Chicago Neighborhoods

Connect with the residents of Chicago and their stories through these fascinating photographs dating from the 1860s through the 1990s.

This collection documents how Chicagoans lived their daily lives and how their neighborhoods changed and evolved over time. Go back to school, revisit favorite restaurants, salute members of the military or just ride around the city. Every neighborhood tells a story!

Digital Collections

Collections that center around Chicago’s neighborhoods include:
Chicago Sewers Collection
Photographs of sewer systems and passageways from 1925 to 1949 offer a rare look at the underbelly of Chicago.
Henry D. Green Photograph Collection
Photographs by Henry Green of businesses, community groups, neighborhood celebrations and school events on Chicago’s North Side, 1943-1951.
Robert W. Krueger Photograph Collection
Local photographer Robert Krueger documented Chicago’s North Side with photographs of community events, buildings and people.
Northside Clubs and Organizations
Glimpse into the activities of the thriving civic service scene on the North Side as well as the rich ethnic and religious heritage of the community.
Northside High Schools
Photographs of high school football games, theatrical productions, dances and extracurricular activities from the 1870s to the 1950s.
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Street scenes and community life on the North Side, 1860s-1990s.

More CPL Resources

Chicago History Blog Posts
Written by CPL librarians and staff.
Finding Aids
Descriptive inventories of the archival collections of community associations, religious organizations, high schools, notable Chicagoans and more