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About Chicago

Often called the 'Second City', Chicago is number one when it comes to culture, fine dining, shopping and commerce.

Situated on Lake Michigan, incomparable architecture erupts from its western shores. The Downtown area is known as the 'Loop' since the raised metropolitan railway (known as the 'El' or 'L') circles the central business and shopping district. Just east of it is Michigan Avenue, an upscale shopping area a few blocks from the lake.

Chicago Literature

Chicago literature found its roots in the city's tradition of lucid, direct journalism, lending to a strong tradition of social realism.

Demographics of Chicago

During its first 100 years as a city, Chicago grew at a rate that ranked among the fastest growing in the world. When founded in 1833, less than 200 people had settled on what was then the American ...

Chicago Economy

Chicago has the third largest gross metropolitan product in the United States—approximately US$506 billion according to 2007 estimates.

Chicago Tourism

In 2008, Chicago attracted 32.4 million domestic leisure travelers, 11.7 million domestic business travelers and 1.3 million overseas visitors.

Chicago Topography

Chicago is located in northeastern Illinois at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. It sits on a continental divide at the site of the Chicago Portage, connecting the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes ...

Chicago Climate

Chicago has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), with four seasons: cold, windy, snowy winters; mild springs; hot, humid summers; and crisp and relatively short ...

Chicago Geography

Chicago's present natural geography is a result of the large glaciers of the Ice Age, namely the Wisconsinan Glaciation that carved out the modern basin of Lake Michigan (which formed from the glacier's ...

Chicago Architecture

The outcome of the Great Chicago Fire led to the largest building boom in the history of the nation.

Chicago History

During the mid-18th century, the area was inhabited by a native American tribe known as the Potawatomi, who had taken the place of the Miami and Sauk and Fox peoples.

Chicago Overview

Chicago is the largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous city in the USA, after ...
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