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Construction Reports

The Construction News (1895-1916)

Construction News Co.

Information on Chicago building permits, in library’s microfilm collection.

The Economist (1888-1929)

Economist Publishing Co.

Information on Chicago building permits, in library’s microfilm collection.

Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune (1849–1985)

Online database of this historical newspaper with searchable first-hand accounts and coverage of politics, society and events of the time.  Using Advanced Search, Chicago building permit information can be found, as well as articles about architects, city planning, and new buildings. Access note: This resource is available at the Art Institute of Chicago, the SAIC campus, and from other locations with an ARTIC username and password.

Inland Architect (1883-1908)

Inland Publishing Co.

Information on construction and other building news, in library’s microfilm collection.

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Homeowner Information

Book of Chicagoans: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of Chicago

A.N. Marquis 1905-1917
The Book of Chicagoans is modeled on the Who’s Who in America series, but is limited to prominent men of Chicago and surrounding areas.
Library has 1917, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1950.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (2 vols.)

Newton Bateman 1923
Provides neighborhood histories and illustrated commemorative biographies for prominent Chicago figures of the time.

History of Chicago (3 vols.)

Alfred T. Andreas 1884-86
A history of the city of Chicago for the earliest period to the present time (1885). Includes biographical information of the prominent men of the time.

Chicago Blue Book 

Chicago Directory Co. (1890-1916)
Names and addresses of prominent residents arranged alphabetically and numerically by streets. Also a street directory and other valuable information. Does not claim to be either a City Directory or an absolute Elite Directory; but is simply a compilation of thirty thousand names of the most prominent householders of Chicago, and suburbs within a radius of thirty miles.
Library has 1904, 1980-1911, 1913, 1915, 1916.

Polk’s Chicago, Illinois Numerical Street and Avenue Directory (1928)

This directory includes, names of home and building owners, occupants, and occupations. Complete Street and Avenue Guide all streets are arranged alphabetically. Each street is described as to starting point, termination and relative position to other streets and landmarks. Arrangement is by numerical progression of all house numbers on the street with intersecting streets noted at their respective crossing points. In business blocks containing offices the occupants are listed by room numbers.When the name of a business is not self-explanatory the nature of the business is indicated. The profession and business of individuals and firms are stated at their place of business. To find the occupations of householders refer to the alphabetical list of Names.

Chicago Tribune Archive (1849-1985)

Contains Chicago building permit information such as: address, building description, owner, architect, masons, carpenter, and building cost.
Access note:
This resource is available at the Art Institute of Chicago, the SAIC campus, and from other locations with an ARTIC username and password.

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