This engaging bird's eye view by Homer Grooman offers a detailed snapshot of the greater Chicago area in the late 1950s, stretching out to include Dubuque, Iowa, Madison, and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Published in 1964, Grooman's illustration expertly depicts towns, rivers, canals, and highways, while also identifying prominent landmarks such as Soldier Field, the Museum of Science and Industry, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, and the steel mills of Gary, Indiana. The image also features four water intake cribs, beaches, and state parks. In the lower left, a passenger airplane is illustrated, preparing to land at either Midway, O'Hare, or Meigs Field. A note below the title mentions the Tri-State East - West Corridor as being programmed but not yet completed at the time of printing.
By capturing the state of the region in the late 1950s, this bird's eye view allows for a fascinating comparison with the subsequent urban development and population growth in the greater Chicago area over the following decades.
In conclusion, Homer Grooman's bird's eye view provides an invaluable historical perspective on the Chicago area and its surroundings during a transformative period. Collectors and historians alike will appreciate the attention to detail and the wealth of information contained within this rare and visually captivating illustration.