An Illustrated Map of Chicago, Youthful City of the Big Shoulders – Restless – Ingenious – Wilful – Violent – Proud to be Alive
By: Charles Turzak & Henry Chapman
Date: 1931 (dated) Chicago
Dimensions: 22.5 x 37.5 inches (57 cm x 95.25 cm)
This is a very fine example of Turzak & Chapman’s iconic map of the city of Chicago. Presented with a bird’s eye view of the city from Lake Michigan, this joyous pictorial map is rich in detail, color, and humor.
While Chicago in the 1930s is most notably remembered for being overrun with organized crime, this map illustrates a very different representation of the city. It focuses more on tourist activities, landmarks, professional sports teams, diversity of neighborhoods, and an overall energetic lifestyle of Chicagoans.
The map was originally made with the intent of promoting the 1933 World’s Fair, which can be seen along the lake just south of the Field Museum and Soldier’s Field. Some landmarks worth noting include the site of Fort Dearborn, Chicago Stock Yards, Joliet Prison, Aurora Racetrack, Riverview Amusement Park, and the large number of theatres in the downtown loop district, which are indicated with faces of Comedy and Tragedy. The limits of Chicago are represented in orange, with all parks, boulevards, and surrounding suburbs colored green.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition with some light scratches in the top left and a small paper pull in the top right. Neither of these condition issues distract at all from the overall appearance the map. The map has been professionally linen backed for preservation purposes.
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