Social Geography of Chicago

Chicago has 26 ethnic groups and over 100 languages are spoken in the city.

Look at a bird's eye view of Chicago in 1892, published by Currier & Ives.
Examine some of the areas shown with red names on the map by clicking on them.
Note that not all of these names are linked! Also click on the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

To access the greater Chicago area, go to
another map. Check-out the location of crime in Chicago.


Optional Things To Do and Resources
1) Numerous census tract and block group maps of Chicago are located at the University of Chicago library. Particularly look at the age of housing map.
2) The City of Chicago Police Department provides mapped and graphed crime statistics.
3) If this is your first visit to this page, you might want to practice planning your field trip to Chicago.
4) Thinking of moving to Chicago? How much income do you need to earn to maintain your current standard of living? Cost of living varies among cities. Use this calculator.
5) Read an article on the long history of urban planning in Chicago.
6) The Department of Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, maintains a web site with a great set of historical photos and maps and current photos.
7) Read The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners by Debra J. Dickerson.
8) Read about Chicago in 2006.
9) Museums (with emphasis on maps) in Chicago.
10) Chicago River uses and abuses