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Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, and 3rd largest in the United States over all. As of the 2000 census, the city iself had a population of 2,896,016. Additionally, when combined with its suburbs and the nine surrounding counties in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, the metropolitan area (known as "Chicagoland") has a population of almost 10 million.

Chicago, Illinois

The city has a highly diversified economy, including financial services, manufacturing, printing and publishing. Chicago is home to the nation's 2nd largest business district (after New York City), and the 3rd largest media market (after Los Angeles and New York City), and four major financial and futures exchanges.

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Chicago is a popular tourist destination, attracting well over 30 million visitors each year. Some of the attractions in Chicago include:

Chicago Facts

Here is some more information about Chicago:
  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Chicago is the University of Chicago, which is a private university that was originally founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1890, and held its first classes in 1892.

  • Professional sports franchises in Chicago include the American football team, the Chicago Bears, the Major League Baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, the Major League Baseball team, the Chicago White Sox, the NBA basketball team, the Chicago Bulls, and the NHL ice hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Some of the leading companies with their headquarters in Chicago include Boeing, Exelon and Sara Lee.

  • Airports for Chicago include Chicago Midway International Airport and O'Hare International Airport.

  • Chicago is home to a unique style of pizza, known simply as Chicago-style pizza. Chicago-style pizza is very a deep dish pizza, more like a casserole or lasagna than traditional thin crust pizza, and which was probably invented at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago in 1943. Additionally, there also another style of pizza that is unique to the city, sometimes known as "flat pizza" which has a crunchy texture and is usually cut into squares (known as "party cut").

    Flat Pizza

  • Chicago's nicknames include "Chi-Town", "City in a Garden", "The City of the Big Shoulders", "The City That Works", "The Second City", and "The Windy City".

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Frommer's EasyGuide to Chicago (Easy Guides)

By Kate Silver

Paperback (256 pages)

Frommer s EasyGuide to Chicago (Easy Guides)
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Answering an insistent demand for this guidebook from loyal readers of the Frommer's series,our author,a longtime Chicago resident, has labored hard to capture the unique spirit of this dynamic city that every American must visit at some point of their lives. We cover establishments and attractions in all price ranges, but limit our actual selections to the best in each category. Thus, in the Easy Guide tradition,we don't drown the reader in superfluous detail, but reveal the preferences of our experienced author.

Chicago Travel Guide 2017: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions, Entertainment and Nightlife in Chicago, Illinois (City Travel Guide 2017)

By Maurice N. Hammett

Maurice Hammett
Paperback (158 pages)

Chicago Travel Guide 2017: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions, Entertainment and Nightlife in Chicago, Illinois (City Travel Guide 2017)
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  • Chicago Travel Guide 2017 Shops Restaurants Attractions Entertainment and Nightlife in Chicago Illinois City Travel Guide 2017
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The places found in this book are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. 2,000 places listed in five groups and ranked by category. "TOP 500 SHOPS" (72 Store Categories), "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" (81 Cuisine Types), "TOP 100 ATTRACTIONS" Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Parks, Churches, Botanic Gardens... "TOP 400 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT" Tours, Cultural Centers, Festivals, Cinemas, Music Venues, Performing Arts... "TOP 500 NIGHTLIFE" Lounges, Bars, Pubs, Sports Bars, Tapas Bars, Cocktail Bars, Latin Bars, Gay Bars, Sushi Bars, Karaoke, Bowling, Comedy Clubs, Jazz & Blues, Nightclubs and many more options to visit, relax and enjoy your stay.

