Chicago for Young Scholars

A Digital Library Shelf

 

Chicago, the largest city in Illinois and one of the largest cities in the United States is a fascinating place.  Visually and virtually, historically and contemporary, Chicago has much to offer. Whether you are a student, teacher, resident or visitor, you will find information to help you enjoy, appreciate and understand Chicago.

Contents

Facts about Chicago

Early Chicago

The Great Chicago Fire

Growth of Chicago

Neighborhoods in Chicago

Architecture and Landmarks in Chicago

Science and Nature in Chicago

General Resources on Chicago

Fun Sites for Kids

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Shelf Guide for Teachers

Link to Susan Seymour's Page
http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~sseymour/chi_site_main.html

FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO

Links to Web sites:
Listing of interesting facts about Chicago, compiled by the City of Chicago.  A quick statistical reference.
http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Arena/4336/cityfact.htm

A terrific compilation of Chicago related internet sites.
http://www.suba.com/~scottn/explore/links/links2.htm

Corporate Seal, Flag, Flower, Motto, Name Origin, Nicknames, Song.
http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/chisymbols.html

Facts about Chicago of  high interest level.
http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/chifacts.html

Print Resources:
Chicago Portraits by ______ Sawyers.  __________1991.  Short biographies of famous Chicagoans from John Kinzie to Mayor Daley to John Belushi.  Also brief sketches of other prominent figures who have contributed to Chicago's past.  A great resource book and an interesting read.
Audio and video sources:
 

Field Trips:
 

Related information:

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Early Chicago: The Ice Age to the 1870's

Links to Web sites:
The Midwest approximately 16,000 years ago.
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/larson/

The Ice Age in the Midwest
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/ice_ages/

This links you to the Potawatomi Nation home page.
http://www.potawatomi.org/

This is link to historical Illinois with a concentration on the ChicagoLand area "At Home in the Heartland".
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/athome/

Chicago Tribune newspaper reports on the Fire from Tales of the City.
http://chicago.digitalcity.com/tales/history/fire/frame.htm

Link to Chicago Tribune's 150 defining moments in Chicago's History.
http://chicago.digitalcity.com/150th/moments/moments.htm
 

Print Resources:
Field Trips:
Video and Audio Sources:
 

Related web sites:

Link to the Smithsonian Institutes Native American Museum.
http://www.si.edu/cgi-bin/nav.cgi
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The Chicago Fire of 1871

In October of 1871, a significant part of Chicago caught fire and burned over a 3 day period.   Much of Chicago history is thought of in terms of "before the fire" and "after the fire".
Links to Web sites:
This is the Chicago Historical Society site on the Chicago Fire.
http://www.chicagohistory.org/fire/intro/

Link to a Pre-Fire tour of buildings and areas in Chicago.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/Tours/Prefire.html

Walk the path of the Chicago fire on this Chicago Tribune site.
http://chicago.digitalcity.com/tales/history/fire/frame.htm

Read the Chicago Tribune articles about the Great Fire and the investigation into the Fire.
http://chicago.digitalcity.com/tales/history/fire/frame.htm

Read the letters written by a Chicago family to their daughter during the Chicago Fire, chronicling both the Fire and life in the city during the 1870's.
http://chicago.digitalcity.com/tales/history/fire/frame.htm

Print resources:
Children of the Fire  by Harriette Robinet.  Maxwell MacMillian Publishing 1991.   The fictional account of the Chicago Fire as seen through the eyes of a young girl named Hallelujah.  Suitable for 3-5 grade.  A read aloud for younger grades.

The Great Fire  by Jim Murphy.  Scholastic 1995.  Stories of the fire as seen through the eyes of survivors, from accounts recorded in books, newspapers, and letters.  Sepia photos and other illustrations.  Good reference source for middle and upper students.

The Great Chicago Fire by Robert Cromie.  ________________ 19__.  A narrative history of the Chicago Fire, with stories of individual courage and endurance.  B/W illustrations and photos.  Good for a read aloud with younger students.  Older (3rd grade +) students might need help recreating the "olden days".

