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Chicago Collection

Discover the rich tapestry of Chicago's history and culture through its iconic landmarks and influential figures

Background imageChicago Collection: Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Northern Trust Company Bank, La Salle and Monroe Streets, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago World Fair 1893

Chicago World Fair 1893
View from the air of the Chicago World Fair

Background imageChicago Collection: Union Stockyards entrance, Chicago, 1890s

Union Stockyards entrance, Chicago, 1890s
Entrance to the Union Stockyards, Chicago, 1890s. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageChicago Collection: First Ferris wheel, Chicago Worlds Fair, 1893

First Ferris wheel, Chicago Worlds Fair, 1893
Ferris wheel -250 feet in diameter, 36 cars - at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago Worlds Fair, 1893

Chicago Worlds Fair, 1893
Court of Honor and central basin of the Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageChicago Collection: The Marshall Field Building Clock and Chicago Theatre behind, Chicago, Illinois

The Marshall Field Building Clock and Chicago Theatre behind, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: Hard Rock Cafe huge guitar sign

Hard Rock Cafe huge guitar sign, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: CHICAGO: CHILDREN, 1941. Children jumping rope outside of an apartment building

CHICAGO: CHILDREN, 1941. Children jumping rope outside of an apartment building on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. Photograph by Edwin Rosskam, April 1941

Background imageChicago Collection: ELIJAH MUHAMMAD (1897-1975). African American leader of the Nation of Islam

ELIJAH MUHAMMAD (1897-1975). African American leader of the Nation of Islam. Addressing a convention in Chicago; Muhammad Ali is seated to the left. Photograph, 1967

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan at dusk with the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower

Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan at dusk with the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, on the left, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: The Historic Water Tower, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

The Historic Water Tower, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: Ben-Hur, chariot race scene, book by General Lew Wallace

Ben-Hur, chariot race scene, book by General Lew Wallace
Ben-Hur, chariot race scene, jacket design of the book by General Lew Wallace, published by Sears, Roebuck and Co, Chicago, USA. 20th century

Background imageChicago Collection: Sikorsky S-55, N875, of Chicago Helicopter Airways

Sikorsky S-55, N875, of Chicago Helicopter Airways

Background imageChicago Collection: Poster design, Chicago Worlds Fair 1933

Poster design, Chicago Worlds Fair 1933, featuring a classical figure with arms raised, holding a model of the city. Date: 1933

Background imageChicago Collection: Poster for Gangsters Season at BFI Southbank (2 - 31 July 2009)

Poster for Gangsters Season at BFI Southbank (2 - 31 July 2009)
GANGSTERS Frank McHugh, James Cagney, and Humphrey Bogard in Raoul Walshs The Roaring Twenties

Background imageChicago Collection: AL CAPONE/1931 PHOTO

AL CAPONE/1931 PHOTO
Alphonse Scarface Capone, Chicago gangster Date: 1931

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago Board of Trade Building, Downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Chicago Board of Trade Building, Downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: BASEBALL BUTTON. Chicago White Sox button, late-20th century

BASEBALL BUTTON. Chicago White Sox button, late-20th century

Background imageChicago Collection: CHICAGO: WRIGLEY FIELD. Wrigley Field baseball stadium in Chicago, Illinois, 1981

CHICAGO: WRIGLEY FIELD. Wrigley Field baseball stadium in Chicago, Illinois, 1981

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicagos State Street, 1890s

Chicagos State Street, 1890s
Marshall Field & Co. retail store on State Street, downtown Chicago, 1890s. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageChicago Collection: Fort Dearborn, on the site of Chicago

Fort Dearborn, on the site of Chicago
Fort Dearborn in 1803, on the south side of the Chicago River. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago, Illinois, Skyline at night with Chicago River and Sears Tower

Chicago, Illinois, Skyline at night with Chicago River and Sears Tower

Background imageChicago Collection: POSTER: BOOKS, c1938. This Breaks the Back of a Book! Poster promoting proper

POSTER: BOOKS, c1938. This Breaks the Back of a Book! Poster promoting proper care for library books. Silkscreen by Arlington Gregg, c1938

Background imageChicago Collection: Champion Six-horse team of Wilson & Co. Meat Packers

Champion Six-horse team of Wilson & Co. Meat Packers
The Internationally acclaimed Six-horse Champion Clydesdale team of Wilson & Co. Meat Packers, Chicago. The team appeared in every performance of the Wings of the Century pageant at A Century of

Background imageChicago Collection: American Gangster Al Capone

American Gangster Al Capone
Chicago, Illinois: January 1, 1930. A portrait of American gangster, Al Capone

Background imageChicago Collection: Marshall Field Building Clock, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Marshall Field Building Clock, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago Board of Trade

Chicago Board of Trade - the interesting, lively, and at times noisy trading on the floor. Date: 1916

