INTERNET LINKS

Checkerboard Band

A collection of links to websites of collectible, historical or informational value about the City of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, its sister agencies and police stuff.

COLLECTOR WEBSITES


CHICAGO BADGE COLLECTOR

Maintained by a retired Chicago Police Lieutenant. Lieutenant Kachka was with the Chicago Police Department from October 1966 until he retired in March 1998. Chicago Badge Collector was started after his retirement in 1998.

COPCAR DOT COM

Since 1998, CopCar Dot Com has welcomed millions of police vehicle enthusiasts from around the world. From vintage & restored police cars to today’s modern cruiser, CopCar Dot Com is recognized as the leading site for research as well as entertainment. It includes over 64,000 photographs.

POLICE BADGE NETWORK

THE Police Badge Network has been on the Internet since 1995 and has entertained thousands of collectors interested in collecting police badges and antique memorabilia.

POLICE GUIDE

Maintained by Jim Casey, Police Guide is a badge collecting website. On display are hundreds of badges from agencies all over the United States.

POLICE INSIGNIA FROM CHICAGO

Maintained by a private collector, the website displays his collection of Chicago Police Department insignia. The website is dedicated to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department and to the memory of CPD Officer Rickie Lee Wagner, a 22-year veteran of the force who passed away in March 2005.

REFERENCE WEBSITES


A CHICAGO SOJURN

A journey through the architecture and urban landscape of Chicago – from industrial zones to Mid-Century suburbs and all points between.

CHICAGO GANG HISTORY

Your one stop for historical gang and public housing info about Chicago. Chicago Gang History is strictly dedicated to pre-2000 gang history only!

CHICAGO-L.ORG

The internet’s largest resource for information on Chicago’s rapid transit system.

CHICAGOLOGY

A study of Chicago history with a focus on the period prior to the Second World War. The purpose of the site is to document common and not so common stories about the City of Chicago as they are discovered. It is not intended to be a nostalgia site nor to collect info in order to promote services or products of any kind.

EARLY CHICAGO

Based on the book, A Compendium of the Early History of Chicago to the Year 1835, when the Indians left. The website is also a rich source of genealogical information.

FORGOTTEN CHICAGO

To discover and document little known elements of Chicago’s infrastructure, architecture, neighborhoods and general cityscape, whether existing or historical. Hopefully exposing many of these often overlooked elements of Chicago’s built environment to a wider audience will result in more interest in their preservation.

RESEARCH WEBSITES


CHICAGOANCESTORS.ORG

ChicagoAncestors.org is a project of the Genealogy and Local History section of the Newberry, an independent research library in Chicago. The project is intended to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago.

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

To share Chicago’s stories, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning, inspiration, and civic engagement—is the foundation of the Museum’s programs and events, exhibitions, educational initiatives, publications, and collecting activities that touch the lives of all Chicagoans and help them make meaningful and personal connections to history.

CHICAGO POLICE CORONER'S INQUEST FILES

An online database of 11,000 homicides maintained consistently and without interruption by the Chicago Police Department over the course of 60 years, from 1870 to 1930. Kept without interruption by a single institutional record keeper, these files are an important resource for the study of homicide, crime, urban development, and the police.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHICAGO

A project of the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library and Northwestern University, this online version of the award-winning print encyclopedia is a first stop for research into any topic on Chicago’s past.

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY

A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. Its staff provides award-winning service and supports a rich array of programmatic opportunities.

POLICE MEMORIAL WEBSITES


CHICAGO POLICE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

GOLD BADGE SOCIETY OF CHICAGO

The Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society was founded February 17, 1991. Our membership is comprised of the widowed and families of firefighters and paramedics who have made the ultimate sacrifice: losing their lives in the line of duty.

ILLINOIS POLICE MEMORIAL

The Illinois Police Officers Memorial Committee was established in 1985. Our monument in Springfield, Illinois bears the names of the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities. Every year on the first Thursday of May, we hold a ceremony to pay tribute to fallen officers and their families.

MICHAEL P. GORDON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

The mission of the Michael P. Gordon Memorial Foundation is to carry on the memory of Officer Mike Gordon and continue his service to the community by improving public safety and providing financial assistance to deserving individuals and charitable organizations.

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUND

Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE

The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s fallen law enforcement heroes. More than 20,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States and it is with great honor that the ODMP pays a lasting tribute to each of these officers by preserving their memories within its pages.