Chicago, the Mighty City

in Chicago Made

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226477015
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226477046 | DOI:
Chicago, the Mighty City

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Chicago shot to industrial preeminence almost overnight, becoming America's second largest industrial metropolis by 1900. While it never matched New York, the city's industrial growth was nevertheless breathtaking in its extent and speed. In a very short time, an extremely large and diverse industrial base—as measured by the number of firms and employees, the amount of capital investment and industrial output, and the range of industries and productive strategies—was created on the shores of Lake Michigan. As the promoters of one industrial development intoned, “Chicago, the mighty city which the fates have determined shall be the London and the Manchester of America rolled into one.” Chicago, America's Manchester, exemplified the transformation of a small mid-nineteenth-century city into a large twentieth-century industrial metropolis by the process of geographical industrialization. This chapter discusses manufacturing industries in Chicago; the link between industrial development and metropolitan growth; and the residential geography of the metropolis.

Keywords: metropolis; industrialization; industrial development; residential geography

Chapter.  8506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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