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Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Where is Chicago, Illinois, USA? 

Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Chicago’s first permanent resident was a trader named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a free black man apparently from Haiti, who came here in the late 1770s. In 1795, the U.S. government built Fort Dearborn at what is now the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive (look for the bronze markers in the pavement). It was burned to the ground by Native Americans in 1812, rebuilt and demolished in 1857.

Incorporated as a city in 1837, Chicago was ideally situated to take advantage of the trading possibilities created by the nation’s westward expansion. The completion of the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1848 created a water link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, but the canal was soon rendered obsolete by railroads...www.cityofchicago.org/ city/ en/ about/ history.html


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Chicago, Illinois, USA - King of Malaria
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Chicago, Illinois, USA

King of Malaria
Chill Tonic
Made in Chicago, IL

Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
Chicago, Illinois, USA - Ticket to 1893 Chicago World's Fair (World's Columbian Exposition)
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Ticket to 1893 Chicago World's Fair (World's Columbian Exposition)
  
Chicago, Illinois, USA - Metropolitan
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Metropolitan "L" Train, Crossing Jack-Knife Bridge, Over Chicago River, Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA - Michigan Ave. Bridge
Chicago, Illinois, USA

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1696 - Guardian Angel mission
Jesuit priest Pierre François Pinet (1660-1704?) establishes the Guardian Angel mission at present...Read MORE...

1779 - Trading Post
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (1745?-1818) establishes a trading post at present Chicago.

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1796 - First birth on record in Chicago was of Eulalia Pointe du Sable, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable and his Potawatomi Indian wife.

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1803 - Fort Dearborn
United States Army establishes Fort Dearborn at present Chicago.

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1833 - August 10 - Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200

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1835 - August 18 - Last Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago

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1837 - Chicago receives a city charter; William Ogden (1805-1877) becomes the first mayor.

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1847 - Chicago Tribune
Joseph Medill (1823-1899) founds the Chicago Tribune.

Inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884)...Read MORE...

1848 - Chicago Board of Trade
The Chicago Board of Trade, located on West Jackson Street in Chicago, is a connection to...Read MORE...

1856 - Rand McNally
William Rand opens a small printing shop in Chicago's Loop, forming the precursor of Rand...Read MORE...

1856 - April 17 – The Chicago Historical Society Museum is established at 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago.

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April 17, 1856
1866 - November 30 - Work begins on 1st US underwater highway tunnel, Chicago

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1867 - Pullman Palace Car Company
George M. Pullman (1831-1897) founds the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago, manufacturing...Read MORE...

News  1869 - Alcohol from Soap Grease and Garbage
A company has been formed in Chicago, and will soon be in operation, for distilling alcohol and...Read MORE...

1871 - October 8-10 - Fire Destroys 18,000 Buildings in Chicago

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1872 - Montgomery Ward
Chicago merchant Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844-1913) establishes the first large-scale mail order...Read MORE...

1884 - First metal-framed skyscraper - The Home Insurance Building is generally noted as the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame.
...The most expensive and probably the most substantial of the structures that can be included in...Read MORE...

News  May 4, 1886: Haymarket Affair, Chicago, Illinois
A general strike begins in the United States, which escalates into the Haymarket Riot and...Read MORE...

1887 - George Hancock, at the time a reporter for Chicago Board of Trade, invented the game of softball in 1887.
The first game was played indoors, inside the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago. Someone found a boxing ...Read MORE...

1890 - February 24 – Chicago is selected to host the Columbian Exposition

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February 24, 1890
1891 - April 1 - The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago.

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April 1, 1891
1891 - Man Killed While Lowering Flag
Janitor David Leonard Fatally Injured.

David Leonard, janitor of the county building and a...Read MORE...

News  1891 - ROOF COLLAPSED. FIFTY WORKMEN BURIED IN THE DEBRIS. THE ACCIDENT IN CHICAGO.
FORTUNATELY NO ONE WAS KILLED, THOUGH A NUMBER WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED, AND IT IS FEARED ONE OF THEM ...Read MORE...

