by Men and Women Who Experienced Its Horrors.  Chicago, 1946.
     
  • Asbury, Herbert. Gem of the Prairie. Garden City: Garden City Publishing Co., 1942.
     
  • Bishop, Glenn A. and Paul T. Gilbert. Chicago's Accomplishments and Leaders. Chicago: Bishop Publishing Co., 1932.
     
  • Blanchard, Rufus. Discovery and Conquests of the North-West with the History of Chicago. Whaton, Illinois, 1881.
     
  • Boehm, Lisa Krissoff. Popular Culture and the Enduring Myth of Chicago, 1871-1968. New York and London: Routledge, 2004.
     
  • The Book of Chicago. Chicago: Chicago Evening Post, 1911.
     
  • A Brief History of Chicago. ChicagoRelo.com 
     
  • Bronstein, Don. Chicago, I Will. Text by Tony Weitzel. Cleveland, 1967. Photographic essay.
     
  • Bross, William. History of Chicago. Chicago, 1876.
     
  • Bukowski, Douglas. Pictures of Home: A Memoir of Family and City. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2004.
     
  • Burnham Park Timeline.
     
  • Butt, Ernest. Chicago Then and Now. Chicago, 1933.
     
  • Byrne, Jane. Chicago. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2004 reprint.
     
  • Campbell, Edna F., Fanny R. Smith, and Clarence F. Jones. Our City - Chicago. New York, 1930.
     
  • Chamberlain, Everett. Chicago and Its Suburbs. Chicago, 1874.
     
  • Chapin, Louella. Round About Chicago. Chicago, 1907.
     
  • Chatfield-Taylor, Hobart C. Chicago. Boston, 1917.
     
  • Chicago and Cook County History  From the 1876 Warner & Beers Atlas.
     
  • The Chicago Fire. Making of America.
     
  • Chicago History Links. From Kathy Kahn's Ancestors.
     
  • Chicago Tribune. Chicago Days: 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City. Chicago: Catigny First Division Foundation, 1997.
     
  • Chicago's First Half Century: The City as it Was Fifty Years Ago and As It Is Today. Chicago, 1883.
     
  • Ciccone, F. Richard. Chicago and the American Century. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1999.
     
  • Cleaver, Charles. Early Chicago Reminiscences. Chicago, 1882.
     
  • Colbert, Elias and Everett Chamberlain. Chicago and the Great Conflagration. Chicago, 1871.
     
  • Combined Master Index: An Index to Four Histories of the Skokie, Illinois Area.  Skokie Historical Society.
     
  • Cook, Frederick F. Bygone Days in Chicago: Recollections of the "Garden City of the Sixties." Chicago: A.C. McClung & Co., 1910.
     
  • Cook County. From Wikipedia
     
  • Cook County. From Encyclopedia of Chicago.
     
  •  Cook County, Illinois History. Ancestry.com subscription product. Original data: Andreas, A. T.. History of Cook County, Illinois: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Chicago, IL, USA: A. T. Andreas, 1884.
     
  • Cook County, Illinois History and Biography. Ancestry.com subscription product.  Original data: Goodspeed, Weston A., ed.. Daniel D. Healy, ed.. History of Illinois - Being a General Survey of Cook County History, Including a Condensed History of Chicago and Special Account of Districts Outside the City Limits; from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Vol. I-II: Goodspeed Historical Association, c1909.
     
  • Cook County Public Records.
     
  • Cook County Storms. NCDC Storm Events.
     
  • Coyne, F. E. In Reminiscence: Highlights of Men and Elements in the Life of Chicago. Chicago, 1941.
     
  • Cromie, Robert. The Great Chicago Fire. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958.
     
  • Cromie, Robert. A Short History of Chicago. San Francisco, California: Lexikos, 1984.
     
  • Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1992.
     
  • Cummings, Kathleen Roy. Architectural Records in Chicago. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1981.
     
  • Currey, Josiah S. Chicago: Its History and Its Builders: A Century of Marvelous Growth. Chicago, 1912.
     
  • Cutler, Irving. Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1976.

  • Cutler, Irving. Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent. 4th edition. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2006.
     
  • Deaths, Disturbances, Disasters and Disorders in Chicago
       
  • Dedman, Emmett. Fabulous Chicago. Chicago: Random House, 1953.
     
  • De Young, Robert W., compiler and Janice Helge, editor. The Greater Roseland Area of Chicago: Van Vlissingen School 1893-1999. South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, 2005.
     
  • Duis, Perry. Chicago: Creating New Traditions. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1976.
     
  • Early Chicago  A Compendium of the Early History of Chicago to the Year 1835,
    when the Indians left.
     
  • The Early History of the Forest Preserve District  of Cook County, 1869-1922
     
  • The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Thousands of historical resources, including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers related to Chicago's history.
     
  • Farr, Finis. Chicago: A Personal History of America's Most American City. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1973.
     
  • Furer, Howard B., editor. Chicago: A Chronological and Documentary History, 1784-1970. Dobbs Ferry, New York: Oceana Publications, Inc., 1974.
     
