Chicago city directories were issued in 1870, 1871, 1872 and 1873, making it appear as if the publishers never skipped a beat following the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1871. Read Chicago Directories in the 1870's to discover when the city was canvassed for each of these directories.
The 1871 directory also includes some “census” information, including the number of people in the family, males, females, and the birthplace of the person whose name is listed.
For easier viewing, the directory has been divided into several sections. Click on the links below to open a PDF file for the section you wish to view.
In addition to the standard directory information, this Directory includes the following: