Wednesday, January 29, 2014


In 1833 in Chicago, the mail came once a week from Michigan to the 350 residents of what was a four-square block hamlet. In 1833, Chicago stood on the American frontier.
The Chicago of 1833 basically encompassed about half of what The Loop is today. Back then, there would be no debating which neighborhood you lived in. And there was only one way to cross the Chicago River. The nation’s first skyscraper, Home Insurance Building, was built in 1884 at LaSalle and Adams streets. It was a forest bordering farmland 50 years before. The city rose and fell and rose again after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The city’s population grew to 4,000 people in 1840 and 300,000 before the fire destroyed much of the city. Its population peaked in the 1950s at 3.5 million people, according to U.S. Census data. It now consists of 2.7 million residents covering 234 square miles.
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