1892 - University of Chicago opened on October 1, 1892 with an enrollment of 594 and a faculty of 103.

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1893 - May 1 - World's Columbian Exposition

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News  1893 - ACCIDENT AT THE FAIR. A RAILWAY SLED AT MIDWAY PLAISANCE JUMPS THE TRACK KILLING ONE MAN AND INJURING FIVE OTHER PEOPLE.
Special to the Record-Union.
Chicago, June 14. - One man was killed and five other people badly...Read MORE...

News  1893 - October 30 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, closes.

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October 30, 1893
1894 - Pullman strike
The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike in the United States in the summer of 1894. It...Read MORE...

News  1894 - BIG BLAZE AT CHICAGO. Five Buildings at the World's Fair Grounds Destroyed.
THE FLAMES FANNED BY A FIERCE SOUTHWEST GALE.

Special to the Record-Union.
CHICAGO, July 5. -...Read MORE...

News  1895 - November 25 - Chicago Times-Herald race: The first American automobile race in history is sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald. Press coverage first arouses significant American interest in the automobile.

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November 25, 1895
News  1899 - July 17 - America's first juvenile court is established in Chicago.

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July 17, 1899
News  1900 - May 17 - L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is published in Chicago.

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May 17, 1900
1901 - Chicago - Large in Every Way by Lyman J. Gage
The plotting of the site of Chicago was characteristic of the practical sentiment that has ever...Read MORE...

News  1903 - December 30 – Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago kills 600
A safety standard for theaters and public buildings rises from the ashes of the Iroquois Theater...Read MORE...

News  1904 - EXPLOSION OF TOY PISTOL CAPS IS DEADLY. TWO BOYS AND A MAN KILLED AND PERHAPS THREE OTHER VICTIMS.
Chicago, March 15. -- Three persons were killed and eight other employes were injured today by the...Read MORE...

1905 - President of the Chicago Cubs filed charges against a fan in the bleachers for catching a fly ball and keeping it.

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News  1907 - FIVE KILLED AS HOUSE FALLS. ELEVEN OTHERS INJURED IN AN EARLY MORNING CRASH IN CHICAGO.
Chicago, Ill., Aug. 16. - Five persons were killed and eleven others were injured, three seriously, ...Read MORE...

1916
Chicago, shl-ka'go or shi-kaw'go, a city, port of entry, and capital of Cook CO., Ill., situated...Read MORE...

News  1916 - April 20 – The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (modern-day Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7–6 in 11 innings.

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April 20, 1916
News  1918 - June 22 – Suspects in the Chicago Restaurant Poisonings are arrested, and more than 100 waiters are taken into custody, for poisoning restaurant customers with a lethal powder called Mickey Finn.

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June 22, 1918
News  1919 - July 27 - Race Riots
July 27 – The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 begins when a white man throws stones at a group of four...Read MORE...

News  1920 - March 28 - The worst tornado disaster of record occurred in Chicago IL as a tornado killed 28 persons and caused three million dollars damage.

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March 28, 1920
1921 - August 2 - A Chicago jury brings back a not guilty verdict against eight Chicago White Sox players for throwing the 1919 baseball World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds win the series 5 games to 3. The trial is dubbed the “Black Sox Scandal.”
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1926 - Charles Lindbergh
Aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) begins daily mail delivery flights between Chicago and St....Read MORE...

News  1926 - TWO CIRCUS TRAPEZE PERFORMERS HURT.
Chicago, July 26. - (United Press) - Two circus trapeze performers, FRANK CROMWELL and his wife,...Read MORE...

News  1926 - September 20 – Twelve blue cars full of gangsters open fire at the Hawthorne Inn, Al Capone's Chicago headquarters. Only one of Capone's men is wounded.

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September 20, 1926
News  1927 - CHICAGO FIREMEN IN DEATH TRAP, EXPLOSION IN A CHEMICAL PLANT.
Chicago, March 11 - (AP) - The ranks of engine companies numbers three and six were depleted late...Read MORE...

