Browse Collections (19 total)

"Portrait of Black Chicago"

BLACK SIDEWALK SALESMEN ARRANGING THEIR FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE. MANY OF THE CITY’S BLACK BUSINESSMEN STARTED SMALL AND GREW BY WORKING HARD. TODAY CHICAGO IS BELIEVED TO BE THE BLACK BUSINESS CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES. BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE REPORTED IN 1973 THAT THE CITY HAD 14 OF THE TOP 100 BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES IN THE COUNTRY, ONE MORE THAN NEW YORK CITY

"Portrait of Black Chicago" is a collection of photographs taken by John H White, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)…

Contributors: Taylor Brown

"Urbs in Horto:" The Parks of Chicago, 1837-1987

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In the 1830's, the government of the young city of Chicago adopted the motto, "Urbs in Horto"--a Latin phrase meaning "city in a garden." This slogan…

Art Chicago

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Art in Chicago, pictures from Omeka, various other sources

Contributors: Isa Orozco

Chicago 1981

Images illustrating different aspects of everyday life in Chicago, IL throughout the year 1981

Contributors: Ericka Christie

Chicago Music Through the Decades

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This collection features a snapshot of different musical styles that have influenced Chicago culture over the years.

Contributors: Bryan Morey

Chicago Newspapers, Articles, Clippings

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Turn of the century Chicago newspapers ushered in an era of news reporting that was, unlike earlier periods, in tune with the particulars of community…

Contributors: Rebecca Parker
K. Johnson
Tyler Monaghan
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Chicago's Women Religious

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A variety of Catholic religious orders have called Chicago home over the years. Whether serving the poor or creating schools, women religious are a…

Contributors: Emily Davis

Chicago's World Fairs

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Items relating to the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition and the 1933 Century of Progress world's fairs.

Contributors: Sean Jacobson

Growing Infrastructure

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Highlights from Chicago's infrastructure in the 1920s and 30s. Featuring sewers, public transportation, roads, and popular culture venues.

Contributors: Alicia Zeimet

Hull House Arts and Crafts

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Collection of photographs and objects documenting the arts and crafts programs sponsored by the Hull House, including metalwork, weaving, and…

Contributors: Lisa Hartman