Chicago Since 1840: A Timeseries Data Handbook. Wesley G. Skogan.
This handbook presents an extensive collection of time-series data for the City of Chicago.
The variables range from automobile ownership to indicators of the strength of the city’s
representation in the Illinois state legislature. The data are presented in nine tables,
divided into conceptually useful clusters. The longest series spans 134 years. Chicago
became a city in 1836, and an attempt was made to assemble each series beginning in
1840, the year of the city’s first decennial census.