Do more research

This site is only just the start! Historical research has no clear path to follow, but on this page you can find many other tools to help you discover the history of a Chicago property.


Sanborn Fire Maps Logo

Sanborn Fire Maps

Sanborn Fire Maps were used to help document the city over time for insurance purposes. They can be useful for finding clues as to how a neighborhood used to look 100+ years ago.

Sanborn Fire Maps link
A drawing circa 1900 of a patient being scared by a prop skeleton

Chicago Tribune Newspaper Archives

The Chicago Tribune Newspaper Archives can offer a wealth of knowledge of people, places, and events in Chicago. Click the button below and sign up for a library card to get free access.

Chicago Tribune Archives

The Ira Couch mausoleum by the Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

The CHM has an excellent research center with dedicated researchers who can help you find what you need. They also have an excellent online guide to finding out the history of your home.

Chicago History Museum