Illinois Historic & Historical Maps – Illinois Old Maps – Old Atlases

Illinois maps historic & historical. Old maps, Chicago maps, county maps, old atlases. From the 1800s and 1900s. Maps of Illinois, Chicago, Columbian Exposition, Illinois Railroads, Chicago Stockyards, Illinois Road Map. Gazetteers at the bottom of the page.

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Old Illinois Maps & Atlases


Baltimore: Lucas Jr. 1817

Map of Illinois

Rumsey Collection
Philadelphia: Carey 1822

Collected vintage online Maps & Atlases for the Great Lakes region

Parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana

Great Britain: Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 1833

Map of Illinois

Squire. 1836

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Map of Illinois

Morse and Breese 1845

Map of Illinois

Colton 1856

Includes a more detailed inset map of the vicinity of Chicago.

Map of the State of Illinois

Philadelphia: Bowen 1866

Books and articles on The History of Illinois

County & Township Map of the State of Illinois

Mitchell: 1880

Includes an inset map for the vicinity of Springfield.

City of Chicago

Harvard University
Cook Co., Illinois. Henry Hart. 1853


Library of Congress
Chicago: Braunhold & Sonne, 1857

“Birds eye” view not drawn to scale. It shows all the buildings in the city in high detail, with a key at the bottom identifying important buildings. [Trivia] It appears to be the map on the wall behind the Chicago Mayor’s desk in the TV series “Boss”.

Blanchard’s Guide Map of Chicago

University of Illinois
Chicago. 1864

Books and articles on Local, City, and County History in Illinois

Springfield, Illinois 1867

Library of Congress
Chicago Lithographing 1867

“Birds eye” view not drawn to scale. It shows all the buildings in the city and street names, with a key at the bottom identifying important buildings.

Birds eye view of the Chicago packing houses & union stock yards

Chicago: Charles Rascher 1890

Detailed drawing showing all the buildings and other areas in the Chicago stockyards in 1890. Many of the buildings are identified by their function and the company that operated there.

Bird’s eye view of the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

Library of Congress
Rand McNally 1893

A detailed drawing providing an excellent view of all the buildings of the exposition.

Books and articles on Politics & Government in historic Illinois

Map of Black Hawk War

University of Illinois
Rose. 1832

Interactive Map of Illinois County Formation History

Map of

Scroll part-way down this webpage for the interactive online map, which shows the changing county borders over time, from 1790 to 1869. You can also see the county boundaries in each census year from 1810 to 1930.

Books and articles on Exploration & Travel in Historic Illinois

Books and articles on War in historic Illinois

Railroad Maps of Illinois

Illinois Digital Archives
Various publishers and years of publication

39 State-wide maps of Illinois’ rail transportation network, published from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries.


Illinois Historical Maps and Atlases

Historic MapWorks

According to the Historic MapWorks website, the State of Illinois collection contains 3,149 atlases spanning the years 1696-2007. Within the atlases are 191,165 historical maps, illustrations and histories.

Historical Maps Online

University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois Press

The intent of the Historical Maps Online project is to electronically publish the images of maps charting the last 400 years of historical development in Illinois and the Northwest Territory.

Old Maps Online

This is a collaborative portal for accessing a number of online map collections worldwide. U.S. collections include;
The David Rumsey Collection
Harvard Library Collection
New York Public Library Collection
Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

60 Panoramic maps or Birds-eye views of various Illinois cities and towns

Library of Congress
Various publishers and years of publication

Many of these are highly detailed pictures showing all buildings. The viewer at this site enables high-resolution zooms.

Federal Township Plats of Illinois (1804-1891)

Illinois State Archives

The Illinois State Archives digitized its 3,457 federal township plats of Illinois. These are hand drawn plats that show Illinois’ landscape as it was before American settlement as well as legal surveying measurements. Occasionally the plats indicate man-made features, both Indian and European. The U.S. Surveyor General and his deputy surveyors drew these maps of “six miles square” townships or fractional townships in preparation for the Federal government’s sale of public lands.

Old Illinois Gazetteers

Profiles of Illinois: History, statistics, demographics for 1,436 populated places in Illinois including comparative statistics and rankings

Garoogian, David
Grey House 2011

“This edition provides data on all populated communities and counties in the state of Illinois for which the US Census provides individual statistics. It includes seven major sections that cover everything from Education to Ethnic Backgrounds to Climate. All sections include Comparative Statistics or Rankings, and full-color Maps at the back of the book provide valuable information in a quickly processed, visual format.” – Introduction

Gazetteer of Illinois, in Three Parts

containing a general view of the State, a general view of each county, and a particular description of each town, settlement, stream, prairie, bottom, bluff, etc.; alphabetically arranged

Peck, John Mason
Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliot 1837

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Rand, McNally & Co.’s Bird’s-eye Views and Guide to Chicago

Indispensable to every visitor. Containing innumerable details of business and residence localities; the most charming drives, the various means of transportation, including routes t the exposition, depots, etc.; together with a complete directory of churches, clubs, hotels, cafes’ theaters, amusements, public buildings, parks, and monuments- a graphic description, in short, of every object of any interest in the city

Rand, McNally
Chicago: Rand, McNally 1893

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