At first glance, Chicago can be overwhelming. But, like any city, it is the sum of its parts, and its parts are diverse. Also known as "The City of Neighborhoods," Chicago comprises more than 75 official neighborhoods. Each features its own distinct quality and character.
So, when trying to digest Chicago, don't try to take it all in with one big bite. Break it up into manageable portions.
Interesting Facts About Chicago:
- Weird Fact: The origin of the name 'Chicago' comes from a French interpretation of the Miami-Illinois Indian name, 'Shikaakwa' meaning 'wild leek.'
- The Harold Washington Library is the largest public library building in the country
- Fun Fact: The Chicago River is the only river in the world that actually flows backwards! It was reversed in 1900 to empty into the Mississippi River instead of Lake Michigan.
- The Chicago Cultural Center is home to the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world!
- The first ever Ferris wheel was showcased in Chicago at the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition.
- The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and has the fastest running elevators in the world.
- For only $10, the Lincoln Park Zoo purchased its first animal, a bear cub! Go Cubbies!
- The moved an eight lane freeway to create Museum Campus, which is comprised of the Field Museum, the Shedd Aqarium, and the Adler Planetarium.
- Interesting Fact: Chicago is home to Sue, the largest and most complete dinosaur skeleton in the world. She lives in the lobby of the Field Museum.
- Random Fact: The birth of "Playboy" by Hugh Hefner was in Chicago in 1953.
- The Chicago Post office is the only post office in the country that you are able to drive a car through.
- Western Avenue, one of Chicago's main avenues, is the longest street in the world.
More Chicago descriptions
Things to Do
Bronze lions welcome visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago, known for its immense collection of French Impressionist paintings. The original colonnaded limestone building was joined...