Background imageChicago Collection: CHICAGO: BARBER SHOP, 1941. A barbershop in the Black Belt section of Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO: BARBER SHOP, 1941. A barbershop in the Black Belt section of Chicago, Illinois. Photograph by Edwin Rosskam, April 1941

Background imageChicago Collection: Fort Dearborn on the Chicago River, 1812

Fort Dearborn on the Chicago River, 1812
Fort Dearborn on the site of present-day Chicago, 1812. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChicago Collection: Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
The Aragon Ballroom, Lawrence near Broadway, Chicago, called The Ballroom of a Thousand Delights Date: 1920s

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue

Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue

Background imageChicago Collection: Hall of Man sculptures by Malvina Hoffman

Hall of Man sculptures by Malvina Hoffman
Double page spread from The Illustrated London News featuring editorial and photographs relating to the range of sculptures by the American female sculptor, Malvina Hoffman

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: The Abraham Lincoln, First Streamlined Diesel Electric Train Between Chicago and St. Louis

The Abraham Lincoln, First Streamlined Diesel Electric Train Between Chicago and St. Louis
View of the Abraham Lincoln streamlined diesel electric train. Train is traveling through the countryside

Background imageChicago Collection: American boxer. Gene Tunney down for the famous long count in the championship bout with Dempsey

American boxer. Gene Tunney down for the famous long count in the championship bout with Dempsey at Soldier Field
JACK DEMPSEY (1895-1983). American boxer. Gene Tunney down for the famous long count in the championship bout with Dempsey at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, 22 September 1927

Background imageChicago Collection: Close-up of Marina Citys twin towers, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Close-up of Marina Citys twin towers, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: Shedd Acquarium and Chicago Skyline at dusk, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Shedd Acquarium and Chicago Skyline at dusk, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Background imageChicago Collection: Illinois, Chicago, Lake Michigan and Skyline including Sears Tower

Illinois, Chicago, Lake Michigan and Skyline including Sears Tower USA Illinois Chicago Lake Michigan and Skyline including Sears Tower

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago River and skyline at dusk with boat

Chicago River and skyline at dusk with boat

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago skyline and Navy Pier from Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Chicago skyline and Navy Pier from Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: Skyline of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Skyline of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicagos large Irish community celebrates St. Patricks Day with a parade

Chicagos large Irish community celebrates St. Patricks Day with a parade
USA, IL, Chicago. Irish community celebrates St. Patricks Day with parade, and dying the Chicago River green

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan at dusk, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan at dusk, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: One of the two iconic bronze lion statues outside the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

One of the two iconic bronze lion statues outside the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, North America

Background imageChicago Collection: City of Chicago Fire Department station in Chinatown, Illinois

City of Chicago Fire Department station in Chinatown, Illinois

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago World Fair - Sky Ride

Chicago World Fair - Sky Ride
Chicago World Fair - The Sky Ride Date: 1933

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago Board of Trade Building

Chicago Board of Trade Building and Observatory, USA Date: circa 1940s

Background imageChicago Collection: Chicago, Illinois, Skyline from West Loop at dusk

Chicago, Illinois, Skyline from West Loop at dusk



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Discover the rich tapestry of Chicago's history and culture through its iconic landmarks and influential figures. Step back in time to the 1890s, where the Union Stockyards entrance stood as a testament to the city's booming meatpacking industry. In this vibrant era, Elijah Muhammad emerged as an African American leader, shaping the Nation of Islam with his powerful vision. The Windy City truly made its mark on the world stage during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Witnessing marvels like the first Ferris wheel left visitors in awe, forever etching this event into history books. The Marshall Field Building Clock and Chicago Theatre served as architectural gems amidst a bustling metropolis. As you explore further, you'll encounter modern icons that have become synonymous with Chicago. The Hard Rock Cafe's colossal guitar sign stands tall, symbolizing both rock 'n' roll spirit and urban vibrancy. Meanwhile, children joyfully jump rope outside their apartment building in 1941—a heartwarming snapshot of everyday life in this diverse city. Chicago has always been at the forefront of innovation and progress. From hosting another groundbreaking World's Fair in 1893 to preserving historic structures like The Water Tower along North Michigan Avenue—each brick tells a story of resilience and pride. Immerse yourself in cultural touchstones such as Ben-Hur—the chariot race scene from General Lew Wallace's book captivated audiences then just as it continues to do so today. And who can forget Al Capone? His infamous mugshot captures an era defined by organized crime but also showcases how law enforcement fought against it. Finally, gaze upon Chicago skyline at dusk—a breathtaking sight with Lake Michigan stretching out before it. The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) proudly dominates this panorama—an emblematic structure representing ambition realized within these city limits. Chicago is more than just a place—it is an ever-evolving narrative woven together by countless stories spanning generations.