The Chicago Fire by _____ Warburton.  __________ 1989.  Part of the World Disaster series, it is a 24 hour account of the Chicago Fire.  Good B/W illustrations and very interesting sidebars of information.  3rd grade and up reading level.

Field Trips:
Walk the route of the Chicago Fire. Start at DeKoven Street where the Chicago Fire Academy is located.  Be sure to see the Water Tower and Pumping station, and Old St. Patrick's Church (survivors of the Fire).

Visit the Chicago Fire Museum or a local Fire Station..
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorksMart/Fire/Prevention/Phones.html

Visit the Chicago Historical Society and see the artifacts from the Fire..
http://www.chicagohs.org/

Visit "The Survive Alive House" to learn about fire safety.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorksMart/Fire/Prevention/SurviveAlive.html

Audio and Video Resources:
"Backdraft".  A movie, filmed in Chicago, about a Chicago firefighter and fire.  Some of the language may be inappropriate for young audiences.  Available at most video rental stores.
http://www.info2000.net/~rocket/backdraft.htm
Related Resources on Fire and Fire Safety:
Link to Engine Company 44/Truck36's Web Page with connections to other notable Chicago fires.
http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Arena/4336/fire.html

Link to a Kid's fire safety page with information and a quiz.
http://www.chicagofire.com/kids/corner.htm

Link to the Chicago Public Library's brief history of the Chicago Fire Department.
http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/timeline/firedept.html

Link to Illinois Fire Safety site for kids.
http://www.state.il.us/kids/fire/

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The Growth of Chicago

Chicago grew rapidly after the Fire.  The Loop, North Michigan Avenue, and the surrounding areas were quickly rebuilt.  Public transportation, industry, business, highways and the car contibuted to Chicago's spread as a major metropolitan area.  It became known as ChicagoLand.  Colorful characters also helped to put Chicago on the map.
Links to Web sites:
Tribune article relating to the aftermath of the Fire.
http://chicago.digitalcity.com/tales/history/fire/frame.htm

Link to a comprehensive site about Chicago from 1910 to 1945  "Jazz Age Chicago"
http://www.suba.com/~scottn/explore/mainmenu.htm

This is link to historical Illinois with a concentration on the ChicagoLand area "At Home in the Heartland".
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/athome/

1933 Chicago World's Fair
http://www.chicagohs.org/history/century.html

1893 World's Colombian Exposition
http://www.chicagohs.org/history/expo.html

Link to Chicago Tribune's 150 defining moments in Chicago's History.
http://chicago.digitalcity.com/150th/moments/moments.htm

Link to a Web site that traces the history of the CTA by real enthusiasts.
http://www.Chicago-L.org/

Timeline 1673-1998 includes numerous sites relating to historic happenings and brief histories of Chicago Political Conventions, Fire Department, Police Department, Public Library, City Hall, Weather, Political Divisions, and Population.  Highlights Chicago Architecture and Public Art.
http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/004chicago.html

 
Print Resources:
Chicago Portraits by ______ Sawyers.  __________1991.  Short biographies of famous Chicagoans from John Kinzie to Mayor Daley to John Belushi.  Also brief sketches of other prominent figures who have contributed to Chicago's past.  A great resource book and an interesting read.
Field Trips:
 

Audio and Video Resources:
 

Related Resources:

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Neighborhoods in Chicago

Chicago's neighborhoods are a great place to look at the history and diversity of architecture, migration, and urban life.
Some neighborhoods have maintained their ethnic identities while others have shifted and changed to accomodate the new immigrants and shifting populations.  Contemporary neighborhoods are identified by their business and residents.  Many historic buildings have remained but their purpose has changed.
Links to Web sites:
 
Link to a Chicago Neighborhood map.
http://www.chgocitytours.com/NMap.htm
This is a virtual tour site of 4 Chicago Neighborhoods. Keepers of the Neighborhood includes specifics of the following neighborhoods:  Douglas/Grand Boulevard, Rogers Park/West Ridge, Pilsen/Little Village, Near West Side/ East Garfield Park.
http://www.chicagohistory.org/Neighborhoods/NeighborhoodsIntro.html

