Chicago Neighborhood Histories

Starting Points

Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods: the Loop and South Side

Glen E. Hoyt and Dominic Pacyga (1979)
F548.68.A1 H64 1979, Open Shelf
This guide to some of Chicago’s historic south side neighborhoods uses both words and images to create a historical and social iconography.

Chicago and its Suburbs

Everett Chamberlain (1874)
720.973 I290Ccha, Special
The last quarter is given over to short narratives of subdivisions and suburbs that were outside the city in 1874. Many of these, obviously, are now in the city.

Chicago, City of Neighborhoods

Dominic Pacyga and Ellen Skerrett (1986)
F548.18 .P33 1986, Open Shelf
In addition to describing the origins and development of the neighborhoods, the book uses historic and contemporary photographs to illustrate changes, which have taken place over the years. Also included are fifteen selected tours based on these neighborhood histories. 

Forty-four Cities in the City of Chicago

Chicago Plan Commission  (1942)
711.41 C53pf, Stack 4
A short narrative history of each of the 75 communities outlined by Burchard in 1935.