Chicago Sewers Collection
In 1855, Boston engineer Ellis S. Chesbrough was invited to Chicago to design the first comprehensive system of underground sewers in the United States. His work lifted the city to make room for the new sewers which became the most extensive in the world. In the more than 150 years since Chicago’s Department of Water Management continues to service and maintain this underground system.
The Chicago Sewers Collection is housed in the Special Collections and Preservation Division at Harold Washington Library Center.
More CPL Resources
- Chicago Sewers Collection Finding Aid
- The complete list of photographs, glass plate slides and documents, rich with geographic and technical details.