Cook County, Illinois Online Historical Directories




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Links to directories at Fold3
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Chicago Directories, unknown (probably various), various years - $ (Fold3)
 - appears to be several miscellaneous directories from various publishers and years, microfilmed in one sitting (very likely these are loose pages that were filmed at the end of the filming of the whole books).  Check this listing if you cannot find your ancestors in the pages of the books linked below at Fold3.
 - appears to contain the 1917 Chicago Directory at the end

1840s

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1843 - Free (All Ancestors)
 - transcribed
 - reprinted in 1896 by Fergus with Chicago deaths added

Chicago City Directory, Griswold, 1843
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, unknown, 1844 - Free (Distant Cousin)
 - transcribed

Chicago City Diretory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1844 - Free (Don's List)
 - reprinted in 1903 by Bohan

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1844 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1844 - Free (Google Books)
 - reprinted in 1902 by Bohan

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1844 - Free (Internet Archive)
 - reprinted in 1902 by Bohan

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1844 - Free (Internet Archive) - another copy
 - reprinted in 1902 by Bohan

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1844
- $ (NEHGS)
  - reprinted in 1902 by Bohan

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Ellis & Fergus, 1844 - Free (Old Directory Search)
 - reprinted in 1903 by Bohan

Chicago City Directory, Campbell, 1845
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Norris, Eastman & Davidson, 1846 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Norris & Kedzie, 1847-8 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Hatheway & Taylor, 1849-50 - $ (Fold3)

1850s

Chicago City Directory, Danenhower, 1851
  - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Udall & Hopkins, 1852-3 $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Hall & Smith, 1853-4 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Hall, 1854-5
- $ (Fold3)

Illinois and Missouri Business Directory, Montague, 1854 - Free (Don's List)
 - appended with Saint Louis Business Directory

Chicago City Directory, unknown (probably Fergus) 1855-6 - Free (DistantCousin)

Chicago City Directory, Fergus, 1855  - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Fergus, 1855 - Free (Google Books)

Chicago City Directory, Fergus, 1855 - Free (Internet Archive)

Chicago City Directory, Gager, 1856
  - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory Supplement, Fergus, 1856 - Free (Google Books)

Chicago City Directory Supplement, Fergus, 1856 - Free (Internet Archive)

Chicago City Directory, Gager, 1857 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Cooke 1858 - $ (NEHGS)
 - Part I (Aargaard-Glendy); Part II (Glenn-Parsons); Part III (Parsons-Zuttmeister)

Chicago City Directory, Gager, 1858 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Cooke, 1859 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Cooke, 1859 - $ (NEHGS)
 - Part I (Aargaard-Carroll); Part II (Carroll-Gendreau); Part III (Genen-Kuyson); Part IV (Kydland-Parker); Part V (Parker-Stosskoph); Part VI (Stotler-Zwoll); Part VII (business directory, government listings): Part VIII (railroads, churches, lodges, schools, etc.)

1860s

Chicago City Directory, Cooke, 1860 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Halpin & Bailey, 1861 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Halpin & Bailey, 1862 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Halpin & Bailey, 1863 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Halpin & Bailey, 1863-4 - $ (Internet Archive)

Chicago City Directory, Spencer, 1864 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Halpin, 1865-6 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Halpin, 1865-6 - $ (Godfrey Memorial Library)
 - free access here for a limited time

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1866  - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Greenough & Deved, 1866 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Greenough & Deved, 1866 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago Business Directory, Bailey, 1867 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Bailey, 1867
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1868 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1869-70 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1869
- $ (Fold3)

1870s

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1870  - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1870 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1870
- $ (Fold3)

Edward's Census of Chicago, 1871
- Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1871 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1871 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1872 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago Business and Street Directory, Southard & Cullaton, 1873 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Edwards, 1873 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly & Company, 1874 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Lloyd & Company, 1875 - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Lloyd & Company, 1875-6 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Lloyd & Company, 1875-6 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Lloyd & Company, 1875-6 - Free (Google Books)

Maywood City Directory, 1875 - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Fergus, 1876 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Lloyd & Company, 1877 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Lloyd & Company, 1878 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Gassette & Lloyd, 1879 - $ (Fold3)

1880s

Chicago City Directory, Hutchinson, 1880  - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1880 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, Gassette & Lloyd, 1880 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago  Directory Company, 1881 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1882
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1883
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1884 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Hutchinson, 1885 - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1885 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1886 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1887 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1888 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1889 - $ (Fold3)

1890s

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1890 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly & Sons, 1891 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly & Sons, 1892  - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1892 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1892
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1893 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1894
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1895
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1896
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1897
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1898
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1899 - $ (Fold3)

1900s

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1900
- Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1900 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1900 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1901
- $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1902 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1903 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1904 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1905 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, 1905 - Free (RootsWeb)
    transcribed surnames Zakrzewski through Zander only

Chicago Public Schools Directory, Board of Education, 1905
- Free (Google Books)

Chicago Public Schools Directory, Board of Education, 1905 - Free (Internet Archive)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1906 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, 1906 - Free (RootsWeb)
    transcribed surnames Zalen through Zanzow only

Chicago Business Directors Directory, Audit Company of New York, 1906
- Free (Internet Archive)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1907 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Association of Commerce, 1908 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Association of Commerce, 1909 - $ (Fold3)
 - includes information of renumbering of home addresses that took place in June 1908

University of Chicago Alumni Directory, University of Chicago Press, 1910 - Free (Internet Archive)


1910s & 1920s

Chicago City Directory, Donnelly, 1910
  - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1911 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, unknown (probably Chicago Directory Company), 1912 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1913 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago Railway Directory and Street Guide, Rand, McNally, and Company, 1913 - Free (Don's List)

Chicago Railway Directory and Street Guide, Rand, McNally, and Company, 1913
- Free (Google Books)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1914 - $ (Fold3)

Parkside Methodist Episcopal Church Directory, Parkside Methodist Episcopal Church, 1914
- $ (GenealogyToday)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1915 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago City Directory, Chicago Directory Company, 1916 - $ (Fold3)

Chicago Directories, unknown (probably various), various years - $ (Fold3)
 - appears to contain the 1917 Chicago Directory at the end

Chicago Social Service Directory, Burmeister, 1918 - Free (Google Books)

Chicago Social Service Directory, Burmeister, 1918 - Free (Internet Archive)

Rogers Park Community Directory, Frisbee, 1919 - Free (Internet Archive)

Chicago City Directory, Polk, 1923
  - Free (ChicagoAncestors)

Chicago City Directory, Polk, 1923 - $ (Fold3)

Midwest Musicians' and Allied Artists' Directory, Mid-West Concert Management, 1925-6 - Free (Internet Archive)

Warren Avenue Congregational Church Directory (Chicago), Warren Avenue Congregational Church, 1925
- $ (GenealogyToday)

Chicago Street Directory, Polk, 1928-9 - Free (Chicago Historical Society)



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