Data Are Not Available For 1871 Beause Of The Chicago Fire, Which Destroyed City Government Buildings And Newspaper Offices. The Data For 1872 Cover The Period Oct. 9, 1871 To Oct. 9, 1872. Source: 1854-1933, Homer Hoyt, "One Hundred Years Of Land Values In Chicago, " 1830-1933; 1934-43, The Economist (Chicago), Annual Reviews. The Original Sources Were: Building Dept. Of Chicago Reports, Chicago Tribune, And Chicago Daily News Almanac.
This NBER data series a02047 appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.
NBER Indicator: a02047
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Value of Total Building Permits for Chicago, IL [A02047US16980A398NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/A02047US16980A398NNBR, February 9, 2016.