Join Jacques on his canoe trip to Chicago in the 1790s. Along the
way you'll learn how people travelled to Chicago before there were
roads or trains.
Chicago River in 1800
Learn about the Chicago River from J'ayek, a Potowatomi boy living
in 1800. Learn how Chicago got its name!
and Waste in Early Chicago
Wanda and Wally Water Drop will tell you about life in Chicago in
the 1700s and 1800s when people used the lake and river as their sewer
and water source.
Sewers: Dealing with More and More Waste
As more people and businesses came to Chicago in the 1850s, the city
became more polluted.Join Mr. Plumber to find out how Chicago tried
to solve its waste problem by raising the streets.
Illinois & Michigan Canal
Angus lives near the Illinois & Michigan Canal in Bridgeport. Learn
how the canal was built and how it opened Chicago to trade and travel
in the 1850s.
the Illinois Central to Hyde Park
Join Maggi and Jim on their first train ride in 1856 from Chicago
to Hyde Park on the new Illinois Central Railroad.
Chicago was planned on a grid that helped it grow in every direction.
Join Heidi to learn about life in Chicago in the 1860s and how new
streets improved our growing city.
City's First Water System
Learn about the amazing underground lake tunnel that brought clean
water to Chicago residents. Mr. Plumber will tell you about Chicago's
first municipal water system in 1900.
The iron horse in the fastest way to travel in 1880! Learn about Jim's
trip from coast to coast on the new transcontinental railroad.
Chicago's "L" trains have helped people get around the city since
the 1890s. C.J. learned about the "L" for a school report and she'll
tell you all about it.
Sanitary and Ship Canal
Join Beata to learn about her life near Chicago's Bubbly Creek in
the 1890s. Find out how the city solved its water problems by reversing
the flow of the Chicago River!