A TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

By Tim Lambert

1673

Two Frenchmen reach the area

1779

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable builds a house in the area

19th Century Chicago

1803

Fort Dearborn is built

1825

The Erie Canal opens

1837

The population of Chicago is 4,000. Chicago is made a city.

1848

The Illinois and Michigan Canal opens

1850

The population of Chicago reaches 30,000

1860

Chicago is booming and has a population of 169,000

1865

Union Stock Yards open

1870

The population of Chicago reaches 300,000

1871

Chicago is devastated by a fire

1880

The population of Chicago reaches 503,000

1884

The Home Insurance Building is erected

1885

The Fine Arts Building is erected

1886

The Haymarket Massacre takes place

1893

The World's Columbian Exhibition was held in Chicago

20th Century Chicago

1900

The population of Chicago rises to 1.7 million

1903

A fire in the Iroquois Theater kills many people

1920

The population of Chicago reaches 2.7 million

1927

Chicago Municipal Airport opens

1929

The St Valentines Day Massacre takes place in Chicago

1933

Chicago hosts the Century of Progress World Fair

1942

Enrico Fermi carries out the first controlled nuclear reaction at Chicago University

1950

The population of Chicago peaks at 3.6 million

1973

Willis Tower opens

1979

Jane Byrne becomes the first female mayor of Chicago

1990

Chicago ceases to be the second largest city in the USA

1995

Navy Pier opens

21st Century Chicago

2004

Millennium Park opens

2007

Spertus Museum opens

2009

Trump International Hotel and Tower is completed

2016

The population of Chicago is 2.7 million

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