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Learn the Origins Your Locality

Who were the first people to settle in your area? Where did they come from? What attracted them to call your locality home? These are just some of the questions you may have about your Chicagoland community. Early Chicago is a friendly community of like-minded people that can help you find the answers. Search for any town or village in the Chicagoland area to learn more about its origins.

Connect With Others in Your Community

Share your passion for Chicago’s early history with other like-minded people in your community.

Forum – Connect with others with similar interests on Early Chicago member’s forum. Ask a question, answer someone else’s query, contribute to a discussion, or even start a new topic of conversation.

Events – Discover cultural events in your locality, and throughout the Chicagoland area. Attend events to meet others in your community that are similarly curious about the early stories of Chicago.

About Early Chicago

History books, once printed, are set in stone. Not only are they forgotten over time, but there is also no opportunity to further elaborate on the stories they tell. With Early Chicago, our mission is to keep expanding on the stories that shaped the early days of Chicago. History is never finite, and with engaged community members, we can keep building on the foundations of the stories that have been set by their authors.

Join Us

Help us keep Chicago’s early history alive by joining our community of members that are engaged, enthusiastic, and passionate about learning and sharing stories about their Chicagoland communities. Enjoy all the benefits of being a member like full access to the Early Chicago community forum, access to local events, and more.


Don’t want to commit to a membership, but still want to contribute with a story? Get in touch with us for guest-posting opportunities.

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