Zooming Through History

Free Zoom Backgrounds from Our Image Collection

Zoom from Chicago history wherever you are! Wow your family, friends, and colleagues with a view of the 1893 world’s fair or the 1933 skyline. Missing your usual springtime fun? Put yourself in Lincoln Park or with the 1908 Chicago Cubs.

How to Download

  1. Click on your selected image or the “Download Image” button.
  2. Right-click on the image and select “Save Image As…”
  3. Save the image in your desired target folder.

What to Do on Zoom

  1. While in Zoom on a desktop or laptop computer, click on your profile and then Settings.
  2. Select “Virtual Background” and then click the “+” icon.
  3. Follow the prompts to upload your image.

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1. The Administration Building surrounded by crowds on Chicago Day at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. CHM, ICHi-002201; C. D. Arnold, photographer

Black and white photo of a domed building surrounded by crowds of people with fountains in front

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2. The Ulysses S. Grant Monument in Lincoln Park, c. 1900. Color postcard published by the Max Rigot Selling Co. CHM, ICHi-059934

Color illustration of people in rowboats on a pond with trees and a monument in the background

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3. The 1908 Chicago Cubs baseball team with its mascot. CHM, ICHi-076837

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4. The view looking southeast from North Michigan Avenue toward the Wrigley Building (right) and the Loop, c. 1933. Color postcard published by Max Rigot Selling Co. with C. T. American Art Colored. CHM, ICHi-085790-A

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With more than 6.5 million images and 4 million feet of moving images, the Chicago History Museum’s prints and photographs collection is the single largest source of pictorial information for the Chicago metropolitan area from the early nineteenth century to the present.

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Illinois Central Railroad, Louis Kurz for Jevne & Almini, 1866-67. ICHi-062704
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