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Chicago


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.

Field Museum of Natural History:
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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:
  • Professional sports teams 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.

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

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

  • Probably the best known 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.

  • 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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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-01-17
Paperback (212 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago will lead you straight to the best attractions the Windy City has to offer.

Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Art Institute of Chicago, shop on Michigan Avenue, enjoy the rides at the Navy Pier funfair, take in the view from the Willis Tower, or explore the areas outside the heart of the city.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights, a selected sight and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day-trips and itineraries to explore beyond the city.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago truly shows you what others only tell you.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to Chicago, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time and experience the best of everything.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana

By Ted Villaire

MENASHA RIDGE PRESS
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana
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In addition to Chicago's numerous cultural and athletic activities, there are many excellent opportunities to explore Mother Nature's bounty. From the dunes of Lake Michigan to the hills and lakes of the northwest to the prairies of the south, hikers will find a trail to their liking in this updated edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago.

Hikes were chosen for their scenic appeal, but they were also chosen for their historic attractions. The extensive key-at-a-glance information makes it a snap to choose a hike based on length, difficulty, and scenery. Helpful lists highlight the best hikes for children, for wildlife viewing, and other categories.

Whether a long-time Chicago resident or vacationer to the area, this updated guide will make choosing the right hike easy and enjoyable.

Lonely Planet Chicago (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

'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

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

Chicago Travel Guide 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions, Entertainment and Nightlife in Chicago, Illinois (City Travel Guide 2018)

By Maurice N. Hammett

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Chicago Travel Guide 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions, Entertainment and Nightlife in Chicago, Illinois (City Travel Guide 2018)
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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.

Chicago (America the Beautiful)

By Jordan Worek

Dan Liebman
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Chicago (America the Beautiful)
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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
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Chicago: City on the Make: Sixtieth Anniversary Edition
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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.”

Fodor's Chicago (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Inc Staff Fodor s Travel Publications
Released: 2015-12-22
Paperback (320 pages)

Fodor s Chicago (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.



Fodor's Chicago is the perfect companion for a trip to this quintessential American city. With colorful features and the most updated information, Fodor's Chicago gets straight to the best of what this city has to offer, everything from art to architecture to shopping, baseball, jazz, and the very best deep-dish pizza. Our in-depth coverage also includes top reasons to visit the culturally and historically rich suburbs of Chicago, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park home studio, the Mallott Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Brookfield Zoo.



This travel guide includes:

· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information

· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path

· In-depth breakout features on The Art Institute of Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright, and The Blues 

· Major sights such as Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Millennium Park

· Day Trips from Chicago including West of Chicago and North of Chicago

· Coverage of: The Loop; Near North and River North; Lincoln Park and Wicker Park; Lakeview and the Far North Side; Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown; Hyde Park

Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois (Michelin Streetwise Maps)

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Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois (Michelin Streetwise Maps)
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REVISED NOV 2017

Streetwise Chicago Map is a laminated city center map of Chicago, Illinois. The accordion-fold pocket size travel map has an integrated CTA & Metra map including lines & stations

Coverage includes:
Main Chicago Street Map 1:27,000
Downtown Chicago Map 1:18,000
Hyde Park - Kenwood Map 1:40,000
Wicker Park & Bucktown Map 1:27,000
Chicago Area Map 1:330,000
Chicago CTA & Metra Map

Dimensions: 4" x 8.5" folded, 8.5" x 28" unfolded

Discover Chicago's unique neighborhoods, and find a unique perspective on the city's architecture via a river cruise. Admire the Art Institute's world-class collection, enjoy the shopping haven of the Magnificent Mile; or cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Take a drive along the picturesque waterfront of Lake Shore Drive 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.

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. The pocket size map of Chicago is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. For more detailed exploration on this magnificent city, check out the Michelin Green Guide Chicago and the MICHELIN Guide (Red Guide) Chicago, for the best selection of restaurants in town.

Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent, 4th Edition

By Irving Cutler

Brand: Southern Illinois University Press
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Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent, 4th Edition
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Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent provides a comprehensive portrayal of the growth and development of Chicago from the mudhole of the prairie to today’ s world-class city. This completely revised fourth edition skillfully weaves together the geography, history, economy, and culture of the city and its suburbs with a special emphasis on the role of the many ethnic and racial groups that comprise the “ real Chicago” of its neighborhoods. Cutler demonstrates how the geography of “ Chicagoland” and the influx of a diverse population spurred transportation, industrial technology, the economy, and sporadic planning to foster rapid urban growth, which brought both great progress and severe problems.



Through insightful analysis, Cutler also traces the demographic and societal changes to Chicago, critically examining such problems as the environment, education, racial tension, crime, welfare, housing, employment, and transportation. Richly illustrated with nearly three hundred drawings, photos, maps, and tables, the volume includes six appendices with sections dedicated to Chicago facts, population growth and income data, weather and climate, significant dates, and historic sites.

Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad (Images of Rail)

By Clifford J. Downey

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2007-08-15
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Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad (Images of Rail)
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Headquartered in Chicago, the Illinois Central Railroad was known as the “Main Line of Mid-America,” as it was a major railroad cutting through the middle section of the United States with two major routes: the Main Line, which ran south out of Chicago toward New Orleans, and the Western Lines, which ran west toward Iowa. The Illinois Central Railroad had eight major freight yards in Chicago, which in 1937 handled nearly two million freight cars. It was also well known for its passenger service and operated some of the finest passenger
trains: the Green Diamond, the all-Pullman Panama Limited, and the City of New Orleans. Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad covers the railroad’s operations within the city of Chicago, plus the outlying suburbs, from the late 1800s to 1960. It explores, through vintage photographs, the passenger and freight trains, suburban trains, locomotives, shops and repair facilities, and people that made the railroad function.


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