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Websites for Chicago History

Great Chicago Stories - Use on laptop only. Website will not work well on an iPad.

Chicago for Young Scholars - Facts, Landmarks, and History of Chicago


My Chicago - Resource from the Chicago Historical Society


The Pullman Era - History Files on the Pullman Era


Reverse flow of Chicago River - article explaining reasons for reverse flow of Chicago River






Section 3.5 of the 3rd Grade D181 Information Literacy Standards:

Recognize the need for citing sources and record citation information (e.g., author, title, place of publication, publisher, copyright date) with prompting and support


Print these worksheets to take notes and to gather information about the sources you use in this project.


Book Note Taking Sheet


Encyclopedia Note Taking Sheet


Website Note Taking Sheet



Chicago Skyline

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World Book: Explore Illinois - This guide provides links to resources in World Book Online Reference Center.

Encyclopedia of Chicago - Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library, Northwestern University 

Harcourt Biographies - Various biographies 

Illinois Periodicals Online - Collection of periodicals related to Illinois



Individual Biographies

Jane Addams - Founder of Hull House

Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette - All Star River Explorers

Colonel Robert R. McCormick - short biography

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable - Illinois History biography

George Pullman - short biography

Prairie Pages


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