Timeline of Chicago history

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Early America[edit]

19th century[edit]


  • 1803: The U.S. Army constructs Ft. Dearborn near the mouth of the Chicago River.
  • 1812
  • 1816: The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri. Ft. Dearborn is rebuilt.
  • 1818: December 3, Illinois joins the union.
  • 1837
    • C. D. Peacock jewelers was founded. It is the oldest Chicago business still operating today.
    • Chicago receives its first charter.[1]
    • Rush Medical College is founded two days before the city was chartered. It is the first medical school in the state of Illinois which is still operating.
  • 1840
    • July 10, Chicago's first legally executed criminal, John Stone was hanged for the rape and murder of Lucretia Thompson, a farmer's wife.
    • August 4, Chicago is surveyed and platted for the first time by James Thompson.
  • 1847: June 10, The first issue of the Chicago Tribune is published.
  • 1848


20th century[edit]



21st century[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Writers’ Project (1939). "Chicago". Illinois: A Descriptive and Historical Guide. American Guide Series. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co. 
  2. ^ "Conventions Organized by Year". Colored Conventions. University of Delaware. Retrieved April 2014. 
  3. ^ Benjamin Vincent (1910), "Chicago", Haydn's Dictionary of Dates (25th ed.), London: Ward, Lock & Co. 
  4. ^ a b c d Paul S. Boyer, ed. (2001). "Chicago". Oxford Companion to United States History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-508209-8. 
  5. ^ Thomas Dublin, Kathryn Kish Sklar (ed.), "Chronology", Women and Social Movements in the United States (Alexander Street Press)  (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b c "Chicago", Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed.), New York: Encyclopaedia Britannica Co., 1910, OCLC 14782424 
  7. ^ "Timeline". The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. USA: Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Donald Yacovone (2013). African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Hay House. ISBN 978-1-4019-3514-6. 
  9. ^ David J. Wishart (ed.). Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Think Tank Directory". Philadelphia, USA: Foreign Policy Research Institute. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of John H. Johnson", Ebony 60, October 2005 
  12. ^ "US Newspaper Directory". Chronicling America. Washington DC: Library of Congress. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Chicago Timeline". Chicago Public Library. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ Mike Tigas and Sisi Wei (ed.). "Chicago, Illinois". Nonprofit Explorer. New York: ProPublica. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Organizations". International Relations and Security Network. Switzerland: Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ Alan Greenblatt (2006), "Downtown Renaissance", CQ Researcher 16 (24) (subscription required)
  17. ^ "Chicago (city), Illinois". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "30 Cities: An Introductory Snapshot". American Cities Project. Washington, DC: Pew Charitable Trusts. 2013. Retrieved February 2014. 

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