National Archives at Chicago

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National Archives at Chicago
Natonal Archives at Chicago, Illinois.

Contact Information



Regional Archives
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629-5898

Telephone: 773-948-9001
Fax:  773-948-9050

Hours and holidays:[2]

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Second Saturday of the month (View the Dates) 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Federal holidays

Map, directions, and public transportation:[3]

  • For a map, click here.
  • By car: The facility is about 5 miles south of the Pulaski Road exit on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), 5 miles west of the 79th Street exit on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), and 7 miles north of the Cicero Avenue exit on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
  • Public transportation: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus 53A (the South Pulaski Road route) stops at South Pulaski Road and West 75th Street. Passengers can transfer from it to other buses, subways, and commuter trains serving the Chicago area.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Great Lakes Region (Chicago) Internet site list of states and records covered, services, genealogy and historical research, federal and Indian censuses, military, passenger arrivals, naturalization, court records, WWII draft registration, soldier home case files, FAQs, finding aids, and new accessions.
  • Genealogy microfilm holdings, textual records, District Court naturalization records.
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD) a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
  • Archival Research Catalog (ARC) ARC is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings, describing over 63% of their holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
  • Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) The Reference at Your Desk feature provides quick access to online resources on many diverse subjects.

Collection Description

Serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Includes federal censuses, Indian censuses for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; Indian school records, passenger arrival lists, U.S. District and Circuit Courts in Illinois 1819-1982, Indiana 1819-1961, Michigan 1815-1961, Minnesota 1890-1957, Ohio 1803-1961, Wisconsin 1839-1961; bankruptcies, criminal cases, a multi-state naturalization index 1840-1950, pre-World War I military service, pension and bounty land warrnat records, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Corp of Engineers, General Land Office applications and registers, Internal Revenue Service, African American histories, fugitive slaves, and Great Lakes and inland waterways.


Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Northeast Region staff.


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Chicago, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Contact Regional Archives Staff" in The National Archives at (accessed 30 November 2010).
  2. "Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois" in The National Archives at (30 November 2010).
  3. "Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois" in The National Archives at (3 December 2010).