Are you interested in who designed your house? How old it might be? What materials and construction techniques were used? How it fits into the architectural and social history of the city of Chicago? Here are some websites, databases, and publications to help you research the houses and buildings of Chicago.
Starting Points: From the Commission on Chicago Landmarks
City of Chicago website that includes maps, an architectural style guide, a database of architecturally and historically significant structures, landmark status of each listed building, and an extensive bibliography.
General information about residential building in Chicago and Cook County, including PIN numbers and date of construction. Although not always accurate, information from this site is a good starting point for house research.
Encyclopedic history of Chicago and its neighborhoods. This site is a good source for maps, including an annexation map of the city. [A print version of the Encyclopedia is available in the Ryerson Library Reading Room.]
Website with searchable index to archival collections of more than 20 Chicago-area cultural institutions. More than 100,000 digitized images are available. Tabs for Cities and Neighborhoods help locate resources, images and finding aids for a particular community.
Website maintained by an organization that seeks to document little-known elements of Chicago’s infrastructure, architecture, neighborhoods, and general cityscape. It provides links to an excellent collection of Chicago neighborhood maps.
Online database of significant architectural resources for Northern Cook County. Information in the survey database is based on field inspections conducted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. The dates of construction for a building are often approximate and are not based on detailed permit research. Some information is based on interviews with property owners, period publications, and other background research.
8 hours 41 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
10 hours 33 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 6 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory