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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:
Field Museum of Natural History
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".

Weather in Chicago


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Books About Chicago


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Lonely Planet Chicago (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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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.

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

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Lonely Planet Pocket Chicago (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Chicago is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze out over the city from the heights of the Willis Tower, chow down on local specialties such as the famed deep-dish pizza or join the locals at Wrigley Field; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Chicago and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket 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
  • Free, convenient pull-out Chicago map (included in print version), plus 15 color neighborhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organized by neighborhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers The Loop, Near North, Navy Pier, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Ukranian Village, Near West Side, Pilsen, South Loop and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Chicago, a colorful, easy-to-use and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick-trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of Chicago's neighborhoods? Check out our Lonely Planet Chicago guide.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out our Lonely Planet Eastern USA guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

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 traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Chicago, Illinois Travel Guide - Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights (Illustrated)

By Olivia Smith

Released: 2012-12-11
Kindle Edition (26 pages)

Chicago, Illinois Travel Guide - Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights (Illustrated)
 
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Illinois’ windy city will blow you away in more ways than one. This midwestern metropolis is one of the largest cities in the United States and offers a diverse mix of performing arts, sports, ethnic cuisine and American culture. The city is well known for its influence on music and stand-up comedy. Taking the “L,” Chicago’s elevated train system allows you to see the city’s sights like a local Chicagoan.

Fodor's Chicago (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
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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.

Top 10 Chicago (EYEWITNESS TOP 10 TRAVEL GUIDE)

By Elisa Kronish

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Released: 2014-02-17
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Whether you're looking for the the loveliest parks and beaches on Lake Michigan, the liveliest jazz and blues joints, or hottest restaurants, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago will lead you straight to the very best this city has to offer.

The fully updated, pocket-size guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars and places to shop. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists, from the things not to miss at the Top 10 sights to the Top 10 museums, activities for children, city strolls, and events and festivals. There's even a list of the Top 10 things to avoid. Plus, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago includes a pull-out street map with public transportation information, useful phone numbers, and 60 great ideas on how to spend a day in Chicago.

You'll find the insider knowledge you need to explore the city with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago and its pull-out map.

Chicago Architecture: 1885 to Today (Universe Architecture Series)

By The Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Universally recognized as an architectural center, Chicago contains some of the world’s finest buildings by the most renowned architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and many more left their stamp on the city’s skyline and, as a result, influenced the practice of architecture across the globe. This book, published in association with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, features an in-depth analysis of forty-two seminal works of Chicago architecture. This accessible and engaging volume is the latest addition to the successful Universe Architecture Series. Both a guide for those visiting the city and a valuable reference for architecture enthusiasts, Chicago Architecture includes residential icons such as Mies van der Rohe’s 860–880 Lake Shore Drive, skyscraper prototypes such as Sullivan’s Schlesinger and Mayer Store (Carson Pirie Scott & Co.), and engineering masterpieces such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Sears Tower.

Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad (Images of Rail)

By Clifford J. Downey

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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.

AIA Guide to Chicago

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An unparalleled architectural powerhouse, Chicago offers visitors and natives alike a panorama of styles and forms. The third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago brings readers up to date on ten years of dynamic changes with new entries on smaller projects as well as showcases like the Aqua building, Trump Tower, and Millennium Park.
 
Four hundred photos and thirty-four specially commissioned maps make it easy to find each of the one thousand-plus featured buildings, while a comprehensive index organizes buildings by name and architect. This edition also features an introduction providing an indispensable overview of Chicago's architectural history.

Chicago Map (Chicago Downtown Plus Road, Recreation & Transit Map, 2nd Edition)

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* Updated Sept., 2013 by GP Maps

* Large Scale

* Color-Coded

* Lakeside neighborhoods from Edgewater in the north through Downtown to Hyde Park on the south

* Downtown Buildings

* Shopping & Farmers Markets

* Street Index

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* Museums

* Hotels

* Cinemas

* Stores

* Theatres & Performing Arts Venues

* Public Art

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* Pedway System

* CTA Bus & L Lines + Metra Commuter Rail Lines

* Metro area map with points of interest, freeways & Metra commuter rail

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