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Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative - ECAI

"The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative is a global consortium of people who share the vision of creating a distributed virtual library of cultural information with a time and place interface.  ECAI is a global consortium incorporating scholars in the humanities, social sciences and history; archivists, librarians and curator; members of non-governmental organization; and information technology researchers."

They've got some interesting uses of maps as atlases containing digital storytelling, as well as links to hundreds of maps and geo pieces related to various aspects of culture.

Historical GIS data of Chicago

A couple of unique datasets from the Chicago, historical and present. Sprinkled with a couple good links to data clearinghouses.