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Chicago Studies

A guide to resources for research on the City of Chicago.

Chicago City Directories

The Library holds some directories, but not a comprehensive collection.

These are the primary directories in the collection. Links go to the record in the Library Catalog

Chicago telephone directory:
1954-1959,1962-1963/1964, 1968-1969

Chicago classified telephone directory:
1963-1964, 1966

Polk's Chicago city directory:
1923, 1928-29
   Also on microfilm

Chicago central business and office building directory:
1908-1910, 1922, 1924,1928-1930

The Lakeside annual directory of the city of Chicago:

1874/1875-1883, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891-1894, 1897-1899, 1900-1904, 1906-1917
    Also on microfilm

United States City Directories:
A microfilm set that covers many cities. It includes Chicago, 1861-1881

The Chicago History Museum and Newberry Library have much more extensive collections of directories.