News  1927 - CHICAGO POLICE SEEK BOOZE SELLING GROCER AS OPERATOR OF STILL. TWO FAMILIES WIPED OUT WHEN EXPLOSION WRECKS BUILDING; ALL THOSE KILLED DIED IN THEIR BEDS; FOUR STORES RAZED.
Chicago, April 16 (UP) - A moonshiner's still is believed by police to be responsible for an...Read MORE...

1929 - St Valentine's Day Massacre
Gunmen of Alphonse Capone (1899-1947) murder seven rival Chicago mobsters in the "St. Valentine's...Read MORE...

1930 - Pinball was invented by In and Outdoor Games Company in Chicago

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1933 - Assassinated
Anton "Tony" Joseph Cermak (May 9, 1873 – March 6, 1933) was an American politician of Czech origin ...Read MORE...

News  1933 - May 27 - The Century of Progress World's Fair opens in Chicago.

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May 27, 1933
News  1937 - May 30 - The Chicago Police Department shoot and kill ten unarmed demonstrators in Chicago in what is known as the Memorial Day massacre.

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May 30, 1937
1940 - June 19 - “Brenda Starr, Reporter” the first cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago Tribune.

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News  1949 - January 31 - First TV Soap Opera Debuts. On Jan. 31, 1949, an NBC station in Chicago aired the first episode of Irna Phillips' “These Are My Children,” the first daytime soap opera on a major television network.

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1954 - October 9-11 - A deluge of 6.72 inches of rain in 48 hours flooded the Chicago River, causing ten million dollars damage in the Chicago area.

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1958 - School Fire
Fire at Our Lady of Angels elementary school in Chicago claims the lives of ninety-two children and ...Read MORE...

1966 - May 11 - The 1.6 inch snow at Chicago, IL, was their latest measurable snow of record. Previously the record was 3.7 inches on the 1st and 2nd of May set in 1940

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January 27, 1967 - Residents of Chicago, IL, began to dig out from a storm which produced 23 inches of snow in 29 hours. The snow paralyzed the city and suburbs for days, and business losses were enormous.

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1968 - Civil Disorder Results in 650 Arrests
Civil disorder erupts during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; police report 650...Read MORE...

1972 - Trains Collide
Two Illinois Central commuter trains collide in Chicago; forty-five passengers are killed and more...Read MORE...

1974 - Sears Tower
The Sears tower was constructed in 1974. It was the world's tallest building, eclipsing New York's...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here

We currently have information about 29 ancestors who were born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Ancestors Who Died Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1887
William Albert MOULTON (7 December 1864 - ) & Flora FRETTS (August 1867 - )
married 27 April 1887

1889
Thomas Howard PEARSE (15 September 1862 - 29 November 1950) & Mabel TURNER (16 May 1865 - 3 December 1943)
married 18 September 1889

1903
Lyman A BENDER (3 August 1864 - 9 November 1951) & Barbara ZIEGLER (10 July 1878 - 8 June 1943)
married 17 November 1903

1906
Luther Little SMITH (November 1869 - 12 October 1946) & Reina E HAAG (1877 - 9 February 1955)
married 10 February 1906

1910
Willard James MCINTYRE (23 March 1881 - 28 October 1929) & Florence Elaine ROGERS (30 May 1890 - 21 October 1938)
married 16 August 1910

1921
Ralph J TROMBETTA (9 November 1896 - May 1979) & Anna M PECHER (18 February 1889 - 14 August 1971)
married 1 January 1921

1939
Raymond COSTELLO (05/25/1915 - June 1998) & Virginia COSTELLO (01/31/1915 - )
married

1945
Harold Vernon HOISVE (19 November 1910 - 18 November 1971) & Elaine Fay THOMPSON (29 June 1919 - 15 March 2011)
married 17 July 1945

1946
Edward Albert PARKER (24 September 1896 - 22 April 1983) & Grace Agnus COBB (22 April 1878 - 29 October 1967)
married 1946

1947
David Walter Henry ALLARD (1/21/1917 - 6/7/1990) & Barbara TINSLEY (7/17/1920 - 8/29/2008)
married April 12, 1947
 

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