Old Map of Chicago, 1931 - Birdseye Map of Downtown, Grant Park, Central, Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, Suburbs
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This strikingly beautiful and interesting birds eye map is one of the first and most accurate maps of modern Chicago. It was designed by Charles Turzak and Henry T. Chapman and published in 1931.
The map looks at the city from a point above Lake Michigan, looking west across the city. In the foreground is Grant Park and Navy Pier, and then of course all of Downtown Chicago and its high-rise buildings including City Hall.
Most streets are labelled, but there are also lots of notes about interesting things that you might be able to find around the city. Little characters are dotted around the map, saying humorous things.
The map spans a huge area - all of metropolitan Chicago at the time. In modern day terms, it spans from around Evanston and Kenilworth in the north, and Lake Calumet in the south. The map appears to have 'condensed' areas north and south of central downtown Chicago.
There's an intense level of detail in this map. Please zoom into the images and lose yourself for a while - you might be surprised at what you can find!
Get in touch if you want me to check if a certain street or landmark is visible on this map.
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x18 inches (30x45cm), 18x24 inches (45x60cm) and beyond to 24x36 inches (60x90cm) - but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 150 inches (380cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 36x24 inch (90x60cm) version of this map.
I also have some similar birds eye maps of other US cities, like New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas or housewarming gift for someone from Chicago or who has the Midwest in their heart.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.