Cram’s Condensed Street Guide and Map of Chicago Evanston Oak Park


Chicago and the suburbs during the Great Depression.

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This detailed street map of Chicago, Illinois was published in the early 1930s to accompany a guidebook and street index to the region. It contains a wealth of fascinating information about the city, which had suffered greatly during the Great Depression. (The term ‘Hooverville’ was first used by the New York Times when describing a homeless encampment in Chicago).

The map uses red ink to highlight surface car lines, elevated railroads, and property of the Cook County Forest Preserves. Thanks to federal funding (and labor) from the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps, the Forest Preserves were undergoing a period of significant expansion at the time.

Other details include parks, cemeteries, transportation stations, railroads, airports, sports stadiums, and amusement areas. Inset maps show similar street plans of the North Shore suburbs and all of Cook and the adjacent collar counties. Engraved, printed, and published around 1931 by the George F. Cram Company, Inc. of Indianapolis.


Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1931

Author: The George F. Cram Company, Inc.

Sheet Width (in): 29

Sheet Height (in): 23.6

Condition: A

Condition Description: 32 pp. street guide with stapled binding and original brown paper covers. Wrappers and contents are in good condition, and so is the fold out map affixed to the back cover. A few small holes at fold intersections and a bit of separation along fold lines, but remains in very good, or better, condition overall.


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