Rare Map Of 1833 Chicago For Sale

Bernie Tafoya
July 25, 2019 - 12:20 pm
Map of Chicago in 1833

Kevin Brown of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An 86-year-old map of Chicago from 186 years ago is up for sale by a rare map dealer in New York.

The map depicts Chicago in 1833, when Chicago was incorporated as a town, four years before it became a city. At the time, Chicago had about 350 people.

The map was produced in 1933 during the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago. It has illustrations that include Ft. Dearborn, Chicago's first draw bridge, and the Sauganash Hotel. It also has where "swamp land" was along the South Branch of the Chicago River and where "dense forest" was all around where the Magnificent Mile is now.

According to Atlas Obscura, the map was being sold for 50-cents at Marshall Field's. It was $2.25 if you wanted it framed.

Map of Chicago in 1833
Kevin Brown of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps

Now it is being sold for $500 by Geographicus Rare Antique Maps.

"This was produced in some quantity when it was issued in 1933. It does come up on the market from time-to-time. We have had two examples and others occasionally show up, as well," said Owner Kevin Brown.

Brown said the likely buyer would be a Chicago history buff or someone buying it as a gift.