Chicago (State Illinois) was the first stop our trip in July 2001, which included Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Chicago, located on the shores of the Lake Michigan, was incorporated as a city in 1837. The construction boom after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, caused rapid population growth and by 1900 Chicago was the fifth largest city in the world. The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the indigenous word shikaakwa for a wild relative of the onion. The first time the name "Checagou" was used by Robert De LaSalle around 1679 in his memoir.

To make going through photos easier, we arbitrarily allocated photos to two pages indicated in the Navigation Bar. The list of streets is located at the beginning of each page. On some streets we came across only a few lanterns, or even only one lantern. In general, we are sure we missed some lanterns on any street, due to very limited time we had during any trip.

When it was possible, we tried to check the locations with Google Street View and put information in the photo caption about present conditions or existence of the lantern. A lantern's caption is marked with (?) if we could not confirm its status. If there is no note, it means that the lantern exists and has not changed.