This is the Chicago Landmarks tour of different architecturally significant neighborhoods.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/Tours/Districts.html

This is a link to the Illinois and Michigan Canal exhibit at the Chicago Historical Society  with current photographs of the surrounding neighborhood, Bridgeport.
http://www.chicagohistory.org/canal/index.html

This is link to historical Illinois with a concentration on the ChicagoLand area "At Home in the Heartland".
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/athome/

Print Resources:
We came from Vietnam by ____________.  _________19__.  This book describes the efforts of a Vietnamese refugee family to adjust to life in Chicago. Reading level 3rd grade+.

A Russian Jewish Family by ________________.  ____________ 19__.  This book describes one Jewish family's 14 year struggle to emigrate from Leningrad to Chicago and the adjustments they have made.

Audio and video sources:

Field Trips:

What neighborhood do you live in? Find out when some of the significant buildings in your neighborhood were built.

Take an "EL" ride through the city, it's a great way to see many of Chicago's neighborhoods.  The Brown Line, Red Line, Green Line, Purple Line, Blue Line and Orange Line can take you to some amazing places. Start your tour in the Loop, everybody's neighborhood.

Take a walk through your neighborhood and see if you can find any remmants of the other ethnic groups that might have passed through.

Related information on Community:
This is Mr. Roger's site to take you to the "Land of Make Believe". This is a great site for K-2 grade.
http://www.pbs.org/rogers/

Link to the Chicago Children's Museum.  There is a section on prejudice.
http://www.chichildrensmuseum.org/

Related information and Links to maps and map making:
Contains Local City Guide, Online Maps, Driving Directions (tells how to get from one address to another in text and on map).
http://www.mapquest.com/

These are map sites that will enable you to locate Chicago and other places.
http://pubweb.parc.xerox.com/map/border=1/color=1

http://www.usgs.gov/education/learnweb/MA/

http://www.proximus.com/lycos/

http://www.utenn.edu/uwa/vpps/ur/ut2kids/maps/map.html

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/about.asp

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Architecture and Landmarks in Chicago

Chicago is known for and by its architecture.  The Sears Tower, John Hancock Building, and the Amoco Building are three of the tallest buildings in the world.  Scattered throughout Chicago and the surrounding area are some of the most interesting, beautiful, and architecturally significant buildings and landmarks.  All have a story to tell.
 
Links to Web sites:
This site by the city of Chicago has an alphabetical listing of Architecturally significant buildings.
 http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/

African-American History, The Loop, Pre-Chicago Fire, Early Skyscrapers, Modern Era, Subdivisons-Planned Towns, Music & Art, Boul Mich, Railroads & Bridges, Districts.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/Tours/Tours.html

Districts within Chicago, with specific places of interest linked within each district.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/Maps/Maps.html

Print Resources:

Audio and video sources:

Field Trips:

Take an Architectural Tour by boat.
 

Take a walking tour of Chicago's Loop.
 

Related information on Architecture:
 
Link to the Mies vander Roe site.
 
 

Link to the Frank LLoyd Wright site.
 
 

Link to the Louis Sullivan site.
 
 

Link to the Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill.
 
 

 
 
 
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Science and Nature in Chicago

Chicago has tried to live up to it's motto "Garden in the City".  Trying to accomodate both humans and nature in a limited space is a challenge.  Chicago'slakefront, parks, and open green spaces has eased the transition from a prairie town to a steel and glass megalopolis.
Links to Web sites:
Alphabetical listing of Chicago Parks
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorksMart/Parks/Alphabetical.html

Proposal to ecologically protect the Calumet Region of Chicago.  For teachers.
http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/il/calumet/parkproposal/index.html
Proposal to ecologically protect the Calumet Region of Chicago.  For teachers.

