- Early skyscrapers and other 19th-century architecture
- Important events like the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933-1934
- Historic photos and perspectives on Chicago
Latest Updates on Historic Chicago
After residing in the landmark building for more than half a century, Yolanda Flader plans to move out when the sale of her two-bedroom unit closes.
With a prolific career spanning seven decades, Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps the most famous American architect of all time.
It was one of the most outlandish episodes in Frank Lloyd Wright's outlandish life: On Oct. 16, 1956, the 89-year-old architect stood before an enormous gold, silver and blue canvas in the ballroom of the Sherman House Hotel and unveiled his plan for a mile-high skyscraper.
Atop a tall sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan sits one of the last remnants of the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress World’s Fair: the House of Tomorrow. The home is in severe need of restoration and is set to receive an update from a team of Chicago firms.
After announcing an overhaul of one the oldest and best preserved first generation ‘L’ stations back in June, the CTA is ready to begin work on the historic Quincy stop in the heart of Chicago’s Loop.
Thirty years before the CTA, another public transit system was just starting to roll: the Chicago Motor Bus Company.
Innovation in Architecture
Architectural innovations like the steel-frame skyscraper have reshaped the built world's look and function. And every day, new technologies enable architects to address the challenges of the future.
Tall buildings around the world rooted in Chicagovia CAF
Parks & Public Spaces
Chicago’s playscapes - parks, playgrounds and green spaces - bring Chicagoans and visitors outside to play.
Biking and Chicago’s Lakefront Trailvia CAF
The changing face of Chicago architecture—in structures old, new and yet to be—will always be newsworthy. Here, we track the buzz and battles, building context around a city’s issues as they unfold.