Published on Apr. 27, 2021 by Steven Vance
It’s not well known, but Cook County obtains aerial imagery of the whole county every year or two. These are obtained from cameras on planes, and the images are higher resolution than those taken from satellites.
Chicago Cityscape offers everyone who looks up an Address Snapshot for a Cook County location an easy switch to see historic imagery going back to 1998. That may not seem that old, but a lot of land has changed in the last 23 years. The difference is especially noticeable if you look at where all of Chicago Housing Authority buildings were demolished, some of which I’ve featured in these “before and after” images above.
(1) Look up an address, (2) then click “Map tools” below the map, and (3) finally click “Historic imagery”.
Just south of the grassy field of the former Grace Abbott Homes is a new sports field and fieldhouse for Jane Addams Park.
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