Historic Map - Chicago, IL - 1916 - Reincke

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View of Chicago, Cook County, I.L., 1916 / drawn & published by Arno B. Reincke.

This colorful print of Chicago, Illinois was drawn and published by Arno B. Reincke in 1916. Chicago’s transportation importance began in the 1840's with the building of the Illinois and Michigan Canal connecting the Mississippi River with Lake Michigan. The Galena & Chicago Union Railway was added to enhance shipping of the many agricultural products that were beginning to be grown in the region.

Cattle, hogs, grain and other farming products were abundantly grown and traded as well as a number of dependent branch manufactures such as milling, slaughtering, packing, rendering, soap and candle making, tanning, brewing and distilling.

The Great Fire of 1871 slowed Chicago’s growth, but the town emerged from the ashes with an improved infrastructure and fresh water system. The city began attracting business endeavors of all sorts, and with worldwide recognition it received with its staging of the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, Chicago moved closer to becoming the major city that it is today.

This map was published one year after the SS Eastland disaster stunned Chicagoans as the passenger boat loaded with Western Electric employees and their families setting off for a company picnic in Indiana rolled over while still dockside, trapping and drowning hundreds in the Chicago River.

The map featuring Chicago’s central business section includes labeled streets, buildings, bridges and waterways. It portrays port activity and includes railroad routes.


Archive Paper

Archive Paper

Premium fine art paper that provides accurate color reproduction with high-contrast, high-resolution print output and maximum image permanence. A high-quality print ready for framing.

  • Museum quality paper for high-quality fine art.
  • Ultra smooth, neutral white matte finish.
  • Heavy-weight 230 gsm, 9.5 mil thickness.
  • Printed with pigment inks for longer print life and enhanced fade resistance.
  • Pigment based Canon LUCIA inks provide smooth tones and rich colors in fine, precise detail.
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