Chicago, Illinois 

 

Summary

Settled by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, 1779.1 U.S. Fort Dearborn established, 1804.2 Town organized, 10 Aug. 1832.3 Incorporated as city, May 1837.4 Population in 1837 about 4,200; in 1840 about 4,500; and in 1844 about 11,000.5 Twenty-six members of LDS church located in Chicago, May 1843.6 By 1845, thirty church members located in Chicago, with one hundred additional members located between Chicago and Peoria, Illinois.7 Site of newspaper Chicago Democrat, edited by John Wentworth, to whom JS sent itemization of LDS doctrine in “Wentworth Letter,” 1842.8