Chicago Map Society: Dennis McClendon, Cartographic Tales of Chicago History

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Historic maps of Chicago tell all kinds of intriguing stories about the city’s origins and development: vanished creeks and woods, big projects never accomplished, forgotten ethnic groups and neighborhoods, mysterious subdivisions, abandoned industrial areas, vice districts and world’s fairs, ghosts of railroad stations and streetcar lines and freight tunnels, reminders of a constantly changing Loop. Dennis McClendon, a Chicago cartographer and historian who produced maps for the Encyclopedia of Chicago, will show the interesting stories seen in various corners of three dozen maps from Chicago’s past.