Lonely Planet Chicago (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Paperback (320 pages)

Lonely Planet Chicago (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Chicago is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire Chicago's architecture on a river tour; visit the Art Institute of Chicago, or see a show at one of the city's 200 theaters; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Chicago and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Chicago:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, architecture, sports, cuisine, music, arts, cinema, literature
  • Free, convenient pull-out Chicago map (included in print version), plus over 40 color maps
  • Covers The Loop, Near North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Boystown, Wrigleyville, Andersonville, Uptown, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Ukrainian Village, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, West Loop, Pilsen, South Side, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Chicago, our most comprehensive guide to Chicago, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of Chicago? Check out Pocket Chicago, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Chicago (America the Beautiful)

By Jordan Worek

Firefly Books
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A lavishly illustrated tour of America's most compellingly beautiful places.

The America the Beautiful series takes readers on a photographic tour of the country's most beautiful states and most vibrant cities. Top photographers contribute their best images -- from dazzling cityscapes to quiet forests -- of both well-known destinations and hidden gems. Clear and informative captions bring each scene to life. These handsomely designed books show the beauty of each destination, to be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, President Barack Obama's hometown. This city is a big tourist destination and vibrant with its wealth of attractions which include:

  • Museums, including the renowned Art Institute of Chicago
  • The popular Navy Pier Extraordinary architecture and eye-popping skyscrapers
  • The famed Magnificent Mile
  • Outstanding parks and beaches along its Lake Michigan shoreline
  • A lively nightlife
  • And many historic landmarks.
  • In short, it's everyone's kind of town -- diverse, beautiful, exciting and brought to life here in great photographs and lively captions.

Chicago: City on the Make: Sixtieth Anniversary Edition

By Nelson Algren

Brand: University Of Chicago Press
Released: 2011-10-15
Paperback (152 pages)

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“Once you’ve become a part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.”

Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren’s writing that “you should not read it if you cannot take a punch.” The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled with language that swings and jabs and stuns, lives up to those words. In this sixtieth anniversary edition, Algren presents 120 years of Chicago history through the lens of its “nobodies nobody knows”: the tramps, hustlers, aging bar fighters, freed death-row inmates, and anonymous working stiffs who prowl its streets.

Upon its original publication in 1951, Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make was scorned by the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and local journalists for its gritty portrayal of the city and its people, one that boldly defied City Hall’s business and tourism initiatives. Yet the book captures the essential dilemma of Chicago: the dynamic tension between the city’s breathtaking beauty and its utter brutality, its boundless human energy and its stifling greed and violence.

The sixtieth anniversary edition features historic Chicago photos and annotations on everything from defunct slang to Chicagoans, famous and obscure, to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered. More accessible than ever, this is, as Studs Terkel says, “the best book about Chicago.”

Chicago: Classic Photographs

By Richard Cahan

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Chicago has never had a photo book of its own. Until now.

The city has produced some of the most important photographers of our time -- Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Art Shay -- but has never before possessed a book packed with their most timeless work. This is the finest collection of its kind -- 100 stunning images by the city's most revered photographers that show the enduring and endearing aspects of Chicago and its landscape from the Loop to the city's vast array of neighborhoods.

Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, the foremost picture editors of the city, curate the book. Here they have chosen photos going back more than a century to show a city that is both well-known and surprising. This is a book for people who love Chicago and for visitors who want something special to remember her by. It is filled with classic photographs that defy time -- timeless pictures of a changing city.

Chicago (National Geographic Destination City Map)

By National Geographic Maps

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Business and leisure travelers alike will marvel at National Geographic's City Destination map of Chicago. The main road map covers the city's downtown area from the Gold Coast Historic District in the north to McCormick Place in the south. Along the way hundreds of popular and lesser know points of interest in pinpointed, including public transit stations, notable buildings, places of worship, hotels, theaters, police stations, hospitals and parks. Many of the city's most visited attractions are depicted in 3D, such as the Field Museum, Willis Tower and John Hancock Center. Roads are clearly designated as through routes, main and secondary roads, and one way streets. An additional map covers North Chicago, from Graceland Cemetery to the downtown area.

