Scenes in Chicago


Several scenes from a rebuilt Chicago.

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This attractive group of five separate scenes of Chicago, Illinois captures the frenetic economic activity of the Second City in the years immediately following the Great Fire (October 8-10, 1871). The entrance to the Chicago River is protected by a jetty while ships of all varieties are guided by the lighthouse, also depicted. The Chicago River from the Madison Street bridge (raised) shows the riverside warehouses and a tugboat pulling a merchant vessel. Views of Wabash Avenue, what appears to be Michigan Avenue, and the Board of Trade also emphasize Chicago’s prosperity in the face of devastation and destruction.

The view was drawn by Alfred Waud, an artist best known today for his illustrations made for Harper’s Weekly during the American Civil War. One of Waud’s descendants, Cornelius, would later become the mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois.

The print was included in Picturesque America, a popular two-volume publication issued in New York by D. Appleton & Company in 1872. The work’s numerous essays and hundreds of engravings had a profound impact on American cultural identity and conservation practices in the late 19th century.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1872

Author: Alfred Waud

Sheet Width (in): 9.5

Sheet Height (in): 12.3

Condition: A

Condition Description: Faintly toned around the outer edges, consistent with age. Ragged binding (upper) edge. Very good overall.


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