"Late one night, when we were all in bed,
Old Mother Leary left a lantern in the shed,
And when the cow kicked it over, she winked her eye and said,
'There'll be a HOT time on the old town tonight.'"
-from a popular children’s song

The legend of the much-maligned Mrs. O’Leary and the start of The Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8, 1871 is so widespread that many people take the unsubstantiated rumor as fact. It’s not surprising that the subject of the devastating blaze and fire-fighting made its way onto many vintage postcards.

Fortunately, Chicago was able to rebuild itself in time to host the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, beating out New York City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. The event honored the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ landing in America. Forty years later, the city put on the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, focusing on scientific achievements, like the development of electric power.

Chicago is also home to major sports teams, including two major-league baseball teams, the White Sox and the Cubs. Their famous ballparks Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field were erected in 1910 and 1914, respectively.

The manufacturing and transportation hub of the U.S. for over a century, Chicago is full of iconic places and storied characters like 21-year Mayor Richard Joseph Daley and Prohibition-era mob boss Al Capone. The 110-story Sears Tower, built in 1974 and now known as the Willis Tower, was once the tallest building in the world—it remains the tallest building in the United States.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Carthalia

Carthalia

Andreas Praefcke's postcard collection of theatres and concert halls worldwide. Showcases 3700 images of over 1810 … [read review or visit site]

Tall Tale Postcards

Tall Tale Postcards

Don't let this one get away from you. This 'unbelievable' collection, from the Wisconsin Historical Society, featur… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1907 Chicago Cubs Baseball World Series Tigers Clubbed To Death Postcard +1Postcard - Chicago Great Western Railroad, Passenger Car Interior, 1930s1910 Gillespie, Ill. "coal Mine #2" Chicago & North Western RrSouth Haven Michigan Steamship Advertising In Chicago Rppc Real Photo Postcard1913 Picture Post Card, West Side Baseball Park, Chicago, Il. National LeagueChurches Of Austin & Chicago Il Illinois C1910 Multi-view Real Photo PostcardChicago, Il: Rppc: 1910: View Of Austin Swedish Baptist ChurchFred Harvey Railroad Route Map Greeting Postcard 1948 Chicago Fair Rpo CancelIllinois Il Chicago Halsted Street Lift Bridge Postcard Old Vintage Card View PcEast Chicago, In - Chicago Av - Businesses - Ca 1910 - Rppc - Postcard - IndianaVintage Postcard Roseland Chicago Illinois ~ Greetings From Roseland Chicago IllVintage Postcard Roseland Chicago Illinois ~ Michigan Avenue And 111th StIllinois Il Chicago Retail Store Marshall Field & Co Postcard Old Vintage CardChicago Rppc Faragut Ave Ravenswood Pl Michigan Av Mushkin Clothing ParadeOld Unused Photo Postcard Picturing The Interior First National Bank Of ChicagoBaseball Stadium Postcard Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Linen # 61, 65902Chicago Illinois C1908 Nelson Morris & Co Champion 6 Horse Clydesdale TeamIllinois Il Chicago Women's Temple Lasalle Monroe Street Postcard Old Vintage PcIllinois Il Chicago Paul Bunyan Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard SouvenirIllinois Il Chicago Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard Souvenir Postal PostLot Of 5 Native American 1901 Postcards E.j. Freiberg Chicago #9, 14, 32, 55, 67Rppc Photo Postcard Edgewater Beach Hotel Golf Links ChicagoVintage Double Postcard,the Corner Of Stephenson And Chicago Streets,freeport,ilRppc Street Scene Farragut Ave E Of Oakley Bowmanville Chicago Il Illinois Il Chicago Lagoon Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard Souvenir PostBalaban And Katz Theatre, Movie Palace, Chicago Il, Vintage Illinois PostcardGreat Northern Railway's Famous Empire Builder, Chicago Il To Pacific NorthwestIllinois Il Chicago Temple First Methodist Postcard Old Vintage Card View PostChicago Il - Vintage Postcard Lot Of 4 Schiller Bldg, Temple, Opera House +Illinois Il Chicago La Salle Hotel Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard PostIllinois Il Chicago Alexander Hamilton Monument Postcard Old Vintage Card ViewChicago, Il - Bird's Eye View Of Downtown Area 1945Chicago, Il - La Salle Street Station 1940Illinois Il Chicago Wrigley Building Night Postcard Old Vintage Card View PostIllinois Il Chicago Tiffany Mosaic Dome Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard Illinois Il Chicago Art Institute Lions Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard 1893 World's Columbian Exposition Chicago Illinois Antique Vintage PostcardChicago Illinois Comic Lady Pin-up Linen Antique Postcard (j20100)Chicago Il Rp C1910 Hotel Store Street Scene Theo. Ascher Co. Millinery ClothesC073 Chicago Ill 42nd St N From Colorado Ave Rppc Carriage Street 1908 PostcardUndiv Back Postcard 'the Ghetto' Chicago Il Street Vendors Sell Shoes HorsedrawnLot 13 Field Museum Of Natural History Chicago Il Souvenir Postcards Qq86204 C.1920's Wb World's Fair Promo Postcards-chicago Il/cars/people/streets-vfBaseball Stadium Postcard Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Pre-linen # 301, 113804R H Chicago Postcard, "i Miss The Babies", Carnival Theme, Mayville, Ny 1906 CanDd289 Rp 1970 Cri&p Rock Island Railroad Train Engine #630 #642 #638 Chicago IlDd497 Rp 1950/1970s Nkp Nickel Plate Railroad Engine #770 Chicago Il Looks NewIl-chicago-holy Cross Hospital-town View-h19057Railroad Paper And Postcards, Scene Southern Pacific, Chicago Union Station EtcBaseball Stadium Postcard Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Early Linen # 283Vintage Postcard Albert Merritt Billings Hospital & Clinic Univ Of Chicago IlPostcard--the New Streamliner "400"--chicago And North Western LineBaseball Stadium Postcard Comiskey Park Chicago White Sox Linen 236, Oc-h1895Chicago, Il - View From New Refectory At Garfield Park 1912Illinois Il Chicago Lincoln Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard Souvenir Pc3 Old Vinatge Postcards-busy Streets-chicago Il In 1910-15-all Buildings/hotelIllinois Il Chicago Board Of Trade Building Postcard Old Vintage Card View Post1910 Postcard Restaurant Congress Hotel And Annex Chicago Il.Adler Planetarium Grant Park Chicago Illinois Il Dome Unused Vintage PostcardPostcard 1933 Cafeteria Chicago Illinois Il Ymca Hotel Pc 826 South Wabash