[Map of Chicago] Presented by the Commercial Hotel


Late 19th century map of Chicago issued by a local hotel.

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The World’s Fair, or Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893 drew millions of visitors from around the world to the city. Local businesses were keen to capitalize on the influx of tourism money during the four month event, and competition among proprietors was fierce.

This promotional map of Chicago was distributed by the Commercial Hotel, whose prime position at the corner of Lake and Dearborn streets provided easy access to transportation hubs and the fair. Other amenities are also described, such as accommodations for 500 guests, a passenger elevator and electric lights. Rates began at 75 cents a day. Railway terminals are identified and colored in green, along with the park and boulevard system that would become an integral component of Daniel Burnham Root’s Chicago Plan.

On the verso are twelve panels containing contemporary advertisements including railroads, manufacturing companies, and food producers.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1893

Author: W.M. Wangersheim & Co.

Sheet Width (in): 16

Sheet Height (in): 22.1

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Fold lines as issued exhibit some wear, including separation repaired and reinforced on verso. Some small spots of abrasion to the image, printed on thin paper. One faint water stain near the "A" in Lake Michigan, but still very good and attractive.