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Image 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)
262 - (Southeast Wisconsin surrounding Milwaukee County)

 Note: You must dial "1" plus the area code for all telephone numbers, even if you are making a call within the same are code.

Emergency numbers 911

Population - City: 3 million; in the suburbs: another 5 million.
Languages - English

Time zone - GMT - 6 (GMT - 5 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Average January temperatures - 21 degrees F/ -6 degrees C

Average July temperatures - 73 degrees F/ 23 degrees C

Annual rainfall - 36 inches/ 91 centimeters
Currency- US dollars, Code-USD, Symbol-US$
 

 

Transportation/Getting Around

Trains
The trains in Chicago are communally known as the El (elevated). You will easily be able to get to ...
Driving Tips
Driving in the city of Chicago, downtown area is not recommended. Rush hour traffic and one-way ...
Buses
The city of Chicago has a very well organized bus and train
system run by the Chicago ...
Taxi
The flag pull (entry) rate is $2.25 and for every additional mile it is $1.80. You are charged ...
From the airport
Chicago has two international airports; O’Hare International Airport, (773) 686-2200, located ...
Car for hire
As in most countries, the minimum age to hire a car varies from 21 to 25 years. A valid driving ...