Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and the most populous in the midwest, being home to around 2.7 million people. Chicago is a center for business and finance and a hub for industry and telecommunications. Some of the nicknames given to Chicago include Chi-town, the Windy City, Second City and City of Big Shoulders.

About Chicago

Facts About Chicago:

-The world’s largest commercial office building is Merchandise Mart located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza.

-The Chicago Park District has the nation’s largest municipal harbor system.

-Chicago produced the first Roller skates in 1884.

-The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.

-Chicago produced the first Zipper in 1896.

-At 23.5 miles, Chicago's Western Avenue is the world's longest street. It also has more car dealerships than any other street in the city - 62 total.

-The first Blood Bank ever in the United States was created in Chicago in 1937.

-Chicago is home to the world's largest free outdoor food festival -- The Taste of Chicago. In 2006, 3.6 million people from around the world attended the Taste of Chicago festivities.

-The "Historic Route 66" begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.

-The world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company, was built here in 1885.

-In 1837, C.D. Peacock Jewelers was founded. It is the oldest Chicago business still in existence today.

Incorporated: March 4, 1837
Time Zone: Central
Nickname: The Windy City

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