NARA's Great Lakes Region - Chicago, IL, IL

National Archives and Records Administration


The National Archives and Records Administration - Great Lakes Region (NARA-GLR) in Chicago is one of twelve regional archives in NARA's national system. NARA-GLR is responsible for preserving and making available for research the permanently valuable U.S. Government records created or received by Federal courts and agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

These records consist of over 75,000 cubic feet of original manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural and engineering drawings, and other materials previously in the custody of the U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeals, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Coast Guard, Argonne National Laboratory, and numerous other Federal entities in the Great Lakes area. Supplementing these regional Federal records is a collection of approximately 65,000 rolls of microfilm reproducing Federal records relating to the entire U.S. If one's research relates to some aspect of NARA-GLR's six states and has a substantial U.S. Government connection, it is possible that relevant research materials may be available. Researchers using these resources include professional historians and other scholars, teachers, students, genealogists, journalists, lawyers, and the general public. Research is conducted in person by researchers themselves, with staff providing reference services. Limited reference service is available to persons contacting NARA-GLR by letter, telephone, fax, or e-mail.

In addition to research opportunities, NARA-GLR has public programs and outreach offerings. Included are volunteer and internship programs, genealogical and other workshops, and participation in offsite archival, historical, and genealogical events. A special annual highlight is a Civil War Symposium cosponsored by the Chicago Historical Society.

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NARA's Great Lakes Region - Chicago, IL
7358 South Pulaski Road
Phone: 773-948-9001


The Chicago facility is located about 15 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, 30 miles southeast of O'Hare International Airport, and 2 miles southeast of Midway Airport. The facility entrance is on 75th Street, one-eighth mile west of the intersection of South Pulaski Road and West 75th Street.

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).

By 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. helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
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