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  • Gertrude Amelia Temple (1893 - 1977)
    Gertrude's mother, Maude, had only been married to Otto Krieger for ~2 years in 1900 (when Gertrude was ~7 years old) ; it may be that he (Julius Otto) was her step-father. Ref: US 1900 Census Re...
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)
    Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright) was an influential American architect most notable for pioneering the prairie style house and designing the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In addition to ...
  • Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846 - 1912)
    Daniel Hudson Burnham (September 4, 1846 - June 1, 1912) was an American architect and urban planner. He was the Director of Works for the World's Columbian Exposition and designed several famous build...
  • Adlai E. Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the USA (1835 - 1914)
    Adlai Ewing Stevenson of Bloomington, Illinois was elected as Vice President of the United States to serve with President Grover Cleveland during Cleveland's second nonconsecutive term from 1893 to 1...

This project is for those who were born, lived, and died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, known to botanists as Allium tricoccum, from the Miami-Illinois language. The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou" was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir.

In the mid-18th century, the area was inhabited by a Native American tribe known as the Potawatomi, who had taken the place of the Miami and Sauk and Fox peoples. The first known non-indigenous permanent settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Du Sable was of African and French descent and arrived in the 1780s. He is commonly known as the "Founder of Chicago”.

On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was organized with a population of about 200. Within seven years it grew to more than 4,000 people. On June 15, 1835, the first public land sales began with Edmund Dick Taylor as U.S. Receiver of Public Monies. The City of Chicago was incorporated on Saturday, March 4, 1837 and for several decades was the world's fastest growing city.

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