A scarce Depression-era map of Wilmette, Illinois.

Wilmette – Cook County, Illinois, Compiled from Official Records.

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SKU: NL-01588 Category: Tags: , ,
Cartographer(s): Charles N. Roberts
Date: ca. 1935
Place: Chicago
Dimensions: 55 x 32 cm (21.5 x 12.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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This is a rich 1930s map of Wilmette, Illinois, drafted by Chicago surveyor Charles Roberts. By 1935, Wilmette was already a well-established suburb of Chicago. A significant transport feature on the map is the Chicago & North Western Railway line, which passes through the village. This line, vital for transportation, has now become part of the Union Pacific North line operated by Metra.

The map stretches from the Lake Michigan shoreline, which forms Wilmette’s eastern boundary, to Ridge Ave in the west. Isabella St. marks the southern limits of the village and one block past Chestnut Ave. in the north.

Within the village boundaries, several establishments catered to the community’s educational, spiritual, and administrative needs. Thus, the map mark various schools, churches, and public buildings like the village hall. Parks served as recreational spaces, and prominent ones like Gillson Park, situated along Lake Michigan, are delineated. Moreover, the central business district, especially areas around Wilmette Avenue and Green Bay Road, demonstrates a clear distinction between residential and commercial zones.


Charles N. Roberts

Charles N. Roberts was a Chicago city surveyor active in the first half of the 20th century.

Condition Description

Very good.