Dialog and environmental pictures of Crawdad Slough, Cook County Forest Preserve.
http://www.maryannzawacki.com/

Spring 1999 pictures of baby birds seen at Crawdad Slough, Cook County Forest Preserve.
http://www.maryannzawacki.com/Babies.html

General Lincoln Park Zoo site menu.  Click on Mammals, Birds, or Reptiles & Amphibians to see detailed information on specific subjects.
http://www.lpzoo.com/menu.html

Brookfield Zoo general site.
http://www.brookfield-zoo.mus.il.us/

Prairies in Illinois:  prairie development and the persistence of prairies.
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/midewin/frames.html

Link to the State of Illinois Nature and Conservation site.
http://dnr.state.il.us/nredu/kids/toc.htm

Link ti the Illinois EPA for conservation information.
http://www.epa.state.il.us/kids/

Print Resources:
Audio and video sources:

Field Trips:

Visit Lincoln Park Zoo.
Zoo-cology Action Guide:  Pre- and post-visit activities to get students excited about conservation for grades K-3.
 http://www.lpzoo.com/education/zoocology/k-3/zoocology_k-3.html

Zoo-cology Action Guide:  Pre- and post-visit activities to get students excited about conservation for grades 4-6.
http://www.lpzoo.com/education/zoocology/zoocology.html
 

Visit Brookfield Zoo.
http://www.brookfield-zoo.mus.il.us/exhibits/exhibits.html
Click on specific animal exhibits to learn details of animals in the exhibit.
 

Visit the Shedd Aquarium.
 

Visit North Park Nature Preserve.
 

Go play in the park.  Check the Chicago Park District for locations, hours and facilities with this alphabetical listing.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorksMart/Parks/Alphabetical.html

Related information:
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/larson/
Midwestern US, 16,000 years ago.

http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/ice_ages/
Ice Ages

http://www.lpzoo.com/programs/programs.html
Numerous programs for teachers and students, supports national science learning goals and Illinois and Chicago academic standards,
Easily integrated into teachers' lesson plans.

Connect to aquariums and zoos around the world.
http://now2000.com/kids/zoos.shtml#zoos

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General Resources on Chicago sites and attractions

Chicago has
 

Links to Web sites:

General site for Chicago Historical Society includes History Files, The Great Chicago Fire,  My History is Your History, and Just the Arti-FACTS.
http://www.chicagohs.org/chshome.html#MENU

Maps (see URL Below) and Schedules,  which includes Routes and Schedules and Travel and Visitor Information.  Also shows CTA Store which describes how to purchase transit cards and passes over the internet. Hard to find links.
http://www.transitchicago.com/home2.wu?info=NO

Includes general system train maps and bus and train maps of specific areas.
http://www.transitchicago.com/maps/systemmaps.html#

Link to the Chicago Bulls Home Page (Basketball)
http://www.nba.com/bulls/

Link to the Chicago Bears Home Page. (Football)
http://www.nfl.com/bears/

Link to the Chicago White Sox Home Page. (Baseball)
http://www.chisox.com/

Link to the Chicago Cubs Home Page. (Baseball)
http://www.cubs.com/

Link to the Chicago Blackhawks Home Page. (Hockey)
http://www.chicagoblackhawks.com/

Link to the Chicago Flame Home Page. (Soccer)
 

This link is to the Chicago Public Library Home Page giving you access to both adult and children resources.
http://www.chipublib.org/

A list of Chicago's activities for the Year 2000.
 http://www.ci.chi.il.us/ChicagoTime/Calendar2000.html

This is a great link to find activities and listing, hours and locations of many of Chicago's attractions.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Tourism/

This site connects to an interactive map of Downtown Chicago with an electronic tour guide.
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Tourism/Downtown/

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Fun Sites for Kids

These are sites that are fun to visit when you have the time.
Links to Web sites:
Great site for kids to learn about space.
 http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/html/just_for_kids.html#top

White house tour for Kids
 http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/kids/html/home.html

Link to the Chicago Children's Museum link page for sites to science, math, and geography projects.
http://www.chichildrensmuseum.org/sub_exhi.html

Link to District 38's Third Grade Web site with connections to math, science, history, etc.
http://www.greenbriar.district28.k12.il.us/Links/3LinksFolder/3links.html

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