The map's travel guide gives background information about the city as well as descriptions of popular points of interest in Downtown Chicago, North Chicago and the suburbs. Diagrams of O'Hare and Midway Airports, a comprehensive map of the Chicago Transit Authority and an overview of the public transit system in the city, will help you navigate the area efficiently. Find you destination quickly, using the user friendly index of streets, districts, parks, hotels, public transit stations, buildings, theaters and other points of interest. This unique combination of a road map and travel guide makes this an essential travel companion for all visitors to the Windy City.

Every Destination Map is printed on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough — capable of withstanding the rigors of any kind of travel.

  • Map Scale = 1:9,000
  • Sheet Size = 17.75" x 24.75"
  • Folded Size = 4" x 8.75"

Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois - Folding pocket size travel map with CTA, Metra map (Streetwise Maps)

By Streetwise Maps

Brand: Streetwise Maps
Released: 2015-03-01
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Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois - Folding pocket size travel map with CTA, Metra map  (Streetwise Maps)
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Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois - Folding pocket size travel map with integrated CTA & Metra map including lines & stations

This map covers the following areas:
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Chicago Area Map 1:330,000
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Crack! A roaring cheer muffles the ecstatic cry of the announcer’s amplified voice. The entire city block erupts in joy as a ball drops into the asphalt of West Waveland Avenue. Welcome to Wrigley field, one of the oldest ballparks in the country. Now you’re in Chicago, home to some of America’s biggest baseball fans, its tallest building and its deepest deep-dish pizza.

Chicago is the most active city, as well as the center of the Midwest. Hop on Lake Shore Drive and watch as this glistening waterside metropolis unfolds before your eyes. From the Art Institute at Grant Park to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science (home to Sue, the city’s beloved Tyrannosaurus Rex) to the architectural oasis of the Illinois Institute of Technology campus and Oak Park, Chicago is a world known cultural capital.

All these sites are clearly marked and indexed on the STREETWISE® Chicago city map. Also included are an enlarged detailed map of the downtown, an area map that includes the major routes and surrounding towns of Chicago and a map of the Metra system.

Our pocket size map of Chicago is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. The STREETWISE® Chicago map is one of many detailed and easy-to-read city street maps designed and published by STREETWISE®. Buy your STREETWISE® Chicago map today and you too can navigate Chicago, Illinios like a native. For a larger selection of our detailed travel maps simply type STREETWISE MAPS into the search bar.

Chicago: A Photographic Portrait II

By Tom Barrat

Brand: Twin Lights Publishers
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Rich in history, Chicago attracts more than 45 million visitors a year to its scenic lakeside, unique architecture, and world-renowned museums. Located in the heart of the Midwest along the shores of Lake Michigan, it has risen from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 and today is the third largest city in the United States. Chicago: A Photographic Portrait introduces you to this grand city of today through stunning photographs by Tom Barrat. Capturing The Windy City with an insider's view and a kaleidoscope of images, it is easy to see why Chicago attracts both visitors and locals alike. The Fountain of Time, Chicago River, Centennial Fountain, Chicago Riverwalk, Buckingham Fountain, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, and Lincoln Park Conservatory are just a few attractions you'll learn about in this truly exceptional photographic keepsake.

Oddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places (Oddball series)

By Jerome Pohlen

Chicago Review Press
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There is more to Illinois than cornfields, corrupt politicians, and the Cubs! The Land of Lincoln is filled with fascinating people, one-of-a-kind places, and things with unique and bizarre histories. Forget about quaint small town bed-and-breakfasts and crowded Chicago nightclubs-Oddball Illinois, now fully updated and expanded, takes you to the places you really want to go. See: Henry's Rabbit Ranch America's One and Only Hippie Memorial World's First Jungle Gym Popeye's Hometown The Leather Archives and Museum General Santa Ana's two wooden legs World's Largest Sock Monkey Scarlett O'Hara's green drapes The Friendship Shoe Fence And many, many more sites This book belongs in your glove box-you never know when you'll be in range of an oddball adventure!

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