- 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 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.
Few buildings are more loved in Chicago than the John Hancock Center. In a recent ceremony, a journal written by a caisson inspector for the building was added to the observation floor, containing site photos and literature about the building.
From April 19 to May 13, CAF is running a four-part program on Chicago’s landscape legacy. We sat down with Julia Bachrach, the host and lecturer for this series, to get a preview.
The structure, completed in 1971, which stood as a testament to Black excellence, has taken the first step toward landmark designation.
Chicago is known around the world for its tall skyscrapers, but some of Chicago’s greatest architecture is often found throughout the city’s neighborhoods.
This photo from 1855 may be the oldest photo of Chicago. It depicts the old city hall and courthouse that was destroyed in the great fire of 1871.
We’re up to a lot around here, and we’d like to start sharing the personal side of CAF.
Chicago teens ponder big questions in graphic novel 'No Small Plans'via Chicago Tonight
Parks & Public Spaces
Chicago’s playscapes - parks, playgrounds and green spaces - bring Chicagoans and visitors outside to play.
Check Out This Planned Streeterville Park, Called A 'Vacation In The City'via DNAinfo
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.