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Historic Preservation
Learning About the History of Your Home Using Government Agencies

The Maybrook Court Building
(For homes constructed after 1985)
1500 South Maybrook Drive
Basement Room 061
Maywood, Illinois 60153
8:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 708-865-4753
Fax: 708-865-4732

Cook County Recorder of Deeds
(For homes constructed before 1985)
Downtown County Building
118 North Clark Street  
Room 120
Chicago, Illinois 60602
8:00-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 312-603-5050 
Fax: 312-603-5063

Cook County Assessor's Office
(Main)  County Building, Third Floor
118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602 

Maywood Historic Preservation Commission
Maywood Council Chambers
125 South 5th Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Website (click here)

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System

Illinois State Archives
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: 217-785-1266
Fax: 217-524-3930

Illinois State Archives
Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756
Telephone (217) 782-4682
Fax: (217) 524-3930

National Archives- (Chicago)
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629-5898

Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Staffed by The Landmarks Division of the
Chicago Department of Planning and Development
33 N. LaSalle St.
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60602
Ph: 312-744-3200
Fax: 312-744-9140

Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
Suite 1315
53 W. Jackson Blvd. 
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone (312) 922-1742
Fax (312) 922-8112

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone (217) 558-8844
For information about the library and museum
please contact:
(800) 610-2094 or (217) 782-5764
Library Main (217) 558-8844

Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL  60610
(312) 255-3506


Useful Websites

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Address Conversion Guides

U.S. Census Bureau
Choose the time period that you want and see PDF files of old census documents.

Index to the American Contractor's Chicago Building Permit Column, 1898-1912

Chicago Historical Society-Polk’s Directory

Chicago Daily News: Prints and Photographs


Tours and Museums

West Town Museum of Cultural History
104 S. 5th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: 708-343-3554

Maywood Historical Society
105 South 5th Avenue
P.O. Box 35
Maywood, IL 60153-2304
Phone: 708-343-3554

Maywood Historic Society

Chicago Historical Society
Clark Street at North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614-6071
Phone 312.642.4600
Fax 312.266.2077

The Chicago History Museum
Find a museum online


The History of Nearby Communities and Areas

Find out if a book is on shelf by using the online catalog (click here)Maywood by Douglas Deuchler

Maywood by Douglas Deuchler

Oak Park, Illinois: Continuity and Change by David M. Sokol

Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries by Jenny Floro-Khalaf and Cynthia Savaglio

Melrose Park by Fidencio Marbella
977.311/MAR Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society by Douglas Deuchler

Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society by Douglas Deuchler


The History of the Chicagoland Area

Chicago’s Southeast Side by Rod Sellers

Chicago’s Historic Pullman District by Frank Beberdick
977.311/BEBAfrican Americans in Chicago by Lowell D. Thompson

African Americans in Chicago by  Lowell D. Thompson

The Sky’s the Limit: A Century of Chicago Skyscrapers by John Zukowsky

Filipinos in Chicago by Estrella Ravelo Alamar

The Chicago “L” by Greg Borzo

Chicago’s South Shore by Charles Celander
977.311/CELMexican Chicago by Rita Arias Jirasek

Mexican Chicago by Rita Arias Jirasek

Douglas/Grand Boulevardby Olivia Mahoney

A View From Chicago’s City Hall: Mid-century to the Millennium by Melvin G. Holli

Greater Chicago Historical Tour Guide by Ray D. Wilson
917/7311/WIL Maritime Chicago by Theodore Karamanski

Maritime Chicago by Theodore Karamanski

Chicago’s Parks by John Graf

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