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Chicago Illinois City Profile

Chicago, located along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, is the Midwest's largest city and the third largest in the US. Long known for its ethnic diversity, the "windy city" is also considered the financial and cultural capital of the Midwest. Chicago's skyscrapers, local restaurants, left-leaning political traditions, and sports teams such as the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, are some of its most recognized characteristics. Culturally, Chicago boasts many art galleries and museums, of which its Museum Campus includes perhaps its three most recognizable, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. The ethnic diversity of Chicago is also reflected in its restaurants. From pizza to hot dogs to upscale French and Mexican cuisine, Chicago's restaurant selection is perhaps the most varied in the Midwest.

Chicago Illinois Facts at a Glance:

  • The name Chicago comes from the indigenous Potawatomi Indian tribe, who called the marshy land on which Chicago was built "Checagou," which translates to "wild onion".
  • Chicago's greater area population is about 8 million. It's the third most populous city in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles.
  • Chicago claims the world's first skyscraper, built in 1885.
  • Chicago is the birthplace of improvisational comedy, where is it still popular today
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