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

  • 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.

  • Perhaps 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.

  • Some of the major companies headquartered in Chicago include Boeing, Exelon and Sara Lee.

  • 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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Books About Chicago


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

By 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 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.

Chicago: City on the Make: Sixtieth Anniversary Edition

By Nelson Algren

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

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.”

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.

Chicago (America the Beautiful)

By Jordan Worek

Firefly Books
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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 2018 12 x 12 Inch Monthly Square Wall Calendar, USA United States of America Illinois Midwest City (Multilingual Edition)

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BrownTrout Publishers
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Chicago 2018 12 x 12 Inch Monthly Square Wall Calendar, USA United States of America Illinois Midwest City (Multilingual Edition)
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  • 2018 Calendar featuring beautiful full color images for every month of the year.
  • Perfect for office spaces, bedrooms, classrooms and more!
  • Keep your appointments and Birthdays organized in one place!
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Chicago has grown and prospered since its early days as a meatpacking and steel manufacturing hub. The City of Broad Shoulders is now a major center of culture and commerce. Chicagoans are proud of their exceptional blues and jazz clubs, and they are unfailingly loyal to the Cubs and White Sox. Acclaimed for its daring architecture, the Windy City has an unforgettable skyline that leaves you breathless. Tour this world-class city with the Chicago square wall calendar.

This calendar includes a 6 month (July - December) 2017 planner page, so get yours early!

Calendar includes holidays, moon phases, image captions with locations and other information, the highest quality photography and more!

Chicago: Classic Photographs

By Richard Cahan

CITYFILES
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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 Heights Revisited (Images of America: Illinois)

By Dominic Candeloro

Barbara Paul Dominic Candeloro
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Chicago Heights Revisited (Images of America: Illinois)
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This is the long-awaited second volume on Chicago Heights in the Images of America series. Chicago Heights Revisited expands on the popular first volume, as the authors cover the period from 1930-1970 in greater detail. What emerges from this wonderful collection of images is a multi-layered portrait of a lively city striving as one to assist in a World War II Allied victory, even while supporting a large spectrum of differing religious,
social, and ethnic institutions. When residents remember Chicago Heights, they remember downtown. Images of the Liberty Restaurant, Nick Guzzino’s Barbershop, and Rau’s Toyland will evoke fond memories for past and present Chicago Heights residents. The various industries of the city are captured in historic photographs, reminding us all of the hard working residents that created the thriving community of Chicago Heights. Images of the World War II era capture the contributions that the people of Chicago Heights made for their nation and community.

2018 Chicago Wall Calendar

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It's my kind of town - Chicago is! Spend a year in the Windy City - skyscrapers, historic architecture and world-famous attractions will make it your kind of town too! This 2018, 12"" x 12"" wall calendar is a top-selling format and has thirteen full-color photos with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019.

111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss (111 Places in .... That You Must Not Miss)

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111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss (111 Places in .... That You Must Not Miss)
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  • 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss
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  • The ultimate insider's guide to Chicago, fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs
  • Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides
  • Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 170 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide
  • Appeals to both the local market (9,5 million people call Chicago home) and the tourist market (over 60 million people visit Chicago every year!)
Chicago. City of the Big Shoulders. What started off as a small fur-trading settlement is today a bustling metropolis. Once considered the "hog butcher of the world, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and the nation's freight handler", Chicago's colorful past remains hidden in the nooks and crannies of this wonderful windy city.
Adventures await, from the glamorous to the gritty. Sip dirty martinis in an elegant, underground, 1920's bank vault. Paddle a kayak down the infamous Bubbly Creek of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. While away an afternoon in a salt cave, or smoke a classic cigar in the oldest family-run tobacco shop in the U.S. Snorkel a 32-acre, limestone sheet shoal, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Midwest. Dine outdoors in a 23rd floor Beaux-Arts cupola overlooking the Chicago River. Whether you're an out-of-towner or a diehard Chicago dweller who thinks you've seen it all, these 111 hidden places are waiting for you to discover them.


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