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The Chicago Public Library in Chicago, Illinois, has a free Chicago History page with online resources available to all. (They also have online resources and digital collections available only to patrons with a Chicago Public Library card.)
Some free, online resources include:
Chicago Renaissance African American creativity, activism and scholarship, 1930 to 1950
Chicago Public Library From single water tank to expansive system of libraries in every city ward
Northside Neighborhoods Street scenes, businesses, residences and portraits, 1860s to present
Harold Washington The first African American mayor of Chicago
Chicago Sewers Construction of Chicago’s subterranean underbelly
Chicago Theater Playbills and programs from Chicago’s great early theaters
Encyclopedia of Chicago A project of the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library and Northwestern University, this online version of the award-winning print encyclopedia is a first stop for research into any topic on Chicago’s past.
Chicago Public Library Digital Collections Photographs from Chicago Public Library’s special collections. View photos of Civil War artifacts, Millennium Park’s construction, Mayor Harold Washington and Chicago neighborhoods. Search the Chicago Examiner newspaper and playbills from Chicago’s early theaters.
Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902–1933 The Chicago History Museum’s online catalog allows you to search over 55,000 photographs taken by the photographers of the Chicago Daily News. Limit your search to just the Chicago Daily News images using Advanced Search. Click on Reference Copy from any full record to view the full image.
Civil War Artifacts from the homefront and the battlefield
Millennium Park Transformation from rail yard to dynamic urban park
Explore Chicago Collections Locate archival collections and digital images from archives and libraries with Chicago history collections.