Aerial photographs are available in the Maps Unit of the library. Check the library catalog for location and availability.
Aerials held by the Maps Unit are accessible by request during Special Collections hours. The index maps in this guide may be used to determine the item(s) needed prior to scheduling a visit. Email requests for materials to Maps Unit staff.
No appointment is necessary to view atlases.
The City of Chicago Department of Development and Planning aerial photographs cover much of the city of Chicago. The aerials are large paper prints (about 60 x 60 cm). The scale is roughly 1:3,050, please refer to the scale on the sheet for an accurate scale.
Use the index maps linked below to determine the sheet number(s) needed.
The spring 1968 and 1973 aerial photographs are organized by flight index number or sheet number.
The spring 1994 Chicago Department of City Planning aerials are organized by Township, Range, and Section.
The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) aerial photographs cover Northeastern Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. The aerials are large paper prints (about 77 x 77 cm). The scale is 1:4,800 or 1" = 400', please refer to the scale on the sheet for an accuracy.
The aerial photographs are organized by Township, Range, and Section. Each sheet covers four sections.
Use the index maps linked below to determine the section(s) needed.