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Trains
The trains in Chicago are communally ...
Driving Tips
Driving in the city of Chicago, ...
Buses
The city of Chicago has a very well ...
From the airport
Chicago has two international airports; ...
Car for hire
As in most countries, the minimum age ...
Taxi
The flag pull (entry) rate is $2.25 and ...
City in a Day
While Chicago is not a city one can do justice to in one day, a well planned itinerary can ...
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Be part of the holiday festivities as you join thousands of Chicagoans usher in the beginning of ...
Taste of Chicago
This amazing 10 day festival is celebrated the week around the fourth of July. Chicago’s Grant ...
57th Street Children’s Book Fair?
The 57th Street Children’s Book Fair began as a back to school celebration 21 years ago. Now ...
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
Macy’s
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.
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Memorial Day Parade
A special day is set aside to honor the country’s veterans. The festivities begin with a ceremony
57th Street Children’s Book Fair?
The 57th Street Children’s Book Fair began as a back to school celebration 21 years ago. Now thou
Winter Celebration in Lights 
All through the first week of January, interactive events take place in the Elizabeth Mores Genus Ch
Christmas around the World
The Christmas around the World exhibit is a window into the soul of a country. Here visitors will b
Chicago Antique Market
This is an indoor and outdoor “European-Style” antique market. More than 150 quality antique art
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Teams come out to compete at building a machine that takes an allotted number of steps (20 or more)

Everest
This restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in the nation. It is located on the 40th floor of t
Penny’s Noodle Shop
If you want tasty, yet inexpensive food, head straight here. Packed with hip crowd each night, you m
Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli
A family style classic urban deli that specializes in home style deli sandwiches. It has been given
Bon Apetito!
Cuisine: Italian  
Address: 2600 Navy Blvd
Intersection of Patriot and Navy,Glenview,
Catch 35
Known as one of Chicago’s premier seafood restaurants it has been given a perfect rating from Chic
Grand Café Lux
When the grandeur and luxury of European cafes blends with the practicalities and spirit of an all-A

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)

 
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