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Chicago Links

Encyclopedia of Chicago
City of Chicago web site
Explore Chicago
Explore Chicago you tube channel
From Swamp to City
Changing Gears- Radio project looking at the issues facing the Midwest
Front and Center- Project looking at the issues facing the Great Lakes Region
Chicago Flag
Top 40 Lists
Chicago Revealed- A nice Youtube site providing videos of Chicago people and places
Lonely Planet Chicago Guide
Up Chicago Magazine
Chicago Live!
Curious City- Answers to interesting questions about Chicago
Chicago Video Tour from PBS
Chicago 2012 Cultural Plan
Pocket Guide to Hell
13 Top small cities in Illinois
10 things not to do in Chicago- Surprisingly good advice

City Maps

City of Chicago mapping site and links
Interactive city Map
Neighborhood Map
Ward Map
Community Area Map
Early Chicago aerial views- Just type Chicago into the search field


Mayor Daley Speaks
Rahm Emmanuel- Chicago Magazine
100 most powerful Chicagoans
Is Rahm’s plan to rebuild Chicago brilliant — or disastrous?
Emanuel pushes for Bike Lanes
Harold- A wonderful documentary about Chicago's first African-American Mayor


Wkipedia- Chicago Archtecture
Nova- Trapped in an Elevator
Chicago's Top 40 Buildings
Open House Chicago
The Sky's the Limit
City of Chicago landmarks web
Landmark Data Base
Chicago Architecture Today
Video Tours of Chicago- Geoffrey Baer- WTTW
Burnham Plan at 100
Burnham article in the Reader
Structurae- Good site for individual buildings and architects
Chicago Skyscrapers
Chicago Buildings
Chicago Architecture Info- by Architect
Chicago Architecture info- Home
Harry Weese
Stanley Tigerman Interview
Forgotten Chicago

Historical Links

Chicago Days- Defining Moments in a Great City- Chicago Tribune
Defining Moments Photos
Top 40 Chicago Pioneers
Chicago Fire Pictures
Interview with Dominic Pacyga
Studs Terkel Division Street America Interviews
Railroad Maps

1893 World's Fair

Photo gallery
Ideas, Experience, Aftermath of the Fair
Virtual Tour of the Fair

Great Depression and World War Two

Studs Terkel Interviews of Depression Era personalities
Studs Terkel Interviews with WWII Vets

Great Lakes and River Links

Great Lakes Intro Video
River Reversal
The Great Lakes Century- Pieces of the Vision Video Overview
Century Vision Video
Terminator Carp
Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Initiative
Regional Vision for the Great Lakes
Quagga Mussels
Great Lakes Cleanup Video

Immigration and Neighborhoods

Map of blacks/Hispanics/whites in city as of 2000
Changes in Population for whites/blacks/Hispanics 2000-2010 for the region
Changes in Population for whites/blacks/Hispanics 2000-2010 for Chicago
Ethnic change maps from 1990-2000
Immigration Graph
US Immigration site from Fordham University
Encyclopedia of Chicago
Explore Chicago Neighborhood links
Maxwell Street scenes
Black Metropolis
Black population change with maps
Black Chicago Renaissance
Great Migration
Jazz and the Great Migration- Ken Burns
Studs Terkel Interviews on Race
Going to Chicago- A documentary on the Great Migration
__Geoffrey Baer Videos__
Foods of Chicago
Hot Dog Links
Biking the Boulevrds
Hidden Chicago
Immigration Map
Mexican Immigration
Immigration links at Loopster
24 Hours at the Golden Apple- Ever wonder what it's like at 2 AM at an all night diner- Here's the radio documentary for you.
Strangers in a Strange Land: Great stories about displaced people. Listen to the opening story.
An Immigrant Class: links to book home page which is used in class
Brown Line Video


Andersonville Video
Eat Play Love
Anthony Bourdain- No Reservations Chicago Episode

Chicago Music

Chicago 2012 Cultural Plan
Chicago Blues Documentary featuring Muddy Waters
Blues Documentary Part One featuring Chess Records and Muddy Waters
Blues Documentary Part Two starts with Maxwell Street
BBC Chess Records Blues Documentary: Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four
Chicago History Fair Blues documentary
Chicago Blues Online Tour narrated by Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy Interview
Chicago Blues Living History with timeline
Encyclopedia of Chicago Blues History
The story of Chicago House Music
Jazz in Chicago
Chicago Jazz Archive from the U of C
Chicago Jazz Artists links
Chicago jazz and the Great Migration
Secret History of Chicago Music from the Reader

Chicago Sports

Cubs Documentary
Basketball: Radio Documentary about the grip of the 1996 Bulls on Chicago life
16 inch softball: 16-inch origins The Glory of 16-inch softball


Rats in Chicago
Coyotes and rats in Chicago
Munger Road
Why you should never leave Chicago