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Driving in the city of Chicago, ...
The city of Chicago has a very well ...
The flag pull (entry) rate is $2.25 and ...
The trains in Chicago are communally ...
From the airport
Chicago has two international airports; ...
City in a Day
While Chicago is not a city one can do justice to in one day, a well planned itinerary can ...
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Teams come out to compete at building a machine that takes an allotted number of steps (20 or more) ...
Annual Hyde Park Jazz?
The Annual Hyde Park Jazz festival brings together a diverse group of talented jazz musicians for ...
Plaza Garibaldi?
A Mexican Cultural Festival with food, music, dancing and rodeo.
Date: October 5, 2008
When to go
Visiting Chicago in the warmer months would be ideal for tourists as it allows them to walk ...

Chicago, USA


Chicago today
Chicago is located in northeastern Illinois and at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. It is truly a world-class city with immigrants from around the world. It is a city of wondrous architecture, endless shorelines, shimmering lakes and unmatched tourist attractions. It is, today, an economic powerhouse. The tourism industry of the city thrives along with the conventional industry to make Chicago the favored destination of many seeking business and pleasure. The city takes pride in its top sports teams and internationally-renowned symphony orchestra. Thousands of restaurants serving cuisine

Chicago back then
Chicago, in its first century, grew at a very fast rate. However, the Great Fire of 1871 almost flattened out most of the city which later rose from the ashes. The city’s population grew from about 30,000 to 1 million in the year 1890 making it the fifth largest city in the world. The 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition, commemorating the discovery of America by Columbus 400 years ago, attracted 26 million visitors, making Chicago even more famous.  Fifty years later, the population in Chicago tripled. During its first century as a city, Chicago grew at a rate that ranked among the fastest g

Four Seasons (Near North Michigan Avenue)
Guest rooms at Four Seasons start at the 30th floor! The hotel is very close to the shopping centers
Hard Rock Hotel (The Loop)
This energetic hotel is loud and flashy with plasma screen TVs everywhere. Their tower room has an a
Ritz – Carlton
Located just above the best shopping mall on Michigan Avenue, the Ritz-Carlton believes in pampering
Softilel Chicago Water Tower (Near North)
The Sofitel Chicago is a prism shaped structure that widens as it rises. The stylish place is remark
Best Western Hawthorne Terrace (Lake View)
This hotel’s front terrace is a place to be in the summer, particularly when there are festivals t
Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites is located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown area, within minutes of all the main

900 North Michigan Shops
This mall is the most upscale out of the rest of the malls. It has about 70 stores, a few good resta
American Girl Place
For those of you with little girls, don’t give this one a miss, for it is more than just a store,
Chicago Place Mall
Several designer names begin at the intersection of Oak Street and Michigan Avenue. Clothing, home-d
This block-long store is second only to the Macy’s flagship store at New York. Its breadth of merc
Magnificent Mile
This area is about a mile long stretch of North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago R
Water Tower Place
This is the first big indoor mall to open downtown. This mall is still very popular today.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Teams come out to compete at building a machine that takes an allotted number of steps (20 or more)
Gold Coast Art Fair?
The Gold Coast River North Art Fair attracts over 300 juried artists and 600,000 visitors from locat
Chicago Summerdance
Tapping feet, swaying bodies, and  music guaranteed to keep you on your toes, the Chicago Summerdan
Air and Water Show
The Chicago Air and Water Show takes place over the first weekend in August.  Over two million spec
Plaza Garibaldi?
A Mexican Cultural Festival with food, music, dancing and rodeo.
Date: October 5, 2008
26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade
Come out and celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Enjoy watching the floats, street dancing and maria

Heaven on Seven
If it’s authentic Cajun flavor you’re looking for, then this is the place to be. Jalapeno chedda
Penny’s Noodle Shop
If you want tasty, yet inexpensive food, head straight here. Packed with hip crowd each night, you m
Catch 35
Known as one of Chicago’s premier seafood restaurants it has been given a perfect rating from Chic
Signature Room at the 95th John Hancock Tower
Located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Tower, this restaurant gives guests a breathtaking vie
Shanghai Terrace 
This is an award winning restaurant where guests can enjoy a four, eight or fifteen course meal. It
Atwood Café
Located right in the heart of Chicago’s Central business District, this restaurant offers a cozy i

Fast Facts
Location : In northeastern Illinois, at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan.
* Nicknames: Windy City, Second City, Gem of the Prairie, the “I will” City, City in a Garden.
* Race/Ethnicity Mixture: 57% Caucasian, 19% Latino, 18% Black, 5% Asian; 1% Other
* Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs
* Businesses are usually open from 10AM to 6PM. The local shops are open till 9PM. Restaurants stop serving guests at around 10PM.
* The first skyscraper was found here.
* Type of government: Mayor elected every four years. City clerk and treasurer also elected to citywide positions.
* Population: 2.8 million (City); 9.6 million metro
* Population Density: 12,750 people per square mi.
* Per capita income: $38,49
* Major industries: business services, aircraft, food processing, electronics, insurance, iron, manufacturing, machinery, meatpacking, retail, shipping, trade and steel fabricators.

Dialing code

Country Dialing Code: +1 (USA)

312 - City of Chicago, including the Loop the North side and central neighborhoods
773 – City limits except the central area
847/224 - North and Northwest Suburbs
630/331 - Western Suburbs
708 - Near West and South Suburbs
815/779 - (Far Northwest/Southwest Suburbs; Joliet, DeKalb, Rockford)
219 - (Northwest Indiana)
574 - (North-central Indiana)

What to do with Children in Tow
Chicago can boast of being a very child-friendly city with all there is for them to see and do.

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