The Chicago area was initially inhabited by Algonquian peoples, including the Mascouten and Miami. The name "Chicago" is the French version of the Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa("Stinky Onion"), named for the plants common along the Chicago River. The first settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable who built a farm at the mouth of the Chicago River in the 1780s. In 1829, the Illinois legislature appointed commissioners to locate a canal and lay out the surrounding town, which at the time had a population of less that 100. After 1830, the rich farmlands of northern Illinois attracted Yankee settlers. Real estate operators created a city overnight. The city was built in a low-lying area subject to flooding. In 1856 the city council decided that the entire city should be elevated four to five feet by using a newly available jacking-up process. Between 1870 and 1900 Chicago grew from a city of 299,000 to nearly 1.7 million, at the time the fastest-growing city ever. In 1871, most of the city burned in the Great Chicago Fire. Developers and citizens began immediate reconstruction on the existing Jeffersonian grid. The building boom that followed saved the city's status as the transportation and trade hub of the Midwest. Massive reconstruction using the newest materials and methods catapulted Chicago into its status as a city on par with New York. It became the birthplace of modern architecture in the United States. The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture. It features prominent buildings in a variety of styles by many important architects. Since most buildings within the downtown area were destroyed by the Fire, Chicago buildings are noted for their originality rather than their antiquity.
This 3d map of Chicago, at a scale of 1:5000, is centred on the Loop. It is a single plaster tile measuring 30x30cm encapsulated in a perspex frame. The model can wall hang or be displayed on a desk or table top.
Some images of Chicago.
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We hand make all of our models. Chisel & Mouse is the combination of an artisan’s approach (the chisel) with modern innovation and transformative technologies (the mouse).
By capturing life and its big ideas in miniature, the brand celebrates the beauty of our industrialised world.
Thanks for your email. Beautiful workmanship! Very happy.
We received the model today and we LOVE it! Gorgeous
I just received it today and my husband loves it. Thank you so much!
Received the Arsenal Highbury Stadium model - absolute beauty, great detail, beautifully finished, excellent quality.
Your Pantheon model arrived yesterday. It exceeds my greatest expectations. I'm delighted with it.
I received the model of Paris St. Germain (Blue River) on time and in good condition.I am very pleased with the product, which is stunning and very detailed. You can see landmarks in detail as the Louvre pyramid, Musee d'orsay, Palais de Luxembourg, the St. Sulpice Church, the Academie Francaise, Odeon Theater and the Samaritaine department store. It gives you almost the feeling like if you are flying in a helicopter above this quartier of Paris.An idea: The city of Prague (with the river, the Charles Bridge and the castle) is also a very beautiful city. Maybe it is an idea to develop a model of Prague?
My experience with Chisel & Mouse was excellent. I found what I wanted really easily on the site, ordering quick and simple too. The delivery was super quick, even to Austria so that was an extra bonus at Christmas time when I was running late! Great thank you.
This is a fantastic model. The service was first class from start to finish. Thank you so much.
Hi ThereI couldn’t be happier with my London Cityscape. It is quite literally breathtaking, it even has my favourite pub, The Bell in Middlesex Street. But this is the amazing thing, the roof is the correct shape, so the detail is amazing. BestSimon
The model is great - it was a gift for my dad, who actually began his career as an apprentice working at Hoover, and worked there for many years. I immediately recognised that the model depicted the canteen block, and I was impressed that you had that level of detail about the building on your website. What I didn't know was that at one stage, the ground floor of building also housesd the training functions - so it was exactly where my dad first worked. He was delighted by it! I was really happy with everything - the model arrived in the expected timescale and the packaging was particularly good and ensured it was well protected. Thanks again!