Tuesday Trivia: Before There Was Illinois

Q: Can you name all the entities that have claimed jurisdiction over what we now know as Chicagoland?


  • Illinois Country (borders undefined)
  • Upper Louisiana (part of New France)
  • New York (until 1782)
  • Connecticut (until 1786)
  • Northwest Territory (until 1800)
  • Indiana Territory (until 1809)
  • Illinois Territory (until 1818)
  • State of Illinois (present)
There may be others, but these are the ones we found.  History buffs, feel free to post corrections below.

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Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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