  • Gale, Edwin O. Reminiscences of Early Chicago. Chicago: F. H. Revell Co., 1902.
     
  • Garb, Margaret. City of American Dreams: A History of Home Ownership and Housing Reform in Chicago, 1871-1919. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
     
  • Gilbert, Frank. Centennial History of the City of Chicago: Its Men and Institutions. Chicago, 1905.
     
  • Gilbert, Paul T. and Charles L. Bryson. Chicago and Its Makers. Chicago, 1929.
     
  • The Great Chicago Fire and The Web of Memory. Chicago Historical Society.
     
  • Hamilton, Henry R. The Epic of Chicago.  Chicago, 1932.
     
  • Harper, William H., editor. Chicago: A History and Forecast. Chicago, 1921.
     
  • Hayner, Don and Tom McNamee. Metro Chicago Almanac: Fascinating Facts and Offbeat Offerings About the Windy City. Chicago: Chicago Sun-Times, Inc., 1991.
     
  • History of Chicago From Trading Post to Metropolis. Roosevelt University.
     
  • Hoffman, Charles Fenno. A Winter in the West: Letters Descriptive of Chicago and Vicinity in 1833-34. Chicago, 1882.
     
  • Homicide in Chicago: 1870-1930
     
  • Hurlbut, Henry Higgins. Chicago Antiquities. Chicago, 1881.
     
  • Illustrated History of Chicago. Chicago: Chicago Herald, 1887.
     
  • Jewell, Frank. Annotated Bibliography of Chicago History. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1979.
     
  • Johnson, Charles B. Growth of Cook County. 2 volumes. Chicago: Board of Commissioners of Cook County, Illinois, 1960.
     
  • Keating, Ann Durkin. Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
     
  • Kirkland, Joseph. The Story of Chicago. 3 volumes. Chicago: Dibble Publishing Co., 1892-1894.
     
  • Kogan, Herman and Lloyd Wendt. Chicago: A Pictorial History.  New York: Bonanza Books, 1958.
     
  • Lewis, Lloyd and Henry J. Smith. Chicago, the History of Its Reputation. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1929.
     
  • Longstreet, Stephen. Chicago 1860-1919. New York: David McKay Co., 1973.

  • Marsh, Robert C. 150 Years of Opera in Chicago. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2006.
     
  • Mason, Edward G., editor. Early Chicago and Illinois. Chicago, 1890.
     
  • Mayer, Harold M. Chicago: City of Decisions. Chicago, 1955.
     
  • Mayer, Harold M. and Richard C. Wade. Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1969. Includes 1,000 photographs and fifty maps.
     
  • McClure, James B., editor. Stories and Sketches of Chicago: An Interesting, Entertaining and Instructive Sketch History of the Wonderful City "By the Sea." Chicago, 1890.
     
  • McIlvaine, Mabel. Reminiscences of Chicago During the Civil War. New York: Citadel, 1967.
     
  • McIntosh, Arthur T. Chicago. Chicago, 1921.
     
  • Miller, Donald L. City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
     
  • Moses, John and Joseph Kirkland. History of Chicago. 2 volumes. Chicago, 1895.
     
  • The Panic of 1837.
     
  • Pierce, Bessie Louise, editor. As Others See Chicago: Impressions of Visitors 1673-1933. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004.
     
  • Pierce, Bessie Louise. A History of Chicago. 3 volumes. New York: Knopf, 1957, 1940, 1937.
     
  • Quaife, Milo M. Checagou: From Indian Wigwam to Modern City, 1673-1835. Chicago, 1935.
     
  • Quaife, Milo M. Chicago and the Old Northwest, 1673-1835: A Study of the Evolution of the Northwestern Frontier, together with a History of Fort Dearborn. Chicago, 1913.
     
  • Reed, Christopher Robert. Black Chicago's First Century, Volume 1, 1833-1900. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2005.
     
  • Riley, Thomas James. The Higher Life of Chicago. Chicago, 1905.
     
  • Seeger, Eugene. Chicago, the Wonder City. Chicago, 1893.
     
  • Shackleton, Robert. The Book of Chicago. Philadelphia, 1920.
     
  • Skogan, Wesley G. Chicago Since 1840: A Time Series Data Handbook. Urbana, Illinois: 1976.
     
  • Smith, Henry J. Chicago's Great Century, 1833-1933. Chicago, 1933.
     
  • Spears, Timothy B. Chicago Dreaming: Midwesterners and the City, 1871-1919. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
     
  • Spinney, Robert G. City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2000.
     
  • Vandenberg, Kirk. An Index to the First Hundred Years, 1835-1935: Historical Review of Blue Island, Illinois. South Holland, Illinois: South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, 2000. The First Hundred Years was written and compiled by John H. Volp.
     
  • Waterman, A. N. Historical Review of Chicago and Cook County and Selected Bibliography. 3 volumes. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1908.
     
  • WWW-VL: History: USA: Chicago
     
  • World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.  Paul V. Galvin Library Digital History Collection.
     
  • Writer's Program. Illinois. Selected Bibliography: Illinois, Chicago & Its Environs. Chicago, 1937.